I’m thrilled to be back to work at the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. My first day back was April 23 – just in time to work on the May 14 edition of the Bulletin – after being away on a medical leave since February 5.
My medical adventure began last September when my family doctor sent me for an echocardiogram after she heard a heart murmur that had never been detected before during a routine exam. The echocardiogram – ultrasound imaging of the heart – showed severe stenosis (narrowing) of my aortic valve. When she phoned to tell me the results of the test, the doctor told me she was referring me to a cardiologist but that surgery to correct the problem appeared likely.
The cardiologist confirmed that I would need surgery. [Read more…]