Saturday, September 25, 2010
My valvuloplasty went well on Sept. 16, however the cardiologist wasn't able to open my valve as much as he had hoped...only about 1/2 as much. Still, I've had great relief and hope it lasts. On the way home from the hospital I almost passed out. My blood pressure had been running low while in the hospital, but the nurse assured me that I would be okay once active again. Not so. My blood pressure continued to stay very low. My meds have been changed 4 times, and now I think it's finally right. I've been stable for a couple of days :)
Another major problem for me was great fatigue. I had very little stamina, could barely drag myself a few feet. Also, the severe headaches that I'd been having for months continued. After several days of this, I made an appt. with my doctor. She assured me that all of my blood work was normal, that my great fatigue and headaches were from all of the physical and mental stress I had been through the past 4 weeks. 3 procedures, 2 hospital stays, cancer scare, losing my best friend, etc. My body was telling me I needed to just rest and heal.
I guess she was right as yesterday I felt a bit better, and today I feel better yet. Praise God!
I have a million and one things to do as we leave for my son's wedding in GA 4 weeks from today. Now where is that to-do list?!
Thanks to all of you who have sent Spark mails, commented on my blogs & page, given me goodies, etc. I've tried to thank you each individually, but may have inadvertently missed someone. A special thanks to QL and QJ who have lifted my spirits and kept me going when I thought I couldn't take one more step. You are the best!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tomorrow I'll be having the valvuloplasty. After all I've been through these past few weeks, I'm so relieved to be getting this done. I should have instantaneous relief! It will be so good to be able to breathe without pain, heart palpatations, dizziness, etc.
I will have the procedure around 9 a.m., stay overnight, and if there are no complications, will come home Friday morning. My cardiologist says there is very little chance that I will have neuropathy again. Good.
Say a little prayer that all goes well! Thanks for all of your good wishes, goodies, etc. They are much appreciated :)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
As many of you know, I was in the ER this past week (due to some complications from surgery I'd had early in the week). Let me tell you, I will never, ever go to our local hospital ERs again. I went for what I thought were 2 minor issues. These issues were barely addressed, but they did try to treat me for a "heart attack" which they were sure I was having while there. No, I did not have a heart attack. I knew it then, I tried to tell the doctors and nurses, but they would not listen to me. I was not breathing well, could barely talk (symptoms of a stenosis episode). I knew what was wrong, what to do as I've had them before. I ended up staying over night. According to my chart, I was uncooperative as I refused to take 2 meds (1 is one I never take, and the other one I absolutely did take. I'm a diabetic and would never, ever refuse to take my insulin.). When I left, they gave me an Rx for a drug used to prevent heart attacks (which help the arteries open). I have no problems with my arteries. My surgery on Tues. showed that my arteries are "beautiful" much to the surprise of my cardiologist! They also gave me an Rx for a med that I have taken for some years, but the cardiologist wanted decreased by 50%...the Rx was for the high dosage. Now why would I refuse to fill them?!
I returned home Friday late afternoon exhausted. No sleep from all of the testing, blood work, whole 9 yards. Sat. morning I learned that my dear friend, Barbara had died during the night. Yesterday was pretty much a blur for me. I am going to miss Barbara so much. She was as close as any sister could be. However, I am glad that she passed peacefully and is no longer in any pain. It was how we all hoped she would go.
This afternoon about 4 as we were pulling in the driveway, we noticed cars backed up near our house. Sure enough, we heard the train whistle blow (tracks cross the road about 1 mile N of us). Within seconds we hear squealing of brakes, and crash, crash, crash...a 3 card pile up. Apparently the last car didn't realize the others in front of him had come to a complete stop, slammed on the brakes which locked up. We called 911 immediately, helped the passengers all we could, and stayed with them. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. That was enough excitement for my day.
Please pray that tomorrow I'll be able to set up immediate dr. appointments so I can get to the bottom of my health issues quickly. My son's wedding is coming up in October. I need to get healthy! Also asking for continued prayers for Barbara's family as they go through their grieving, and pray for those who were in the accidents today to heal quickly.
Thanks to those of you who have given me goodies, left messages on my page, Spark mailed me, and phone me over the past week. Spark friends are the best!!!
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