Back in May 2012 I was worrying that I was going to have open heart surgery!
The first things I was told by the consultant cardiologist when I was
referred to him following my heart scan was that my aortic valve was going
to need replacing. Today, while seeing my GP to follow up on another scan
by the cardiologist the words used were, 'mild' and 'at most moderate'!
'Let's continue to observe...'
Why don't they think before they give people the worst case scenario?
As my GP said, 'it is hard to tell these days what is 'normal' because there
are such detailed tests available showing that we are all different!
Roll on the bottom of the Grand Canyon without any worries about my heart
Friday, 7 September 2012
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
A very wet Luna on the Borrowdale Beck round in thick fog and driving rain. Is it really July?
Posted by Gerrish family at 17:15
Thursday, 14 June 2012
My 16k training route. 4hours 20 mins with 1312m ascent. I should be OK for the Celtman support next weekend. ("Transition T2A in Glen Torridon (this acts as the mountain safety checkpoint and cut‐off. It’s also
where athletes pick‐up their compulsory support runner for the high mountain section of the run)
‐ 15km off‐road through the high mountains of the Beinn Eighe massif"!)
On the summit of Bowfell 1hour 30 mins from New Dungeon Ghyll
Looking back at the ledges descent route off Bowfell from the summit of Rossett Pike. 2 hours 7 mins.
On the way up to Pike of Stickle from Stake Pass
Looking back towards Bowfell from the summit of Pike of Stickle. 3 hours into the run.
The view down to Stickle Tarn from the summit of Harrison's Stickle.
The view down Langdale from the summit of Harrison's Stickle.
Looking back at Harrison's from Pavey Ark, the last summit.
Posted by Gerrish family at 16:26
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
At the end of 2011 I went to the doctors because I had a 'sensation' in my chest. 5 months later I am being told that I may need open heart surgery to replace a defective Aortic valve! I dont understand the process that has led me here!
Look at the heart rates below from 3 recent runs, do these look like someone who needs surgery on their heart (ignore the 200 BPM chart 1! I think the watch stopped picking up the signal from the chest sensor for some reason!) I dont think so.
Apparently the photos below show (to someone who knows what to look at!) that my heart is 'ballooning' with the pressure of regurgitated blood coming back through the valve.
I cant see any 'ballooning'! Can you?
Maybe someone can interpret these pictures for me.
The question I have (and didn't get to ask because I was too shocked when the Cardiologist had finished telling me I probably needed surgery) is why we are talking about surgery when it seems such a big step. Why don't we wait and see what happens over the next year? I feel fine and am training hard to support someone in a Triathlon in June. I have always had the defective valve, why suddenly is it such a big problem?
Next step - a more detailed scan, where the specialists will know in more detail what the situation is but ... it is all a bit sudden for someone who thought that they were fit and healthy!
Posted by Gerrish family at 20:48
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
|is this ski mountaineering or mountaineering with the skis? - carrying them through the forest!|
|Arriving at the summit of Chamrousse|
Posted by Gerrish family at 15:50