Catching Up

Most of my summer has not been mine due to family commitments, situations, deaths, and life in general. I am slowly starting to see life returning to my normal …. well, maybe it’s going back to my “new” normal of post transplant. One can only hope.

I get a lot of comments and questions from people who stop by my humble blog. I offer to help anyone (the patient, friends or family) on this long road, this journey to getting and coping with a heart transplant. This includes LVAD patients, which I see a steadily growing number of over the past couple of years. While I’m certainly not an expert in the LVAD field, I will try to help you with your questions or send you to of the experts I know. As a side note,  my statistics show that I get a LOT of visitors stopping by my blog that are on or may be going a VAD soon.

It’s not the end of the road. So ask questions and know you have a friend that you can bounce things off of when you need to. You are NOT alone on this journey!!

Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to some regular posts, besides the “Daily Insight” in the very near future.

Be well and God Bless!!

You are NOT alone!



About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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2 Responses to Catching Up

  1. Steve R. Ford says:

    I have a friend that has been told that he will need an LVAD. This is not a bridge to transplant because my friend is somewhere in his seventies. They have to decide before his next appointment, which is in November, if he wants to go this route. He is not bedridden but he is quite weak. He was to weak to have it done 2 months ago. His wife asked me if I knew anyone that had one because she has questions. I did not have one before my transplant. My friends had one for just a few months. He will have his for the rest of his life. I am very careful not to advise one way or the other. Perhaps you could give me some thoughts on this. I enjoy your posts

  2. my2ndheartbeat says:


    Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment.

    First, his wife should ask at the hospital your friend is being treated at, to speak with an LVAD patient or patients directly. Face to face meeting are the bast case scenario in my opinion. To see and speak with someone that has been down that path can bring peace of mind to both of them. His weakness could easily be from his heart issues. People that have CHF and go on the LVAD have told me it’s like night and day difference once they have recovered from the surgery. Many are able to do things that I haven’t done in years. I know guys that go fishing, ride their motor cycles, even repair roofs after they have recovered. I saw a lady recently that has had her LVAD for 3 years and one month …… still doing well. Most LVAD folks have a very good quality of life after being implanted. If she has questions you’d like to forward to me I can get a hold of my contacts ….. or, I have a couple LVAD links on my blog ……. From The Bottom of My LVAD and ……..

    My opinion ….. he wouldn’t be trading one problem for other problems …… he’d be trading for a few more years of life.


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