CNClear wrote:Sure wish there was an alternative to the Coumadin, but when I looked it up, the alternatives, like Heparin, despite having to be given intervenously, and just 2 days ago had a massive recall due to contamination, they think...there doesn't seem to be a good alternative...I am more leery about the Coumadin than any other part of the surgery...
Hey, I have a question that I keep forgetting to ask and maybe you can help me with...Why are you awake during the procedure? I'm kinda paranoid about anethesia anyway, and I dont mind that i will be awake during it, and I know that the docs don't like to use heavy anesthesia on people with MS (at least that's what they told me...) and is there some discourse that goes on during it? If so, how do you keep still?
Thanks to anyone who can answer this, as it has been bugging me to know the answer for a while now, but the damn brain fog keeps getting in the way and i can never remember to ask...that's why when it came to me now, I knew I better ask...
You are awake so you can "participate" by holding your breath for indeterminable lengths and basically staying still the rest of the time. Very still. There is someone tasked with your every scratch>needs>itch etc. You are very much an active participant in the process. It's pretty easy to stay still and relaxed when they are pushing the morphine. I can't speak for anyone else, but my stress level was pretty low during the whole thing, was more concerned with not listening for his cues than anything. It was very relaxing. My only thing was nobody told me when to exhale on a number of occasions lol. My only regret was not being able to see the monitors very well just cause it all seemed so interesting! The "discourse" is pretty much them telling you what to do and when but it's fairly tame, "hold your breath, little longer, little longer, okay breath out". Stuff like that. You are underneath a big sterile sheet with your head poking out one end, and feet out the other. In the middle is a little opening that goes over the tiny incision they make to gain access.
Since I had 4 stents there was a bit more "breath in, hold it" involved I'm sure than if only 2, but everyone is different in every way but I wasn't bored that's for sure!
Forgot to add, that my feet are EXTREMELY ticklish, so when they went to take the booty off to put the heart rate monitor on, it turned into a keystone cops affair lol. I begged em to let me do it with my other foot. Begged! That was all before the actual procedure began but hey fair warning next time! lol.
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap