Dawna Austin
Post-Procedure ..do I look a little drugged? ha ha
Well, all I can say is WOW, am I ever impressed with the Vascular Access Center in Seattle!  Not only are all the staff friendly and accommodating, they are extremely knowledgeable professionals.   I cannot say how long my procedure lasted, as they had me under awake sedation.  I don't have the report yet, so I will provide details later. However, I was ballooned in all veins:  iliac, azygos, and both jugular veins.  I KNOW that my first procedure didn't have this much done.  I am very happy with the thoroughness of this procedure and I'm TICKLED that it was within driving distance from my home.  I didn't have to displace my children (they were with us in Seattle) and the family stayed together. They were only without their mom for five hours!   

On the other hand, the procedure was painful this time.  In Poland, I felt almost nothing during the procedure, maybe a little bit of pressure, but nothing really.  This time around, it was rather uncomfortable, especially when doing the jugular veins.  But they were quite blocked apparently.  I remember in Poland, with other people being treated with stents, their necks were quite painful after the procedure.  I had no pain after the first procedure.  I did not have any stents the first time nor did I have any this time.  Tonight, however, my neck is very stiff and sore and I'm feeling very drained -- differing greatly from my first experience.  I am hoping that perhaps I will show greater improvement than than first time around.

Well, there's my quick update.