1,500th post

Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
This post is my 1,500th. It is posted in the A frame sub forum as that is where I have spent the most time plus I can find it easier here. This post contains nothing about camping,,,, if you want move along. Also the subject matter is not pretty if you are sensitive.

A few months ago I had my 4th stroke and this is a brief summary of what I wish I knew a while back. I don't need any "I'm so sorry'es." This is life.

At 140 over 90. the Dr. is supposed to give you the " let's talk about high blood pressure medicine speech. Mine didn't 6 months before it happened but did write it down in the notes.

DW comes from a high pressure background. DW used to go to the fire dept and get her's measured. They've even started a blood pressure day. We now have a monitor at home. This thing is allegedly the best Amazon has and was about 70.00. They make some in the 20.00s. The measurement is fairly accurate. I check mine every morning while the stevia dissolves but I've had 3 stokes and one TIA. I'm from a low BP family.

Timelines: I knew there was something askew 6 months before #4 hit. From arguing over I don't want to go to the ER to feinting on the ER floor took about 30 minutes. Don't argue with DW. Go, your mentally impaired at the time. The morning of , about 4 hours before, I went on a supply run and ran off the road three times in 5 miles. I had difficulty speaking for a couple hours about a week before it hit

Pick your hospital Now!!. Do a trial run on it NOW and observe. It would have saved me 5 to 10 minutes that may have turned this stroke into a TIA. My hospital is run by incredibly stupid beauracrats Does it have a one lane driveway running up to the 2nd floor entrance of a 100 bed emergency room? Will guards yell for DW to dump me out faster and move on because there was a line behind me. They didn't notice the vomit dripping down the right side of her car? Were the guards/maintenance parked in the emergency parking spaces? Its 30 to 40 ' from the car to the ER door. Do they have a attendant to help get you to the door.?????

I was born in the Deep South. That means I have had a knife on me since age 5.. That means I get to wait in line at security when they find it. With a beard full of vomit and what was described as a death look, finally I head to the ER door. Some Dr or someone came running to the door. It appears the look on my face was pretty bad. Last I heard was " do you need a Dr?. "Yes", I feinted. So next time, I have a trick, fake feinting upon arrival

You don't get to pick the time of your stroke. Consider DW's safety. Where is the parking deck that the car is going to? How is she going to feel about walking to the car alone at 2 AM the next morning. Fortunately for me , my male ER nurse escorted her this time and they are moving the stroke ward to a different part of town.

So how are these two strokes number 3 and 4. See 2 years ago I had a stroke (#3 which was a TIA) and they gave me a MRI. It found 1&2's damage left behind. One of them had been an ass ripper. Fortunately I slept thru both probably years ago and never knew of their existence till #3's MRI.



Go to the family reunion. Find out about your genetics, heredity, and who died of what.

This is the camping part. I have a few sectors corrupted in the hard drvie platters. The I have a closeby campground. I had every mile and yard memorized on how to get there except a 5 mile strech. Had the campground memorized. Went for two weeks trying to remember.

In the deep South we have tornados<GG> They will predict a 8 hour window and we will sit up in the bed and watch the radar and listen to the weatherman yammer. This pre-empts everything. This is nonstop and can go on for hours and hours. There was a tornado 3 months ago they zero in on it and there it was. I have landmark about 60 miles from my house and usually if the tornado Is going to get close close to my house k. My landmark was the campgound I was trying to remember. Now I remember.

There are several campgrounds I can remember in detail except the name and how to get there.

I'm glad I had the stroke. May be getting sowed up next week. They went on a wild goose chase trying to find out what caused the stroke. Ultrasound isnt very accurate so they also did a cat.too. Appears there is an aortic aneurysm that is close to popping size that needs sowing up.


Sorry for the spelling, sentence structure, etc. got a lot rewiring to do the next year.

Thanks to the P.A. who sat by me til 2 A.M. 3 or so months ago trying to get my pressure under control and stabilized. Her name is lost to some record.
 

Sjm9911

Super Active Member
May 31, 2018
11,978
Nj
Happy that you got the 1500 post. Get better and go camping. Your suggestions for learning the familly history, and closest hospital are lifesaving for some. In fact, it will make me be more aware when I am camping. When I started out I ised to look up nearest hospital, i haven't done that in a while. But, I am now going to be more proactive, and look them up when I am staying somewhere. And I am getting a full check up stress test next month.
 

tzmartin

Not here for a long time but here for a good time!
Sep 9, 2015
1,400
Clayton, Georgia
The suggestion to have a look at the local hospital is a good one. So many people move to my neck of the woods and are older. They may have never been in a hospital or know the layout or what the hospital can treat! Since we're rural, they often just stabilize and send to the bigger hospital in Gainesville. Life flight helicopters routinely pick people up in town. It might be worth a conversation with insurance as to how much those rides cost!
 

