Surgery is set for Tuesday the 29 th at Carolina Medical Center Pineville which is here in Charlotte. I don't think there is any part of my body that has not been checked out. I am ready( at least as ready as anyone can be). I read where people usually go through a phase where they ask themselves, why me? Mine is more like , why not me. I am blessed to have excellent medical care and a wonderful and loving support group! I know that I can handle this from my presceptive better than if it were one of my children or loved one. Please keep me in your thought s and prayers next week as I will keep all of y'all in mine.
To everyone that has posted on my page, Thank You! The words of encouragement from others that are there or are going there are priceless.
My scans show that I have a blockage in my left carotid artery. I will have further test on Monday or Tuesday and we will know more. This will have to be fixed before the heart. I am grateful and humbled by the fabulous doctors that God has put around me.
I am officially giving my guardian angel the day off for some much needed and deserved rest! It is a beautiful rainy day here in Charlotte. Happy Saturday and love and prayers to all.
I was born with a heart murmur which until recently did not bother me at all. During an EKG in November my cardiologist schedule a heart cath. The cath showed that I was on the borderline of severe stenosis with my aortic valve and regurgitating occurring in two other valves. The best course of action would be to monitor my heart every 6 months.
I began being short of breath approximately 2 months ago on my daily walks. I attributed it to the heat, Charlotte, NC in the summer can be brutal, and the air quality. Soon there after I noticed my daily activities caused shortness of breath and a general feeling of tiredness. I was scheduled for a check up in July so I thought we would address it at that time.
One month ago I had driven to Georgia, 3 hour drive, to attend the funeral of my friends mother . It was a beautiful summer day and I felt great. My daughter and I attended the service and went onto the cemetery . After the burial I stopped at my friends car to speak to her mother. That is the last thing I remembered until I came to in the back of her car with two fire trucks and 4 paramedics. My blood pressure had bottomed out.
A million test later I am scheduled for open heart by pass on July 22 at CMC Pineville with Dr. Larry Watts who is with the Sanger Clinic. I am very scared of the pain, it just sounds awful, but I am ready to get this fixed. I am very blessed with wonderful friends and family and a strong support system. I am only 58 and other than a bad valve in great shape. SEC football starts August 30th so I must be able to yell and scream by then! We all need a goal. God bless to all that are going through this and a speedy recovery to all.