Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Year is almost over

In 15 days we will end 2004 and start a new year. This has been an interesting year for me, one of health problems that required major decisions. I was told in April that I needed a quintuple coronary artery bypass. This information was presented to me in such a way that I was led to believe I would never see 2005 unless I let a cardiothoracic surgeon crack my chest. Well, I opted for a second opinion, decided to be treated with medication rather than surgical intervention and am I ever glad I did.

I began my medical regimen In June. Now, half a year later, I can honestly say I have not had any symptoms I recognized as the angina that caused me to seek medical help in the first place. I take 22 pills a day, including medication for my Parkinson's Disease and I feel wonderful. Rebecca, the lady in my life and I are in the process of writing a book and all is right with the world.

The reason I am posting this message is to urge anyone who has been told he or she requires heart surgery to get at least a second and maybe a third opinion. And have a great Christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year.