Friday, January 11, 2008

Mama Update #4, and recently the Buick needed fixing, too

Dr. Lukacs explained what went on today to me by drawing a diagram of sorts. I'll do my best to explain. Mama's angiogram went well, revealing this and fixing that. First, there is stuff as hard as concrete, as he put it, completely blocking her right subclavian artery. They tried to break it, coming at it from both ends, to no avail. On the left subclavian artery, there are deposits narrowing it, but they were able to insert a stent there which has greatly improved the blood flow. She's in Cardiac Intensive Care, probably for overnight only, to be closely monitored. She's awake, aware and being a good girl, as she put it, because she wants to get fixed. Dr. Luckas said that there is the possibility she will need another procedure to take care of some blockage in her left carotid artery and/or also they will be evaluating her for the possibility of a by-pass of the 100% blocked right subclavian artery. We might find out a time frame tomorrow. Thanks again for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Now for the Buick and then I'm off to bed.

December 29 I drove to Andy's Auto Supply & Repair at SE 21st and SE Powell. The check engine light had come on and stayed on. The man hooked up some sort of boxy computer/reader thing to the car, said it was probably a glitch and if it came on again, return for further checking.

After that I asked if they'd check the serpentine belt because Jiffy Lube had mentioned that it needed replacing. I prefer to do things like that with locals instead of chains, know what I mean? The only reason I go to Jiffy Lube for the oil change is just that, the jiffy.

Even my untrained eye could see the crack and nicks in just one easily visible section of the belt, so I asked them to fix it. Anyway, Flat Stanley wanted to watch, naturally. The car went up, the man replaced the serpentine belt, the car came down, and the Buick was fixed. Flat Stanley smiled wider than ever! Me, too.

As an extra tidbit, here's the building to the left of Andy's front door. The man at Andy's told me the place used to be called the Two by Six and when the lease ran out, the name got changed to Lots A Luck, so the neon sign got reworked. Turned out right well, didn't it?


WendyB said...

I'm glad Mama is getting all fixed up!

dot said...

Bad time for car trouble but glad you got it taken care of and gave Flat Stanley another adventure too.
Tell Mamma I'm thinking about her.

Kerri said...

Glad Mama is out of surgery and doing well! She sounds like a REALLY special person!

I have enjoyed reading your Flat Stanley stories sooooo much! I'm sure you've probably heard this a million times but I'll tell you again: You have a great storytelling ability! Have you ever thought of writing a book??
I think your Flat Stanley stories would make a fantastic children's book :)

Olivier said...

content que tout cela s'arrange pour ta maman. Je vois que FS a bon goût, il choisi une Buick.
Bon Weekend
Content that all this arranges to your mother. I see that FS has good taste, he chose a Buick.
Good Weekend

AVCR8TEUR said...

Sounds like Mama is half way there to getting all fixed up. I hate going to mechanics because you never know if your card really needs fixing or they just need the money.

Annie said...

I had to come back to see how your Mom is doing. Please give her a kiss and hug from Little Rock.

Andrea said...

Glad mama is doing good and being a good girl. Tell her to hang in there. Flat Stanley is probably waiting for her return home.

Glad the car got it's fixing too.

smilnsigh said...

Oh no, the car too. But Flat Stanley had fun.