Comic 1373 - Aletheia

5th Jul 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (25 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 5th Jul 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Update on Terri's health condition: what she suffered was not heart block.

It was a goddamn heart attack.

She's now had a sonogram and a CT scan, both of which came back fine, and her troponin level is no longer cause for concern. (Elevated troponin levels are a marker for cardiac muscle cell death.) She's had problems with decreasing endurance over the past few months (having to stop and rest while walking, etc), which was apparently a warning sign. A couple of medications will be prescribed to help manage her situation, and she's on track to be released from the hospital Wednesday morning.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 10:37 AM edit delete
Okay.. Im home - and to let everyone know i have to make a appt with a cardiologist and get meds to treat the problem right now. I MAY have to get a stent at some point and do a Angiogram. Fun fun NOT!

and I have new prescriptions. So wish me luck! Thank you everyone for your well wishes and other good will! I made my save!
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lalverson 5th Jul 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
"I'm a me...." best phrase ever..
Sheela 6th Jul 2016, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

"It's a meeeeee ... Mario!" :)
Stormwind13 7th Jul 2016, 9:57 AM edit delete reply

That is a great line. And oh so CeCi. :-)
Glendale2x 5th Jul 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
And we are all us...
plymayer 5th Jul 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

OR when every one smiles at you on Monday and there was a big get together on Friday or Saturday....
Mark_L_A 5th Jul 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

You certainly are CeCi.

ETA: I'm just wondering if she is horrified by the fact that she didn't help Democlus, than the fact of what she is doing to Aeneas. Because a "Good" person like her "Mommy", wouldn't leave someone to die like that.
Dragonrider 5th Jul 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Well just what have you done? NOTHING Centcomm took over your will,drive and volition. Left you up a shit creek in a leaky canoe with no paddle. She did all the nasty krap,NOT YOU.Now go rescue Mommy.
Side note Ceci looks SEXY AS HELL in that outfit, reminds me of the old saying, She shot them with a pait of 44's, then they saw the gun.
jamie59 5th Jul 2016, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Welcome back CECI!

Cent take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon!
DLKmusic 5th Jul 2016, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Love this page!

somehow a joke seems so inappropriate right now...
Dragonrider 5th Jul 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Gee thanx I worked hard for that one.
DLKmusic 5th Jul 2016, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

Sorry Dragonrider, let me clarify...

It doesn't feel right for ME to be telling a joke right now...

Regarding your comment above, I thought it was an honest assessment of CeCi's predicament, and I agree wholeheartedly. (edit: after I wrote this, your pair of 44's joke registered... I blame my slowness on the california sunshine, or the curvature of the earth. that's a good culprit too)

As for Cent's health... Get well soon, Terri, we're all pulling for you.
Dragonrider 6th Jul 2016, 3:29 PM edit delete reply

Thanx for the thumbs up.
ProfEtheric 5th Jul 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply


So much awesome!
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 10:11 PM edit delete reply

hehe thanks :D
mjkj 5th Jul 2016, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

Wow, CeCi is back, yayyyyy =) <3 ♡

I just hope that will not haunt her - or guilt her too much...

Woah... O_O poor Cent/Terri... *hugs* get well soon!!! *hugs*

Please take care of yourself...

mjkj 6th Jul 2016, 10:41 AM edit delete reply

Great to hear you are not in danger now, Cent...
Mark_L_A 5th Jul 2016, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

Oh NO!!!! Terri isn't old enough to have heart issues like that. Prayers continuing until she is back to 100%
Sheela 5th Jul 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

How old is she ?

95 ?
Guest 6th Jul 2016, 3:48 AM edit delete reply
This is Mark just can't login for some reason at moment.

Terri is late 30's early 40's IIRC.
Sheela 6th Jul 2016, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Ouch, a bit early to get heartattacks then.
Stormwind13 7th Jul 2016, 10:24 AM edit delete reply

No, no Sheela you were supposed to say 64. :-D
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 8:40 AM edit delete reply

im 52 actually... >_<
Mark_L_A 6th Jul 2016, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

No you ARE NOT!! :)
DLKmusic 6th Jul 2016, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

Welcome back, Terri.... and you are 39... you just forgot how to count!
Sheela 6th Jul 2016, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

Oh, like my mother ... she's still 38 ! :D
Visvires 6th Jul 2016, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
Still too early to be having heart attacks. Try and push those until after, say, your eleventy first birthday. ;)

Good luck on your angiogram.
jamie59 7th Jul 2016, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

