I read your history with interest. My past is much simpler, A-Fib for going on to twenty years now, and 4X CABG four years ago, at age 72. I have laid in bed listening to my heart many a night, and it is unnerving. But I had a great example of life from my Mother. She had colon cancer in her early nineties that completely blocked her colon. They said she would not survive an operation to remove the cancer, so they gave Mom an ostomy bag and put her radiation and a low level oral chemo drug. Mom taught long ago me that life is not fair, it just is what it is. Do what you have to do and move on. Her philosophy of life was very simple, "This is the cross the Good Lord gave me, He'll help me carry it". Mom lived alone, in her own home, and was 100 when she passed away.
Because I had A-Fib for so long, I was seeing a cardiologist regularly, and during one of my visits, he asked me to take a stress test. While I was on the treadmill, I "crashed", quite literally. My BP dropped into the 50-60 range and I was out. I woke up on a gurney. That lead to further tests and they found I had four arteries that were 90+% blocked. The surgeon told me that I needed a quadruple bypass and suggested they schedule it for "tomorrow". Bang, no time to think, just whatever Your plan is Lord, here I am! The operation was successful and life goes on. I realize now that I was a walking heart attack waiting to happen but they found it in time because I had the A-Fib, a silver lining to every cloud.
It has been four years, and I still have A-Fib, but I have no physical restrictions, just listen to my own body. I exercise regularly, do my own yard work, and my wife watches my diet for me. I am a MH visitor, do volunteer work at the US Air Force Museum, and do volunteer work with both the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts. Life is good and I thank the Lord everyday that I am still going strong. Life has no guarantees, so enjoy it while you can, and keep the faith. I hope your recovery is as successful as mine was.
VP, Chapter #61, MH
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