I’m so sorry to read this, Chawker. I hope you enjoy MULTIPLE Seahawks Superbowl victories in many years to come. My mum got diagnosed with an enlarged heart in 1975, and lived to 2014, aged 86. Hers was because she had a congenital hole in the heart (intraventricular septum); she had open heart surgery and bounced back from it amazingly quickly. Can I ask, what caused yours? Did you have a previous infection/illness in 2012, when you found out, in your words, your heart was bad?
I hope you don’t mind me asking – I partially know what such a hospital stay is like. I had an aortic dissection type A event (wall of my aorta split into layers, like puff pastry, but - obviously - didn’t quite get totally punctured) in 2006 and collapsed in my lounge room, in agony all over, except for both legs gone totally numb (hence said collapsing). Woke up two days later in intensive care unit; tubes and various connections everywhere, the chest “zipper” from the open heart surgery, and a bloody great breathing tube down my throat. I had a brand-new plastic aortic arch, and a pile of replumbing in my leg arteries, after all the massive blood clots (which was what made my legs go numb instantly) were removed, etc. About 6 hours on the op theatre table.
Of course, you can’t talk with a breathing tube ventilating you, so I had to write notes, in periods when I was awake. I was so glad to be rid of it (shudder); I mercifully wasn’t conscious for long while it was installed, and I hope you weren’t, either. NOT nice!
Oh, coming off all the heavy drugs in the main ward for another week, after a week in ICU, rehab, etc... oh, that was fun, NOT!
Anyway, I hope you recover nicely, as I did.