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    Beware of doctors. You mention a little palpitation, a brief episode of dizziness, and soon you’re wired up and hosed up to all the insturments and on a treadmill. I thought I performed remarkably well.

    A week or so later the doc calls me in. “Hmm… Seems that your genes have caught up with you. Here, take this pill every day and here’s some Nitro if you need it. My office will call you on Monday, no point in spoiling your weekend.” Well, all true except maybe the part about the weekend. I was astonished.

    Upshot of the whole thing is that I will be going on Wednesday for a heart catheterization to see why blood isn’t getting to the bottom of my heart. Options range from treatment with medication, balloon angioplasty, a stent or worst case, a bypass.

    More details as they become available.
    Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
    ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

  • #2
    Money, money, moooney, money. He see's a cash cow in you.

    Don't worry, they have a pill for the heart problem and a pill to counter the side effects of that pill. Then there is the pill to counter the effects of the pill to counter the effects of the second pill. Oh, and they will find other reasons to give you some other pills with side effects that need to be countered.
    It's only ink and paper

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    • #3
      It is a sad situaton that the medical profession is soooooo corrupt.
      I sat in my Doc's office only to hear a rep. from one of the drug companies tell him he will be rewarded at Christmas time for all the pills he prescribes, their brand of course. We go round & round all the time as he always wants to get blood etc. just trying to find something wrong.
      I told him I don't take my car to the shop and tell them to take the top off the engine to see if all looks OK, he just glares at me.

      Graeme

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      • #4
        Well, he isn't making much on the pills, as the two together cost less than $10 for a month's worth. The "proceedure" is another story. About $17,000. I neglected to ask if the doctor had a boat payment coming up.
        Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
        ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Wes1
          a stent or worst case, a bypass.

          More details as they become available.
          Why do you need a tool and cutter grinder for heart surgery, you never seemed that hard hearted to me ?

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          Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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          • #6
            Originally posted by John Stevenson
            Why do you need a tool and cutter grinder for heart surgery, you never seemed that hard hearted to me ?

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            On the contrary, Sir John, soft hearted and soft headed.

            On another occasion some years ago I had an unpleasant experience with a wayward tractor PTO shaft and got my head cracked open. As the surgeon was smoothing out the rough edges of my skull prior to closing up the meat I remarked that from my point of view, a die grinder would probably do a better job than the medical equivalent of the screwdriver he was using, and I was concerned that he was going to slip and put my eye out.
            Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
            ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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            • #7
              Had a heart attack May 2005 while driving home for lunch from work. No previous warning signs. Upshot is you had/have a warning. I've had two seperate surgeries with two angioplasty/stents installed. Piece of cake.
              "The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." H. L. Mencken

              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident."

              "When fear rules, reason and logic are ruled out."

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              • #8
                Take care of yourself and we will be praying for a good report.
                I just need one more tool,just one!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GRH
                  It is a sad situaton that the medical profession is soooooo corrupt.
                  I sat in my Doc's office only to hear a rep. from one of the drug companies tell him he will be rewarded at Christmas time for all the pills he prescribes, their brand of course.

                  Graeme


                  It is scary, I cannot believe that this is common practice and is allowed, Wish me luck you guys, iv made a decision a while back --- Im totally on my own --- with whatever comes up, i will never go to a doctor again if I can help it, (did not have to see one from the years of 15 to 42) Im going totally preventative, i just hope its not too late...
                  All i know is im an ace mechanic --- and I would not even think of treating a Yugo the way iv been treated in the medical profession,

                  I dont know if i offend doctors or what, But i diagnose my own problems before i go in, then tell them whats going on and what i need, They treat me as if I dont have a clue, give me something that I dont need and im back till they finally give me what I told them too in the first place which either entirely fixes the problem or buys me more time to figure things out, I cannot imagine taking an oath to protect human life and either 1; being ignorant 2; being arrogant or the worst #3 knowing what to do but killing someone slowly in the sake of profit, in my opinion many doctors are nothing short of murderers,.............. I cannot believe all the drug commercials on TV, its insane, most do absolutly nothing but address the symptom --- your only shot at a good life is to take the matter into your own hands, First off ask yourself if your truely eating a proper diet, loads of good quality fruits and veggies keep a bodys PH leaning towards alkali instead of acid, this is critical, exersize --- the water we drink (not soda -- it takes 32 glasses of water to de-acid one can of soda pop) and the air we breath will all do better for you than any doctor can achive unless its too late and you just want to keep getting "patched up" till the end, Follow the money trail fella's, Im done...

