Just Some Of What Has Been Going On

@simone10 (22294)
Louisville, Kentucky
June 19, 2017 7:17am CST
I want to start this discussion off with thanking all of you for the warm welcome back. It sure makes a heart feel good to know they were missed. I thought I would share just a little bit of what has been going on with us. We really had a scare with my brother. He had found out that he had bronchitis, pleurisy and walking pneumonia. He had to have 4 rounds of antibiotics before it finally went away. After all of that, he was admitted to the hospital because of an abnormal ekg. They did a heart cath and we received some news we weren't really prepared for. At the bottom of the heart is an artery that is very small. That artery is clogged 100% and they cannot do any kind of surgery on it because it is too small. The one good thing about it is his body has sprouted veins that is helping the blood flow but it is not quite the same as if the artery was working. He still has chest pain if he does too much because the blood flows a lot slower. He did have 30% blockage in his other arteries but the doctor wasn't really worried about that right now. My brother has been having a hard time dealing with the fact that he can't do some of the things he used to do. But, I'm sure he will deal with it eventually as I have done. Sometimes it really sucks to get older. I hope all of you have a great day today and a wonderful week!
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@LadyDuck (103097)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
I can understand that your brother is concerned and unhappy, but it is better to slow down when we have health problems. I am glad to know that you both are fine now.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I agree it's better to slow down but when it first hits us, it's really hard to do. I felt that way for years but have finally accepted it.
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@LadyDuck (103097)
• Switzerland
22 Jun
@simone10 It comes a day we must slow down, it's better for us.
@CinnamonGrl (5271)
• Paradise, California
19 Jun
I'm so sorry about your brother's health problems. I know it's hard to adjust to doing less or doing everything differently. But he's not gonna want the pain, for sure. You have a good day, too!
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
It is hard to do but he is slowly learning from it. There are still days when he does too much and he pays for it afterward.
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@BelleStarr (28824)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Jun
Well that wasn't the best news but not the worst either and yes, it sucks to get old. I guess that is why we get old cause we are strong.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I agree, it's not the worst news but it was unexpected. I'm just glad that he doesn't have to have any kind of surgery right now. I do feel stronger the older I get.
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@BelleStarr (28824)
• Portland, Connecticut
22 Jun
@simone10 These days wth the exercise that we do, I have never felt stronger. Even when I was young I was never into regular exercise like I am now.
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• United States
19 Jun
bless his heart 'n yers. i'd feared he'd not gotten well 'n such the reason fer yer absence. funny the doc's aint worried 'bout his 30%?? since he's already limited. there's medications 'n naturopathic schtuff to help unclog those suckers. wonder if'n such'd work'n the wee one? yer correct, comin' to terms with out limitations aint much fun. sendin' healin' hugs!
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I know, I am concerned about the 30% because it will eventually get worse. It runs in our family. I really thought he would have used a balloon or something while he did the heart cath. He had said he would if it needed to be done. I guess things have changed over the years. It took him months to get over all of his illnesses because he had let it go so long and the infection was really bad.
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• United States
22 Jun
@simone10 i can relate to lettin' schtuff go fer so long that't takes ferever 'n a month 'f sundays to rebound. i'll keep 'im'n my heart, hon.
@DianneN (49657)
• United States
19 Jun
It is rotten having to deal with all those health issues, but I'm glad he is doing much better than he was. I'm so sorry for all you and he have been through.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Yes, it really is rotten and so hard to deal with. I think sometimes it's harder for men than it is for women. Men think they have to be so strong.
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@DianneN (49657)
• United States
28 Jun
@simone10 My husband just had an incident. So true.
@Corbin5 (65017)
• United States
19 Jun
I am sure it is frustrating for your brother not being able to all he used to do. Getting older does seem to be full of changes that are not kind at all. So good to hear from you.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I think what really bothers him is that he is only 48 and already having these problems with his heart. Heart disease runs in our family on my Mom's side. I am very fortunate not to have any problems with my heart at 61.
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@Corbin5 (65017)
• United States
22 Jun
@simone10 Oh dear. It would be so hard for someone your brother's age to deal with this.
@rebelann (26320)
• El Paso, Texas
19 Jun
What a bummer. I hope he can do something to help himself like maybe slowing down a little, wouldn't that help him?
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Yes, slowing down would help him but he is hardheaded at times. He will learn just like I did.
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@rebelann (26320)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jun
I know a few people like that @simone10 they have to learn on their own
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@Courtlynn (30962)
• United States
19 Jun
I'm sorry to hear that. My grandmother had a hard time coping with not being able to do too much after her hip surgery 3 years ago.. she still does.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I have been that way also. It took me several years to accept it and even now, I still have my moments. It's not an easy thing to do.
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@Courtlynn (30962)
• United States
22 Jun
@simone10 not at all. Your life changes. In many ways.
@PatZAnthony (11502)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Jun
There are many things we can do to improve our health and these are especially important as we get older. Hope there is a solution for his issues soon @simone10
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
He needs to exercise more, stop smoking and lose about 40 pounds. We both need to do this and have decided to take it all more seriously now.
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@salonga (27762)
• Philippines
20 Jun
Hi Sharon, I am happy to see you posting again! I'm sorry about your brother and I pray he would be fine. Indeed it sucks to get older and getting all those health issues.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Thanks! It really feels good to be back again....kind of like going home. If my brother does the things he is supposed to do, he will be okay. But, we all know how hard that can be at times.
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@Susan2015 (16805)
• United States
20 Jun
Very sorry to hear that. I hope that he gets better. Sometimes we just can't do all we want to anymore.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
This is true. There has to be a point in life when we have to slow down a little and for some it comes earlier than it does with others.
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• United States
19 Jun
I'm so sorry to hear that your brother has been having such serious heart issues. Yes, it does suck getting older.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
He is feeling better and is slowly learning that he can't do as much as he used to. It's really hard on him that he is only 48.
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@bunnybon7 (30476)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Jun
i sure hope he learns to except taking it easier. i know it has taken me a long time to except so many things i can no longer do. i know you have been really stressed and sometimes that keeps us from doing all we normally do too. i wish and pray for you to have brighter better days hence forth
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Like you, it was hard for me at first too. It has taken years for me to accept that I can't do what I used to but there are still times when I am feeling bad and it bothers me.
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@marlina (55225)
• Canada
19 Jun
Sorry to hear about your dear brother health issues. I am sure that you are a great help and comfort to him. Wishing him the best care possible.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Thank you for the well wishes! I try to be there for him but there are times when he says I mother him too much...lol.
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@Juliaacv (18061)
• Canada
19 Jun
Happy to see that you are back again. I'm so very sorry that your brother is battling with such extreme health issues. That must be quite scary, but I hope that his doctor can get him squared away.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
Thank you, it feels so good to be back again. It has been very scary for me and we both have been stressed over it. He has a really good cardiologist so he is in good hands.
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@paigea (19482)
• Canada
19 Jun
Yes, we have to keep adapting as we age it seems!
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
So very true! Life is always throwing something new at us as we age.
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@GardenGerty (86140)
• Marion, Kansas
19 Jun
I am sorry your brother is going through this. I helped my sister with a lot of appointments for a while. Now hubby has found out that he is not superman, and his health conditions are worrying him. So glad you are back.
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@simone10 (22294)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jun
I think that is what my brother is going through, thinking he is superman and has to be so strong.
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