Some may think this is about Covid coming back to kick the hospitality business back down as it just started to recover. This blog was supposed to be about recent travels in June and July- Nashville and Tampa. But it’s bigger than that.
For the last 18 months to 2 years, I have been trying to figure out why I still have increasing shortness of breath and fatigue. I have been trying to get stronger thru a better diet, and walking. My rheumatologist ordered a echocardiogram and a few other tests to rule out bigger issues, not expecting the results we got. advanced heart failure. Possibly from being a long term lupus patient or from viruses I had ( possible Covid, definite shingles) from Nov 2019 to march 2020. Either way there is damage, and a treatment plan. I do seem to have one of the best cardiologist in the Indy area and I feel confident about my care so far.
It was a shock, and yes there is anger and sadness – as it changes everything. I have to figure a new way to live, eat, work that keeps my heart in the best possible shape. If you have been a reader for awhile, then you know how much I enjoy travel, dining and new beverages. I pride myself on getting a lot done each day, and enjoying life at it’s fullest. I have to plan how to get ready for the day, resting between the most routine tasks. And watching all fluids consumption, sodium level in everything I eat and weighing myself each morning to monitor any fluid gained – and taking heart meds. It is not a short term, let’s fix it and move on. I am a cardiac patient, who has to manage my health daily for the best prognosis long term.
My family and friends have been super supportive, and my company – the same. I put the most pressure on myself but that is typical. I want my life back – the one where I work hard, play hard and take advantage of every opportunity. Can I do this? I have to, adjust to a new normal- be cautious with my time, energy and ensure that my actions don’t make my family & friends worry so much. Wearing out my support team is not okay, they do so much.
I have to give credit to the healthcare workers I encountered at Community North Heart & Vascular Hospital. I was already nervous about having a heart cath lab procedure and with Covid cases rising and hearing so much in the media about overwhelmed medical staff at hospitals. But my short stay was calm, everyone that was involved in my care was caring and helpful. No one appeared stressed or like I was a bother. They were compassionate and understood this was scary for me and my family. Because they were calm, so was I.
And now that I am home and adjusting to what comes next, I feel comfortable going to my next heart clinic visit there. My family knows the warning signs of when to get me help and I know I have to take this seriously. The goal is clear, better heart function and keeping fluids off my heart. Stay on a low sodium diet, keep building my activity level slowly and focus on what I can do instead of what I can’t.
I hope to enjoy a long life, maybe not as carefree as I like but one that makes every moment count. So I will get back to traveling and maybe my food and beverage travels will be on the healthier side. At the very least, I can cook and this will challenge my culinary skills.
Stay healthy, and travel safe,