8 weeks: Doc Visit

New things in my life. New job, new insurance, which will mean new cardiologist, new valve, new aorta, new life…

The new job is cool. I’m digging the hours and the commute.

I met with my cardiologist today. She told me that my last echo was very good; strong heart and good valve function. I told her about how my heart pounds against my sternum, which she said is due to having two surgeries. The chest muscle is thinner now. Lots of healing to do, and hopefully that pounding sensation will go away. She is going to help with finding a good doctor over at Loma Linda, where I will most likely be going from now on.

Restrictions: She gave me my exercise restrictions. Which is: NO exercise. Not really, she said to keep my heart rate under 120, so that means light indoor cycling & treadmill. No lifting, no climbing, nothing strenuous for a year. Not even yoga. She is pretty conservative, but I’ll still listen. I don’t want to go through this again. Besides, it might kill me if I do. Her reason was that since my 1st prosthetic valve came of at the sutures due to an infection, the new one had to be sewn back on potentially weaker tissue. She wants to make sure I have time for scar tissue to hear and secure the new valve.

I’ll start coaching the kiddos over at the climbing gym next week. I’m sure that’ll get my spirits up. I can climb vicariously through them. It’ll keep me busy and I’ll use the gym’s stationary bike.

I get bummed whenever I meet with my doc. I dunno why, the news is good. Be thankful and positive, etc, etc.




2 thoughts on “8 weeks: Doc Visit

  1. Rosalie DiLemme

    Everything sounds positive Anthony,just listen and do everything they tell u.You r on the road to a better u so keep up the good work and we’ll keep the prayers coming.Stay strong and positive.Love Aunt Ro

  2. Ryan

    Anthony, I started reading your blog after seeing it from valvereplacement.org. I sent you an email, but in case it gets lost in your spam…..look into Dr. Anthony Hilliard at Loma Linda. He is a cyclist and really understands our desire to stay active despite out “condition”.


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