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.

Let me know you stopped by......leave me a comment :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

...about 2 1/2 weeks away

      This will be my last full week of work.  Next week I am only going to work 3 days.  This will give me time to get ready and spend sometime with the kids.  My sister is going to fly in from Texas the day before surgery.  I really think it is not necessary but if she was having major surgery, I would be right there too....I have a great family.
      I have an appt tomorrow with my primary care Dr.  She thinks my Vitamin D level is low now...but she thinks my Iron has improved.  Maybe she will say I can stop the Iron pills tomorrow.  
      I had a bad few moments yesterday.  I went out front to replant a few flowers and water everything.  I also started scrubbing out the birdbath. Tyler finished doing it for me.   It was like 90 degrees and very humid.  I guess it was too much for me....I felt ok until I had to climb the steps to get back into the house......so out of breath.....scary.  Those are the times that the doubt and wonder if I am doing the right thing vanish and I really believe I have a heart problem. 

1 comment:

David Beckham said...

I am very happy to see your blog, very good article for audience,

Each year, cardiac complications and diseased occur within 30 days after major non cardiac surgery in more than 10 million people worldwide.

Today, however, the tether is fraying. How can we use technology to bring Cardiologist database in USA closer to patients rather than making them more remote?

Small tips to avoid heart attack

• Take responsibility for your health. ...
• Know your risks. ...
• Don't smoke or expose yourself to second-hand smoke. ...
• Maintain a healthy blood pressure. ...
• Monitor your cholesterol (blood lipids). ...
• Limit your calories. ...
• Make exercise a daily habit. ...
• Pick your pills wisely.