Monday, September 30, 2013

Great news!

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

One year

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!!