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Sep 12, 2018 Latest post:
19 hours ago
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I was diagnosed with a mitral valve heart issue when I was a child, probably as a result of having scarlet fever in grade school. I was seriously sick during that time and also was plagued with strep throat. The doctor decided to remove my tonsils in an effort to manage the strep throat and during surgery they discovered a problem with my mitral heart valve. My parents became very protective and I always knew that someday the valve might cause future problems with my heart health. I learned at an early age to trust God with every beat of my heart.
Over the last several years I've had a continual struggle with A-fib which became the new normal for my heart. At the end of May I struggled with dizziness but the cardiologist could not see any change in the tests he had conducted in April. By the first of July I was struggling to breathe and my lungs had filled with fluid which sent me to the ER for treatment and diagnosis which included heart failure. The tests revealed further degeneration of my mitral value which would require surgery to replace. I'm currently at home awaiting surgery scheduled for the end of September.
My current activity level is very limited. Not only is my physical activity limited but I'm also limiting my interactions with others in order to protect my general health as I await surgery. I am home resting with an anticipated return to work after my recovery period. Because my energy level is basically non existent, my response to questions, emails, texts, voice messages and communication in general is slower than normal, I'm requesting your patience over the next several months. I spend most of my time reading, studying my Bible, working on prayer shawls, cuddling Chelsey (our dog), working puzzles, praying, and resting, resting, resting!