Had my appointment at the Heart Failure Clinic yesterday. Our hearts are contained within a membrane sack, geesh, can’t remember the name of it. It is normal to have a certain amount of fluid within that sack. It turns out I have an extra amount of that fluid in the sack around my heart. As I understand it, having that extra fluid squeezes the heart muscle and can reduce it’s pumping ability. This can result in things such as fatigue, no energy and shortness of breath. Hey that pretty much describes me.
The Heart Failure Clinic is contained within the cardiac unit of St. Boniface General Hospital. The doctors in the clinic are also doctors in the main hospital. As chance would have it Dr. Tan was called away on an emergency in the main cardiac unit. My prayers go to who ever was having that emergency.
As a result I was unable to see the doctor. I guess when it became apparent that the doctor would be tied up for some time, one of the highly qualified and very nice nurses stepped in and explained the test results to me. She stressed several times the fluid build up has become chronic, nothing they can do about it.
At first glance none of this sounds so good and well I suppose it isn’t. But, some how driving home from the hopsital it really hit me. I am such a lucky man. So many have it so very much worse than I.
As I was travelling home I wondered. Around the world, I wonder how many other people at that exact same time were also making the trip home from a hospital. How many of those people had possibly just received a prognosis of only having several pain filled months to live? How many of those people were making that drive home from the hospital after the passing of a spouse or a child? I think in the big picture of life, I am really such a very lucky man.
This old heart of mine really does seem to be able to take a licking and just keep on ticking. For that I thank God, I thank all the expert medical experts God has surrounded me with. I thank all my friends for the prayers said for me.