It’s around that time again. Thanksgiving is approaching, and we get to enjoy all the festivities that come with the celebration of being thankful for all that we have. This year is exceptional for me because last year, I almost lost my wife to heart disease. At one point, they were sending her home from the hospital and informing us to get her affairs in order. After the news, I sat at the edge of her hospital bed, and we both cried. Fortunately, my wife’s cardiologist disagreed with his colleague’s assessment.
My wife’s cardiologist suggested an LVAD. It’s a fancy and short name for a Left Ventricular Assist Device. It’s a heart pump attached to the recipient’s heart to assist the heart with distributing blood to the rest of the body’s organs.
Some may think that living like this is not very good. But then you have some people who would gladly take on the opportunity to walk with this for the rest of their life as a blessing or new lease on life. Do you sacrifice some things? Yes, you do? However, it sure beats the alternative. Sure it does. You get to be here with family and do your best to enjoy your new lease on life with family.
This year more than ever, I am grateful for the cardiologist who believed that my wife would survive against all odds, including some of his colleagues who did not share his opinion.
How grateful I am to have my wife by my side and me by hers. What are you thankful for?
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