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Mon, Mar 30 5:48pm · COVID-19: Anyone else dealing with postponed heart procedure? in Heart & Blood Health

I would not choose to have another CABG because I had one 16 months ago and it was very painful, very traumatic, and extremely unpleasant. However, Mayo is the best, and your faith is well founded. No one can predict what will happen after surgery. My recovery was great. I was 73.

Mon, Mar 30 10:20am · COVID-19: Anyone else dealing with postponed heart procedure? in Heart & Blood Health

If it's any comfort, I know a lady who refused CABG at age 89, because she figured she was too old. She lived for 10 more years. Personally, I would try to control it with meds of any sort, rather than go through that surgery again. Unless you're having a heart attack right now. Good luck!

Thu, Feb 13 10:19am · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

Thank you for your concern. I finally found a counselor at another hospital who had the same surgery I did. He is very compassionate. I also tell every doctor I encounter what I went through, and let them deal with it. My friends who know me, and know that my husband was terminally ill at the time I was in ICU, still wonder how I survived the whole thing. My husband died 3 months later but I was able to be with him. Right now I am somewhat less depressed but still purposeless.

Wed, Feb 12 4:34pm · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

Michael Fox got Parkinson's very early. Maybe he has a foundation or a web site?

Wed, Feb 12 12:00pm · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

He had occasionally a very fine, almost imperceptible tremor. I am not sure why you're not swinging your left arm. After a while he had trouble keeping his balance. He was always very athletic and strong. This all started happening when he was about 76. You look pretty young!

Wed, Feb 12 10:34am · What did you find most surprising once you were out of the ICU? in Intensive Care (ICU)

It's been a year and 4 months since I was in ICU, and I still avoid any and all invasive procedures, including imaging. I just explain to doctors that I have developed an aversion to hospitals, providers, and procedures. Some times I feel so sorry for what my body went through that I weep. Amazingly, the hospital where I had the open heart surgery apparently has never heard of psychiatric reactions to medical trauma, and could not provide me with any support whatsoever — calls to psychologists were never returned, follow up with discharge planner was minimal, until I finally called the suicide hotline 2 months after the surgery. If you can do anything about getting providers to include PTSD from medical trauma or post- ICU depression in their care plans, do it. You can send them this posting. It took a concerted effort for providers to do something about post-partum depression, and now we must do the same for post-ICU depression.

Wed, Feb 12 10:28am · undiagnosed movement disorder in Brain & Nervous System

Sorry to hear this problem. My husband had a movement disorder — he was falling a lot, and did not swing his arms as he walked. There were no tremors. Turns out he had Parkinson's — missed by 2 neurologists. Keep trying.

Aug 25, 2019 · Your Tips on How to Get Off to the Best Start with a New Specialist in Visiting Mayo Clinic

I have some points for the provider: take the new patient on time; don't interrupt when she's talking; make sure your receptionist greets the new patient promptly and smiles; tell the patient how to get in touch with you: phone, patient portal, FAX, never? This will help the patient know she made a good choice.