I was diagnosed with mild mitral Regurgitation all the way back in 1996 when I had an ASD repair as an infant.
Regurgitation has been relatively stable until this year when I had my yearly checkup with my cardiologist. He informed me that the valve’s condition had worsened and surgery would be needed to correct it.
A few months after the appointment, I began to develop symptoms such as extreme fatigue, loss of exercise capacity and I was constantly out of breath. However, nothing scared me more than a Tuesday night at work (usually an easy night) when I collapsed from exhaustion.
I immediately was sent home and booked into see my GP who sent me to my cardiologist. I walked into his office the next morning sobbing, I had never experienced such symptoms and I knew exactly what was causing them, which terrified me. I’ve always prided myself on keeping my heart condition at a level where I wouldn’t need surgery, so I could continue to do the things I normally would do. He reassured me that the surgery would fix this and he referred me to see Dr Ian Nicholson who has a reputation for reassuring patients before, during and after the procedure. After a comforting consultation with Dr Nicholson, I was put on the waiting list as a Catergory 2 patient and waited for the letter from the hospital to come.
Several weeks later, the letter arrived and informed me that I was booked in for the 10th of December and so I would spend Christmas away from work (hooray! I work in a supermarket so this is a big plus). Now I’m currently preparing for the major operation and I hope to come back to work and my training Stronger than ever.
More Info About Me & My Heart
More About Me
I am from:
Sydney , Australia
My surgery date is:
December 10, 2018
I was diagnosed with: