Erika`s procedure in Poland

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Postby CRHInv » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:36 am

Bless your heart Erika! All I can say is "wow!" I hope you can rest well and have a very safe journey home. You are really an inspiration!
Take good care,
dx 4/09 * Stanford appointment 11/09/09 * One stent left, low jugular 11/10/09!<br />One year from treatment, I have my life back.  Placebo schmebo.
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Postby mrhodes40 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:11 am

I feel so happy for you!! congratulations and I hope you heal well and quickly... :D :D
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Postby Sharon » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:22 am

Erika, your patience and your deligence has been an inspiration to all of us. Now it is time to relax and to heal. I will be looking forward to hearing about your one stent and your recovery. Congratulations!

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Postby mormiles » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:28 am

Peace be with you, Erika. May God bless you with healing and recovery and a happy life.
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Postby HappyPoet » Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:15 pm

Erika, you did it, girl!

My husband was born in Poland, and I tell him Poland is where I should go to have my stent surgery (assuming I have stenosis, that is).

We both wish you a speedy recovery.

Best wishes, Erika!!
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Postby skydog » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:59 pm

Congratulations Erica, You have opened many doors across the globe with your steadfast determination. You are in are collective thoughts and prayers. Peace and Health to You! Mark
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Postby Needled » Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:53 pm

Erika, I'm so glad everything went well. It's wonderful to see so many people from all over the world cheering you on. You are amazing and an inspiration to all of us.
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Postby ErikaSlovakia » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:35 am

Wow, so many posts! I am surprised. Thank you all!!!
I am so happy I do not know where to start.
I am 100% sure it was correct what I did - the procedure.

Well, at the moment I am at the train station In Katowice. I am waiting for my train to Slovakia.

Day -1: it means the day before the procedure. I came to the hospital at 2 pm. I just had blood draw and I was filling some forms with the nurse. I do not have big problems with Polish language. It was Monday.
Day 0 - Dr Hartel - the radiologist from Zabrze came to pick me up about 10:30. I had another MR, it was about 40 minutes. They wanted to check something again. I was waiting there for Dr. Simka - he had some another patients from Slovakia that day. He talked to Dr. Hartel about my left jugular vein. I did not have stenosis in mz right jugular - the vein only looks ugly (some people have ugly ears I have ugly right jugular - well I must live with that...)
The problem was in my low jugular vein, not stenosis but the valve was not OK. The pictures were clear. It was similar problem as Rici had.
We went by car back to Katowice - my procedure started about 4:30 pm. I was back in my bed at 6 pm. There was also local TV an they documented with camera whole procedure.
The procedure is extremely easy. It is really nothing. I was not scared AT ALL. So I got one stent in my left jugular vein.
I could have the procedure twice a day without any problem.
At 8 pm I saw my head was not that "foggy". I liked to look at the wall and other things in my room. I had to stay in bed for 13 hours. I did not want any catheter for urinating. I had to call the nurse couple of times during the night. It was hard to empty my bladder the first and the second time. I did not have any third arm to push my bladder. The other 4 times it was easy - which was good because I have some bruises from the heparin injections on my belly. I can not even touch it - but it is my fault - I will explain later.
Day 1:The next day I was NOT TIRED AT ALL!!! It is strange because I slept only 5 hours. At about 5 pm I was in my hotel already.
I go to write now something to the German and Slovak and Czech Forums.
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Aug. 7, 09 Doppler Ultras. in Poland, left Jugul. valve problem, RRMS since 1996, now SPMS,
- Nov.3,09: one stent in the left jug. vein in Katowice, Poland, LDN, never on DMDs
- Jan. 19, 11: control venography in Katowice - negative but I feel worse
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Postby Edser » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:53 am

Excellent stuff Erika :D I'm glad everything went well for you.This work that Dr Simka is doing appears to be doing wonders for people like us with MS.Dr Simka thank you from the bottom of my heart :D
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Postby Ernst » Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:05 am

Nice to hear from you! And please keep raporting? Is it ok, that I copy/paste your reply to Finnish forum?
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Postby bestadmom » Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:10 am

I'm so happy for you and can't wait to hear more. Your story is my addiction!!!
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Postby ikulo » Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:51 am

Ahoj Erika,

My parents speak slovak and I was wondering if you could post a link to the slovak forums here, or private message me the link if you prefer. I'd like to send it to them so that they can participate in the discussions.

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Postby Edser » Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:20 am ... html?box=4
I've booked into this Hotel,for my visit to Dr Simka,on Erika's recomdation.I hope everything is going well for everyone who had the procedure done by Dr Simka & his team :D
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Postby Pepe » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:23 pm

Congratulation Erika... your happiness is our happiness.
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