Posted 4/1/2017 11:20 PM (GMT -6)
Hello everyone. My mom who is 82 had open heart surgery over two months ago because of a 5.4 aneurysm in her ascending aorta. she also had a leaky valve, therefore surgery was imperative to save her life. Initially her cardiologist did not recommend the surgery because of her age and frailty. But my mother did not want to be at the mercy of the unknown. Fast forward today, slowly but surely, Mommy is recovering under my care in our home along with my special needs daughter. The doctor recommended that all of us, kids have our hearts checked because of our parents medical history. My Papa had quad bypass at 75 and he is turning 86 this month. I had my physical recently. I had the echogram which revealed a dilation. A couple days later I had a CT scan and a 4.4 cm aneurysm in my ascending aorta was confirmed. It's been 18 days and I've monitored my BP a few times a day. I've been on maintenance meds for about 10 years. I retired 9 years ago at age 50. These last couple of years have been a bit stressful with family needs. And these last 6 mos, more so. I can only surmise, the stress could be the culprit apart from my being genetically predisposed. Immediately after being diagnosed, I stopped eating rice (I'm Asian!!) and should lose 25 pounds. I'm 5'1. I've also drastically reduced my salt intake to nearly zilch. I have yet to weigh myself since the shift. Reminding myself to not lift anything "heavy" is hard as I haul for my Mom and daughter. I'm told I can fly so I'm off to Asia in two weeks. My BP is controlled with my meds and my pulse is right around 52-58, a couple of times 48 and 49! Sorry, long winded post. I am teeter tottering with the notion of surgery. The insurance might not be convinced to pay but I have a PPO. Like my Mom, I don't like to be at the mercy of my BP doing a number on me. There are many opinions, pros and cons. And after 18 days, I'm just processjng as methodically as possible with moments of tearfulness, but never disbelief. Before diagnosis, a month before the due date, I paid for my life insurance. Not being a pessimist, I just don't like to gamble. I feel no symptoms, so reminding myself to not exert effort is a constant thing. Oy.