16 excruciating…

⎆ Days and I ask myself, how did we get here?
Excited about his up coming visit ~ My love and fiancé whom I’ve sponsored to migrate to the States had to see an Embassy doc as part of the process.
On May 31st, upon hearing a thrilling murmur recommended he have his heart checked.

The news was scary, but surely his echo would show an innocent
murmur, but that was not to be innocent it’s not.
I knew something was unusual about his heartbeats, but a bicuspid aortic valve that needs replacing was not what either of us had expected.

Make plans and sure as sugar someone will laugh.

Now after 16 excruciatingly long and worrisome days my love is in hospital. I wish I could say it’s because the system works they gave him an appointment for surgery to replace his aortic valve.
None of that is true he’s there because he felt weak and light headed.

I lament this question as it haunts me- Why didn’t his Doctor of 12 years use a stethoscope he has been with this GP for so long I wrongfully thought there may be some heartfelt interest and care.

So far the best the General Practitioner & NHS could come up with {in their own caring way?} via the Choose and Book  scheme is a consultation on August 4th.
That brings his wait to 7 weeks (unheard of here) not to mention the 2 additional weeks we had to wait for the echo.

I’ll never understand how the Dr. failed to use his stethoscope in the first place, what exactly is a GP’s role for a patient, is it to dole out drugs for depression?
Surely listening with a stethoscope would have picked what the embassy’s immigration Dr. astutely did, the beat which disturbed my ear, over a year ago, a very interested & vested ear I’ll agree.

Instead of doing the right thing hooking him up with a cardiologist and assigning him to surgery as soon as possible, they’re today running more tests, a second Ekg, a second echo, nixed they will wait till tomorrow, as he is being kept in over night, to see if the leaking or stenosis or both are worse.
One doc said it did, and the older more respected {?} Doc. said it’s unheard of to have a valve worsen in 2 weeks time.
What bothers me is Mr. Big never saw the original echo so I wonder just how he can say that with any assurance.

If NHS tried to keep their costs down they have failed, in fact the opposite has come to be after 3 days in hospital, another echo, ekg, and X-rays.

I crave my furlough from Boston like some criminal, or soldier I await my appointment for my Greek passport, and or a visa to visit the UK.
The UK border denied me access in September of 2009, making their lies my reality.
Their reasoning {not reason based in reality} I was unemployed
{ I told them I work part time, they didn’t care to know} so now then I need a visa to enter albeit that too holds no guarantee..

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SO I wonder why was it so easy to diagnose a Man with depression but not to listen to his heart before doling out of SSRis.
Why is heart health not checked before Doctors pass out pharmas magic little bullets?

As if depression is anything but a diagnosis made by the medical community if you don’t fit in the box of societal mores and expectations and perfections.

  1. Work like a dog
  2. Get married
  3. Shop
  4. Want more worldly possessions
  5. Have a moderate sexual desire
  6. Have a sunny side up personality
  7. Wear blinders
  8. Have kids, the more the merrier.
  9. Go to church, temple or synogoue.
  10. Don’t worry about what the government may be doing, if you do you’re just a paranoid conspiracist and in need of SSri
  11. Genetic modification is just modern don’t worry about it, it’s for your own protection.
  12. Food irradiation is for your protection.
  13. Watch TV, go to the movies, like & participate & watch sports
  14. Go shopping, shop till you drop, it’s good for the economy.

The medical community is armed and ready to medicate and treat symptoms, Never  care enough it seems  for the whole person, body and soul.

He didn’t know it then, but this Mans heart has not worked properly for years, how could he be anything but depressed, how can one work when fatigued constantly,  and living in  a bad home situation.

