I’m in my mid-forties and have been living a somewhat healthy life.
We enjoy lovely foods, we do not eat too much junk food, we use vegetables for most meals and we get a parental level of exercise. According to our family book, we are a healthy family.
Having health challenges is certainly a huge shock, not only for me personally but to my wife and kids too. To say we all got rattled and scared is an understatement. Our family got hit at the core. None of us expected this and we are not sure how to react or deal with it either.
The verdict of my health scare was acute cardiomyopathy with left bundle branch block. Individually and combined, they fall under the category of heart failure.
Heart failure is a silent killer. It is very dangerous and has many challenges during recovery.
The root cause was most likely caused by a viral infection. My heart was working overtime to clear the fluid built up in my body. That, in turn, increased the size of my heart left ventricle muscle (not good) as the heart was not able to pump blood through efficiently.
It also means that my early diagnosis of pneumonia was incorrect. The antibiotics I received masked the actual viral infection. As soon as the antibiotic treatment was done, the issues returned.
Thankfully the ER doctor caught my heart problem, and thankfully we got an appointment with a cardiologist the following day who got me straight into treatment.
It still does not make it any easier to understand and accept the diagnosis, and the road to recovery will be long and challenging. I’m young and should not have heart problems.
However, on the plus side, my recovery will be better since I’m young.
Veni Vedi Vici … I will conquer this and recover!