Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL & Mancelona, MI
I know what you are going through. I had a heart episode 4 years ago when my heart got stuck in high Afib. My heart was pumping at 180bpm. This basically weakened my heart and put me into heart failure. Drove myself to the hospital as I just did not feel right and a team of doctors all decided that I needed a new heart and were calling in the airlift crew to fly me to a heart transplant facility. They had me fly my wife in (I work in Michigan and she was in Florida) "as it was time". I looked at them all and tell them I am not being flown anywhere. From the back of the room a Dr. I have not seen before, walks up and tells everyone else that I am not going anywhere and he will have me fixed in two days. Two days later, I am being discharged from the hospital.
The new Dr. figured since I am in above ave shape, and that it was a trigger event more than damage that caused the heart failure, that I should be able to recover with the right mix of meds. Needless to say, he ended up being correct. There were talks of defibrillators, pacemakers, ablations, and all sorts of things to "make me function better". In the end, he told me to just trust the meds, trust how I feel, and DO NOT REST. Get up every morning and do something, and get my heart working more and more each day.
Its been 4 years and I am nearly fully recovered. My heart is now functioning just below normal and they say it will never function normal again. I am now in persistent Afib, and honestly, I can't tell anymore and I rarely ever think about it.
The whole reason for telling you this is because things change. Dr's are now rethinking about the over use of heart equipment as there have been great strides in some of the new meds to correct abnormal heart function. I am not saying we are in the same situation or have the same issues, but to just keep an open mind and always keep fighting. By your picture, you look a little on the weak side so this may be difficult for you. :-) JK
I wish you all the best, and hope you keep your spirits up. Trike or RG, just get out there and enjoy the wind in the face.
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