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Right Heart Cath Tomorrow....


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#1 Maddy07

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 02:10 PM

Tomorrow morning is my right heart cath to check for PH. I've had a rough month. My kidneys weren't working, and slowly recovered, and I'm stillllll weaning down my Prednisone. I can't wait to be off of it. The fatigue and joint pain has done a number on me.

I dread tomorrow. I'm trying not to. I know we NEED the information it will provide, but I'm also scared of the results. And to be honest I'm scared of the procedure itself.

I'm trying so hard to stay positive, but I couldn't sleep last night and those hours in the middle of the night, it's too easy to not be positive, ya know? I stayed busy today so that I didn't nap. I want to sleep tonight....and I want tomorrow to be overwith.

Any words of wisdom with the heart cath?

Thanks in advance,
Maddy
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#2 Annie N

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 03:33 PM

Hi
I hope you're actually sleeping and not awake to get this message, but just in case, I was really scared too and it wasn't bad at all. It's a fast procedure, so you're in and out pretty quickly and there's no discomfort at all. Staying still afterward is boring...and my cath ruled out PAH, so I hope yours does too.
Sending you positive thought and good wishes...
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 04:16 PM

Hi Maddy,

I had right and left done a year ago and I think the waiting for it was the worst part, that and the laying on my back for some hours after. I am sure that it will be easy for you and then you will know where your at. They will give you meds to help you be calm and then its easy. Make sure you potty b4 the test because after you can not get out of bed for 4 hours I think it was. I ended up needing the foley cath after to empty my bladder.

Please let us know how it goes when your up to it. Hope you feel better soon.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 04:33 PM

I don't have any words of wisdom, just best of wishes for tomorrow. I understand this procedure is pretty common. Just know we'll be thinking of you and sending good thoughts your way.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 05:12 PM

Hi, Maddy,
I've never had a heart cath, but my husband has had two of them over the last four years and he said there was nothing to it. For one thing, he was really out of it! He wasn't totally under anesthetic, but he was given something that he said caused him to feel no pain during the procedure. Afterwards, he didn't seem to have any pain or problems either.
Good luck in the morning! Let us know what you find out.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 05:34 PM

Hi Maddy,

I can't offer you any words of wisdom on the cath as I've never had one. I just want you to know that I'll be thinking of you. Something that helps me sometimes when I need to relax is to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I count to 4 slowly on each inhale and exhale. This helps to relax me and the counting helps to keep my mind occupied.

Wishing you the best tomorrow. And remember to breathe then too! Let us know how it all goes.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 02:09 AM

Just relax everything will be ok, do you know what type of right heart cath? When I had my done they went through the neck its a lot easier and you get to go home faster. To me it just felt like a bee sting. well take care and keep us posted on what they say. Sam
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:27 AM

Maddy,
Looking forward to hearing how you did today. We'll be thinking of you.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:17 AM

Sending positive relaxing vibes your way. I look forward to hearing the outcome.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:22 AM

Hi Maddy... I hope things went okay for you today.... will be looking for your post.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:52 AM

Come on Maddy. Give us the scoop. Hopefully someone told you something today. Let us know the procedure you had and how you handled lying flat for several hours. We are all anxiously awaiting news from you. Whenever you get a chance. Sheryl
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