10 Years Ago I Had a Heart Transplant!
I had had a failing heart since 1999 when I developed atrial fibrillation and an enlarged heart. For the next ten years I was treated by a cardiologist at Ohio State University’s Ross Heart Hospital, and it was clear that I was on my way out. In January of 2009 I qualified for the heart transplant list, but because I was still able to get out and about, I was not high on the list. As recently as October I was told that the transplant would likely take place in 2010 (if it happened at all----people die on this list), perhaps in the spring.
It is one thing intellectually to think you are getting a heart transplant in 2010, and quite another in 2009 to have this 10:30 a.m. phone call (I was working at the computer) on Nov. 23rd: “Mr. Whaley, we have a heart for you.”
Modern medicine works miracles so casually sometimes.
Now let's see if I can make it to the twentieth anniversary of this transplant in 2029. That's my new goal.