The "now retired" Old Guy
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Savannah, GA, USA
Bikes: Trek Madone 4.5
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Originally Posted by t4mv
Ed, are you getting roto-rootered by one of those SilverHawk devices? Removes the plaque rather than stenting? Good stuff, I tell, ya... Let us know how it goes.
Nope, no Silverhawk device. The Baloon (Angioplasty) + a Stent on the Left leg was done yesterday.
After a brief short walk today, the pain in the left leg is gone. However, because of the severe amount of pain in the left leg, I didn't realize how much pain I had in the right leg. Though it isn't nearly as bad.
I see the Vascular Surgeon on Thursday and we will talk about doing the right leg in a few weeks. More than likely the exact same treatment. I'm looking forward to that.
After the procedure yesterday, the Surgeon and I, along with my wife, had a discussion concerning what has happened. What I have is called PAD "Peripheral Artery Disease". Caused by High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Genetics and the number one most probable cause is 37 years of smoking cigarettes and nearly 65 years of being exposed to second hand smoke.
Of course I, along with just about every young person in the past and present world, thought I was bullet-proof and none of these horrible things would ever happen to me as a result of smoking. Smoking isn't all of it but I'm sure it played the biggest part in getting here.
Having said all of that.........
I cannot start riding again until next weekend. When I do start back it will be with vigor and purpose. I have a goal of 50 miles daily and, at least, a couple of centuries before the end of the year.
"The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"