In October of 1985, I learned of a real challenge. I became pregnant. My husband I had already come to the realization that I may not be able to have children and had accepted that. But as luck would have it, we got pregnant!!! I was not only in need of an OB/Gyn but also a cardiologist. Both would work with each other, when need be. My pregnancy was very normal up to the last trimester. At about 7 weeks before I was due, my doctor ran a test to check for diabetes and I checked positive for gestational diabetes. I also started having quite a few migraines along with swelling in my feet. Six weeks before our son was due, I started going into labor. My doctor did a sonogram and an amniocentesis to check if he was mature enough to be delivered. I was also diagnosed with preeclampsia and toxemia. After receiving the results from the amniocentesis I was given the go to deliver our son. Approximately 3 hours later, I delivered a 4 lb 6 oz very healthy boy, March 30, 1986. To make note, I did have a vaginal delivery! The doctors checked him out thoroughly and did not show signs, nor has he yet shown signs of any heart problems. I was discharged two days after delivery, and our son, who was premature, had to stay for a week in the neo-natal unit in order to get his weight up. He was fully developed, however he did have a time getting his sucking reflexes. Once he learned that, he immediately began gaining weight. He was our miracle.
In November 1996, I had Arterial Femoral bypass surgery. Of course I was way too young to be having this type of problem. I think that it stemmed from a combination of events: smoking, diabetes (diagnosed May ?97), small body frame and cut downs from my open heart surgery, in 1967. I am proud to say that I no longer smoke, and I exercise daily and eat healthier. I plan on living and walking a long time.
I currently do not have many complications with the heart. I have had, and continue to have heart palpitations. But I just learn to live with it. As for the rest of my life, I am a daughter, wife and mother. My hobbies are photography, singer/songwriter, playing the guitar, camping, and watching my son play sports. I work part- time as a bookkeeper/administrative assistant for a small company.
We (TOF patients) are fortunate to have had the doctors to help us, and also learn from each one of us. The disease is still a mystery, and learning continues.