Of all the most exclusive, rarest, lists one hopes to be on: Forbes list of the richest people in the world, one of People Magazine’s most beautiful, David Letterman’s top 10 (OK, let’s face it, the only other list I have been on is the honour roll…barely…but you get the point), the heart transplant list is the LAST place I think any of us can imagine being. You know what else is cool? I am ranked number 1. NUMBER 1! Well, status 1, actually.
What does that mean? It’s kinda hard to explain but I will do my best.
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Status = 0
During the Fall premiere of this sitcom, I was ranked at 0 which means ‘on hold’. Basically I was accruing time on the list while I underwent the MitraClip procedure. This procedure was to fix my severely leaking mitral valve in hopes that it would help me with symptoms (i.e. shortness of breath, exercise intolerance) and perhaps provide some additional benefit – like staving off a heart transplant for another couple of years. Funny thing here is – the MitraClip procedure is a completely experimental procedure and there is NO DATA for people like me – since I am apparently young (HAHAHA. Cough.) Anyway. While waiting for this all to shake out, I was on hold. Thus, STATUS = 0.
Limbo is fun.
Did I mention I am so special they gave me TWO clips? #imaluckygirl
Status = 1
Roughly two months following my MitraClip ‘installation’ I do feel like I can walk farther because I no longer have shortness of breath and in the mean time I also entered Rehab (well, medically supervised cardiac exercise but it sounds cooler if I say ‘I have to go to rehab’ a la Amy Winehouse) – which is helping to make my body more efficient despite my ticker issues.
Fast forward through the commercial break to December 9, 2014.
Following a Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Test (good times), I had a follow-up appointment at the Heart Centre. Although I felt I kicked that tests’ ass, it was all in my mind. No real changes since August.
As of December 10, 2013 I am officially STATUS = 1. Basically this means I am very sick, I need a new heart, but don’t have to be in the hospital or have any mechanical assist devices….at least not yet. If you are interested in learning more about how this particular list works, at least here in BC, see the Listing Status for Cardiac Transplantation from the HeartCentre.
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So, what is it you need to learn from all of this?
Although I am very sick and have a broken heart, I am, and I remain, number 1 on this most exclusive list.