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Post by kipissippi Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:20 pm

I've been having some pain first at the bottom of my sternum between my ribs then kind of spreading out along the bottom of my ribs. Hurts some when I breath deeply. I've had a double bypass and it's not the same pain that I had then...it was higher and felt like Captain Hook was trying to retrieve my heart! I've got an appointment tomorrow with my GP....my Cardiologist gave me an appointment for next week. GP wanted me to go to the ER.....which isn't going to happen. Last time I did that they let me sit there for 11 hours, kept me in the hopital for three days and said I'd passed out from dehydration. Yeah right. Wasn't till I demanded an angiogram that they found the two mostly blocked arteries. So you can understand why I'm not a fan of our local ER. I'm hoping it's something other than my heart. Anyone had anything similar? Hopefully ending up to be something minor?

Yesterday I was cutting these enormormous sticker things (pig weed) with huge cutters. I'm wondering if maybe I overdid it and bruised that area? I was pretty beat and overheated when I came in. Hal is staying home tomorrow so he can feed the horses and drive me in. Getting old's a bitch.
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Post by gringal Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:03 pm

Kippy: A diagnosis by your buds on the web could be a seriously dangerous way to go.
Please go to your doc.

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Post by CheenaGringo Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:13 pm

No Kidding!

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Post by kipissippi Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:29 pm

Just tapping into the group's experiences. My appointment is in the morning. I'll be there for certain...was just hoping that someone might have experienced something similar that turned out to be in the No big Deal " catergory....I'm sure it would make me sleep better.
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Post by ferret Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:19 pm

You probably strained a muscle with the shears. This happens to me when I do a lot of overhead reaching like taking down and putting up drapes...or fold a lot of kingsize sheets and comforters.

But if you don't keep your appointment with the Doctor tomorrow, I'm gonna come up there and...well, you will need to go to the ER.
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Post by Chapalagringa Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:36 pm

Would taking your blood pressure show anything? Sorry for the scare. :( Was wondering where you went to.
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Post by kipissippi Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:48 pm

Girl Scout's Honor...I'll be there with bells on! Because of the by passes I keep track of my BP regularly. It's actually a little low....pulse rate is a bit higher than usual though.

You're probably right ferret. I lift a lot of things I probably shouldn't...but ...this is a horse ranch and things have to get done. Oh the joy.
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Post by Parker Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:22 am

kipissippi wrote:Girl Scout's Honor...I'll be there with bells on! Because of the by passes I keep track of my BP regularly. It's actually a little low....pulse rate is a bit higher than usual though.

You're probably right ferret. I lift a lot of things I probably shouldn't...but ...this is a horse ranch and things have to get done. Oh the joy.

I agree with “ferret” including keeping your appointment. However, I also believe in second opinions. Both my better half and I have done this and in both cases surgery really wasn’t needed immediately. Doctors make money under worst case scenarios and I hate to keep repeating “Gringal” statement but “follow the money”. In my case there were very large risk factors (death very possible) and with the better half, probably not necessary. Under such stressful circumstance just keep your head about yourself. Take care, Parker

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Post by gringal Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:38 am

I agree with Parker about second opinions. The second opinion I had back NOB about foot surgery confirmed that said surgery was unnecessary. The "practice" had financial goals to meet, and what did I need a fully functioning foot for anyway.......I wasn't a taxi dancer, was I? Let's hear a chorus now of "Stay'in alive" and I'll dance to it, too. cheers

Docs are a necessity, and Kippy needs to be sure everything is okay, considering her medical history.......just watch your back and sometimes, yes, follow the money too. Rolling Eyes

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Post by johninajijic Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:56 pm

Absolutely second opinions. Cardiologists in the area.
Medicos Especialistas (Across from Tabarka in West Ajijic)
For all Appointments 766 5357
CARDIOLOGIST - Works at Hospital Bernardette - Excellent
Dr. Hector Briseno Garcia
Appointments: Thursday 9 AM to 2 PM

CARDIOLOGIST PRIVATE PRACTICE
Dr. Ramon Garcia Garcia
Maskaras Clinic
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Home across from Toblandia on Wed.
Blvd Ajijic # 22
Home ph: 766 0812

CARDIOLOGIST PRIVATE PRACTICE
Dr. Luis Virgen
Surgery host - in the plaza west of Walmart
766 3145
Every 2nd wednesday.
Head of cardio at Del Carmen Hospital
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Post by gringal Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:00 pm

I'm not positive, but I think Kippy and her ranch are NOB.

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Post by hound dog Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:34 pm

[quote="gringal"]I'm not positive, but I think Kippy and her ranch are NOB.[/quote]

Yes, indeed, John, Kippissippi happens to live in Northern Mississippi within a few miles of Metropolitan Memphis, Tennessee wherein reside a number of cardiologists and, Dawg would venture to say, a few more than inhabit the sorry redneck shores of Lake Chapala so, if I were you, I would refrain from recommending cardiologists hereabouts as I am sure Kippy can find qualified heart specialists in that city who can hold a candle to the boneheads floating about the lake without having to resort to a flight to the environs of Guadalajara.



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Post by bobnliz Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:13 pm

Kippy ~ Glad you are heading in for vetting... smart cookie.
I would bet your pulse is up from being a little bit stressed. Sounds like you have a good cardiologist there. A good relationship with your doc is worth it's weight in gold... even at today's prices.

Wish I could find a cardio doc here who would relate to me as other than a name on his damned clipboard. We don't have one in town... they visit from Co Spgs. like circuit judges and are so impersonal... Blackeye
Pretty please let me know what's up, as soon as you know of course.
I would not be surprised if ferret was right about the strained muscles... let's hope so. Lizzy
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Post by Chapalagringa Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:17 pm

Hoping for a good report Kip. Hoping that the doctor tells you to take it easy and that's all.
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Post by bobnliz Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:35 pm

I don't think Kippy wants to hear, "Take it easy." It's not her style... she's a doer and somewhat of an overachiever... kinda person that makes the rest of us look lazy.
But it's a good thought Chapla-g. We should send her lots of those. Lizzy
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Post by simpsca Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:35 pm

OK Kip let us know what is going on please.
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Post by Ms Mac Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:38 pm

Please let me know what they find, Kipster. You my Bud!

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Post by ferret Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:18 pm

I'm waiting and hoping you're OK. Please let us know Kippy.
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Post by ferret Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:30 pm

I'm officially getting worried.
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Post by Ms Mac Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:36 pm

I have her phone number. Should I call?

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Post by Ms Mac Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:47 pm

I talked to Hal. Kip is in the hospital. She has pneumonia.

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Post by simpsca Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:51 pm

No wonder it hurt under her ribs. I'll bet she was coughing until she made herself sore - I've been there and done that. Thanks you all were stern with her about seeing a doctor.
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Post by bobnliz Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:59 pm

Thank goodness... it's not her heart. They will probably pump her full of antibiotics and make her take it easy. Lizzy
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Post by Ms Mac Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:05 pm

Hal didn't think she would be in there too long. That was the first thing I asked, Was it her heart?

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Post by ferret Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:19 pm

Thank you Ms. Mac!!!

I'm so sorry she has pneumonia but am equally relieved that it's not her heart. Hope she has a speedy and uneventful recovery.

If you get a chance to speak with her, please tell her she's not the eveready bunny anymore and can't keep going and going. Yes, things have to get done...but they don't get done at all if she's not there, do they.
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