December 3rd - 8 days until I head to the Hospital
Journal posted on December 3, 2013
Today is December 3rd and I'm 8 days out before heading into the hospital for the prep of my surgery. I am not the blogging type, at least I didn't think I was but a friend asked me tonight if I was going to keep people updated on my progress and after quickly saying probably not, I reconsidered and thought that it might be helpful to me and to everyone in my life to give them information as it unfolds. Life After Heart Surgery will be much better if those whom I love and who love me back are able to keep tabs on me!
I will be having the Bentall procedure on 12/12/13 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA under the care of Dr. Kamal Khabbazz. I found out that I had the congenital condition BAV when I was experiencing stress symptoms 3 years ago. Turns out I was lucky that they discovered that I had it since that problem was actually asymptomatic. The stress symptoms have been managed with lots of meditation and exercise. I wouldn't say that I am exactly looking forward to the surgery but I will say that I much prefer to have it taken care of. I'm looking forward to Life After Heart Surgery! "Always forward and always with love." That's been my six word motto for awhile now.
So I'm in the last week of running around trying to get as ready as I can for being out of commission for awhile. I feel so incredibly lucky to have such a loving family, incredible sons and husband, great friends, amazing work colleagues and a caring community who have all offered help and support for the coming months. I am strengthening my "let people help" muscles through it all. I will definitely have all the company I could ever need. I feel very grateful for that.
As I finish up at work and try to make a small dent in preparing for the holidays I am constantly reminded that we are so lucky to live in this time of advanced medicine. I take such solace in knowing that I will be in very able and caring hands at BIMC.
Please send all your cosmic energy my way on 12/12/13. Dr. Khabbazz and his team will gladly receive it as will my trusty body as it is opened up and fixed for good! I'm setting lots of short term, medium term and long term goals for my recovery phase of Life After Heart Surgery. I'll try to keep everyone posted on how I'm doing though the posts may be brief since, Like I said, blogging isn't really my thing.
Peace and love. You are always in my heart! ~ Gail