It’s strange that I feel a little pissed I won’t be having the surgery. I was under the impression that when they scheduled it, the doctor had looked at all the tests I had gone through back in May. And that the only reason I went through some of the same tests again was to see any differences. But no, that wasn’t the case at all.
It’s like they just looked at the tests I had done last week. And now I’m told that the surgery isn’t a slam dunk. That my mitral valve prolapse isn’t like others. Apparently I have a funky flap (doctor’s words), where the bottom flap is leaking (instead of the top flap) and that the surgery wouldn’t be easy. He didn’t even think the valve could be repaired (I’ve got some calcium thing going on in there that really baffled him), which means it would need to be replaced. A replacement valve would not do me any good now. In fact, it could make things worse (a mechanical replacement valve would put me on blood thinners for the rest of my life). So… since I’m not feeling any symptoms yet, it would be best to wait until I do.
How long will that take? Anywhere from 1-10 years.
FYI – A replacement tissue valve only lasts about 10 years. Another reason to wait.
At least I now know my condition is NOT life threatening. That did concern me. I may get weaker and have trouble catching my breath (the symptoms I’m to expect), but I’m not at risk for a heart attack and I’m not a “ticking time bomb.”
I feel kind of stupid telling everyone about my upcoming surgery now. Makes me think I should just keep quiet about these things. But if I can’t talk about what’s going on in my life, then I might as well not blog. Because I can’t see me blogging just trying to sell my books. No one would stick around for that. I wouldn’t.
Now to change the subject, here are some pictures I took while up in
These were taken in Westlake, Ohio, along Lake Erie. I loved seeing some fall colors. Cleveland
|That's Cleveland in the distance.|
So… Who’s planning on watching “Supergirl” tonight? I’m really looking forward to that show. Looks fun!
Have a great Monday. J