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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 2:21 AM


Some of you will have seen the post on the
"Daddy's Day" thread from ROCCO. And some
like me will have assumed that, because he
was home from the hospital, Rocco was OK.
However - he was to have a procedure done
on Monday to find a blockage in his
Circulatory system.
Haven't heard from him since yesterday so
I don't know if he is back home, or if the
problem turned out to be more serious....
Does anyone have any news????
In the meantime my thoughts and prayers are
with Rocco and his son in this difficult time.
Hoping all is well and soon he'll be healthy
and back on the Island

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 4:08 AM

Heartfelt prayers heading upward for Rocco and his son........

Please folks, keep us posted if you hear anything.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 5:05 AM

Positive thoughts and prayers are heading your way, Rocco! Please keep us posted.


Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6102)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:01 AM

My prayers go out to Rocco & Keagan! I hadn't talked to Rocco for awhile and had no idea all of this was happening to him. Hope everything goes well, Rocco, for you and Keagan. Wishing you both the best!


Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:18 AM

Rocco, I do hope you're OK. It was great to see you post on Father's Day. Sounds like you've been going through another real tough patch and I do hope you're on the mend and back to good health soon. Thinking of you and Keagan and hoping you'll be well enough to enjoy summer together.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:23 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend and Keagan also...I didn't know all of this was going on either...I haven't heard from him in quite awhile myself....As soon as anyone hears anything please let his friends here know...He's a very special guy....


Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:41 AM

Both he and his son remain in my heart. Not sure why it seems to be that some folks have more than their share of troubles while others seem to "skate" through things-sure there must be a reason or purpose at least one would hope so-Linda

1mks  (Level: 220.9 - Posts: 5928)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:43 AM

Keep us posted please. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.6 - Posts: 838)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:10 AM

Rocco you will be in my prayers. I do hope all goes well for you.


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:22 AM

From the e-mail I received yesterday, I think the test is today, Tuesday. Don't know what time though. Even if you don't know Rocco, he's a fellow Islander who needs some prayers and good wishes, especially today as he undergoes the test.

Suzannec  (Level: 260.1 - Posts: 616)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 10:42 AM

Best wishes to you and your son. Hope all is well and you are back on the island full swing very soon!

Donleigh  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5461)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 10:53 AM

Best of luck, Rocco, with your test. Hope you're back on the island soon. Trust in the miracle of modern medicine and your faith.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 1:29 PM

I believe that if it was a "simple"
blood clot, Rocco should be home very soon seemed to be a little more
serious because I think he said they
were putting the tube directly into
the Aorta, and he said he'd been in
and out of hospital for MONTHS....
So it could be real Heart Problems.
I know he was very worried about what
they'd find....and about Keagan

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 7:30 PM

My thought and prayers are with Rocco and his family.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:41 PM

We are thinking of you and wishing you well, Rocco.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:23 PM

Good thoughts and prayers coming from this house as well...

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:56 PM

My best wishes and thoughts of comfort to you Rocco.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 10:30 PM

(((((((((((Thank all of you so very much. I am sorry I have been so quiet lately, but I have been in and out of hospital or ER so much in the past few months it has been hard. The many friends, and caring people here have already showed me so much compassion it is hard to ask for anything especially prayers since my faith seems to be letting me down a little these days.

So here is the results from todays cardio-cath. It appears I have some blockages or partial blockages that are un-mendable. There is either to little room for a stint, and the narrowed veins are to long for a by-pass which means I think that the blockage extends the whole length of the vein so no by-pass would be possible, it is not like fairly clear then a short area of blockage, and then clear again on the other side, the blockage is the entire length if that makes any sense.

So I now will add plavix to my growing list of meds. I am home at least after a 7 hour procedure, the actual cath part only took about an hour, but they have you lay flat on your back for 4 hours to let the hole in the artery clot properly, and then they walk you around a little bit, and watch for bleeding then they finally release you.

I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my not so perfect heart. Having neuropathy makes it hard to exercise thus probably the reason for a weakening heart, so must try to do a little more activity. For the many ot you I know may be worried about Keagan, I have made it so that my sister Faith will care for him should anything happen to me, and through all the troubles I have managed to keep a 50,000 dollar life insurance policy up to date. Not a lot these days, but it will help.

Well that is where I am in life to date. Still waiting on the disability, (almost 3 years now), and praying for better days with a waning faith. I will keep you updated as often as I can. Thank you Rowlanda for this post, and for your note, and thank you Pat, and Patty for your messages as well. Marilyn, and Vickie I am so sorry for the lack of communication lately, as I love you both dearly you are wonderful friends. I would love to hug each, and every one of the many people I cherish here on the Island so please accept this post as a giant hug from Keagan and I. If there are any Cardiologists on the island I am not gonna turn down a second opinion lol. Thank you all so much. As Always Rocco ))))))))

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 11:45 PM

We are praying for the best possible outcome.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 9:25 AM

Good morning Rocco. We're all cheering for you so hope you can feel that support. Thank you for giving us an update on how things went because we were all concerned.

While you might welcome a second opinion from a cardiologist, I hope there might be some attorneys on the island who will send you a PM with perhaps some help on getting the disability in place. A former co-worker had a terrible time getting her disability. She ended up having to get a lawyer to help her. How do these people who abuse disability get on it and then those who really need it can't?

Please stay in touch. Your faith isn't waning; you are being hit with a tremendous amount of problems right now and your faith is being stretched to the limit. With all the friends and support you have on Sploofus, I think your prayers are being answered, but not in the way you would think. While your faith may be taxed, let our faith hold you up until you begin to feel better.

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1735)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 10:03 AM

glad you got through the procedure saftly and although i dont know you i hope your disability payments get sorted soon . all the best for your future keep your chin up . xx j

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 18th Jun '08 12:12 PM

Hi Rocco....
So sorry the news isn't more encouraging, but thank you
for letting us know because we were very worried. And
it was really brought home to me....people can just
disappear off the Island, and we would never know why!!!!

I believe that you should start by contacting the Agency
dealing with your Disability Claim....Neuropathy is one
thing - but Diagnosed and Unfixable Heart problems are
entirely another....Please contact them ASAP, as they do
"back pay" and any delay could cost you....

I ended up getting a PARALEGAL (cheap) to contact the Claims
people and arrange for a Hearing. The pension started soon
after - accompanied by a BIG cheque for 3 years "waiting
period" (I had actually waited for 5 years!!!!)
Maybe you could "lightly" mention a possible LAWSUIT - if the
financial worries were to have a detrimental effect on your
diagnosed and serious Health concerns.

Many Good Wishes coming your way Rocco. May you soon have
Peace and Contentment in your troubled life....
Lots of Love from Rowlanda

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 1:54 AM

There is an appeals system as part of the SSA's disability claim process. It is not terribly unusual for someone to end up taking it to court. However, that is a normal part of the process and it actually goes before an SSA judge with your own lawyer representing you on contingency. My husband had to go through this, but was successful in the end. You will receive backpay going back to the time your disability began, but a disability must be present for a 12 month period for it to be considered a permanent disability. (Unless things have changed in the 13 years since my husband and I went through this.)

Donleigh  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5461)
Thu, 19th Jun '08 1:57 AM

I'm going to show your post to a couple of the docs at work tomorrow. I work in the cardiac ICU so maybe they'll have another opinion. Good luck.

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