J Starsky

Super Active Member
Aug 3, 2017
1,245
East Central MN
I would not have quit smoking the day before my heart attack, period. I told my wife to "grab my smokes" for the ride back from the hospital that night. Total blockage, the man said. I got a cool stint as some "memory jewelry" to boot. Thanks for your insight. Take care, boss. I'm pulling for you.
 

Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
#1501

Wednesday is the Day. The vascular surgeon has agreed to see me. Depending what he thinks, next week might be it. This is done just like a heart stint, its just down by my kidneys. I will opt for the SX. no borderline wait for 5 years.Cardiologist belief is it's within <1 C.M. of being in a much higher bracket of concern. I'm in the lets get it over camp plus I am a very very active type
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Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
Happy that you got the 1500 post. Get better and go camping. Your suggestions for learning the familly history, and closest hospital are lifesaving for some. In fact, it will make me be more aware when I am camping. When I started out I ised to look up nearest hospital, i haven't done that in a while. But, I am now going to be more proactive, and look them up when I am staying somewhere. And I am getting a full check up stress test next month.

I even typed out a medical history and the phone numbers for every Doc who has laid hands on me outside outside a hospital. That goes with me into the ER next time. My Mother, the family historian, died last summer and #3 caused me to inquire before she did. This is what it feels like when you our the oldest tier in the family tree.

Concerning your next check up , See if you can get a CAC. Ins wont pay for it. It cost between 50 and 100.oo

https://www.biohackerslab.com › ep89-ivor-cummins

This is supposed to be the best heart test out there
 

Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
The suggestion to have a look at the local hospital is a good one. So many people move to my neck of the woods and are older. They may have never been in a hospital or know the layout or what the hospital can treat! Since we're rural, they often just stabilize and send to the bigger hospital in Gainesville. Life flight helicopters routinely pick people up in town. It might be worth a conversation with insurance as to how much those rides cost!
Good idea. I live just south of one of those cities where the helicopter is based. I have a good chance if I can make it past the outside staff <GG> Hopefully the outside staff is different up there<VV>

I used to own stock in one of those helicopter companies. 15,000 ish years ago.
 
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Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
I have a problem. Hopefully I'l have two slash marks on the belly in 2 weeks. I have been sitting in front of this computer for almost 2 months. What are the odds of teaching a non AFramer to successfully raise the roof? I figured the high wind kit and a 2x4 may be good props.
Spend a couple weeks down at tornado lake.
 

Arruba

Super Active Member
Gold Supporting Member
Nov 28, 2014
841
Central Oregon
Life flight helicopters routinely pick people up in town. It might be worth a conversation with insurance as to how much those rides cost!

And that cost can vary greatly based on your personal situation and the service provider. If you are in a rural area, or a large metro area that uses air response, having a bit of planning is a good idea IMHO. Some providers have subscription or membership plans you can enroll in to defray some or all of the cost. They can vary greatly in both services covered and cost, so it pays to shop around. Attached is an article from one of the local papers discussing the topic. It’s a couple years old, though I think it’s still pretty valid:

 

Arruba

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Gold Supporting Member
Nov 28, 2014
841
Central Oregon
In an attempt to not totally hijack the thread, Some things one wants to keep in mind if you’re looking at some subscription service. The things are response vs transport and reciprocity.

There is a difference in that some vendors who provide response, ie pick you up out in the brush after you’ve crashed your quad, don‘t also provide transport, ie fly you from the ER to a major trauma center so the neurosurgeon can try to fix your brain because you crashed while not wearing a helmet. So for your area it may be a different provider not on the chosen service.

Because a whole lot of providers are private companies, the subscription service carried by copter A, may not cover copter B, so again it pays to shop around. Some services also cover ground transportation. Even an ambulance ride over the hill to the next town can run several grand.

Good luck everyone and be careful out there.
 

OTR1522

Member
Jun 9, 2018
49
Reminds me of a $24000 bill I received from a Life Flight service in 2016. My insurance told me I went out of network so they wouldn’t cover the bill- I asked them if while I was flat lining did they want me to be calling around to see who I could get to come get me that was covered by my insurance - I told the person on the other end of the call- I was dead- I didn’t make the call on that one the paramedics did- they said valid point and cut the check.
 

Econ

Super Active Member
Aug 18, 2019
1,551
Deep South
The original vascular surgeon refused to do the surgery. he has sent the CAT photos to his college prof that teaches this at med school. I have a 8-1 appt. Everybody on board it has to be operated on.
 




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