Kate said teach.
Friday, August 20th, 2021. As I always do on Friday mornings I checked in on Five Minute Friday and the word prompt of the week. As it turned out TEACH was more appropriate than I gave it credit.
I felt horrible. I could hardly breathe and my body was swollen like a watermelon. I made it one more night – but Saturday morning found us checking me into the Greer Memorial Hospital.
I was getting ready to have one of the most TEACHable lessons of my life!
Congestive Heart Failure
When I left the big, downtown Greenville hospital on Wednesday, the 25th, I left with this CHF diagnosis. I left having had at least 31 teachable moments. Here are a few:
- Covid test (negative)
- CATscan (no clots but lots of damage)
- 25 pounds of water weight gone
- A clear heart cath procedure (pristine arteries; no blockages)
- High blood pressure, under control
- Phantosmia is a symptom of heart failure (look it up)
- Ambulance rides can be pleasant with the right driver and attendant! (Cute, too!)
Never Too Old To Learn
The greatest lesson I’ve learned this past week is NEVER IGNORE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE and HAVE YOUR THYROID CHECKED.
Once you close yourself off to teachable moments? You begin to swell, fail, and drown. I learned the hard way – I’m clearing the road for YOU.
Glenda Summers says
Dear, dear Susan! Life does have a way of knocking us down so we’ll sit still and listen, doesn’t it? I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through all of this, but I’m glad you got a diagnosis that gives you something to work with. Losing 25 pounds is great, even if it’s just water weight! You know you have my prayers, and they’ll continue. Love you!