My boyfriend is 11 years out from his heart transplant. He developed coronary artery disease a few years ago, and as a result, his team is performing all of the tests necessary to relist him. Has anyone here undergone more than 1 heart transplant? It is tough to see my boyfriend struggle with physical activities that he did easily when we first met. I can see his frustration. Any thoughts on how to manage these challenging feelings?
I too have been relisted for a second heart transplant. (I am 9 years post my first one). I have talked with 5 others that have been through the second one and are doing well. Good luck to you both!
As far as dealing with the slowed down lifestyle again, I try to keep a positive attitude. When my body tires, I listen to it and rest. You don't want to "push" with the CAD. Plan activities in the cool of the morning or evening. Watch the diet (sodium and fluid) intake.
I am making the most of every day and making memories with those I love.
I have heard of more than one instance where this has occured. It happens when the person is young enough & healthy enough & when the problem is caught early enough. From what I've read, the second procedure is actually somewhat easier, because the recipient knows what to expect. I can only imagine that this is easier (somewhat) for your boyfriend, than for you simply BECAUSE he knows what to expect. That's not to say he's not at least a bit angry& frustrated. I know I would be! However, once again, patience is the key ingredient, for both of you. My Prayers are with you both.
Prayers & Blessings, Paula Heart TX 2-14-01