Yesterday marked 100 days of life with a LVAD. Boy has time flown. It seems like I just came home from the hospital weeks ago, but I am thrilled with the progress so far and this milestone. So what has having a LVAD meant to me for the last 100 days? Well here is a quick list:
- It has been 100 days of time, moments, memories, and laughter spent that I have been blessed with to spend with my wife and children
- 100 days of breathing easier and feeling more energy than I have in over a year
- 100 days of meeting new people – from support group members to online friends that are quickly becoming an extended family due to the common LVAD bond we share
- 100 days of reclaimed life – with new energy has come the reclaiming some of the activities and endeavors that I had shelved due to my health
- It has been 100 days of experiencing the miracles both big and small that God has created in this beautiful world of sunsets, snowflakes, crisp mornings, full moons, and starry nights – all seemingly more beautiful now than before
- It has been 100 days of learning, adjustment, research, waiting, and preparing for the day I will receive the great gift of a donated heart
Most of all it has been 100 days of formation, introspection, and action to live up to this great gift of extended life that I have no intention of wasting. What milestones are you experiencing in your life? Do you celebrate them or do you dread them? If you are further along on the LVAD path, how do you feel about the journey? What is your advice for those of us travelling the path a bit further behind you? What methods have you developed to deal with the waiting? Feel free to comment below.