I’ve been wondering a lot lately about what’s down the road for me, especially regarding my very unusual heart. After years of walking down a life’s road where several doctors have disagreed about what we should do about my aging, sturdy, reversed-road heart, I’ve decided to have valve replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
I’m still wondering what’s down the road for me and my unusual heart, because there’s a chance that the surgery will make things worse for me down the road.
Yesterday, I wrote an email to my long-time-on-my-road cardiologist, Dr. Deeb Salem, about my wish to ask Dr. Carole Warnes, the Mayo cardiologist, for some numbers and data about that possibly down-the-road negative outcome.
Seems like here are some questions to ask her:
What are the chances the ejection fraction will go down with the valve replacement surgery ? If it does, what are the chances it will go up again?
Are you wondering what was down the road in that email exchange? Dr. Salem replied, like so:
I doubt that she will have an answer to your question.
Further down that same email road, I wrote back to Dr. Salem:
Some of the most profound questions in the universe have no answers.
A wee bit down that email road, here was Dr. Salem’s response:
Did you ever wonder what was down the road for you? I can tell you what’s down the road in today’s blog post.
Are you wondering what’s next on this blogging road?
First, “The Long and Winding Road.”
Next, “Ease on Down the Road.”
Finally, my boyfriend Michael’s favorite Down-the-Road song, “Road Runner.”
I wonder what comments are down the road for me today?
Red-brick-road thanks to all those who helped me down the road of today’s blog post and to you — of course! — for joining me on this road, here and now.