Thursday, May 2, 2013

Heart Surgery

I had been diagnosed with a heart murmur back in 2005 at which time the cardiologist said it was unremarkable and that I just needed antibiotics prior to dental work. Two years ago I had a second ultrasound of my heart and no red flags were raised. #

Back in February I was in my doctors office getting examined for pneumonia. #

During my checkout my doctor mentions that my heart murmur is louder then it should be. It’s been a couple years since my last visit to the cardiologist so he thought it was time to schedule an appointment. #

One month later I’m at the cardiologist and they want to do another ultrasound. #

My heart murmur does sound louder to him as well. He thinks there is a 90% chance he’ll want me to see a heart surgeon after my ultrasound, just to see what he thinks. #

I’m completely caught off guard when the surgeon says that I won’t be able to get my pre-op scans until two weeks after I’ve recovered from my second bout of pneumonia. #

Scans and appointments behind me, my surgery is scheduled for May 14th at UW Hospital. The surgeon says there is an 80% chance they will be able to repair my mitral valve and if they can’t it will be replaced with an artificial valve. #

My boss is awesome and told me I don’t need to worry about anything with my job. He just wants me back as soon as I can. Fortunately since I’m a software developer working at home, I should be back to some degree pretty quickly. #

I’m certainly freaked out, but it’s not like I can opt-out. The alternative to getting my heart fixed is not a pretty picture. All I can do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. #


I survived my surgery. They did not need to replace my valve, they just repaired it. I’ve since gone through the recovery process and am back to normal. #

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