When I was stationed on the USS Wasp in the Pacific during World War II our carrier was hit by a suicide bomber.
Since the 1970s I’ve had heart murmurs and in 1995 I lost my first wife after 47 1/2 years of marriage. In 2008 I had double bypass surgery and while I felt good for several years after that, in about 2013 I was in and out of hospitals and rehab centers for treatment of swollen legs, numbness on my right side and shortness of breath.
In May my leg really started swelling up and my gout flared. My right leg kept going dead on me. My heart was really screwed up. By the fall of 2013 I got fed up.
I told them that what they were doing was not working and to get me to Borgess. They did.
The nurses got me stabilized and they got the water out of me. A few days later, when I was looking at my heart monitor, I saw my beat get slower and suddenly drop. Boy, they rushed around and got my heart stabilized again. That’s when they decided to put in a pacemaker.
As I was recovering, my doctor, Dr. Gupta, told me that I was a good candidate for a relatively new procedure called TAVR. On Valentine’s Day, Dr. Gupta and his team performed the TAVR procedure and my breathing has been better since.
The care at Borgess is really good. I was very satisfied. The nurses are all pleasant and when I would kid with one of the nurse’s aides, she’d come right back at me and we’d laugh. Dr. Gupta and his team is darn good.