Good morning all. I haven't posted on this site for a long time. I got to work this morning and was just doing a little surfing and I saw "healingwell" and remembered all the good times from a long time ago. It sure is nice to see familiar "faces" congregating here.
Teri, I see that you are a moderator here and I think that is great. You always do such a great job of it. I haven't talked to you in a while and I hope and pray that everything is going good for you. It sounds like the birds are doing their job and keeping you active. I have 7 german shepherd puppies at home right now. They will be five weeks old in a few days and really help me keep my mind on something other than heart disease, which is a good thing. I think we all need to find an outlet for the constant thoughts and concerns that are part of having this disease.
My heart is still beating. I have 40% left, but it is doing okay. EF is holding pretty steady at 20. The newest problem is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm that is growing pretty fast. I will have to have that fixed before too long. My ICD has been doing its job and keeping the arrythmias in check and all the meds are keeping my bp at around 80/50. Still get dizzy all the time, but have gotten used to that too. I think it is amazing what we can become used to when we have to.
Anyway, good morning to all of you and always remember that it is always a "Beautiful Day for Smiling".
I had a massive heart attack on May 4, 2003. I didn't know it at the time, this was my second. Thru the course of diagnosis while in ER and catheterization it was determined that I had 3 arteries 100% blocked, 1 artery at 98% blocked and 1 artery at about 85% blocked. I was told that if I didn't get to surgery within 30 minutes I was dead. I was raced by ambo to a sister hospital and in surgery within 20 minutes. After surgery I had oxygenation problems and was in ICU for 5 days. During that time I was told that the front of my heart didn't make it and that I was going to have a future problem with cardiomyopathy because of the strain the back of my heart would be under. I have EJ fraction around 20 and have had numerous echo-cardiograms to monitor heart function. To date I have recovered very well. I cannot do what I used to but feel great. In September of 04 I had an AICD implanted more or less to act as a saftey net for when my heart stops.