Well, at this evening of my life I am faced with decisions about how I want to dispose of the last few chunks of money I might find, and also what to save up for if I can manage that. The other day I tried out a Bioness walking device. I was impressed, but it is $7K.
Angioplasty is not a device, but counts in my figuring. It will be above $10K, probably, all included.
We need a new roof. The last one cost $4K, but I am determined this time to get shingles that will last my lifetime, which unless great breakthroughs are made, is likely to be at most 10 to 20 years. The last few years will not be in my home anyway, but I'd like to hang on to it for the rest.
We need a new car, and what I saw yesterday on YouTube leads me to know that gasoline-only will contribute to the deaths of my children, and any grandchildren that come along. Natural gas is cleaner, but it's overall human energy consumption that is killing us. When the polar ice caps are gone, (which may be in my short remaining years) it will be 'game-over', because being white, they are the only thing that reflects enough heat. So I would be a better human (if a good human can exist, which I am beginning to doubt) if I spent the money on a horse.
Plus my wife and kids, I'm sure, have a few items to add.
So ECCP may be outside my means as a Consumer. For me it might be very useful. Not useful so much because of my heart, which could use some collateral circulation to assist or replace the stents in my chest. No, my latest problem is bad leg circulation, which ECCP can't help but improve. If it helped my neck and brain too, so much the better.
I am already wearing compression stockings, but there is one nagging concern. I think they are making me dizzy. It is immediately reversible if I take them off. I first believed in the possibility of CCSVI, when I noted that I would not lose my balance so much in the shower and elsewhere, if I kept my head up. Picking up the soap was the most dangerous thing I was doing, given the presence of very hard, sometimes sharp, and very slippery surfaces.
So I was prepared when I found this out about my compression hose. I definitely think I have reflux, and now I also think it is worsened by that. High venous blood pressure, and reflux. Changes in my lower leg volume are affecting that. Hard to believe, but somebody give me a better explanation and I will embrace it.
What effect would ECCP have? I'd like to find out, because it could improve both my heart and my feet. There might be a physical as well as financial cost, however, in my mere anecdotal case.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
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