Hello Dear Friends

I know a lot of us think that nothing bad can happen to us. If anything bad happens, it happens to someone else. This thought process is an ongoing thread in everyone’s mind. Physicians are worse. They think nothing can go wrong with them. If there is a slight problem, they think that they can take care of it with the super knowledge that they have.
I was in the same boat. Meh! Nothing will happen to me. I have taken care of thousands of patients in the 35 years that I practiced. I know all the signs and symptoms! Blah blah and more blah!

I needed to be put in my place. I needed to come down to ground zero! And boy did I ever!! When I passed out in London and found my face next to the floor, I was confused…”Why in God’s name is my face so close to this floor?” Never suspected an MI. NEVER!

Shows how ignorant physicians can be sometimes!

Anyway, I had my angioplasty done on Monday. My original appointment was for 6:30 in the morning. I requested a later time, to allow us to drive down to St. Louis (a 2 hour drive without the hassle of traffic).I was given a 9 am time. We (Saadia and Sayeed) reached there at 8:15. The case that was being done at 6:30 got into complications, and it took them 5 hours to finish it. I did not have anything to eat since Sunday night. And that was okay, I just pretended that it was Ramadan and I was fasting!!

At 1 pm I was told that it would take them three and half to four hours for my case. That means it would be close to six before I get out of the catheterization lab, and then I would have to wait for two to three hours in a state of immobility, before I could have my head raised up to eat some food! I just resigned myself to that fact and tried to be cool with it.

I was wheeled in around 1:30, and was given all kinds of medications etc. It was really cool watching and hearing the surgeons conducting their procedure. Really cool. After about two hours I asked Dr. Lasala, how everything was going, and he said, “Oh Dr. Ali, we are almost done. You had more than one blockage. We have put stents and opened the vessels up, and dilated some narrowing elsewhere. He had a surgeon flown in from Chicago to do the tandem procedure, going through both the femoral arteries. One of them went through the patent collaterals on one side and the other went through the main vessels… anti and retro grade flow.

I saw the CD later, and where as there were blocks where the dye couldn’t go before, now with the stents in the way my blood danced its way in the open artery; reminded me of a mountain stream. So alive and full of vigor.

I was exhausted, physically and emotionally the next day and slept almost the entire day. The children brought food and forced me to eat something, and then I was back in bed. Yesterday was a slightly better day. Today, I am able to stand straight, and walk all over the house. There are lots of restrictions as to what I can do and what I definitely can not do, for the next seven days, and I have been good about following those restrictions.

Finally, now that my saga is over, I humbly lower my head with my palms pressed together to thank you, each one of you for your thoughts, prayers and good wishes. All your positive vibes lifted my heart and my spirit. Without your help and support, this arduous emotional journey would have been impossible.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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31 Responses to Hello Dear Friends

  1. I’m glad everything went well. Do take it easy during your recovery. Sending you lots of love and prayers. *hugs*

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Matt. Yes, I will take it easy. Saadia and Sayeed are like two pillars standing guard, checking on me if I am doing good, and taking it easy. Hugs to you darling.

  2. beowulf222 says:

    Very glad to hear the procedure went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  3. mrswrangler says:

    I have been praying and wondering about you. Glad the procedure is behind you

  4. whyzat says:

    I’m SO glad that you are up and around again! It sounds like you are in good spirits, too, which makes me happy.

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Dian, thank you immensely for the beautiful card you sent to me personally. I was most impressed with your kind gesture.
      Thank you also for your prayers and good wishes. Every day is a better day than the previous day. I am just happy that I do not feel the buzz and heaviness in my chest anymore. Lots of love.

  5. slmret says:

    Oh, Zakiah — it is so good to read this post and to know that you were up to writing it! Now it’s time to follow doctor’s orders exactly for the next 7 days and beyond πŸ™‚ ! What an experience you’ve had — I hope it will be a long time before you have another illness! Love and hugs!

    • Zakiah says:

      Dear Janet, I knew you would be so happy to see the latest post. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kindness over this horrifying nightmare. Your loving support through personal emails meant a lot to me. The flowers, they were exquisite.

      Yes the horrible experience was a nightmare from the nether land. I do not wish it on anyone. I am being good. I haven’t touched the car yet. Sayeed took it away to his home for safe keeping just in case I would be tempted to drive!! The children are so amazing in the way they are taking care. Everyone’s good wishes, prayers, positive thoughts helped me through this trying time.
      Thank you dear Janet!

  6. I am so so SO very glad everything went so well! YAY! πŸ™‚
    I will continue to pray for you as you rest and recover! Also, sending healing wishes your way! πŸ™‚
    Now be a good, patient patient and follow your doctor’s orders! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) and ❀

  7. jstnotherday says:

    Blessings Zakiah, It is good to hear this news. πŸ™‚

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  9. kaylar says:

    Blessings, Dr. Z, and so good to hear of the progress.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thanks Kim. Never thought I would be able to go through this. Miracles and prayers continue to amaze me. Sandra Erikson has been such a marvelous support. Calls me almost every week sometimes twice a week from Vermont to check on me.
      Love and hugs,


  10. jeff markowitz says:

    I have been out of the loop recently and only vaguely aware that you were facing a serious health issue. My lack of awareness in no way lessens my relief in reading this tonight and knowing that you are doing well. Take care.

  11. Zakiah says:

    Oh Jeff, what a pleasant surprise! How sweet of you to write and make me feel so special! Thank you. I am truly humbled by everyone’s good wishes and prayers. G-d has been good. I am blessed.
    Best regards to you and yours.

  12. murisopsis says:

    God is good! I’m so happy to hear that the procedure was a success! I know you have admitted to being a “bad” patient but I’m sure you will follow all the recommendations (and if you even think of ignoring them) there are at least two who will be there to keep you on that narrow path to recovery! Gentle hugs and healing thoughts for you!

    • Zakiah says:

      ❀ ❀ you are so right about the two… my children, they are always by my side and telling me what I shouldn't do or eat or try to attempt.
      God is indeed great. This has been an incredible journey and I am happy that it behind me now. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes Val. I too had prayed for the healing touch of the doctors through Divine intervention. (your previous comment on my post.) By His grace and mercy, the doctors were amazing.

  13. So glad God answered our prayers favorably. I am also grateful you have such great kids.
    SO much negative has happened to us, I don’t even question ‘will it’ but ‘when’ . Such is life.
    Take care of you and continue to enjoy that life flowing blood. πŸ˜‰ Love ya.

  14. Hey, SweetZ! πŸ™‚ I just wanted to sit here (on your site) for a few minutes and pray for you.
    Leaving<3 and (((HUGS))), too! πŸ™‚

  15. Well once more , I am awfully late because August has been a special month here .
    You describe your angioplasty with a scientist precision . It was an important surgery with several blockages in your leg artery. I feel bad to have missed this post but be sure , Zakiah of my prayers for a perfect recovery.
    Love ❀

  16. r_hsw says:

    thank goodness you are ok now. many apologies for having gone MIA from wordpress and so i missed the news. HUGS to you, zakiah. please take good care of yourself.

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