I think what scares me the most about my heart scare is that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. It was a true wake up call to live everyday like it is your last. It did however “wake me up” so to speak. I am now fully aware that I am not invincible.
In the past three months I have been to many doctor’s visits, many blood draws, and several visits to the Heart Failure Clinic. I am now wearing a Life Vest. (A wearable defibrillator, which means if my heart decides to stop working this will give me a shock to get it started again.) I have been told that I can walk now but that is the only work out I can do until I get my echo done. I have wonderful people working in the Heart Failure Clinic that hold nothing back from me. Which I love. Be honest with me and let me know what is going on with me. I know that I have a few things against me. I know that once your heart is at 30-35% you are at risk for Cardiac Arrest. Which is why I am wearing a Life Vest. I know now that I will be on heart medicine for the rest of my life.
Let’s just talk about this Life Vest for a minute. The life vest is very uncomfortable for a woman. It is definitely made for man or someone who is flat chested. But I have to say wearing it in the middle of summer is no fun also. It fits snug to your chest and back so if it is hot out you are a sweaty Betty. Also they only give you two vests to change from so you are constantly washing them. But if it saves my life I will continue to wear it until I know where I stand.
What changes have I made in my life since my heart scare?
- I have cut salt out of my diet. Trying to limit my salt intake to below 1500 mg.
- I lost 32 pounds so far.
- I am cutting sugar out of my life. Just have it occasionally.
- Cut caffeine out.
- Take my blood pressure twice a day and weigh myself daily.
- Trying to find time to relax and stop to smell the roses.
What are my hopes in the coming months?
- One that when I have my partial echo on Aug 1 that my EF rate is above 30-35%.
- Two if it is not over the 35% that I get the implanted version of the life vest called an ICD so that I can take the vest off.
What are my future plans regarding my health?
- Take a mediation class to calm my thoughts
- Walk every day
- Keep up with blood pressure readings and weighing myself.
- Keep learning how to eliminate salt from my diet.
- Try to stay positive in every situation.
So remember to stop and smell the roses. Don’t wait for tomorrow for what you can do today. Tomorrow is not promised.
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