So happy to hear from you, and glad you are doing so well. Time sure does go quickly.....as I have begun to reflect on my almost one year anniversary. Take care and enjoy your life.
Congratulations on your surgery and recovery. It's so good hear that your'e feeling really well. That's so encouraging. My surgery is April 21st and I am really hoping that correcting my mitral valve problem will eliminate the terrible fatigue. Feel great and have a wonderful life.
HEY BOO---you rock---can't believe it's been six months. let's go out and have lunch or dinner to celebrate. i'll call you on your cell this weekend to set up a time to get together. you are truely amazing. love from me and rubee--- deb
Thanks for letting me know about your echo. So glad all is well with you. I think of you often as I spread the Mederma gel my dermatologist recommended. Wonder if the vitamin E would work better and know you used it. Hope the real estate market is booming in Boston and you are extremely successful. Yes, will be praying for the Celtics. Can't believe how badly they blew it on Tuesday. The final scores on the other games weren't so far apart. They can do it but it'll be harder away from home. Take care.
Thanks for the quick response. I'll pass the info along. Glad your cataract surgery went well and so will your next one. What are the doctors saying about the fact that as young as you are, that you have cataracts? Know there is a definite link between sun and cataracts, am curious to know if you had been a sunglass user? My recovery had probably had more downs than ups since March 18th as you may know if you have followed my journals. Am hoping the worst is behind me!
I was reviewing your journal as I thought at some point you had written some info about book, tape? you bought and used pre op for stress. Wanted to recommend it to someone who is so stressed about her upcoming May 14th surgery. Please let me know. Also read you had cataract surgery planned the end of April--all done. and how did it go? Hope the spring real estate market is going great guns for you. Have a great weekend.
having spoken to family over the weekend from Shrewsbury, Plymouth and Martha's Vineyard, I know that spring has come. Am sure you'll get some cool days again but have the worst behind you. About 1/2 of my scabs have fallen off and things are healing well. Did you wait any special length of time after all the scabs were gone before you started applying the Vitaman E? How is it working so far? Continue to do well, I see my cardio for the first time tomorrow and need to get to the bottom of my shortness of breath, which fatigues me with any exertion. I do see I am improving overall, however and am grateful.
10 lbs isn't much considering the average women's purse weighs 15!!!
I see you're using the vit E trick. Stay away from anything with collagen in it, if no one has told you. Collagen will plump it up. Maybe a topical pain cream if it hurts. Massaging it, over time, will help break down the scar tissue.
If you get stuck again down stairs, please give the house phone a call. More likely than not I'm home and would be glad to help. Hopefully, you get cleared soon!
What a great picture. Yeah, aging is work, isn't it? I haven't been able to work out for a year now so I've really lost muscle and am still being told I can't lift more than 10 lbs total and really no upper body stuff at all. I'm turning marshmellow.
I guess when you shop you'd better just eat light things! Or, it's a great way to meet new guys. You just have to sit there with your groceries and wait 'till a good looking single one comes along. Woops - good looking single, rich and healthy.
You've got such a great uplifting attitude so not getting better just isn't an option. You are just too busy to accept anything else and that's a great thing.
Keep in touch. And good luck with the cataract - just another step in the thresh- hold of life. Beats the alternative.
You look great...such a nice picture. So glad to hear the update...time is flying. It seems like yesterday I was reading your posts while in the hospital. I am now about a month past surgery...wow. I will be seeing my surgeon soon and then will schedule cardio rehab. As I told you in the past, you were my inspiration before my surgery. I just focused on the positive experience and visioned that I would experience it too. That vision became a reality and my recovery so far is going well.
Thanks so much for your constant notes to me. Helping each other is what it's all about isn't it? Am doing well 12 days post op. They doubled my diuretic to take off some of this fluid they gave me during surgery and afterwards. I was discharged weighing 15# more than when I was admitted. Believe me it was not due the the hospital food! Once I get that under control I believe my recovery will be quicker. I remember you writing you had walked to the doctor and yet found out you had a liter? of fluid that had to be drained. By the end of the week if I'm not better, will have a chest xray to determine my status. Have been walking inside doing 5-6 minutes 5x a day. Plan to get out in our beautiful FL weather tomorrow. Have been using my breathing "machine" several times a day. Only 2 vicodin a day and otherwise tylenol xtra strength well, enough of me. Glad you have come through so beautifully and your photo is beautiful. My daughter, Teresa was with me during my hospitalization said that after 12 days of not swimming, she's still having trouble getting back to where she was, which was 120 swim pool laps 5x a week. You will be strong again, am sure of it. Hope you won't forget to send a note every now and then so we can see what an attractive single woman does in Boston nowadays.By the way, Rev Duane and his wife will be stopping in to visit us tomorrow. They are vacationing in this part of FL. How wonderful to see them after following his hospitalization and miracles that occurred post op.
Nice to see you feel well enough to be back at work. Hope you have someone else pounding your signs into the ground! You are a trooper. So the Vitamin E is working and your chest doesn't look like it had a lightening strike? Cheryl, Ontario
I am about to schedule surgery to replace my arotic valve and am reading journals to get some info on recovery time. It is nice to hear you are recovering so quickly, even though you had a few set backs.
Thanks for sharing your story! It has been a tremendous help to me. I am a busy professional wife, mother, and grandmother who doesn't like to sit down!!
Hi Barbara from Boston, sounds like you are improving by leaps and bounds. I don't know how you do it, you must be feeling very strong - just hearing what you did on 3/5 made me tired. I don't want to sound like a party-pooper, but please take it easy and don't make yourself too tired, having said that,I am sure you know yourself and as you sound like a very active person, I am sure you know when to slow down. And Yes, life is good and I love hearing how "well" heart-valve-surgery-recoverers like you are doing!!! Does the heart good, pun intended!
