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Posted by: Angel

Big ups to crystal for getting me some followers! Thanks girl kinda feel popular lmao!

So for an update on my dads situation....He was put on the transplant list for a new heart on Thursday. Extremely scary!!!! His heart is only working at a 7% right now. He is being discharged and sent home wearing a life vest. Which i didn't know what that was but working in the medical field at the hosp. I did some research, asked my ANAM and she told me pretty much it is a Defibrillator that just sticks to you with leads kind of like an EKG or heart monitor when your in the hosp. It is temp. for right now but he is at risk for Cardiac Arrest so if his heart becomes arrythemic and he is not awake to disarm it the life vest is there to shock his heart. They are hoping with meds that his heart will strengthen on its own but they would like in a few months to put in A Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)which is implanted surgically and provides partial or total circulatory assistance to the natural heart. Since 1969, VADs have been used as support to sustain a patient’s life and maintain their other organ function while awaiting heart transplantation. It is a bridge to heart transplant! My dad is very active and is a volunteer fire fighter and first responder. He is a die hard Harley lover and rides his bike whenever he can. I am praying that a miracle can happen and his heart will strengthen on its own. If he gets the heart transplant it will change his entire life. I did research on heart transplants as well and 60% of ppl live 11.5 yrs after the transplant. The first year is the most critical but all of the statistics show no more than 70% of ppl survive the transplant. I guess those are good numbers considering. I mean its infection that really you have to look out for. He will be on immunospressives for the rest of his life to keep his body from attacking his heart. Which that ruins his immune system. He would have to go in every 3 months for biopsys of his heart to make sure there are no dead tissue and the body isn't fighting against his heart! He wont be able to do much of anything and its a whole new life style that cannot be taken lightly.
just to give you a little insight into the kind of person my dad is.....he lives in tennessee and they just had some massive tornados that did some serious damage to his town and the surrounding towns. Well him and my brother were out in the rain middle of the night moving trees and logs out of the road.....searching for ppls mobile homes...mind you my dad has a valve replacement 10 yrs ago along with a bypass and just major heart issues . So he shouldn't have been doing that but he stays active. So a heart transplant would wipe his life completely. Everything he has known to be normal and daily activities will be altered. When someone has even a minor cold he will have to be careful due to his immune system. I am really just so nervous for all of this. I hope with meds that his heart will strengthen.
Say a prayer for him please!

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