Thankful

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I had open heart surgery the week before Christmas to correct my Atrial Fibrillation. Today I’m breathing better, and my heart rate is closer to normal. I never thought I’d have heart disease at 50. Now it’s 2 years later, and my outlook is wonderful. I still have to work on my stamina and activity level. I am so thankful for my cardiologists who specialize on women’s heart issues. They are the reason I’ve gotten my life back.

Blood Thinners, Women, and Periods (The Real Truth)

Alert: Men I need to warn you. This is a blog post about how blood thinners affect a woman’s period. That means I’m going to be extremely detailed. I do encourage you to read if you have female family members on blood thinners.

T.Lanette Pollard
Bitmoji of Black Woman with dreadlocks saying

I’m was sitting in my beautiful junior suite at the Grand Palladium Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica four weeks ago. The weather was warm, and the view was gorgeous. It’s was also six days after my 50th birthday! This was the best birthday present I’d ever planned. I was ready for sunning, partying, and relaxing (in moderation). You see, I have Atrial Fibrillation which means that I take blood thinners. I was fortunate to have two days of lounging in and around the pool. Then my period started to flow like the lava in Hawaii (without the heat of course).

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T’s Heart Journey: Atrial Fibrillation

It has to be bronchitis…I had it in the fall, so this would be the second this school year…Respiratory infections are part of working with kids, part of being an elementary teacher…That’s why I’m out of breath every time I walk…Bronchitis…Heart Disease…Atrial Fibrillation…

It wasn’t bronchitis. I had fluid in my lungs, and my heart rate was very erratic. My blood pressure went as high as 150/90. When I went to my doctor that day, it saved my life. Then, my panic set in as I waited for the ambulance…

I have errands to run…They can’t send me to the hospital…I need to stop at Dollar General…

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