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                  • #10
                    I heard Doc (DON J) say, yeah, I got a house, but I am keeping it.. forget the tests.

                    They scare you.. the "heart attack" word or the "cancer" word.. milk you like a cow till they get thier new car for thier wife.

                    The financial competetion makes the USA have the best doctors in the world I think, but.. the corruption does them in.

                    What is the cure? We were all born to die, we just want to postpone it as long as possible.

                    On the bright side? New car salesmen do the same thing with a extended warranty. They milk you right then. My wife looked at the salesman and said.. you mean this car is so sorry it needs insurance? Is it junk? then we don't want it.. he changed tactics then. (I love her) We got the low interest rate, no extended warranty, out of the new car dealer with a $238 a month payment for a new car.
                    Excuse me, I farted.

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                    • #11
                      Had the same thing. There was a 90% blockage of the descending whatcha callit artery. I was in a hospital over night and they put in a stent. End of problem. That was two years ago. Had a retest a couple weeks ago. All is well.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by David E Cofer
                        My wife looked at the salesman and said.. you mean this car is so sorry it needs insurance? Is it junk? then we don't want it.. he changed tactics then. (I love her) We got the low interest rate, no extended warranty, out of the new car dealer with a $238 a month payment for a new car.


                        Smart girl,,, I envy that, I had to get my last live-in velcro shoe's cuz she didnt know how to tie... Wish I could say she made up for it in uhhh "other area's" but ummmm nope.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by David E Cofer
                          I heard Doc (DON J) say, yeah, I got a house, but I am keeping it.. forget the tests.

                          They scare you.. the "heart attack" word or the "cancer" word.. milk you like a cow till they get thier new car for thier wife.
                          .
                          Can't say I am particularly scared, and the doctor has previously been conservative and reasonably economical in treating my general health. I am taking the warning seriously though, as my mother had quad bypass about 4 years ago, and my dad died suddenly at age 54. I am 56.

                          Originally posted by David E Cofer
                          On the bright side? New car salesmen do the same thing with a extended warranty. They milk you right then. My wife looked at the salesman and said.. you mean this car is so sorry it needs insurance? Is it junk? then we don't want it...
                          Yep, my standard answer when they try to sell the extended warranty is: "you mean this thing is gonna break?"
                          Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                          ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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                          • #14
                            I use an Osteopath as they are more likely to use natural means to return you to health rather than push pills.
                            It's only ink and paper

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                            • #15
                              Its different "down here"

                              Originally posted by ProGunOne
                              Had a heart attack May 2005 while driving home for lunch from work. No previous warning signs. Upshot is you had/have a warning. I've had two separate surgeries with two angioplasty/stents installed. Piece of cake.
                              Good onya Pro.
                              that's how it is "down here" in Australia I'm pleased to say.

                              Everyone I've spoken to that has had a stent, by-pass or "pace-maker" (lots)or heart-replacement (few) installed is more than happy about it.

                              I keep a good eye on it as I'm 70 and the wife 68 - both with "blood-pressure" (and other) problems that are being very well looked after by medication.

                              So we are "well in the zone".

                              We see our Doctor every second Friday - our choice. He looks after us like you would not believe. Each visit costs wife $7 (Government pays the rest) and me nil as I am a Veteran with all medical expenses covered - for life. And our Doc will only send us to a Specialist if he really thinks its needed as a last practical resort and then we discuss it with him and the Specialist.

                              If I thought we were being "effed" around, I'd be out of there.

                              I am really sorry to hear that so many are doing it so hard so often with the medical profession in the USA and I'm equally glad that it's different and apparently better here.

                              Sure, we have the inevitable "bad apples" and "Big Medical" items in the media who "milk" it for all its worth until the next "sensational" item comes along.

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