Geri Posted May 26, 2010 Share Posted May 26, 2010 Hi, I'm still here even though it's been a hellava ride! Back in Feb I had a heart block which, due to location and good health care personnel, I survived. Hence my new birthday. However I was only home 3 weeks before I needed to be back in the hospital - I suggested that my name be put on the door and I should leave my hospital stuff there! After many tests it was determined that I had damage to my heart that would shorten my life to months at most. I was given the "choice" of being appraised for an LVAD (left ventrical assist device) aka an electric heart pump. Some choice!! So that's what's going on here, my recovery has been long and painful due to a horrible case of shingles, the LVAD was a walk in the park for me (not for my family though) as I was sedated for the best part of 2 weeks until they closed my chest incision. So now I carry a controller and 2 battery packs in my vest pockets. on a belt ot in a bag, except when I go to bed and I tether myself to a base unit for power instead. I also found out that all this damage was caused by the chemo I had for my breast cancer. So my life has been changed forever and my family and I have climbed back on the roller coaster that all cancer patients and caregivers know so well. So that's my year so far, I am still working on getting back my indepence......I can't drive or lift anything for a while so I sit in the back of the car (can't risk getting hit by an air bag) and my grandson doesn't understand why I can't even put him on my lap. All this beats the alternative, I can no longer go swimming or soak in the bath but I'm breathing easier and slowly getting my energy back. Take care Geri Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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