Ted Baylis Undergoes Heart Procedures

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Post by John Bleau » Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:20 pm

Hi Ted, greetings from the Bahamas. Glad everything is well for you.

Ted

Post by Ted » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:47 pm

Glad you made it down there safely JB
And thanks
t

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Post by Lance » Wed Feb 22, 2006 4:07 pm

Ted, I rarely visit the Pub and have recently been apprised of your situation. I convey my best wishes to you for full recovery.
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Post by Ted » Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:42 pm

Hey Lance
I appreciate that…thanks a lot
CD:
Perhaps now would be a good time to remove this sticky--

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Or at least archive it for me (sentimental value)

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Post by jack stowaway » Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:05 pm

Perhaps just one more.....?

Good to see you posting again, Ted. You live in an amazing part of the world, and have spoken before of how much you appreciate the natural beauty around you. I can well imagine how healthful and restorative those surroundings are now.

And John Bleau. Hello my friend. I was remiss in not greeting yourself and Barry and Kevin and Pizza and others on my return. [I only meant to say a quick hi to Ralph and then bugger off again.] Anyway, let me fix that impoliteness now.

And Dennis! [mea culpa]
And Cossi!! [mea maxima culpa]

Jack

Ted

Post by Ted » Fri Feb 24, 2006 8:53 am

Jack
Kind words indeed and much appreciated--Yes, I am very lucky to have both the Sound (as in LI Sound) and the Mountains (as in the Catskills) at my doorstep
Good to see you here

t

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Post by Huckleberry » Sun Feb 26, 2006 11:54 pm

Ted, I have just encountered this thread and am relieved that, a week later, you are in excellent spirits and have been running up and down stairs (and the Catskills next), while some of us might have been whining about a stubbed toe or two. :)

Nicely done, Ted.
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Post by John Bleau » Mon Feb 27, 2006 12:05 pm

Hi Jack, good to (figuratively) see you too. I'm very sporadically on the Web these days, sailing around the Bahamas instead. Just a few days ago, we were headed from Nassau to the Allen's Keys, famed for their iguanas, in the Exumas, 28 nm SSE. The waters were so calm that the sailboat was like a spaceship hovering over coral oases, with the sea life - starfish, fish, mantas, a nursing shark with a baby, and two dolphins clearly visible. The water was unnoticeable. When the dolphins came to swim in front of the bow, it was as if they were traveling through space, above alien landscapes below. When we got to the Allen's Keys, we could see the iguanas running around like cats as human visitors fed them. Never saw such lively reptiles.

The winds came in the evening and nearly blew us ashore. One boat in the lagoon was washed ashore - very luckily, it went onto the 15 ft of beach out of about 1/2 mile of hull-wrecking coral on that key. These winds were a harbinger of bigger winds in the days to come, and we headed back to Nassau, and are now in the safe haven of a marina, where I have Internet access and am free to post to you.

Like Ted, I'm getting quite a bit of exercise, swimming, running, kicking a ball around, bailing out friends in trouble - a lot of that around here! - and hoisting anchors. The mishaps are the most exhilirating part of my trip, believe it or not...

My travels will someday take me to Oz. Will (literally) see you then.

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Post by jack stowaway » Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:41 pm

John,

Look forward to it.

Like you, I'm somewhat of a sporadic poster currently. Do you (or anyone else) know what happened to Susan? I miss her acerbic wit.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Feb 27, 2006 6:30 pm

jack stowaway wrote:John,

Look forward to it.

Like you, I'm somewhat of a sporadic poster currently. Do you (or anyone else) know what happened to Susan? I miss her acerbic wit.

Jack
She had knee joint replacement surgery in Dec 04 and I haven't heard much from her since. I miss her too.
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Post by jack stowaway » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:11 pm

Corlyss,
If you are in touch with her again, please convey my best wishes for a speedy recovery. Have you invited her to post here?

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:41 pm

jack stowaway wrote:Corlyss,
If you are in touch with her again, please convey my best wishes for a speedy recovery.
If she's still recovering from surgery 14 months ago, she's in real trouble. I'll email her with your greetings.
Have you invited her to post here?
Yes.
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Post by Ted » Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:24 pm

Thanks Huck for your kind and uplifting words
Update:
As one who has never been sick a day in my life and was not even sick before the angioplasties, this was the worst week ever (On a physical level)
I developed a severe allergic reaction to the Plavix—an drug that prevents thrombosis in the stent (blockage by scabs of blood as it were)
I am now on mega doses of Prednisone (Cortisone) to prevent my own immune system from further attacking the remaining Plavix.....In a few days I will try another anti-platelet anti- coagulant drug called Ticlid which does the same thing as Plavix but by a whole different pharmacological action.. Of course I could also be allergic to Ticlid but that’s a bridge we’ve yet to cross--I’m sure it will all work out one day at a time
As for Susan C, I will contact her and re-invite her here
Thanks again everyone for all the White Light I’ve felt coming from you

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Post by Huckleberry » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:25 pm

Ted, it is so very sweet of you to write to us at this time.

Yes, I know of both Plavix and Prednisone. I haven't heard of Ticlid; it must be fairly new. Thank goodness for the multiple options that exist now!

