If the Raisin Ranch is Rockin’…

This post is dedicated to the lovely nursemyra – an inspiration to all in her devotion to historical (and hysterical) medical research… 

On my recent visit to The Park i learned a most fascinating medical fact from the brilliant and pharmaceutically savvy Dr. M.

The last echocardiogram done on Mom showed potential signs of secondary pulmonary hypertension.  In short, her lifestyle choices* have not only destroyed the cardiac plumbing systems, but are starting to affect her ventilation system as well…

While we were discussing diagnostic options – to include heart catheterization in a couple weeks – i asked exactly what Dr. M was hoping to discover through the testing.  She explained – using the cutest little heart puzzle thingie i’ve ever seen – that she wants to know whether Mom’s misery is coming from the heart trouble or the lung dysfunction.  By determining the source, she can make a better decison about treatment options.

Knowing this was a possibility i’d done some surfing on the topic before the visit.  It was my understanding that there’s not much that can be done to treat secondary pulmonary hypertension.  Thanks to Dr. M’s diligence in staying on top of the latest research, i was delighted to have her correct me.

There are pharmaceutical approaches for treating pulmonary hypertension – depending mostly on the reason for increased pressure in the lung plumbing.  Among other drugs, Viagra has been shown** to effectively treat some forms of pulmonary hypertension.

Mom: You mean you might put me on Viagra?

Dr. M: I’ve got several ladies using it…

daisyfae: Good grief, she’s already a demon!  The men at church are terrorized! At least give me time to get a warning out on the church ‘prayer chain’!

Dr. M: Don’t worry – women don’t have the same reaction as men, so there wouldn’t be much effect on sex drive.

Mom: damn…

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* maybe i’m being a bit judgmental here, but it seems that smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day for 65 years will do a little something to your health…  add in the salt/lard/bacon-based diet and take away any form of exercise and you’ve got the equation for stroke, emphysema or heart-attack… or just a multiple-organ mutiny saying “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any longer…”

** Dr. M went on to explain that Viagra was first developed to treat pulmonary hypertension.  When the clinical trials were over, the men involved begged to keep taking it…

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11 thoughts on “If the Raisin Ranch is Rockin’…

  1. well girl… all i have to say is mama did what mama wanted,, and in the end she didn’t do half bad… if she is still runnin’ circles around the boys at prayer meeting,, who probably led a “cleaner life” and still more than likely cant get it up without the viagra… more power to her!!!!!!

  2. bent – no doubt there’s a lot of those genes fighting to get to the surface.

    archie – that study might be a scam to get insurance companies to pay for it… hmmm…

    paisley – she’s something else… and when i’ve collected my thoughts i’ll get around to telling some of her story. living with two gay men in the early 50’s? there is a tale to be told…

    uw – awww…. don’t be sad. remember, she’s got a bad heart. it’s for her own good!

  3. kyknoord – it’s the married ones i worry about. i don’t want a geriatric version of “Kill Bill” playing out in the fellowship hall…

    nm – aw, c’mon. let ’em play. might accelerate your turnover rate…

  4. uncle keith – of course not. but if you ever get that ‘4 hour’ thing going on, give me a call before you talk to the doc…

    manuel – yeah. brrrr…..

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