Sep 3
Sharatiy7890 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My Truth

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Hi I am Sharifah Abdullah and I am 36 years old. I live in Jacksonville FL. I  will like to share my story with you I am a survivor with heart valve disease. May 29,2020 I had open heart surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital. June of 2019 I started having breathing problems while sleeping and getting shortness of breath. I made a appointment with my primary doctor and I explained what was going on after explaining she prescribed me a medication for anxiety she said I was suffering from that and take the medication for 2 months. I was taking the medication daily I was still having breathing problems at night while sleeping after the 2 months I went back to the doctor she then referred me to a heart doctor. After meeting with my heart doctor he also said I was having anxiety and put me on a sleep monitor for 2 days after 2 days of being on the sleep monitor the results showed nothing and I was told to continue to take my medication for anxiety. I continue to take the medication and I was still struggling with breathing at night and having shortness of breath while sleeping. August of 2019 I went back to my heart doctor and he put me on a sleep monitor for a week the results showed nothing and I was still told I was having anxiety. I still continue to take my medication and nothing was changing with my condition. November 2019 I went back to my heart doctor and he did a echo test on me and the results showed that my valve in my heart was leaking and that why I was having trouble breathing and my blood was flowing the wrong way. My Doctor then explained to me that I might have to had open heart surgery but they will continue to monitor my vale. March of 2020 I went to my heart doctor for a follow up he informed me that my vale was not going to get better and that I had to have the surgery. I didn't know what to expect or what to tell my family ok how to explain to my 9 year old Son that his Mom has to have open heart surgery. I was definitely scared and didn't want the surgery more scared of thinking what if I don't wake up after the surgery. I knew I had to have this surgery in order to live a better life because going to sleep at night worrying about not waking up because I was having trouble breathing is definitely scared. The recovery time from my surgery is 6 to 8 weeks. After being in the hospital for 6 days I was ready to go home and see my Son. After coming home from the hospital I definitely had to take it easy no lifting,no pulling and no bending down. I also had to sleep on my back for 6 weeks until the pain ease up some. My 5th week of recovery I started walking 2 miles every morning to stay active. Before the surgery I was very active in the gym. I did yoga and cycling ever week and I also ran. It's now September and I am doing great i still have some pain in my chest but that's to be expected for another 3 months. I plan on going back to work Monday, Sept 14. I hope my story helps someone. Thank you again for allowing me to share my story.

  • LucyPhillips

    I'm really happy to have read this story here as it's wonderful to see the way you faced the problem and how survived it. Many people are suffering from heart issues and most of them find it hard to know about their disease and they just get depressed. It kills their fighting spirit against the disease and eventually get succumbed to the illness.

    But your story is inpsiring in that sense, you tried to look for proper medication with determination and eventually managed to have a proper solution for those long lasting breathing issues. I'm a professional caregiver and currently working in a housekeeping company known as HousekeepingCo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and it's also a good experience for me have understood the story of a survivor. Being a person in constant touch with the elderly persons having health issues, I can share your story with them to help them have that fighting spirit inside them to make an easy path to the survival.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story here and I hope that you are enjoying your working days by now.

    Lucy Phillips

  • Salomae49

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am going to be having surgery next week to replace my aortic valve. I also have a 9 year old child, a daughter, and she's worried about me. It's a little scary, but reading about other's recovery eases those fears. I'm glad that you were finally diagnosed properly, and I wish you a long healthy life. 

  • Sharatiy7890

    Thank you so much for reading my story. My story is here to help others. A lot of people have heart problems and ignored the signs. We have to listen to our body and more importantly ask questions at the doctor. I I am back at work as of 3 months ago. I can now lift 25 pounds but I want over do it. Going into surgery I was a nervous wreck but afterwards my focus was recovering. If you need answers or need to talk I am here. I wish you a happy and long life.

  • dal263

    Thats great news for you. I had the same surgery in July 2020 and im doing well hoping  to return to work soon. Do you have suggestions on how to increase my Ejection Fraction? Donald

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