Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This is Where We Go From Here

As you guys know I had a third heart surgery last month and unfortunately it wasn't successful. Today I went in for my follow up appointment to figure out what to do next.

It turns out that the bad rhythms I am having aren't sustainable enough to fix them with surgery. And some of the arrhythmia I am experiencing isn't actually surgically fixable at all. We have discovered though that I have crazy low blood pressure naturally and not only is it causing me to have severely low energy (I am nodding out in the middle of the day while I am working) but it also may be contributing to my heart problems.

So the first plan of attack is to get me hydrated and pumped full of minerals and vitamins that will strengthen my heart and bring my blood pressure back up. Lots of water and electrolytes-- I have settled on Propel water because it doesn't have sugar and I need the sodium that coconut water doesn't provide. I have also been instructed to add more salt to my diet, which is a super weird thing to hear from your doctor! And lastly I am supposed to get more magnesium and potassium into my diet. Sucky thing is-- potassium is good for your heart but also lowers your blood pressure!!

He is also prescribing me a daily medication that will raise my blood pressure and hopefully help with the energy. The only thing is that is has some side effects and one of them is heart arrhythmia. So fingers crossed that the side effects don't get me!

He is also prescribing me a medication that I can take as needed for the tachycardia. I only really experience that right now whenI work out, so I just have to take it before I do that and hopefully it works. I have had issues with medications that break the blood/brain barrier in the past, but this is water soluble, so I am hoping the side effects are minimal-- especially since I am not taking it daily.

Lastly, he stressed finding holistic options. Which I think is really refreshing to hear from a doctor. He told me to find foods and supplements that are rich in the things I need to help stabilize my heart beats. He said he has had patients that figure out that a banana a day help them immensely. So I am going to try to holistic approach first for a bit. If that doesn't help, I am going to try the blood pressure meds. And if that doesn't help, I will go to the heart meds.

Basically it is a waiting game now. If my problems get significantly worse, he can go back in surgically and try to fix them. But right now they aren't severe enough to try that route again and my doctor thinks I will just get the same result.

So I am currently eating a banana and drinking propel water and taking supplements. I am staying positive because I think that is the most important thing-- especially because stress makes everything worse with my heart. I feel like things are going to be ok. They have to be!

Thank you again from the bottom of my crooked little heart for all of your love, well wishes, prayers, gifts, and cards. They honestly have done so much to help my morale and keep my smiling even when its through tears. I am on my path to wellness!!

22 comments:

  1. ❤ I'm glad there are options to help you, and ones that dont involve more surgery. Keep strong lady xx cassie (ginger sister)

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  2. Sending you lots of love and well wishes <3

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  3. Sending best wishes that all goes well with the holistic options. Sending lots of good vibes 😉

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  4. I'm really happy that your dr is gathering so much information and advice for you, both medically and holistically-- that's fantastic! I'm also really glad that you're staying so positive ❤️. I look up to you and have been "following" you for years. Sending lots of love from Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba, Canada 🇨🇦) ~~ Meg, Xxoxo

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  5. So glad that you have found a positive way forward! We will find you lots of yummy healthy foods while you are visiting us in August! Kaye xx

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  6. Please look into CBD oil for total body repair. SolCBD is highly recommended by many and I take it myself.

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    1. also, do your best to find real food supplements. The last thing you want is to pump your body full of synthetic stuff. For starters, Propel is very bad for your body. This "fitness water" contains sugar from high fructose corn syrup, MSG (natural flavors -not so natural), and two artificial chemical sugar substitutes - sucralose (found in Splenda) and acesulfame potassium (Ace-K). This isn't healthy water; it's chemical soup in a water bottle.
      Please look into Sole Water (google it) for your electrolytes as well as MegaMag Trace Minerals (start off slowly when taking magnesium as it can loosen the bowels ;)
      I hope I don't overwhelm you.

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  7. Glad you are able to work things another way. Hope all is positive. it's great that your Dr suggested to combine holistic options

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  8. So glad to hear there is a plan. I will keep you in my heart and send healing energy. If you need your blood pressure raised I can always loan you my teenager �� Much love, sweet lady.
    Jennifer - one half of the Tulsa sisters ❤️

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  9. I am a 4-time heart surgery survivor with a prosthetic valve and arrhythmia. I am sending all my best vibes and wishes your way. I am sure you will have a million people sending advice but I will include mine as well: my cardiologist has me on a beta blocker to control the arrhythmia (best thing that ever happened to me), I too drink an electrolyte concoction everyday that has magnesium, potassium chloride and salt and I eat avocado and spinach on the regular for the potassium (bananas are too high in carbs for me). I do hot yoga, walk, swim and really, really watch the energy vampires in my life. Sleep is my friend. I wish you abundant health and peace.

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  10. Can I suggest you look into Kangen Water? Super amazing stuff and some epic results coming from it. You can alter the water to have more Alkaline in it, which helps your body to rejuvenate, hydrates it faster and heal.
    I have watched some amazing experiments with this water and have had benefits myself.
    I hope you find something that works for you girl.
    Can't wait to meet you in NZ Kia Kaha x

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  11. Hi Cherry, how are you now? Are things with your heart any better? I was so sad to read this. I will be praying for you, you are such a kind soul. I love watching your videos, reminds me there are in fact some good, awesome people in the world. We have very similar personalities and style :)

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  12. hey hie Cherry I am sorry for your pain and heart ache , I hope you are feeling fine , I suffer from palps as well and I am rarely bradycardic . I will be praying for you, I came across your blog when I was researching on tattoos and I hope you don't mind but I will make mention of you in my Unit proposal.

    may Jesus keep you safe.

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