I was finally able to talk with my nurse Pam in regard to my scan last week. My cardiologist does indeed have some concerns about one of my stents in the pulmonary artery, therefore, I will be returning to the heart cath lab for a procedure I have had done twice, making this surgery number three on the same spot.
I assumed I would need some type of intervention due to other areas where the masses have grown but since the results stated that my stents were open I was relieved that I would not have to deal with this procedure. Pam agreed with how the test results were confusing but stated after the doctor reviewed my scans he definitely had concerns and really feels one of my stents has enough narrowing that he wants to go in. Since I have not been feeling well and with the symptoms of a fast heartrate, chest pressure and palpitations, not to mention the deathly fatigue right Julie? Haha…I really can’t argue the fact that I don’t have to follow through with this surgery.
But hey, my SVC stents look to be good and praying that really is the case so that I won’t have to go through this again next month!! 😜
So, while I have been trying to do my treadmill every other morning to build my body back up from being down so long from the back surgeries, now that my stents are closing and the fact that my heartrate gets up to almost 180 just from walking on the treadmill…I am taking a break from it until after my surgery so that I don’t put any extra stress on my heart that will overwork it and cause my hypertension to get worse.
What really stinks is that my surgery is scheduled for November 23rd, yep, the day before Thanksgiving.
I initially did try to tell the nurse that the date would not work and tried to reschedule but Pam hesitated and said that a pediatric cardiologist will also be helping my regular cardiologist with the surgery. She said trying to get their schedules to work together is like lining the stars up with the moon. Haha!
If I do not go in on November 23rd the next date would be in December and she again stressed the concerns the doctor had. We also discussed once again that I have been having these symptoms for several months now and the sooner they can go in and fix it the better because the last thing we want is for the stents to close all the way, or the masses to completely block the arteries off because the longer we wait the more complicated the surgery becomes. And the chances of not being able to open up the arteries, veins or airways again. I don’t like it, but it has to be done.
Like I’ve said many times before, this is my illness, this is to be expected…this is our life. Sometimes it stinks, okay it stinks a lot but who has the perfect life without struggles right? I trust that God knows exactly what He is doing and while I am not thrilled to be in the hospital on Thanskgiving and missing out on all of the family holiday celebration time, it is what it is and like always, Tim and I will get through it.
I am just grateful that doctors can still at least intervene and try to improve my symptoms and (yes to that darn doctor nine years ago)…focus on my “quality of life”. Again, if you don’t know the story behind “the quality of life” quote…go buy my book! 😉