Keep thinking of how wondrous it will be to up and about in the Catskills a few weeks hence. :D
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Post by Ted » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:50 am

Actually Huck, Ticlid (Ticlopidine) is a few years older than Plavix (Clopidogrel) and is primarily used to prevent strokes from reoccurring by making the blood “Slippery”
The pharmacology of Plavix does not compromise the immune system like Ticlid does.. Fewer white cell production "Neutropenia" is common with Ticlid and not a factor with Plavix.
So unlike Plavix, weekly blood tests are required for the first few months while on a Ticlid regiment
t

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Post by jack stowaway » Tue Feb 28, 2006 7:11 am

If she's still recovering from surgery 14 months ago, she's in real trouble. I'll email her with your greetings.
I misread the date as Dec 4 [of '05]

Anyway, hope to see her post here soon.

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Post by Huckleberry » Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:28 pm

Ted wrote: As one who has never been sick a day in my life and was not even sick before the angioplasties, this was the worst week ever (On a physical level)
I developed a severe allergic reaction to the Plavix—an drug that prevents thrombosis in the stent (blockage by scabs of blood as it were)
There was an item on Plavix on the 10 p.m. CBC news today, and my ears pricked up immediately on account of this post of yours, Ted.

According to the report, some in the medical community now have grave doubts about Plavix - these people claim that Plavix actually does more harm than good overall.
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Post by Ted » Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:59 pm

Satisfyingly ironic isn’t “H”…..I’ve had calls from friends (you included) Doctors, you name it all of whom are happy that what we thought was my misfortune at first turns out to be a fortuitous blessing in disguise. Certainly this recent study does not bode well for people who are on Plavix (at least not psychologically)—though as a blood thinner of sorts with Aspirin it is not without merit despite the findings.
Thanks for thinking about me
People like me with DES (Drug Eluding Stents) do need some kind of thrombosis protection….Perhaps Aspirin alone will turn out to be the thing after all, so far it and Ticlidopine seem to be working for me
t

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Post by Ralph » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:47 am

I saw my cardiologist last Wednesday and asked him about the Plavix issue. He said that no one in his group prescribed Plavix and aspirin for patients who had not sustained a heart attack and the article was not new information for him or his partners.

He said that Plavix AND aspirin as a prophylactic against a SECOND heart attack was well proven and I just took my dosage a half-hour ago.
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Post by Ted » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:34 pm

Warning on stopping Plavix

BETHESDA, Md., March 17 (UPI) -- The American College of Cardiology warns U.S. patients taking Plavix for any reason, to consult their cardiologist before stopping this medication.

Recent media reports regarding the results of the CHARISMA Trial may be misinterpreted by patients with coronary stents and other conditions -- causing patients to stop taking the anti-clotting drug clopidogrel, also known as Plavix, inappropriately -- said the American College of Cardiology in a statement Friday.

Although the CHARISMA trial showed no benefit to combining Plavix and aspirin for certain patients, this study does not invalidate use of the drug for approved indications, such as stenting, the group said.

Certain other patients are given Plavix after hospitalization for heart attack or stroke. Patients with these conditions must discuss the benefits and risks of anti-clotting medication with their health care provider and should not stop Plavix on their own, the cardiology group said.

Discontinuation of Plavix in patients with recently-placed stents can cause clot formation within the stent, resulting in serious harm or death, the statement said.

http://www.upi.com/ConsumerHealthDaily/ ... 2340-2654r

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Post by Ralph » Sun Mar 19, 2006 1:54 pm

Cardiac issues are one area where no patient should assume he/she can self-treat. If someone doesn't feel comfortable with a particular doctor there are many others but following the medical advice of a trusted physician is critical.
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Post by Ted » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:12 pm

Cardiac issues are one area where no patient should assume he/she can self-treat.
Absolutely
I like to do my own research so I can have two-way intelligent conversations with my Drs, but once I’ve established a level of trust and confidence, I leave the “Driving to them”
BTW, my cardiologist basically had the same take on this Plavix news as yours …. Of course it’s irrelevant in my case
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Post by Ralph » Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:30 pm

Ted wrote:
Cardiac issues are one area where no patient should assume he/she can self-treat.
Absolutely
I like to do my own research so I can have two-way intelligent conversations with my Drs, but once I’ve established a level of trust and confidence, I leave the “Driving to them”
BTW, my cardiologist basically had the same take on this Plavix news as yours …. Of course it’s irrelevant in my case
t
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And WE'RE all thankful here that the issue is irrelevant to you! :)
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Post by Ted » Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:59 pm

Hopefully with this report we can send this thoughtfully authored thread to the archives
Just had my post-stent stress test today and I passed with flying colors.. While I could only complete 3 minutes of the first level pre-sent, I did all three levels and went for over 11 minutes (The max is 12)
Looks like the Cardio-plumbers at Columbia Presbyterian are everything they’re cracked up to be
Once again, thank you everyone for your thoughtful posts
And here’s to Ralph’s continued recovery
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Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:12 pm

Congratulations, Ted! This is great news.
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Post by Ralph » Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:30 pm

It is great news.

Next week I hope, with my cardiologist's clearance, to start the 12 week (as opposed to 12-step) cardiac rehab program. I still don't understand why he wants me to do the full Rorshach Test first.
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Post by Werner » Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:20 am

All right, you guys - glad to see you've both got off to a good start for the rest of your lives. Keep it up!
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