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On May 17th 2016 I wrote about the roads and different paths that I have been on over the past 3 ½ years. Today, I am on the path to Feeling good again! In my present position, I would be in an old, beat up Ford on a dirt road in Maine and Feeling good again would be somewhere in Southern California. That’s the picture I have painted in my mind of where my destination is relative to my current position.

On May 29th 2016, I blogged about being 2 weeks since I have been released from the hospital. I’m starting out on a journey to a destination that when I arrive, I will be able to do anything physically without giving it a second thought and not having any effect on me.

This time around, the journey is going to be longer and different from the last time. The last time I was in much better physical condition. The last time I did the journey alone. The last time I was grieving the loss of the one person in my life that I wasn’t prepared to lose. This time will be much different.

I’m going to make this journey. My resolve has never been stronger. I know that over the past 2 ½ weeks that my body is slowly responding to the effects of proper nutrition and rest. I’m not quite ready for activity, but when I get on that part of the road to Feeling good again, it will probably feel to me like getting onto a wide open freeway.

Right now, I’ve got to take care of this old beat up Ford if I want to get it off the dirt road and onto pavement. I’m not out of the woods, but I’m on the road to the next city.

August 27, 2016. The dirt road just changed into a paved road that isn't very wide, but it's a whole lot smoother than that dirt road. The old Ford seems to be running pretty good and handling much better than it was just a month ago.

The swelling is non existent in my feet. I still have some edema in my lower extremities at the end of the day, but it too, is improved.

My blood pressure has been fantastic.My average systolic blood pressure over the last two weeks has been 120 and my diastolic has averaged 76 over the same period. My heart rate has been 76 and my Mean Arterial Pressure has averaged 91mmHg.

My weight is at it's lowest since over a year at 367.6 pounds.

More so than 9 years ago, I am tracking everything that I eat or drink and I am also aware of the nutrients in the foods I am tracking and assuring that I get the right combination of nutrients to keep this old Ford firing on all eight cylinders.

I have a followup appointment with Cardiology on Monday morning and my Aldactone is most likely going to be increased from 12.5 mg per day to 25 mg. per day. I have a follow up with the thoracic surgeon on Friday, September 2, 2016 and I am looking forward to the appointment. If I have to put the Ford into the body shop for repair, then so be it. It will be that much quicker that I will be able to mend and start kicking some butt (mainly my own) and get back on the exercise trail.

I've been extremely patient. I know the damage I've done to myself. I know with the right mix of rest, nutrition and exercise (to the extent I'm allowed) I will beat this and be back in the saddle.

My appointment with the thoracic surgeon was a positive experience. He had reviewed my numbers from my admission to the hospital, all of the different images that were taken of my heart and my aorta. He had also seen my progress through the notes by my cardiology team as they have been assessing me over the past three plus months.

He told me that the size of the aneurysm was not as great because of my overall body size. He told me the "normal" or average size of that part that has been expanded is 3.5 cm and mine at 4.7 is not something that requires surgery, considering my body size when the image was taken.

I have another image scheduled on October 25, 2016 and he shared with me that he is interested in seeing the function of the aortic valve on my heart at the time of the imaging because the original imaging was not able to identify the valve and how it was functioning.

He told me that if the function of the valve is normal, and the area of the aorta near it has not increased in size, the plan will be to have another imaging test done in March 2017 and then once a year for two consecutive years, and if no changes are evident, he will discharge me as a patient.

if there is a change or a problem with the valve on October 25, he will do surgery to both the valve and that area of the aorta then.

In the mean time, he told me it was quite impressive the job I have done taking care of myself and keeping my blood pressure down and told me good job on losing weight and getting healthy.

Member Since: 11/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 79,338

My Goals:
My goal is to return to good health and hold onto it as tight as I can!

My Program:
Low sodium cardiac diet: 1000-1500mg per day.

Fluid restriction: 2000cc or 67 oz. per day.

Walking as tolerated.

Personal Information:
My name is Tim, I'm 55 years old and I live in Cleveland Ohio.

Other Information:
Weight I was at when I began to change my life (September 2007): 380 pounds

Weight I was at when I joined Spark People 11/26/2008: 242 pounds

Low water mark: September 2009: 193.7 pounds

Weight at hospital admission: May 11, 2016: 425.5 pounds

Weight at hospital discharge: May 15 2016: 409.5 pounds

Weight as of June 3, 2016: 411.1 pounds

Weight as of June 15 2016: 398.3 pounds

Weight as of June 26 2016: 395.3 pounds

Weight as of June 30 2016: 392.3 pounds

Weight as of July 2 2016: 389.6 pounds

Weight as of July 5, 2016: 386.0 pounds

Weight as of July 6, 2016: 385.8 pounds

Weight as of July 7, 2016: 385.6 pounds

Weight as of July 8 2016: 382.8 pounds

Weight as of July 14. 2016: 381.4 pounds

Weight as of July 20, 2016: 380.8 pounds

Weight as of July 23, 2016: 379.4 pounds

Weight as of July 26, 2016; 378.6 pounds

Weight as of July 29, 2016: 377.8 pounds

Weight as of July 30, 2016: 376.8 pounds

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