More to the update:
I haven't talked much about shortness of breath. This improved during the procedure, after my right jugular (80% stenosis) was ballooned, before my left one was ballooned. Dr. Sclafani suggested at the time that it could be vasospasm. Of the diaphragm, I think. To me I had thought of it as hypoxia-related. Reading stories out loud, for example, involves a lot of breathing out and not as much breathing in. Blowing up balloons for a birthday party will do the same thing. The instructions for breath-holding during the doppler ultrasound and the procedure itself are another example. All of these made me light-headed, they are challenging.
Now that I think about it, another one is the specific breathe in/breathe out instructions that were in Pilates, back when I was taking group Pilates. I was fine doing the exercises, but not when I tried to synchronize with the long breaths.
Reading bedtime stories in particular is something that I've no longer been able to do as the kids are getting older and the stories longer. If I read, I then have to go rest and recover. It's the same need to rest that can be brought on after I've been busy doing things, but instead it's brought on by lying down or sitting with a kid reading stories.
Previously, the limit was two stories for my younger two and that was at a sacrifice, it would hurt me to read that long. For my older child, with the dreaded chapter books, I couldn't even make it one chapter without feeling tired and pained from it. The sad thing is that my husband was able to take over doing the bedtime stories for the younger two but coudn't fit in time for our eldest so he had her reading to herself in bed, which was ok. But as I've been improving, I am in there with her. Four chapters is my new limit.
Last week, I read to her three nights in a row. On the fourth night, I went grocery shopping. When I came back, she'd written (with Crayola window markers) on the entry window, "I Miss My Mom," and on the bathroom mirror, "I Love Mommy."