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Walter Anderson was quoted as having said:

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character

and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in

perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss,

or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the

most precious gift I have - life itself."

About a week from my parent's fifty-third wedding anniversary, I returned to the hospital to undergo my second Transesophagela Echocardiogram (TEE) procedure. This time also hoping that we can successful underwent the Electrical Cardioversion procedure as well. At the hospital's Clinical Measurement Unit, we joked a bit while pre-procedure, partially to hide the fear of having to be put to sleep by anaesthesia, something I don't look very forward to. When I awoke some hours later, I was informed the procedures had been successfully carried out, and although I had to be electrically shocked a few times more to correct the rhythm of the heart, it appeared to have been corrected. I couldn't tell immediately if there were any different nor felt any ill-effects. It would be several hours later before I could take in food, having fasted the night before. The next day after the attending cardiologist reviewed my case, I got the go-ahead to be discharged. I didn't feel as tired or as breathless, but still it will take a bit of time to be close to anything near normal (although with heart failure it can never be cured just improved to a certain level).


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