JohnZak’s Surgery

First checkup~ 2-5-08

So I went to see Dr. Brown, my current cardiologist, today and it went ok I guess. He just checked my stats, and my breathing. You know the cardio stuff. My blood pressure was really low, and I told him how I have been becoming lightheaded sometimes, so Dr. Brown changed up my medication some, and is starting me on a weaker form of Altace for my heart. It won’t lower my pressure as much, which he thinks will be safer, and it might pump more blood to my feet and might help them to heal faster. And the best part of the new medication is that it is only $4. Now both of the meds that I have for my heart are under $10. Which is a good thing because he said I might be on them for awhile.  I am suppose to meet with him again in three months, but it is dependent on when and how my next surgery goes.

February 5, 2008 Posted by | Recoverery | Leave a comment

New meds are working :) ,and three weeks later.

Well Monday I received a new medication called Neurontin, its another med that is suppose to help with the nerve pain, and slow my nerves down, and like the Lyrica that I already have, the Neurontin took around a week to kick in. I can really feel the difference now. At night I do not get the killing, shocking, wanting to die pain like I was having before. All the pain I have in my feet now is tolerable. I am still not receiving more then three house of sleep at night with the Ambien, but I was just able to get an hours nap in this morning. So that is always a good sign. The most pain I feel now is when I walk. There are spots on my feet where it feels like someone took a cheese grater to it when something lightly touches it, or if I have pressure on those spots to long. But all in all they are starting to feel better. And like always I hope they keep getting better and don’t start hurting again like last time. And after three weeks with that much pain, I will be ready for anything. Some people are saying that I will be lost without it, but I know that is not true lol. The only thing that has ever felt worse is the CT scan that they gave me when I went into the ER and the dye that they use went into the tear of my aorta and caused me to try and craw out of the scanner. It’s funny now that I think of it. 

My mom and I also went in and I applied for Medicade so please pray for me that I get approved. The lady that we worked with said it might take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of years for my case. I guess they only like working with people that have a lifetime disability, and since I will be better in around a year, they might not want to help pay for my bills.

And the last thing is that I’m going in to get some blood work done sometime today for my appointment with Dr. Dechner next week. And I also have a couple of other appointments with other Doctors sometime next week also, but I am not sure which ones, I’m still meeting some of them for the first time. 

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Recoverery | Leave a comment

I think thay are starting to get better

So what all happened since my last post. Well since last Wed. it sometimes feels like my feet are starting to become more normal. But I still have times when I can’t stand the pain at all. It seems to be fine during the day, but then around eight my feet just start burning, stinging, shocking, and they are just in every kind of non-stop pain you can think of. So I have not been sleeping at all most nights for the past week. A couple of days ago my mom called Abi and she talked to Dr. Dechner, and he called into Wal-Mart and got me a prescription for Ambien. My mom calling Abi, to her picking up the prescription all happened within an hour. It’s great to have a sister that works with your doctor. The Ambien helped me sleep great the first night. But then the next night it had no kind of affect on me. So once again I was up all night. And it’s been like that since.

            Yesterday morning at church Vi Delagrange came up to me and asked if I have ever thought of being anointed with oil in front of the church, it crossed my mind once awhile ago, but I never thought of it since. So during one of the breaks, she talked to Pastor Don, and he said he would do it that day. So during the service he came back to me, I always sit in the back now in case I have to walk around or leave, and did a prayer for me and anointed me. As soon as he did that the pain died down until I got home. It was the first time I was able to sit still since I came home from the hospital. The even better thing that happened is that the severe pain that I normally have at night, I had that afternoon. I know that might not sound like a good thing, but that night I was able to control most of the pain because it was not that bad, there is a reason for everything in Gods plan.  But since the extreme pain started during the day, we tried to do something about it, so my mom called Jayne Numbers, a massage therapist and friend of the family, and I went in to see her for several hours. While there she worked mostly on the back of my spine, and now we know that is where the problem is because at one point during the appointment all my pain was gone, and I was in complete bliss. But then she stopped and the shooting pain came back real soon. Jayne told us to take two tennis balls on put them into a soc and then lay the back of my head, by my spine, on them. It is suppose to manipulate what she was doing to stop the pain. I couldn’t get it to work though. So last night the pain was very weak, but I still could not sleep. I took a Ambien, but it only worked for an hour before I was wide awake again. So we are back to not knowing what to do. But my feet are feeling different some of the time, so they might be becoming a little better.

January 28, 2008 Posted by | Recoverery | Leave a comment

Two weeks later

Well it has been two weeks since I’ve come home from the hospital and my recovery is going great. I am getting out of the house a lot more, mostly to Wal-Mart to walk around while Britnee shops. I have even been able to go out to eat a couple of times, but it is hard to sit through a meal because my feet are still bugging me a lot, but the pain has moved mostly to my toes and the end of my feet. The only time when the rest of my feet hurt is at night for some reason. And when they hurt at night, it’s the worst pain that I have ever felt. And the pain pills that I have don’t really help. This causes me to loose a lot of my sleep. But according to the doctor, it shouldn’t last more then another week; I really hope he is right. I am going to see Jayne Numbers a couple times a week which helps for several hours. And it seems to be helping get rid of some of the pain altogether. She also wants me to see Dr. Bull, which is the main chiropractor where she works. She believes that I have two disks in my lower spine that are to close together, and that if I get that fixed then it might loosen up my nerves some, and stop most of the pain. I hope she is right.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Recoverery | Leave a comment

I’ll keep you posted.

That is most of what I know happened. I will keep you posted on anything new that comes up, and about my next Surgery in April.

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Recoverery | Leave a comment