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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Links

The Links on the Left hand side of the page that say "Heart"
lead to Videos on Youtube showing Heart related issues.
The one that says Heart - "Angioplasty and Stent Insertion"
is what my Wife "Millie" had. But she had 8 installed during
the same operation which took 13 1/2 hours.

She did really good at first.
During the "Procedure" as they call it - she suffered a Spinal Stroke
and a Minor Heart attack.
She was in ICU and then the HDU and then on to a Surgical ward and
to a Stroke Unit (ward).

She faught really good, doing as many excercises as she could bear
Because the Stroke had disabled her walking or even standing up by
herself. The physiotherapists used to come in and help her to stand
and told me what I could do to help (only after I pestered them to let
me help!)
Millie did walk a little - using a "Zimmer Frame" with the help of two
therapists and myself (walking behind her pushing her wheelchair in
case she had to sit down or until she couldn't walk anymore and had to
sit down).

During all this time in Hospital she was taking a lot of Medication.
She had Pneumonia twice - they had to drain her lungs - some bed sores
Swollen legs - so much so that she couldn't lift them (a build up of
fluid because she was unable to move them around because of the Stroke).
Low blood pressure, high temperature, unable to go on the toilet properly.
Dry skin - itchy skin - not being able to eat or drink properly - just
lots of problems - but she was determined to leave the hospital!

But it wasn't to be.

Millie spent (3) THREE MONTHS in hospital laying on her back! and trying
to fight back - I know I couldn't have gone through what she went through,
never. She was really really brave and strong.
That night - 29 Dec 09 - I'd left the hospital at 8.00pm when visiting
time was over along with my Sister - and received a phone call at home
from the Sister on Millies ward at around 9.10pm saying that my Wife had
passed away. If only I'd stayed at the hospital another hour or so - I could
have been with her at the end.


PLEASE leave your comments - they will be helpful no matter what they are.
Thank you, John.

5 comments:

linda said...

IT SOUNDED LIKE MY MUM HAD SUFFERED BAD AT THE END.
WISHED I COULD OF HELPED IN SOME WAY,
SHES AT PEACE NOW.
I WISH YOU WELL JOHN IN YOUR CAUSE FOR HEART CONDITIONS!!!
LINDA XXX

Tazfm said...

Thank's Linda, Your Mum did put up a good fight. xxx

Anonymous said...

look good

Anonymous said...

thats good john i hope it helps a lot of people youve done good but you need to leave it for a while its upsetting you to much. maybe you need something else to do at the moment to help you come to terms with millies death .i know its easier said than done but thats all your doing at the moment and your hurting and youve got to think of joe as well i know its hard im thinking of you all the time.love irenexxx

Tazfm said...

You're right Irene. It would have been Millis Birthday today and I've got to go to the Hospital for a scan on my knee too. I'll just take deep breath when I walk in there and try not to think about anything else but my knee. Yea right!