Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Heart: 3 months post surgery.

People have been so incredibly kind and genuinely concerned about how I have been doing post heart surgery. I usually get asked these questions:

"How are you feeling since the surgery?"
"Have you had any migraines?? What about seizures?"
"What are your restrictions?"
"Are you going back on a mission?"
"So what are your plans now?" answer these in one fail swoop (or at least those who read and have the same questions)

- I feel AMAZING!! I have off days every once in a while, but for the most part best I have ever felt in my whole life.

- I haven't had a migraine in probably over a month. I would say going from one almost every day for 6 months to 0...pretty sweet. What a miracle and so many prayers were answered! As far as as well. Wahoo!

- I can't do any contact sports for 6 months after surgery and exercise and lifting are limited. No dental work for 6 months...and well that is about it. Anything that feels ok is a go...sometimes when my heart rate goes up it hurts because it is still healing and there is a pretty decent sized device it is trying to get used to.

- As for right now I don't think I am going back on the mission. But who ever knows??

- I have NO idea what I am doing for my plans with life. It is really cramping my style.  And stressing me BIG time.

And really I am posting about my 3 month post surgery because I had my 3 month check up today and went SO good!! I am so happy.

They did an echocardiogram and then a bubble study test to see how my heart works now and see if I had full closure yet over my device.

This is where they put small saline bubbles in my heart and my brain to see if any pass through the other chambers. And for those of you who think medical stuff is awesome, I found a sweet video that shows what a normal heart looks like when they do the study:

You can see all the white bubbles on one side but none on the other.

And in contrast what an abnormal study looks like. This is what my test looked like before surgery:

On this one you can see bubbles passing from one side of the heart to the other showing there is a hole and leaking.

I am so happy to say that my test looked just like video #1 today and I had full closure after my surgery! They said I looked SO good in fact, that I don't even have to come back for my 6 month check up...only my year marker. I was thrilled to have some good news :).

My life has changed so dramatically. I feel like a new person in a lot of ways and I feel so incredibly blessed in this area of my life....and really, really blessed that I didn't die from stroke. Whew.

Thank you sooooooo much to everyone has supported, prayed, and thought of me during this time. It seriously means more than you can ever know.

Now for better days ahead, and more and more adventures to come :)


Kayla said...

I'm glad you posted all this. Cause I was wondering how you were doing and if they surgery has helped lots. I'm so glad you are doing 100 times better! You really have been through a lot, and you're still so young. You are very brave and always have such a great attitude about your health/life - it's something to admire! Congrats on a great check-up!