Saturday, October 20, 2012

What a difference a year makes

A year ago at this very moment I was laying in a hospital bed in the ICU after going into heart failure during my gallbladder removal that day. I was dazed, exhausted, and in pain from having to cough all of the fluid out of my lungs. The next day I was diagnosed with Broken Heart Syndrome and for the rest of my life, I will be treated as a patient with a heart failure history.

But here's the weird thing: I often forget about that day. It still doesn't feel real to me and if you catch me off guard, I will still probably tell you that I'm completely healthy.  Because in my mind, I am. I read an article several months ago about another Broken Heart Syndrome patient and at the end of the article she said that she was a survivor. I don't feel like a survivor. I feel like a normal person. Is that weird? I'm not in denial or anything, I know it happened. But it didn't kill me. I have no long term effects from it and the likelihood of it ever happening again is miniscule. Okay, reading back over that, may be it is weird! But it's completely true.

Now a year later, I am sitting in our bed, relaxed, tired and extremely pregnant. Oh what a difference a year makes! My heart is completely healed and we should be meeting Connor any day now. Today, in celebration of a healthy year, I went and got a wonderful spa pedicure and then we worked on finishing Connor's nursery (I promise I will post pictures soon!)

Pretty toes. This does not happen very often so I had to document it :)
I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

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