Heart Bypass Anniversary Update (Late)

February 17, 2018 was exactly one year since I had a four-way CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft).

I wanted to do a post on that date about my continued recovery, but various events distracted me at the time..

So how am I doing? It’s been a long hard road in many ways physically. My chest feels better for the most part though recently I’ve been having some chest symptoms that I’m still trying to get a test to check out. There are some issues with my timing of paying my health insurance that are preventing me from getting an authorization. Still working on that.

It took me a long time to get back into the seat at work. The drugs they use really slowed my mind. It was about three months ago that I finally felt like my brain kicked in and I could multi-task and do creative problem solving again. I’ve been working but trying to make up for all those months of not working, or working less than I did before the operation, is difficult.

There have been many, many generous people and family members who have helped make up the gap for a lot of those months. I am eternally grateful. But I am always facing the financial issues.

Also, I have the responsibility as power of attorney for my mother to take care of her affairs. Three months after my operation I had to kick into gear to help her. During this year I have managed her move from Assisted Living in to Long Term Care. Long Term Care always requires constant attention to be sure she is receiving the care she needs. Recently she was in the hospital twice with heart issues. The second time she was in, this past weekend, they also found she had a terrible urinary tract infection. Fortunately she’s back at the facility and is feeling better, though they’ve added more medicines.

Some days I think there’s likely to be more coming at me to make it even more difficult. Yet I keep myself clear by recognizing that how I respond is up to me. So even though I’m seeing many, many challenges that seem overwhelming, I still look for a solution. “There is always a way” is what I tell myself.

I increased the goal on my Go Fund Me Account as during the year my premium on my health insurance increased to over $1000 a month (It’s COBRA and there are no plans in the state of Virginia that cover what this plan does.). And there are other debts from last year I have yet to start settling.

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