Monday, September 30, 2013
I went to the cardiologist for a routine follow up. I had to get another Echo done before the appointment because the doctor wanted to see if I had improved since being diagnosed. So, I went in and had the echo done. It is pretty cool seeing your heart on the screen. I was trying to read and figure things out but all the words were abbreviated and were medical terms that I did not know, but I thought I saw EF 38%. I got happy for a while, but did not get my hopes up because I didn't know what exactly I was looking at. I went back to the cardio to get the results and the doctor came in with a smile and said "Your heart is improving". She said she likes to round down the EF numbers and told me that my EF was 35%. So the number that I saw earlier was correct. I am really glad that God is touching my heart and helping it improve. I'll go back in 3 months.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Well, it has officially been one year since being diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. I have had my ups and downs, emotionally and physically. I have had my first ever surgery other than a c-section this year. I am handling everything better today than when I was first diagnosed. I have learned to make some changes. Less caffeine. Less sodium. More exercise. More time spent with my family living life to the fullest. Physically, I do find myself getting tired when doing things and I have learned to not overdo myself. Emotionally, I think I have done a good job dealing with it. There have been a few breakdowns where I have wondered "Why Me?" What did I do to get heart disease. I thought I was pretty healthy. I'm young. I have 3 beautiful boys. All I want to do is get better, so that I can be around to see grand kids and great grand kids. With my faith in God, and my amazing family supporting me, I am able to. I have an appointment in a few weeks and having another echo done. Praying for an improvement!!