Damm you're almost as old as I am(do the math). I'd have never guessed.
The Old Scribe 5th Jul 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

Oh, hell, poor Terri. I'm glad she's okay. What caused the attack? Does she have heart trouble? Whatever the problem is, I certainly hope she can keep it under control. Having had heart trouble myself, I can somewhat relate. Give her my best, please.
Sheela 5th Jul 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

Sounds like their conclusions are jumping a bit still, they may not be quite sure what happened.
Timotheus 6th Jul 2016, 3:49 AM edit delete reply

I have never believed in the infallibility of doctors, they are just people whose training and experience makes them more qualified to guess than I am. It's still up to me how far I want to believe them.
Gilrandir 5th Jul 2016, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
First of all, continued good wishes for @Centcomm and hopes for a full and speedy recovery.

Second of all, wonderful page, wonderful sentiment, wonderful story. It might be hard to find anyone who could object to any part, particle, or detail of it.

But I do have a question: what was the lie? This a wonderful crescendo of shining sentiment, but it looks ... slightly 'out of place' for me. But it's probably just me.
lirvilas 5th Jul 2016, 10:29 PM edit delete reply

Get well soon Centcomm!
cattservant 5th Jul 2016, 10:33 PM edit delete reply

Healing white light to our dear artist!
HiFranc 5th Jul 2016, 10:42 PM edit delete reply

This page made me wonder if, whilst assimilating her personality, she lost control of the spike?
Sheela 5th Jul 2016, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

Maybe, and then the spike went on a grand adventure, chased down a murderturd, and gained a monocle and a tophat!
HiFranc 5th Jul 2016, 11:21 PM edit delete reply

As it's above Aeneas's core, letting go may mean it's falling?
Visvires 7th Jul 2016, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
From cyber gravity? It was being fought. Being unattended should've decreased its success rate, if nothing else.
HiFranc 5th Jul 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply

« sending more get well wishes
Sheela 5th Jul 2016, 11:13 PM edit delete reply

I just want her to get well.
No wishing about it. >_<
DLKmusic 5th Jul 2016, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

Amen, Sheela, Amen!
Stormwind13 6th Jul 2016, 2:44 AM edit delete reply


Just wow.

Please get feeling better, Terri. SOON!
HiFranc 5th Jul 2016, 11:15 PM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, doctors are not good at diagnosing heart attacks in women. Could someone make Terri's doctors aware of this study, please?

Sorry if I come across as angry but that study came out a while ago. The reason there are no comments is because that article is a repeat. I'm just annoyed that doctors still haven't learnt the lessons.
Rashala 6th Jul 2016, 1:30 AM edit delete reply

Holy crap!!!!!

I hope Terri is gonna be okay.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 11:38 AM edit delete reply

Yep im ok for now :D
HiFranc 6th Jul 2016, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

I'm glad to see you back.
Stormwind13 6th Jul 2016, 2:52 AM edit delete reply

That bottom panel is GORGEOUS, CentComm (artist). CeCi regaining control and realizing what CentComm (the AI) has made her do.

Very nice effect of CeCi breaking free. The mask ripping off, the skin sheath shattering and CeCi appearing from under them.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

Thank you .. love the compliments!
Sleel 6th Jul 2016, 3:14 AM edit delete reply

EEEEEEE-YISSSSSSSSS! *does CeCi is back Happy Dance of Joy*

And gets better fastest. \o/
TheSkulker 6th Jul 2016, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Cent, So sorry to hear of your health problem. Wishing you a quick recovery and resolution. Hopefully the cause can be found and resolved rather than just treat symptoms

A heart attack is scary stuff. It is the result of an interuption in the blood supply to the heart itself which may be caused by a blockage in the supplying arteries.

I hope I am not being presumptive but this was my experience. You may find the info useful.

I recently went through a similar situation and luckily dodged a bullet. In my case, I had the warning without the attack. (Probably a good thing as I had 95%blockage in the LAD artery - the "widow maker" - and the first attack is frequently not a warning.) To remove the threat a bypass operation was needed.

At the time,
a: I had no idea of what was involved and
b: I had no idea that there were alternatives. Specifically, a minimally invasive, robotic assisted procedure.

Anyway, I was scheduling a traditional bypass operation when I found out about the relatively new procedure that saved me untold pain and weeks of incapacitation.

