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Congestive heart failure
I am 61 years old, I'll be 62 in December. I was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure in October. I went into the hospital October 8th, i was having trouble breathing and my boyfriend had to call 911 for me. I would have died that day had he not called 911. He said my face had turned blue. He was scared. I woke up after being in the hospital for 3 days. They informed me I was a in ICU and on a ventilater. And sedated me again. I woke up later that evening and the took me off the ventilater, finally and gave me some food. I went to a regular room the next day. They told me if i didn't quit smoking I would die. I have not smoked at all since the morning of the 8th of October before I went into the hospital. I have been out of the hospital for a month today. I work in a fast food restaurant and I dont know if im ready to go back to work now but my doctor seems to think i am. Anyone out there who can give me any advice on that? Im new to all this and am taking things 1 day at a time. Trying to eat right and learning how to deal with my heart failure so I can li e a full rest of my life.
JamesPL, November 15, 2020 5:17pm EST
I'm sorry about your condition and what you've gone through. Of course the good news is that you seem to be on the mend. If your doctor is okay with you returning to work then that shouldn't be a problem. I always think it's wise to go by their advice. But if you don't feel you're ready then perhaps you shouldn't push it. I think you need to be in the right frame of mind as well as being physically ready. My personal experience was the opposite. Six weeks after heart surgery, I was anxious to get back to work but my cardiologist recommended that I don't push it. She did allow me to go back but only on a limited basis. I didn't anticipate it but I was extremely tired by the end of the working day. I started leaving a little early some days. It probably took me over a month before I felt my strength returning. So it is important that you are personally ready. You are wise to take it one day at a time.
I wish you all the best!
jerzeycate, November 28, 2020 9:11am EST
Welcome to the Club I wish would not get any new members. You sure went through the wringer. It seems like you are stabilizing nicely. The thhing about questions like returning to work is that only you and your doctors can make those decisions. So many factors come into play that involve your medical issues that it would be misleading for me to say you should or should not go back.
The thing about CHF is this...
It DEMANDS your attention.
Changes you have to make to live a quality life "only" involve... Everything.
Every aspect of our lives are impacted by this darn disease--r
Regardless of how we got there we're all in the same boat.
I found that dietary changes were crucial to my recovery. Eliminataing, as much as possible, preservatives along with salt and sugar really made a big difference. It was tough. But once I made the changes I really felt the difference.
Now, let me say that in the past year, for a host of life can stink at time reasons, I let my eating plan slip back into old ways. And, I have paid the price. I gained a bunch of weight and symptoms like SOB began to climb out of the **** I had buried them in. We can't let up for a minute. And that, at times stinks. But, I am back on track and already feeling better.
Breaking the nicotime habit is one of the most difficult challenges one can face. Having worked in addiction services for more than 30 years I can say that there was not another drug I saw patients have more difficulty with (while not a drug per se, sugar comes in second). Be proud of yourself. Ever day away from that bugger is a plus for so many areas of your life.
I think you will find that as you travel along this path the many changes you have to make in your life now, because of CHF, can bring you a new life... One rich in so many areas. It can become a blessing in disguise.
I wish you the best. Keep it up.
Stand Tall. Dig Deep. You are Braver than you Realize. Stronger than you Think