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Jul 2, 2018 · Stories of the Heart - Barbara in Congenital Heart Disease

So I'm fairly new with cardiacs problems. Mostly because I'm 27 now. But in mid December 2017 I was feeling dopesick (in withdrawal) from heroin and feeling much worst than I usually felt from withdrawal. I just got outta rehab and thought i must of had a much larger habit and this is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. So I'm to sick and unable to do much so I called the paramedics. From there it's a blur. I just remembered sleeping a lot and being transferred to UCLA. Later in find out I was in a coma and now needed opened heart surgery for my arotia vavle to be replaced from endocarditis. I got endocarditis from using gross needles and what not. I never heard of it not thought it would happen to me. I did the surgery 12/27/17 but had to be on antibiotics for 6 weeks. Which I completed. And ten days out of the hospital, at a follow-up appointment I got readmitted to the hospital. This time it was very serious. I had to redo the entire surgery again but now because it's a few months after my first surgery there are many more risk. Like more of a risk of dying, heart failure, and becoming a vegetable. which had me actually terrified. But on 04/02/18 after 11hours and being shocked back to life, twice. I'm finally fixed. Continuing to be good to my heart and health. I take Suboxone a medication for my opiod addiction with is a much better solution then pain killers. Especially for myself. I take all my other medication (seizure meds, depression meds, meds for nerve damage, vitamins and my heart meds) which should of been for years. I been struggling with my life, sobriety, employment, relationships and health for about 2 1/2 years before I had opened heart surgery. Which makes me believe it was do from the endocarditis and all the damned from the abuse I put myself thr