A traditional heart bypass operation involves:
• Opening the chest via a 12 inch vertical cut through the sternum
• Breaking of ribs
• Stopping heart ==> heart/lung machine
• 4-6 days intensive care
• 2-3 weeks hospital care
• 4-6 weeks in nursing home
• 4-6 months in recovery & rehab
• Can't drive for 1-2 months
• Very restrictive physical activities for months
• Lots of pain meds for many weeks

A minimally invasive, robotic assisted operation involves:
• Two small punctures and a four inch horizonal opening
• No broken ribs
• Heart not stopped ==> no heart/lung machine
• 1-2 days intensive care
• 2-4 days hospital care
• Don't drive for 1-2 weeks (I cheated)
• Don't lift > 10 pounds with left arm for 2-3 weeks
• Off pain meds in 2 days

A night and day difference! I had the operation on a Monday and was home Friday. After about a week I felt totally recovered and back to trimming my tree: "What operation?"

So IF you need a bypass, I highly recommend this procedure. My surgeon was Dr Daniel Bethancourt (Long Beach, CA), who was an early adopter and now teaches the procedure to other surgeons. I am sure he would know of what local options you have and I would be happy to help in any way I can.
Sheela 6th Jul 2016, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

That's very interesting TheSkulker, thanks for putting the information up there. :)
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 11:00 AM edit delete reply

Yeah i dont want them to crack my chest open .. and thats not needed at this point yet
Dragonrider 6th Jul 2016, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

Been there done that in 2001, the rebuild gave me many additional years to annoy people. While the Minimal Invasive is nice the traditional allows them the hands on to find problems they didn't know exsisted.
Another thing at 52 you are eligble for AARP therefore probably Silver Sneakers an associated free program that gives you no cost memberships in YMCA and other Health Club Facilities something Cardiologist will want.
Best of luck as much as I hate the idea might pull back to twice a week updates to ease stress level.
TheSkulker 7th Jul 2016, 1:48 AM edit delete reply

I was supposed to get a stent to mitigate the blockage in my Left Anterior Descending artery. However, last October's angioplasty operation failed. The surgeon just could not get the stent in place. So a bypass was recommended instead.

As it turns out, (since the minimally invasive operation was so non-traumatic), the bypass is a much better solution. A stent is not foolproof or permanent. They frequently have to be replaced/redone after about ten years whereas the bypass is truly permanent. Should be good for life.

What <i>@That one guy</i> suggested is right on - research your caretakers. Dr Bethencourt has performed over 1000 bypass operations and has the experience to handle unusual circumstances. Normally the LAD is on the surface of the heart. In my case it is buried within the heart. Had it been anyone else I probably would been back for a second operation.

I also strongly suggest you be proactive with your diagnosis and treatment. Mine started last summer when I pushed for a follow up to an earlier indication of mild stenosis in my Carotid arteries. Other than that 12 year old test result, I had no indication of any cardiovascular problems. My push led to tests and a finding of blockage progression but still just monitor the condition. End of story.

However, not being a medical expert I thought, "If there is stenosis in one artery, wouldn't there probably be stenosis in other arteries? Like the heart?" A bit of internet research confirmed that idea but, again, I had to push my primary for more tests. That led to an EKG, a failed treadmill test, a rushed visit to a cardiologist, more tests, the failed angioplasty and, eventually, the bypass.

My point of all this being if I had not pressed for follow ups nothing would have been done and I probably would have made someone a widow by now if I was married. Also, although I still believe a traditional bypass by the original coronary surgeon would have successful, he never suggested the alternative minimally invasive procedure. His hospital does not have the robotic equipment. It was only by a chance comment and a lucky mailing from a different hospital that I found out about Dr Bethencourt and avoided the traumatic traditional operation.

You're only 52. Much too young to be slowed down by CV problems. We want and need you to get back to the health and vigor of your youth. Arc 1 has taken 13 years. Arc 2 may take even longer. And then there's arc 3... I suspect your affliction has the same root cause as mine - not getting enough nasties ... exercise. Too much pounding of keys and not enough pounding of pavements.

BTW, regarding the stent. Just in case you have the same misconception I did, here's a bit of info: I had pictured arteries as being the size of pencils - about 7-8 mm in diameter. It seems that they are tiny - only about 2 mm or less. How can you even sew something that small let alone on a heart that is beating? And the stent is even smaller!

highlander55 6th Jul 2016, 7:43 AM edit delete reply

Page is well done again ladies. And Terri, here is to a quick recovery.(raises glass)
chk 6th Jul 2016, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

Sorry your condition is worse than previously thought, Terri. Take it as easily as possible.

