Post Number: 2
|Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2010 - 09:56 pm: ||
My story starts at birth. I was born with congenitally corrected transposition of the great vessels, a VSD and tricuspid valve regurgitation. It was discovered when I was 2 years old, which is when I had open heart surgery to repair the VSD only and was given a pacemaker. I dealt with this defect, had surgeries for battery changes, wire and lead changes (many of them!) until I was transplanted. In 1996 I had my first daughter and my pregnancy with her was normal and uneventful. I was very, very lucky! In 2003, I was diagnosed with CHF, was put on medications for the first time in my life and kept it under fairly good control until I got pregnant with my second daughter in 2008. The CHF progressed, I became very sick and had her by c-section on July 26th, 2 months early (she had a rough start, but is doing awesome now!) Unfortunately the pregnancy pushed me over the edge and I never bounced back after that and became sicker and sicker.
I was put on Milrinone in November of 2008, the PowerPort in which I received the IV drug through became infected in January of 2009 so they removed it, I was treated for the infection for three days and then back into surgery to have a Groshong catheter placed in my subclavian. I spent five days at NWMH in February for preliminaries to be listed, I was listed in March and got the call that saved my life on July 28th! two days after my baby's first birthday!
This just sort of sums up what I and my family have been through these past two-and-a-half years. I have left out some details, I don't want to ramble on and on. I would like to end for now by saying that words can't come close to describing how thankful I am for this precious gift! Looking forward to talking to all of you and getting to know you!