Well I am not sure how many of my friends are still here from when I joined, but due to ongoing health issues this site has kind of slipped into the background a bit. The fibro these days seems to be the least of my worries, and now I realise not something I even think about that much anymore unless I have a massive flare-up. In pain all the time so I am quite use to that after nearly 25 years or so, I think, lost count there too.
Anyway since I was last here I ended up in casualty to be told I had atherosclerosis, pretty bad in itself and then the angioplasty and stenting in two places in my left leg failed, hence my walking ability has literally dropped through the floor. I am not complaining, life goes on no matter what the ailment is, if the world stopped because we were ill or in pain we would have something to moan about as there would be no going forward. And going forward is what I plan to do.
So a few MRI dye scans later and they have found yet more narrowings/blockages in my leg arteries, and a leg artery bypass is looking iminent. Annoying, no, expected yes, due to the fact I was a heavy smoker, still smoking but only a couple a day with a view to quitting....eventually. So in all self-inflicted is the label I choose to wear, that way no one thinks I am looking fro sympathy.
So I got over all that news only to be told a few months after I have heart failure, LVD to be precise...Left ventricular dysfunction....haha no wonder I feel so tired all the time and here was me blaming the fibro, the emphysema and the atheroscloris, when the extra culprit is actually heart failure. I think my family should just let me sleep solid for a years or so lol.
Anyway with more tests to follow including one where they use drugs to increase my heart rate as I can't use the treadmill(thankgod), even though that said I am not looking forward to that either. And wearing a 24 hour monitor for my heart...as if I don't lose enough sleep without trying to navigate a recording box in the bed with me, and then more scans to see how bad the failure is...plus the bad news that I may need a heart bypass as they think the athrosclerosis is in my heart and possibly my kidneys. We will have to wait and see.
But as I said life goes on for those that are happy with their lot..... and I am....when we are born we are dealt a hand of cards and through life we have to play the best hand we can.
So to all members...new members, nice to meet you...old members, nice to see you again....I apologise for leaving you all behind for a little while and hope to try and keep up over the next few months...now I can get on with sorting Xmas out and pray they don't take me in for any surgery before then. Stay well friends xxxxx