Personal Stories: Bill Holopoff
everyone and Happy New Year to all. My name is Billy and I live in Florence Oregon.
I am 68 years old, soon to turn 69.
June 15th 2004, my wife and I had taken our youngest grand daughter to
Gold Beach Oregon for a jet boat ride up the Rogue River.
We stopped in Agnus for lunch and after the return trip to Gold Beach
we got ready to go to dinner.
surprised at the pain I was having in my lower back and right groin.
I thought it was from an old baseball injury from high school days or
the way I was sitting in the boat getting bounced around. I didn't
think too much about it until a few days later when it didn't get any
I made an
appointment to see the doctor and related what was going on with me.
After a few moments of getting twisted around I was sent to the
Imaging Department and had x-rays taken of my lower back and groin
area. This was June 24th, 2004.
I got a
call from the doctor who said that I had a good case of osteo-arthritis
and "by the way, you also have and abdominal aortic aneurysm". Was I
shocked? Your da*n right I was.
than 20 years I have been a cardiac risk patient. I have
been through the stress tests, tread mill, nuclear stress test, EKG,
CT, MRI and what ever else they can think of. Not ever a clue to the
in my back was found to be caused from a herniated disc, L5).
been on high blood pressure meds for this length of time along with
cholesterol meds and thyroid. I had been a heavy drinker and smoked
cigarettes, cigars and pipes. I quit drinking in 1986 and cut back on
smoking to when I felt I wanted one.
been active for most of my life, baseball and basketball being my
passions. I fished, hiked, remodeled our home and just couldn't sit
I am a
Type A kind of guy. My doctor and I sat down and talked about the
aneurysm and what I might expect.
I was sent
to a vascular surgeon in Eugene Oregon and was told pretty much the
same thing my doctor had related to me. Don't
smoke, be carefull with the alcohol, keep the blood pressure and
cholesterol under control. Eat healthy, get some exercise.
I have painted our home, cut down a few trees and dug up the roots and
stumps, re-placed the walkways around the house and worked on my model
railroad in the spare time.
I walk 3 -
5 miles a day and work out on my son's exercise machine every other
day. Leg lifts, curls, vertical presses using only 25 pounds.
strength, but for tone.
December 28th, I had my first follow up ultrasound scan and I am happy
to say that the results were good according to the tech. I am waiting
for the final results from the doctor.
time the aneurysm has not shown any sign of growing, but I am not
going to take it for granted that it will stay this way. ( it is at
to control and monitor my blood pressure and cholesterol and am happy
with the way things are going.
I am not
afraid to say that I pray a lot and take time to put my trust and
feelings in a God of my choice.
for me and that keeps me happy.
I read the
stories here and pray for those who are going through tough times.
grateful that the aneurysm was found when it was and know that
something can be done to prevent a catastrophe.
bless each and everyone.