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Sept 9, 2013 POSITIVES (homework) Surviving CHF

Monday, September 09, 2013

I just completed watching my video "Heart Failure to Survivor." It was very interesting listening to the stories as each story touched something I have gone through or my friend has gone through. The interesting piece to me was these were people that suddenly got hit with Heart Failure. I was hit with Heart Attack, more massive heart attack, heart surgery, to recovering from heart surgery and developing this instant attack of "Heart Failure" I went from excitement of my heart surgery going well to instantly having an extremely sick heart. With this being said, I felt most of the motions prior to my ICD. Some people ask if I have a pacer.... the answer is no in the sense of the question that they are asking. I have a defibrillator which also has a is a combo unit. It will shock my heart if my rate gets too high or it will pace me if too low or pace me if I am delivered a shock. Watching this video was part of my homework emoticon

One of the biggest things I depicted out of the video was "You look normal to others." "You don't look sick." "People think there is nothing wrong with you." "You will be around forever." In reality, you are dying. Your heart (as some would say) is turning to mush. It hits you like a brick. It is not something that takes it's time. One person "I was doing my usual walk and suddenly couldn't do it, it was hard to breath, felt like my heart was being squeezed, like I was unable to get oxygen into my lungs." A lot of people ignored it and finally went in because it was too bad.

Ok, the next part of my home work POSITIVES write down everything positive in my life with the ICD.

1. I am alive
2. My husband still loves me
3. I can still drive
4. I can still walk even though I sometimes have to ride a cart or have to rest
5. I can still walk the beach
6. I can still ride my bike
7. I can still fly in an airplane
8. I can still have sex
9. I can still cook
10. I went to Vegas
11. All Kids are now out of house
12. No longer responsible for kids
13. I saw my husband's family, met his brother for first time
14. Beginning to accept that I have to modify
15. Got to see my bio daughters and grand daughter
16. Getting rid of a huge amount of stress

Now what positives do you have planned

1. Planning on going to Arizona for Christmas
2. See my kids at Christmas and grand daughter
3. Continuing with heart study
4. Work on pacing myself
5. walk / bike 30 min 4 x week

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    1627 days ago
    THANKS FOR Sharing! emoticon
    1628 days ago
    Very encouraging post Nadine. You inspire me to take a more positive outlook on my life. Keep staying positive!
    1628 days ago
    Excellent blog my friend. I am amazed at you. I love LOVE your positive list. Thanks for being a good example for the rest of us AND for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon
    1628 days ago
    Ok - I have to ask - where did you find the video? is it online? Something i think my wife should see. She's suffereing fro chf as well, and has the same issue s- everyone things shes just fine - on the outside. I see all the changes inside and out. And its a hard thing to deal with - you literally are dying faster than everyone else.
    Kudos to you for you positive attitude and outlook!!!!!
    1628 days ago
    Awesome Nadine! SO happy to see you on limes again. YOU ARE A SURVIVOR.

    Here are some positives in my life:
    1 - I celebrated 12 year wedding anniversary
    2 - I got a promotion at work
    3 - my knee is getting better even if I have set backs
    4 - I am still losing weight
    5 - I have friends and family
    6 - I can ride my bike
    7 - I sleep well at night
    8 - I had a vacation at lake this year
    9 - I like my job
    10 - I have a home

    Thank you for asking me to share. Taking time to find 10 positivesin your life is always a good thing.
    1628 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an amazing person nadine, you just keep on going!
    1628 days ago
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