Friday, January 4, 2013

I'm Thankful For Minimally Invasive Surgery!

It's the new year, and it's time to start thinking about making changes, resolutions and goals for the new year. It's also a time to reflect on how far you have come and where you were this time last year. For me, the new year is a time to think about minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery, cardiac cath labs, and catheter ablations. That might sound kind of silly, but bear with me.

On March 27, 2013, it will be one year since my catheter ablation procedure was done. One year since my life was forever changed. One year since I got myself back to normal. I still remember just how I felt that day, how scared I was, and how nervous I was that the doctors would never be able to put me back together properly. I remember exactly how I felt before the surgery, the aching, the dizziness, the pain, the constant throbbing of my heart in my chest. I remember how I couldn't get out of bed some days, and I would lay on the couch and watch the boys play. I sure as heck couldn't play with them, that was for sure. I couldn't walk to the bathroom without getting out of breath. And, I only weighed 160, and I didn't smoke! It was definitely not normal to feel that way!

I remember telling myself that I was just out of shape, and if I would exercise, I would be fine. I remember the day I went to the gym, and got on a treadmill for less than two minutes. My blood pressure was rising, I got extremely dizzy, and the room began to spin. The heart rate monitor on the treadmill said my heart rate was over 200. That's when I knew, something was not normal. I didn't even make it five minutes on the treadmill!

I remember every single detail about the day of my surgery. But more than that, I remember the way I feel right now. I love the way I feel now. I am completely healed, and my WPW is completely gone. I can run with my kids, I can exercise, I can play. I don't feel like I am dying every time I move! I am so thankful for the chance to have my heart fixed, and I sure hope that it doesn't ever come back!

this has been a sponsored post, however,  all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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