That's the countdown I feel that my family and I have been through the past few months. The never-ending depression. The traumatic surgery and post surgery. THEN we met with cardiologist yesterday morning. Earlier this month, several tests were performed on me. I thought that I would receive a clean bill of cardiac health yesterday. Part of that was true. Doc was very impressed with how I endured the stress test. He was surprised at that outcome. Thats where the good news ended and the bad news began.
On May 23rd, 2002, I had open heart surgery. A mechanical heart valve was placed into my heart. Without it, I would have died...soon there after. At that time, we were told to expect the new valve to last for the next 15 to 30 years. Maybe even longer. Given the fact that surgery took so much out of me for the next year, I was relieved that it would not have to be redone anytime too soon. At the earliest, we were not expecting new valve surgery until AT LEAST 2017. This is barely 2012. Tests showed that my new valve is no longer closing like it needs to. What now? We return to the cardiologist in 5 months. Until then, instead of checking my pro time every month, I now have to have it checked every 2 weeks. When we return in the Spring, we will determine if we can put surgery off for awhile longer or not.
Please keep my family and me in your prayers. Thank you!