Yesterday, we met with my vascular doctor who shared the results of my recent CAT scan and angiogram of my head and its attendant arteries. I have one that's fully blocked and the official reading on the other is 20 percent.
Because of the fully blocked carotid, I'm not a candidate for a surgical fix. It was explained to me that I might end up with great blood flow but at the price of a stroke. There, apparently, is overwhelming evidence that would be the outcome.
So, my future lies with keeping the 20 percent from growing. Because of alternate pathways for the blood flow, I can live with the partially clogged carotid. I have to take the blood thinner Plavix and stay healthy.
What happens if the partially closed artery becomes more blocked. His answer wasn't clear. I don't have to worry about that today.
Tomorrow, a specialist looks at the soft tissue mass in my larynx that was discovered during the CAT scan. What is it? I have no idea. Right now, I'm late for a walk through our back forty.