So, i started getting sick back in July and had every symptom of COVID-19 so of course i and everyone else assumed i had it especially since i had just travelled back from Tampa, Florida. I had pneumonia like symptoms and a ton of weird neurological stuff. I quarantined myself at home and decided to ride it out. I got tested and it came up negative. I didn't think it could be my heart valve i got back in 2014 since its life was rated at 20 years. Eventually the symptoms vanished and i went back to work and about a week later things went south really quick. I had what felt like hypoxia and my lungs were full of fluid. My body swelled up really quick, i literally looked pregnant. I was having severe acute heart failure and just started to die pretty much. I turned ghost white and couldn't really move. What ever was happening briefly lifted, i drank some Kratom( i know) which gave me just enough relief to get myself to the ER. I found out that my heart valve i got 5 years ago had rapidly degenerated and closed up causing severe acute heart failure which would have been death if i didn't make it to the ER when i did. I spent 10 days in the hospital having tests and getting massive amounts of fluid drained from my body. At the end of those 10 days i looked like a skeleton, my body was wasting away. The hospital immediately started having me prep for another heart surgery. Since then, I've had to be admitted to the hospital a few days a week because i keep falling back into heart failure but i regain more strength after each visit. I got admitted again last Friday and I'm still here awaiting transfer to the San Francisco VA hospital. My heart procedure is scheduled for next week and i cant wait to feel human again. This time its being done with a catheter, the procedure is called TAVR(Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement) which will be quick and painless for me. Ive spent the past month being stuck with needles and have been COVID swabbed 8 times and its excruciatingly painful, I'm terrified of it now. This has been a living nightmare of epic proportions i never thought i would have to experience. I later found out that my valve failed in everyone that received one, it's design was flawed. I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel though, once i get the valve replaced ill have instant relief. The nightmare is almost over.