LVAD... Left Ventricular Assist Device

THIS BLOG POWERED BY THE THORATEC HEARTMATE II LVAD:















PARTIAL HEART PUMP = LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE = LVAD = THE HEARTMATE II



THE LVAD ALLOWED ME to go HOME and conquer my normal and newest tasks once again.



Thank you Columbia-Presbyterian... Dr Naka and his Surgery Team, LVAD Nation, Dr Bijou & Dr Bonoan, Dr Mascitelli and Dr Shulman-Marcus!!!



AND TO THE SCORES OF PHYSICIANS, NURSES, PROFESSIONALS AND PEOPLE THAT PUSHED ME ALONG THE WAY... FORWARD.



Thank You God For I Am Blessed!



If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR

If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR
I would look like this :-)

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LVAD DAILY NEWS AND INFO FEED

28 June 2010

Tomorrow Is Not Promised To Anyone... But...

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I can attest to that and feel more blessed that the LVAD has given me the quality of life (naturally with some restrictions) I had prior to my heart attack.

The remnants of my silent heart attack left me struggling to walk a maximum of 5 feet, let alone run. My left ventricle ceased to function at an adequate rate to sustain life as I knew it... i could not even hold my 10 month old grandson!

Running, swimming and contact sports are some of the restrictions while with the LVAD, however I am free to enjoy lifting my grandchildren... and trying to keep up with them.

I look back and think that without the LVAD, the best case scenario would find myself confined to my sofa, maybe a hospital bed in my own home... or even admitted to the hospital full time... for up to a year or more awaiting a heart transplant.

The LVAD is a gift that i can never repay to all those committed... to Thoratec, who brought my Heartmate2 LVAD to reality, the team who implanted and grafted the LVAD to my heart. And last but not least, the LVAD Nation located on the 7th floor at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN!


What the heart attack took away the LVAD GAVE BACK TO ME. This is priceless.

For the past 7 months, after my LVAD implant, the LVAD has continued to make "me" feel like "me" again!

And the good saga continues...
email me @: LVADone@gmail.com

5 comments:

  1. You look very very good.

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  2. As my grandmother would say poo poo poo (LOL) You are doing a great job keeping up the good saga for yourself and others.

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  3. Thanks for the comments... when i stated "tomorrow is not promised to anyone", i was describing my experience, that "today as we know it" may not be our "tomorrows". Things change without notice...

    So enjoy EVERYTHING ;-)

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  4. I enjoyed reading this post...and of course seeing the pics that matched what you were describing. Glad to see pics of you enjoying your grandkids, lacrosse and life itself. :)

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  5. Simplemente Iron Man mi querido amigo, te felicito por todo, la fuerza, el ánimo, la alegría y el enorme cariños hacía tu bella familia, es por eso que muchos te sienten como un ejemplo e insentivas de manera positiva a las personas.
    Orgullosa de ser tu amiga, siempre :)
    Aún espero mi Iron Man hehhhehe.
    Besos gringuito

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