I was told that my incision was initially more painful and I agonized up to the last minute which incision to choose. I hope I will bounce back sooner once I get home because of fewer restrictions. We will see what happens. Your food menu sounds so delicious and you have great friends.
Thank You for your kind words. You were my inspiration for my goals in recovery. Doctors have told me I am a model patient, but unlike you I did take pain medication. I bought the mediation tape and book you listed on your site. I think all this helped with my recovery. Of course, we can not control unexpected setbacks. I want to thank everyone again for all the knowledge they have shared.
Theresa Callanan Howell NJ
Good Morning Barb
Best news yet, you're an independent woman with wheels. That $15,000/mo rental must be something. You mentioned vitamin E for your scar. Is that what your doctor recommended? Mederma was mentioned on Adam's blog and that's what I plan to use. Vit E has long been a scar treatment, so guess it must work. Give us a post every now and then and don't over do. You will be my role model as I recover from my double valve surgery on the 18th.
Hi Barbara, glad to see you are home. First time I have seen your journal. Boston, MA and your "heart pillow' caught my eye. Then I was reading about you ending up in the emergency room and your symptoms. I know it doesn't make you feel any better, but as my husband who had the mitral valve surgery - has been complainng about his chest hurting him on his right side and heart rate not feeling right, etc., hearing what you had to say and how it is like referral pain and easy to have this up to 8 weeks, I feel a little better and am anxious to tell my husband.
I didn't read your whole story yet (jumped right in to writing here) but I see you were at Beth Israel - I know my husband has the same pillow. He was at Brigham & Women's and his surgeon specializes in the mitral valve.
Sounds like you are doing well. Thanks for your interesting journal and hearing what you have gone through is helpful for my husband.
Richard's wife, Susan
Just read about all your adventures in the ER; guess you dont want to go backthere soon!!!! Terrible how you have to wait and I know you wouldnt have gone if your doctor had not suggested it.
Sounds like you are getting back to "normal' and hope you can return to work soon. I just returned from a quick trip to Atlanta to see Rob, Melanie and Stella. It was wonderful to see them......we are glad you are feeling better.....Love, Dale and Susan
Best news yet. A potential listing for you and you didn't even have to leave your building. No more setbacks I pray. You sound like a really high energy person, guess you still need to relax and rest every day. Also seems you have a wonderful group of friends who love you and love good, healthy food. Keep healing.
I learn something new everyday here. I had a repair of my mitral valve and I'm on Warfarin for six months (1 more to go) so I just thought Warfarin was a rule of thumb thing to give after any type of heart surgery and depending on what type of replacement, how long you would be on the stuff. Lucky you!! Lots of broccoli then - good for your bones.
You are such a hoot. It is going to take more than this surgery to keep you down for long. Good to see you are back in your groove but don't get too independant or you'll be back rounding up your own meals! Sympathy should be good for at least another month.
Careful about too much brocolli if you are on Warfarin or at least make sure to have a blood test shortly afterwards.
What a week you've had--I can relate! I had an episode of muscle pain similar to what you described. Mine occurred at home about 2 weeks after my mitral valve replacement in Jan. The pain was way worse than anything I experienced while in the hospital. On a 1 to 10 pain scale I rated it a "12". It only lasted about 5 minutes but was excruciating, feeling like my neck, back, chest, shoulders and upper arms being gripped in a vise. I haven't had a repeat of that or anything close, and I hope you won't either!
These setbacks can be discouraging, but sometimes it helps to know that other people have gone through something similar. I'm now in week six of my recovery from surgery and am starting to feel really good. You'll get there too, Barbara!
I believe it was the first or second week home that I awoke one night with a severe pain in my heart. I laid in bed about for quite a bit thinking about it and wondering, what the heck is that? I didn't want to wake my husband so I came downstairs and called the surgical ward and we went over all the symptoms of a heart attack just in case.
While I still had the pain, now about 25 minutes, and my left arm was feeling it a bit, I didn't have enough other heart attack symptoms and the nurse said it was probably just a spasm and not at all uncommon. She told me to go back to bed and relax which I eventually did. I've had it happen one other time but not near as bad. When I saw the doctor he told me I would probably have some more and not to worry.
It's these little things that kind of take your healing confidence away for a while but no doubt you are okay. Really.
Good Morning my Boston friend
Maybe it's the weather up there? Now that I think of it, the warmer FL weather didn't help Duane, did it? So, the dr says pain off and on for up to 8 weeks, post op--scary. Well, am sure the ER is tired of you and you are doubly tired, so I know you'll do your best to stay away. Glad to know the fluid is resolving even though some of it traveled to the other side, LOL. Rest, drink warm liquids and watch some old, funny movies that will give you a good laugh, you deserve it. Prayers continue.
Unbelievable and indeed scary.
For me the 7 hour wait for a room in the emergency area would have sent me over the edge.
Just keep positive, and as the expression for all kinds of difficulities goes...take one day at a time...one hour or second at a time if you have to.
I am thinking of you and know that all will be ok because you are a survivor.
Glad they caught it, even though you didn't feel symptomatic!!! You have been my poster person for surgery and post op. You still are with how you've handled this. Do they still have you using the spirometer several times a day. If I've got nothing out of these journals it will be to "blow, blow, blow". Have already told my family to make me use it even though I may not want to!! Be strong, rest and we will wait for another update. Prayers to you.
You are past master at picking yourself up and carrying on. I can bet that Fran eyes are getting just as wide as mine...we still have this to go through. Thinking strong, positive thoughts for you. Warmest wishes Penny (Scotland)