Oh - The page today is sweet. Now I have zero prediction what's going to happen next.
Stormwind13 6th Jul 2016, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

There are several completed pages waiting to be loaded. So short term there will be NO disruption to comics.

Now depending on how Terri feels, how long her recovery is eventually there may be an interruption.
chk 6th Jul 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking her condition is the prime issue. We can wait.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 10:40 AM edit delete reply

There are actually four to five weeks pre loaded into the system. As for how im feeling i think im just glad to be home at the moment. I have to go get meds today. and schedule appt.s
Stormwind13 6th Jul 2016, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

Glad you are still with us, Terri! Just take care of yourself!

Sorry you are having all the problems.
Thomas 6th Jul 2016, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Terri I am so sorry to hear what happened. My best wishes for your recovery. I know it won't be easy but I'm pulling for you. Oh and the page is awesome.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

Thank you Thomas :D
Matt Knab 6th Jul 2016, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

The beast that shouted I at the heart of the world.
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

Yep :D
sigpig 6th Jul 2016, 10:59 AM edit delete reply

Terri, your health is THE most important thing, both right now and in the near future - everything else is inconsequential. I can understand how hard it must be for you to stay away from your computer, but PLEASE do so - a missed update (or six) should be the least of your worries.

This page is stunning. Looks like the CiCi we have all come to know and love has retained the memories of Watchdog. As others have said before, it wasn't the REAL CiCi that did these things and, hopefully, will be able to reverse what Watchdog has already started...
Centcomm 6th Jul 2016, 11:37 AM edit delete reply

Thank you. But lucky for all you readers the entire first Arc is actually done and uploaded ..I have not started working on the second arc yet.
TheD-Wrek 6th Jul 2016, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

Hope ya feel better!!!!

Love this pages that look on her face. :'D
chk 6th Jul 2016, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

Does anyone know what Kyle has been doing?

I'm sure he can still screw things up.
DLKmusic 6th Jul 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

I think Kyle is still rebuilding the firewall, Chk... but don't worry about him too much, he's in his element right now, and is competent with computers and AI architecture. That's the reason Rose put him here in the first place.

Now as soon an Aeneas is fixed and running, he might shoot his mouth off to someone, but for now it's all good!
Sheela 7th Jul 2016, 3:12 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, hopefully he will soon be done, so he becomes useless once again, and we can kill him off ... again. :)
chk 7th Jul 2016, 8:49 AM edit delete reply

Oh Sheela. How do you love him so?
notStanley 6th Jul 2016, 2:12 PM edit delete reply

wonderful color to show our CeCi coming back!
Thundarl 6th Jul 2016, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

Definitely listen to your cardiologist! I had been in hospital last year in May with high blood pressure caught pneumonia and had a heart attack there collapsing into my wife's arms. They found 5 blockages and I had a triple-bypass done to correct 3 of the blockages. Wish the science in Datachasers was here. I could use a rebuilt heart and two new kidneys. I am still kicking and will keep on fighting. :)

Oh yeah, and I'll be doing my happy dance for Ceci, too.
That one guy 6th Jul 2016, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Glad to hear things weren't as critical as they could be and you're home.

If I might suggest, do some research on your cardiologist, don't just pick any old one that's available for more than an initial consultation. Considering the danger of monkeying around with the heart (I think my dad was told by his cardiologist that there's a 1-2% fatality rate for heart caths, for example), a careless or callous practitioner can be much worse than similar in other medical disciplines.
Kitty 6th Jul 2016, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
Cent, PLEASE take care of yourself! Whatever you gotta do - do it, please. We don't want to lose you.

Gorgeous page, too!
g6qwerty 6th Jul 2016, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Get well, A old guy from church that I know says "motion is the lotion" He still works around a farm and he can even eat more than I can.
KarToon12 6th Jul 2016, 6:30 PM edit delete reply

Yay! Ceci's back! And she brought pizza! (It's the only reference I got...XD )

I hope you get well soon! My Dad had to get two stents in his heart a few years ago. He's doing good now. Just maintain a proper diet and exercise.
CptKerion 6th Jul 2016, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I am glad to hear Cent is alright.
It's always a worry when something like that happens.
Get well soon Cent.
priorknowledge 7th Jul 2016, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
I have same thing. LAD. Started 23 years ago. Many angioplasties, have 8 stents, triple bypass, aortic stenosis, loads of heart attacks... still going strong. New shots taken every other week really lower cholesterol. Lots of sympathy sex. My children give me plenty of hugs because scared I will not be there tomorrow.
Speedy Marsh 3rd Apr 2017, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
She Bashed that shell!
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