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Author Topic: Some Good News  (Read 5970 times)

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Offline AlanBama

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Some Good News
« on: April 24, 2007, 09:32:26 PM »
I am happy to be able to post some good news I received today.   My cardiologist called me with the results of my tests from last Monday:  the nuclear stress test was normal, and my left ventricular ejection fraction is 55% (low range of normal).

This is another happy milestone along my "miracle journey".   I had bacterial endocarditis in 1995, and was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure in 1997.
I have been on cardiac medication ever since.   Last summer, I began having some difficulty with ankle swelling and shortness of breath.  I had some difficulty getting around in Montreal, and my blood pressure was way too high.   My ejection fraction at that time was 35%.   We doubled my cardiac meds in the fall and I must say that Coreg has been a miracle drug for me. 

My cardiologist says I am no longer considered to be in 'heart failure', but I will of course continue with my same meds.  She believes my CHF was AIDS-related, and now that my virus has been controlled for such a long time, my heart, with the help of Coreg, has 'healed itself'.

I feel very fortunate indeed, and blessed that my tired old body can still fight back and hold its own.

Alan
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline aztecan

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007, 12:11:49 AM »
Oh Alan, that is just fantastic!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I wish you were nearer, I would run right over and give you the biggest hug I could muster.

See, good things do happen to nice people.

I am just elated for you.

BIG HAPPY HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Robert

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007, 12:54:43 AM »
Hey Mark...

How about if I swing by and pick you up and then we'll both march up to Alan's door and give him a huge hug for getting so much better and making  us feel better.

Oh Alan, such good news!!

Congratulations.

robert
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007, 01:03:55 AM »
Great news Alan... that must feel like some relief.
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Offline Ann

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2007, 06:39:56 AM »
Oh Alan, I can't tell you how happy and relieved this news makes me! The Tinman got his heart! Aw heck, where are those heart emoticons when you really need them?

Your post brought tears of joy to my eyes, Alan. It's always in the back of my mind that that huge heart of yours gives - no, gave - you trouble. Today, however, I can do a happy dance!

Thank you so much for sharing this Alan. You've made my day/week/month. May your heart continue to beat strongly and love warmly.

Heartfelt hugs,
Ann
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2007, 07:57:30 AM »


My cardiologist says I am no longer considered to be in 'heart failure', but I will of course continue with my same meds.  She believes my CHF was AIDS-related, and now that my virus has been controlled for such a long time, my heart, with the help of Coreg, has 'healed itself'.

I feel very fortunate indeed, and blessed that my tired old body can still fight back and hold its own.

Alan


Alan,

This is the second post I read today, and it certainly made my day !!! This is great news ! !




All the Best-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Offline heartforyou

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2007, 08:56:50 AM »
Sweetest Alan,

Your post has made me cry.
This warm, big heart of you finally got the healing it so much deserved.
What goes around, comes around, literally.

Let me tell you this : your heart has given so many people on here the only light in a dark day, the will to go on, the strength they need, the love that every one on here so needs.... This is how The Higher Power returns your endless love for others....

Thank you for brightening up my day once more.

Love and hugs

Hermie :-*
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
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Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2007, 10:16:56 AM »
Alan,

I have long thought you had a heart of gold... but now it seems you have a miracle heart of growth (even better!)  Fantastic news!

Gary 
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2007, 06:37:22 PM »
That's great, Alan. If ever there was someone here whose heart is exactly right, it's you.

I'm glad the medical world is confirming that too. We already knew it for sure.

Big cheers, buddy!
Andy Velez

Offline RAB

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2007, 07:11:17 PM »
Alan

What Andy said!

I know you must be feeling pretty darn happy about this news.  And you should be. 

Love ya buddy,

RAB

Offline Nadine

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2007, 07:19:41 PM »
Alan,

I'm so happy to hear your good news!

Big hugs to you!

Nadine
(who's not sure if she should be posting in this forum...leaving now)

Offline OzPaul

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2007, 11:36:28 PM »
Dear Alan

That is indeed wonderful news  :D  You are indeed a long time survivor and now you're thriving as well. Good on ya mate !

Sending you all the best from Australia
Paul

Offline tigger2376

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2007, 08:11:17 PM »
A little late to the party, but thats so good to hear...I just had to post
All love,
Jo
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I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Some Good News
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2007, 02:22:39 AM »
Way to go Alan! I am very happy for your good news!
Positive since 1985

 


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