New to This
After having typed out a very long story of how I arrived here, I wondered who would want to read it. In an attempt to find somes peace with everything, here's my shortest version.
CHF brought on by Coxsackievirus B. A friend pointed out this is the same as Barbara Hershey's character in the movie Beaches. That's uplifting!
EF initially 10%. It improved to about 20% within the three months I wore an external defibrillator.
Fast forward a couple of weeks ago, I received a CRT-D implant with three leads, right ventricle and atrium, and left ventricle. I was told there was a fairly good immediate response. Something to do with narrowing of passage ways. I was pretty drugged up and in the age of Covid 19, having someone coherent and present at all times to later decipher things has not always been an option.
I'm 44 and fortunately never really had any major health issues. What I read online does not paint the prettiest picture.
I am looking forward to my next doctor's appointments (there are several). With the state of the world, it seems much of what I am experiencing is very routine to everyone else.
No big deal. Is it a big deal? Is this routine everyone seems to be following where I should find encouragement that life will be long and normal?
The thoughts that enter my mind! I've never been so scattered. I feel incredibly dramatic! Meanwhile, physically, my left side aches and it is as if I have altitude sickness most of the day. I do have more energy than I did before the implant.
Words of advice or encouragement? ...or maybe even a harsh reality?