Saw the cardiologist, thought I was doing fairly well except having trouble breathing while trying to build up my walking... Apparently I don't know ****. Seems The procedure to stop AFib did not... and now they want to do another TEE and then shock my heart?! They also are putting me on blood thinners, a promise that would not be necessary with a bio valve replacement has apparently gone by the wayside?! When I ask how serious a setback this is.... no one will answer me.... I feel at the mercy of Doctors I didn't even know 90 days ago. SORRY for the whining, feeling very grumpy and disappointed today.
Pretty amazed to be almost a month post... I turn 63 tomorrow and am beginning to accept a new reality is upon me. The hospital time, which ended up being almost 12 days, and the first week after release weren't so good. But the past week has given me hope that there is improvement ahead of me?!
I am struggling with O2 level issues and feel so weak I can hardly believe it, but I have been told this too get better with time and exercise.
The road still has its ups and downs, and I am struggling with the meds I am taking, but I was able to watch videos of my nieces and nephews on Christmas - which was a big thing I had no idea if I would be able to do!! COVID has me pretty much isolated for now, but I am grateful we are all facing this in the age of technology as opposed to a couple of decades ago!!
I am starting to wonder about cardiac rehab, anxious to start but a little afraid to see how far I will have to go.
Wondering if I will ever enjoy food again? I went through a few days of eating every two hours and now I seem to have lost interest and nothing really appeals again?!
I have been told this is a two steps forward and one back journey and to not get discouraged.... though that is easier to say than do I think.
Well, just wanted to update some thoughts at the almost one month mark! Hang in there Heart Warriors and HW to be... You do get through and it does get better, albeit slower than I suspect we hope but it really does!!
A little amazed to think there are less than two days until OHS and I am still 'fairly' calm. Wondering how much longer that may last or if all of a sudden the panic will set in?
I have lots of reasons to feel confident that all will be well, and I am trying to focus on that... but then my stomach clenches with the realization of what is ahead of me, and how much I probably don't know about this upcoming experience - even in the age of logs, and blogs, and google?!
Wishing everyone sharing this collective journey the VERY best on their particular path, sorry if I am not a great cheerleader...just yet?!