Welcome to my day to day journal of having open heart surgery.

When I started this blog I was not sure if I would need surgery but after many tests and doctors visits I had valve replacement surgery on June 23, 2010. I was born with a congenital heart defect, a bicuspid aortic valve. My blog reads backwards (like all blogs)....not like a story in chronological order...so go all the way to the beginning (here) to read about my history and how this all got started.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chest Pain again.....

On the way to work this morning, while driving,  I got chest pains again.   It lasted for 30 seconds to maybe a full minute.  I got a very flushed feeling...like a hot flash or something.  I got to my job, felt alittle better and walked in.  Once I clocked in, I called the cadiology group.  I wanted to know if they had my results and to tell them about the chest pain on Sunday and now today.  When the nurse picked up, she said my doctor had been trying to reach me.   She wants to see me to go over Echo.  I asked nurse to please tell me over the phone and she said that my valve is in the "severe" range.  I could not believe it.   I may have to have open heart surgery.   I called Dan to let him know that we had an appt the next day to get results.

1 comment:

David Beckham said...

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