Calcium buildup on the valve. With age, heart valves may accumulate deposits of calcium (aortic valve calcification). Calcium is a mineral found in your blood. As blood repeatedly flows over the aortic valve, deposits of calcium can accumulate on the valve’s leaflets. These deposits may never cause any problems.
However, in some people — particularly those with a bicuspid aortic valve — calcium deposits result in stiffening of the leaflets of the valve. This stiffening narrows the aortic valve. This cause of aortic valve stenosis is most common in people older than 65, and symptoms often don’t appear until age 70.

Source: Mayo Clinic

As someone who has lived in the USA, I thought a national health care would be wonderful, but sure as rain sugar,  the workings of the NHS seem to lack propriety and can be more than hurtful , so much for first cause no harm, indifference can indeed be harmful.

In theUK, aortic valve stenosis is the most common heart valve disorder requiring valve replacement.

source: BBC – Health: Aortic stenosis

Looking at the incidence of depression and the dispensing of SSRI’s makes me wonder if there is a connection, I’m not a doctor.


I ran into this article on Depression in the United Kingdom from the Time Online website: Depression in numbers authored by Kate Wighton

“One in five people are thought to be affected by depression at some point in their lives.Over 31 million prescriptions were written for antidepressants last year in the UK – a 6 per cent rise since 2005.Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)– which include Seroxat and Prozac – are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. SSRI use increased by ten percent last year. They prolong the effect of the mood-boosting chemical serotonin, by letting it linger in the body.Depression costs the UK 9 billion a year in treatment, benefits and lost revenue.

 SSRI effectiveness is disputed – a big cheese at drug company GlaxoSmithKline admitted that “a majority of drugs only work in 30 to 50 percent of people.”

Even dogs get the blues – Reconcile is a newly launched beef-flavoured antidepressant for pooches.”

I’d say we need Doctors and the medical field to start treating people as a whole being, instead of treating us as a bloody symptom.

As a hairdresser of 35 years, I’ve worked on both psychologist & psychiatrists and have found them to be the oddest eggs with the strangest behaviours, maybe their theories are just that.

Now, a peek at Tryptophan[via wikiapedia]

A metabolite of tryptophan, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), has been suggested as a treatment for epilepsy[35] and depression, although clinical trials are regarded inconclusive and lacking.[36]

Due to the conversion of 5-HTP into serotonin by the liver, there may be a significant risk of heart valve disease from serotonin’s effect on the heart.[37][38] In Europe, 5-HTP is prescribed with carbidopa to prevent the conversion of 5-HTP into serotonin until it reaches the brain.[39]

Since 5-HTP readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and in addition is rapidly decarboxylated to serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT),[40] it may be useful for the treatment of depression. However, serotonin has a relatively short half-life since it is rapidly metabolized by monoamine oxidase. It is marketed in Europe for depression and other indications under the brand names Cincofarm, Tript-OH and Optimax (UK).

In the United States, 5-HTP does not require a prescription, as it is covered under the Dietary Supplement Act.
Since the quality of dietary supplements is now regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration there is now a guarantee that the label accurately depicts what the bottle contains.”Dietary Supplements: Background Information”. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

{oh goody we’re now protected by the FDA, I wonder how many of the herbal products  which I & others like & that work  (for me) will vanish from the shelf …}

As 5-HTP is usually converted to serotonin before it can reach the brain, elevating blood serotonin levels greatly, it may cause diarrhea and heart problems, while only slightly increasing brain serotonin.
Therefore, 5-HTP is more effectively used when in conjunction with a dopa decarboxylase inhibitor such as Carbidopa, which slows its conversion to serotonin, allowing more of supplement to reach the brain.[citation needed]

♥  I wonder….

Do doctors get kick backs? a discussion, and tell me, how could we ever really know, could we ever really know ?

What a sad, “hard ass, logic is overruled by credentials, pharma, chemicals, and money is God world” it’s become.

They released him after the big Cheese Doc came in to say he could go and he contradicted the Doctor that did the Echo, saying that there is NO way his heart could of changed in the 2 weeks since his first and private ECHO, but lo and behold Mr. Man never did take a look at the first echocardiogram .