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Update on my dad from the man himself

December 21, 2018

Hi all!

 

I went to the doctor this morning and had an electrocardiogram to check the EF (ejection fraction) function of my heart.  My EF had dropped from 40 to 30 when I came out

 of the hospital which put me in heart failure category.  After several weeks of rehab and messing with meds my EF is still at 30 today.  Yeah........not at all what we were hoping or praying for.  

 

At this point I will probably get an implantable defibrillator/pacemaker.  Bam and I still need to discuss this tonight and get back to the doc's in the morning.  If we go that way I will probably have to get a LifeVest that can be worn until the defib/pacer can be installed.  Then there will be several weeks of healing the shoulder after the implant.  Needless to say, this is not what I wanted.  On the other hand, if I need it and it will keep me safe then we'll do it.   Of course, with a bum shoulder for a few weeks after the implant I do not want to see snow!

 

If this is what it's going to take to keep me ticking a while longer I will just have to learn what my new normal will be for 2019.

 

Thank you to all of you for your help, support and prayers.  You mean a lot to me.

 

Val

 

Please continue to keep my Dad and Mom in your prayers. If you know them and feel led to call, text, email or even stop by I know they could really use any encouragement you could offer them. Thank you in advance. 

 

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