Saturday, July 25, 2009

Valve Disease Symptoms

A heart valve patient writes in an online article:

One morning I woke up feeling really tired - I couldn't understand it because I'd had a good night's sleep. Then over the next few weeks I started to feel breathless - it was a struggle even walking upstairs, which was odd as I've always been so fit and healthy. After about two months of this, my feet suddenly swelled up overnight - I couldn't even get my shoes on - and my throat felt really tight.

This morning I woke up feeling really tired even though I slept well last night. I also have a dull feeling, not quite a pain, in my chest. It feels like my heart is just so tired. I keep watching my ankles but so far there is no swelling and I'm not breathless. I've had tightness in my throat for years on exertion. These are "pre-symptoms" of valve disease. They don't count and you have to wait until you faint, get dizzy, or otherwise keel over.

So, it's back to watch and wait.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summertime Relaxation

I'm enjoying my twice daily beach walks with Bradley the dog. We try for three miles in the morning and one mile in the afternoon, but sometimes we just play ball and swim in the afternoon. Summertime has finally arrived!
Photo: the garden railroald at "Liberty Bell," our beach cottage on Fire Island

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Feeling Good!

Here's a photo of me and Dan that was taken 25 years ago in top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was our first overseas trip together. We started in Paris and then flew to Rome. Next month we'll be returning to Rome for the first time in 25 years. We'll see some sights then embark on a cruise to Egypt and the Greek Islands.

I'm feeling fine. I don't notice any increase in the intensity of any of my relatively minor symptoms. I walk three to four miles a day. My weight is not good but at age 60 at least I'm not obese and I'm still quite active.

My friend Jane had her surgery last week and she's doing well. That is good news!