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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What I was hoping to avoid by losing weight and getting more physically fit didn't quite happen the way I thought it would. Here I am facing heart surgery. Both of my parents had heart trouble. I've said several times that if I had to inherit one of my parents' heart problem, it's best I inherited my dad's because at least his is fixable. My mother's was only treatable. Hopefully, I have avoided her kind by doing what I've done. I've been told over and over that losing the weight and getting more physically fit still did me a world of good. It has lowered my risk factors and will hopefully help me have a faster, more complete, recovery.

It looks pretty likely that I'll be having open-heart surgery to have an aortic valve replacement in the near future. I'm not looking forward to it, but do want to get it "out of the way" and on my way to recovery and a new lease on life. From there, I will make decisions about my work in the future.

The rehabilitation will be exercise tailored to my recovery, but will still help me regain physical fitness. I will tell them one of my ultimate goals is to participate in 5k's.

I have felt God's presence in all of this. Am I scared? Of course. Am I a bit disappointed? Yes, of course. I don't like the idea of having a heart condition, but one of the people involved in my care told me I could have 30 more years of good health and life after this. My dad was diagnosed with this when he was 79, and he lived to 93. I'm only 57, but several people have told me it's actually better that this was diagnosed at a younger age. I'm still having trouble wrapping my brain around it, though.

I'm still striving to maintain sensible eating and some exercise. I don't walk for 2-3 miles, but I still ride my recumbent bike about 15-20 minutes/day. Also, I look for reasons to take little walks up to the end of the street and back. Some days at work lend themselves to more activity than others. Even though I am managing to keep working, I try to take low-stress jobs (or at least what I think will be low-stress). Sometimes they don't work out quite the way I hope. I do take naps most days and elevate my legs, especially in the evenings.

Your prayers and positive thoughts for me in the upcoming weeks and months ahead will be appreciated. emoticon
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    Aww, thanks everyone! I had a great answer to prayer today for a family member, and that makes me feel better too. It's those answers to prayers in other areas of life that let me know He is with me.
    1142 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Praying for you. emoticon
    1144 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Sending prayers for a successful surgery (if necessary) and a full and speedy recovery. I had my mitral valve replaced and the tricuspid valve repaired in 2012. It is so amazing to me that God has given so many miracles through medical intervention. We are certainly blessed that these repairs can be done. I will keep you in my prayers and be waiting to hear that you are ready for your marathon!!
    1146 days ago
    Hi Perrybabe - Keep doing what you're doingl You may not have avoided the surgery, but you will have a better recovery with your weight loss. You are in my prayers.
    1148 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    I have not had open heart surgery but have two stents and the meds - and the ever present reminders of having nitro with me and to carry my phone per our family agreement for emergency.
    The anti-inflammatory diet is high in my thoughts even with other challenges and ways of eating - I still think about the anti-inflammatory aspects and foods. The exercise is a daily challenge too - but determined to keep walking for my heart even when the neuropathy has made that harder because I cannot feel my feet when I walk - so use two canes for careful activities and do my exercise on treadmill and stationary bike and rebounder with rail and seated elliptical. Keep at it daily - trust in the LORD and I will be praying for you too. My faith carried me through the scary times and great pain times following the back re-construct I had after the heart stents. One day at a time and God's blessings - keep us posted!

    1149 days ago
    prayers to you
    1149 days ago
    You remain in my prayers Spark Friend. emoticon emoticon

    As you move through this experience and look back, it is my prayer that you find yourself in awe of the amazing recovery and new lease on life that's been gained.
    1149 days ago
    I have already sent up prayers for you.take care.
    1149 days ago
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