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Yesterday the phone rang exceptionally early. I grabbed it in a state of expatriate freak-out, expecting news of a car accident or something. It was my mother, who's usually excellent about this sort of thing. Turns out that she is going to be having carotid artery-clearing surgery in the very near future. Her carotid arteries are 90% occluded, and her side of the family has a history of strokes.

Anybody have any stories/experiences related to this? The Internet is surprisingly terse about it. Possibly because the older generation that has this surgery isn't as wired. She should have ample support in the USA, but I'm still twitchy. I am also trying to put together an indulgent care package for her: her escapist reading favorites are "gentle mysteries where there aren't any murders". So any book recommendations are very welcome too.

Date: 2012-06-25 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teaforme.livejournal.com
My dad had surgery for this a few years before he died (his death had nothing at all to do with it, btw). It was successful and uneventful if I remember correctly.

His carotid artery was something like 95% blocked, and he had no symptoms, I think they discovered it during some routine exam. The docs were astonished, and I think a few of the older men in my family had themselves checked out after that, just to be sure.

Date: 2012-06-25 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
My mom is exactly the same - no symptoms, diagnosed during an exam, everyone shocked she'd been OK so far. Hopefully her outcome will be as good.

Date: 2012-06-25 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nienna-weeper.livejournal.com
My friend's mother had this surgery 20 years ago. It was very successful. *Sends hopes*

My mom liked anything Agatha Christie...

Date: 2012-06-25 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Whew! Thanks!

I remember, growing up, a living room lined with every Agatha Christie...

Date: 2012-06-25 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] usuakari.livejournal.com
Are you searching under 'carotid artery surgery', or 'carotid endarterectomy'?

The first a two hits on a Google search for the second term (Wikipedia and National Institutes of Health) seemed pretty reasonable to me on the process, indications, and risks.

I've transported a few people who were a couple of days post-surgery over the years. In each case they appeared to be recovering fine, with little in the way of side-effects I could observe or they were willing to tell me about. Mind you, I wouldn't have been transporting those patients who had experienced complications that soon after the endarterectomy either.

Good luck to your Mum.

Date: 2012-06-25 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
I was searching on the first term, with some overlap into the second. Thank you!

Date: 2012-06-25 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oracne.livejournal.com
Am pondering gentle mysteries but mostly I like ones with murders.

Maybe some of these posts will help? It's the "traditional and cozy" topic - http://www.criminalelement.com/categories/traditional-mystery-classic-golden-age-cozy-cozies-amateur-sleuth

Date: 2012-06-25 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Ah-HAH! It's the motherlode! "Pet Crimes" looks like just the thing.

Date: 2012-06-26 12:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oracne.livejournal.com

Date: 2012-06-25 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gilraen-surion.livejournal.com
Nothing much to offer but a hug and support.
As far as the surgery is concerned it is pretty routine these days. Something great when you are looking at statistics, slightly unhelpful when it is your own mother. At least that is how we experienced it recently with FIL's run of the mill surgery :-)

Mystery without a murder. Strangely enough Jane Eyre, and Rebecca come to mind. Even Wuthering Heights could qualify.

Date: 2012-06-25 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
As far as the surgery is concerned it is pretty routine these days. Something great when you are looking at statistics, slightly unhelpful when it is your own mother.

Exactly, thank you so much.

Date: 2012-06-25 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-ness.livejournal.com
I have no experience with this. Nonetheless, I'm thinking of you and your mother and wishing you both the best of luck.


Date: 2012-06-25 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you. You're not still in New Haven, are you?

Date: 2012-06-29 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-ness.livejournal.com
Not for some years. I'm a couple of hours away, if that helps.

(Sorry, the browser was logged in to digitalemur's account when I posted, so I deleted the comment from the wrong user. For some odd reason it wouldn't give me an authentication box so I could post as me.)

Date: 2012-06-27 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cirdan-havens.livejournal.com
*hugs* I think a lot of the info online is outdated because of the signal to noise ratio. My sis is a cardiologist, and it's pretty routine for her. She does 1 every other day practically and 2 when she's on call (twice a week) or if one of her patients has a heart attack. Even on 3 hours of sleep she hasn't lost a patient during surgery. Modern technology makes a huge difference.

Side note: What they do with their life after the surgery is another matter. It frustrates her to no end to know that she's saving people who will go right back to their old habits so make sure to get on your mom's case after she recovers. It's usually a sign of other problems to come, liver damage or what not from similar lifestyle problems.

Date: 2012-06-27 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cirdan-havens.livejournal.com
Btw look up angioplasty instead. If they didn't rush her to the ER then it's probably what they'll do.

Date: 2012-06-27 08:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Cool, thanks hon!

Date: 2012-06-27 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Knock on wood, things will go well. Endarterectomy is a pretty routine surgery these days.

Date: 2012-06-28 09:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Which I didn't know at the start of this discussion. Still, I worry, ya know? It's my mom!!!

Date: 2012-07-03 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithilwen.livejournal.com
Of course! It's different when it's one of your family members. And my father's experience shows that even a 'safe, routine" surgery has real risks. They don't make you sign those consent forms for nothing.

Here's hoping your mother sails through the procedure!

Date: 2012-07-06 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lhun-dweller.livejournal.com
I'm a bit late to the "party" on this one, so I'll just chime in to offer best wishes!

Date: 2012-07-08 05:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyellas.livejournal.com
Thank you!
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