A Plan.

It’s always easier to face tough situations when one has a plan.  We now know how to get from A to B to C, and once we get to C we pray.

When my husband and I heard what had happened to my dad and reviewed the initial test, we both suspected he had suffered a chordae tendineae rupture.

The heart is a four-chambered pump – the right atria, the right ventricle, the left atria and the left ventricle.  These chambers are further bisected by valves which control the flow of blood in and out.  The aortic valve, the tricuspid valve, the pulmonic valve, and the mitral valve.

To put it simply, the mitral valve opens and closes via the chordae tendinaea, tiny tendons attached to muscles in the heart wall.  Rarely one of these tendons will spontaneously rupture causing incomplete closure of the valve, leakage, and regurgitation.  In other words, the blood runs backwards, increasing pressures in the rest of the heart, causing the other valves to leak, and worse, causing dilation of the left ventricle~ the heart’s workhorse~ and resulting in cardiac failure sooner rather than later.  My father has 4+ regurgitation which is about as bad as it can be.

In other words, this has to be fixed if it can be fixed, ASAP.

In my father’s case, the onset of symptoms was sudden – shortness of breath with exertion, chest tightness and extreme weakness, all of which were relieved when he stopped moving.  Classic.

Fortunately my father is in incredible shape.  He’s been a race-walker all his life.  His normal pace is 4 mph.  Even as a teenager I had to jog to keep up with him.  Because his heart is so healthy he’s bought himself the time he needs to complete certain tests before he has open heart surgery to repair the ruptured tendon.

When I was a kid my father told me he didn’t believe in God, but he believed in prayer.

I believe in both.  So… off on a plan and a prayer we go.  Thank you all so much for your support and your patience.



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19 Responses to A Plan.

  1. Amber Skyze says:

    Your all in my thoughts and prayers. hugs.

  2. Penelope says:

    Praying for you and your father. Sending lots of love!

  3. Tim Dittmer says:

    All my best to you and your family, Julia.

  4. Jaye says:

    Prayers, kiddo. Lots and lots and lots…

  5. I believe in the power of good energy. So, having had some reassuring news myself that has made me cautiously optimistic, I will direct some good Energy your way. Prior to yesterday I had no good energy, just a feeling of dread.

    I am pleased there is hope for your father’s situation. And glad you and your DH have the knowledge to advocate for him. It’s always better to have hope.

    Hoping over here on the Right Coast for the best for you and your family. Love, S

  6. Casey Wyatt says:

    Prayers and hugs to you and your family lovely Julia.

  7. Sending my thoughts and prayers…

  8. yoshi says:

    It can be a big problem when the little arrows in your heart start pointing in the wrong direction. Best of luck to your father. Make sure to give that diagram to his surgeon just in case:-)

  9. Thanks Yoshi. He has one! ;) And thank you everyone. We are hoping for the best possible outcome which is, in very few words, a successful surgery and everything that means. Much love!

  10. This sounds like good news among the bad. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and your father.

  11. anny cook says:

    Special blessings for your dad! AMEN…

  12. Off on a plan and a prayer you go. Perfectly stated. Such a journey ahead.
    Very special blessings for your dad.

  13. Delilah Hunt says:

    Thank God for prayer and your dad staying shape. Let’s just keep praying that everything goes well with his surgery. Hang in there, Julia. You’re always in my thoughts.

  14. Tom Stronach says:

    Sorry sweets been busy, but I should never be to busy to check in with friends I shall try and remedy that hope you and Oscar and everyone else are coping and that as the days draw on that news is better I will catch up with the rest of the posts shortly and I know there will be good news

    Love you loads
    Tom and Ishbel xxxxxxx

  15. Our spirits are up, Tom and Ishbel. Have fun in Scotland!

  16. Thanks, Delilah. I appreciate your good vibes.

  17. Sandra Cox says:

    Sending you both all kinds of positive energy.

  18. Thank you so much for all your thoughts, Sandra.