Well last night I had a long message written, but this think wouldn't let me send it. I tried and tried and then I accidentally clicked on something and it went away. What a bummer. I am going to submit this now just to see if it works now and then post some more.
I am corresponding with another surgeon in Indianapolis at the present time to get a second opinion.
Ever since I had the heart cath and was told by the doctor doing it that I would need surgery, I have had so many different emotions and ups and downs. I have never had to face anything this serious. I spent hours searching the internet for specialized doctors and hospitals, that it was very overwhelming. I had days of denial, (there is no way I have this serious of a problem I would tell myself), I had days of OK ( I have it, so now lets deal with it). I had nights where I couldn't sleep. Thank God my husband Bob doesn't mind getting woke up in the middle of the night just to talk. He is my rock.
I really didn't want to go to see the cardiologist for the reading of the test, as I already knew what he was going to tell me, and I DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR IT. You know how it is.
In reality, I felt so much better when we left his office and I thought of what he had said. Also I talked with my best friend in Springfield, and she helped me a lot too.
I have a wonderful family who is very supportive, and don't know what I would do without them.
Now that I have the ball rolling, so to speak, I am much calmer, and want to get it over with.
I appreciate all your messages sent to me in my guestbook, and am asking you to PLEASE SIGN YOUR NAME, as I don't know who wrote the message if you don't. I really look forward to reading them. Thank so much, Inge
I just had an appointment last Tue July 5th with my cardiologist in Springfield to go over the latest heart cath. He told me that my aortic stenosis has advanced to the severe stage and I will need surgery. I will need to get it done in the next few weeks. I have had very mixed emotions and have had a hard time accepting the fact that I have this heart problem, and have no choice but to get surgery. Well actually I do have a choice, but if I don't get it, I will only live 2 more years. Well I am absolutely not ready to leave this world yet, so I am having the surgery.
I was diagnosed in 2001 with mild aortic stenosis, but waited several years to actually see my cardiologist on a regular 6 month basis.
I started to see him in 2007 and have been going every 6 months for tests. It was in the mild to moderate stage in 2007, so it had progressed some from 2001. In 2009 it had progressed to the moderate/severe stage, and I was told that if it got any worse I would need surgery. Well I figured that it took 6 years to go from mild to moderate so I was sure I had many years before I would need surgery.
I did not have any symptoms, so I didn't think about my heart problem between visits and just went on with my life.
I am now having some symptoms such as shortness of breath, some tightness in the chest a few times, and I am very tired and have no energy.
So now it is 2011, and I am hit with a bombshell. I need surgery, and it has to be done if I want to live. WOW. I have a lot of thinking to do.