Pete Charlesworth (bypassblade)
I 1st wrote this just over 5 years ago & now I can't find it but I feel as though I should tell it again, my trouble 1st started on the golf course 26th Nov 2005. I was feeling breathless & put it down to smoking, that night I went to hospital as I could not breathe (woke me up)
I went for a treadmill test on the 29th & was just putting my shirt on & asked if I needed to get results from my doctor, I was told I was going nowhere as I'd had a heart attack.
I gave my wife my lighter & fags that night & I never saw them again, I had my final xray on 9th December. The doctor came to see me & said you need a quadruple heart bypass, we were shocked but thought well we'll have time to adjust. I was told I'd had 2 silent heart attacks & the next one would kill me; what;s happened since we view as a journey & learning curve.
I asked when he said I've got you in for 11am Monday 29th; I had the operation & was home on the 17th December. I noticed green discharge from my chest on x-mas eve but nurse said it was okay. On x-mas day I had a sneezing fit of about 5 consecutive sneezes the pain was unreal my little pillow was hugged close to my chest.
I was rushed into hospital on the 27th & spent the next few weeks in fighting the infection, it nearly did for me I sailed thru the operation but this nearly killed me.
I came home on 18th Jan 2006 & startd my long road back I spent 6 months off work, I was told the infection put me back 3 months. I was also told that I had come within one week of dying.
I went back to work but in 2007 I got more symptoms & had 3 stents fitted in my arteries round the heart, & again in 2008 3 more stents fitted.
I have been admitted 10 times in last 5 years with pains & earlier this year chronic breathing problems , told I had unstable angina.
I have since had to wear a 24 hour heart monitor & had my 2nd echo cardiogram in 4 months (still waiting results).
I have lost 3.5 stones since last August & stopped drinking if I fancy a pint I have one but that's about 1 a month.
I am due to go on holiday soon, I was going to Turkey but my cardiologsit has banned me travelling outside Europe for good now, so we now going to Greece.
I am starting now to get more chest pains & using
my GTN more & it controls it; me and the wife ar really looking forward to this holiday.
I am going to 4 days when I come back & taking partial retirement hopefully this might help.
I work but it's sedintary but at home I can wash pots & that's about it I can't do much else, in fact my GP has banned me doing all handywork & gardening.
I find that hardest as I've always been hands on, ex miner & enginering machinist. We have accepted we won't grow old together but are detremined to enjoy what time we do have left, I cannot even pick my grandkids up they are too heavy for me one is only 9 months old.
My health has been poor this year but slowly improving I hope I just plod on & hope for the best, I have been told I have chronic heart disease & 2 of my bypasses have "gone" as have 4 of my stents.
My arteries are renarrowing & I was told that some of the blockages are too dangerous to operate on.
I refuse to let this beat me now ( I know it will eventually), all my family have accepted my condition & its; their unconditional love that's helped me more than owt (anything)
Apologies I am a Yorkshire man from Sheffield in England if you don't understand some of my phrases.
I'm not bitter but what I will say to people is don't take anything for granted, I was fairly fit played golf twice weekly I was overweight but not morbidly obese by any stretch of the imagination.
Now I'm down to a weight that suits me & feel as though I'm still losing it but I look better.
I take my mediaction religously daily; it's just 2nd nature to me now me and our lass (wife) even joke about it.
I was pertrified when I first had my op but the worst thing after was coughing & sneezing oh, and putting weight on my left leh where'd thay cut up my leg to get the vein for 2 of my 4 bypasses.
Would I change anything I don't think so I've hot a great family & hindsight is the best qualities we've got, but only use when it's happened.
I know there are people worse off than me but I have problems but as a family we get over them, the biggest pain is getting insurance when we go abroad it's cost me over £200.00 just for 2 weeks but it's worth it if the worst happens.
My name is Pete what I will say is if you get a pain get it seen to; don't put it off even if it's nothing in the end.
Thanks for reading this.