Well, I am set to meet with Dr. Gabriel Aldea and will have my wife and parents with me. This is 11/12/19. I just hope that my left ventricle will be able to recover and that I have not waited too long. After watching this video below:
I am not going to put this off any longer. I have really slowed down and noticing my couch time has increased. I have continued to play tennis – mostly doubles and even my doubles, I am just not as sharp of a player or confident in my game. What I am really hoping is that this new valve/root combination will perhaps allow me to start jogging again. Based on my dissection, it goes from both carotid arteries (half way) all the way down to my left illiac artery. So, I used to run quite a bit in my younger days and even ran 6 marathons. There is nothing more rewarding that going for a great run – I really miss the inability to not run. My calf muscles feel like they are starving for blood and get achy.
I feel lucky to be in the hands of the experts at the University of Washington and under Gabe’s leadership and with the assistance of Dr. Christopher Burke.
I just am hoping that over the last 16.5 years the technology and recovery will be a bit easier and that I can get back on my feet and be independent soon. My surgery is scheduled for 12/19/19. I will definitely be messing with our family tradition of Christmas Eve at my folks house and Christmas morning here and my sister in law coming over with her 2 kids for breakfast. But…. I simply can’t push it any longer -especially after watching that video from the Cleveland Clinic.