It was a pretty rough few days for you when I 1 st got to NY, BUT w/you being such a compliant pt., recovery advanced!
It was tough for me being in FL when you had the surgery and soooo glad I could help you once you got home.
Love you and continue recovering each day!
See you this summer, poolside!!!
Glad your sis is coming, Brenda! That is such a blessing! Still, let me know what you need. If you want to get out, come on over to my little sanctuary in Southold -- have a comfy recliner you can rest in :) Your sister is more than welcome!
So glad you are heading home. It's so much easier to get rest at home and you are especially blessed your sister is a nurse and will be staying with you! I will be three weeks post op on Tuesday and I am feeling better and better each day. Walking over a mile.
Praying for your speedy and full recovery! Step by step! Isaiah 40:29-31
Sophie Marsh- MV & TV repair 2/26 Dr. Adams
I just texted u but am not sure you will get it so am sending message here -- soup is ready for delivery whenever you get home! Know things are still more delayed for your discharge -- it must feel like an eternity when you are so looking forward to getting out! Yet I also know you want to be sure all is well when you DO go so your progress can be at a steady incline, even if slow! We (your homegroup family and friends) are rooting for you and praying for
complete health and well-being -- peace into the bargain!
God bless you, Brenda, and "keep hangin' in there!" (Yeah, easy for me to say, having never been where you now are, right?) I really like being able to read how you're doing, day by day. Please know that Bob and I are keeping you in our prayers each and every day, asking God to bless you with His total healing, and with His peace, comfort, and patience along the way..
Our love to you --
Encouraging words from former heart patients. Transfusions will give you the boost you need. Seems this eye condition is not uncommon and goes away w/time. Hopefully the same for you, Turid!
Kath, Chris, grandkids and I are praying for you this evening during their visit.
Chicken soup underway! I will get it to you for tomorrow night's dinner if you will be home by then :) I know you will need to rest so will not stay to visit then but for a minute, Let me know if Sue Hansen and I can visit you on Friday for a bit, PLEEEEEZE be honest with everyone who wants to see you though and set clear limits so you can get the rest you need to recuperate! Also, let us know what you need us to do for you and Ed, Love you! Annie
So glad you are doing so well. I had my MV and TV repaired by Dr. Adams on 2/26. I too was getting some of those eye flashes. I also needed 3 units of blood and it seemed like that did the trick. Since I've been home, I have not seen the flashes, but sometimes a little distortion and one migraine when I just got home. It's been 2 weeks now and I have none of that any longer and getting stronger and can do more each day! You will feel so relieved when you are home.
God Bless you!
Try not to be too discouraged. I had my surgery on a Friday and was told they'd let me out the following Wednesday. It got delayed till Friday because of minor rhythm and blood issues. Better to be safe, right?
Hey, Brenda -- I had optical migraines after my surgery as well. A lot of us did. It was temporary and I'd say within 2 weeks they were gone. But....it certainly is a good idea to have them checked out while you can. Happy healing!
Holy Moly! Discharged on Wed.??? You'll be running around before I get there Sat.!
Sooooo happy you are progressing so quickly!!!
Keep up the good work, compliant patient!!!
We nurses love patients like you!
Prayers being answered left and right!
Hope you get some sleep tonight!
Ask Nurse now to call dietary to get the boiled egg order in for tomorrow b'kfast.
See if you can finally fill out your own meal sheet.
Drink lots of fluids...you're usually good about doing that!
Call me when you feel up to it! I'm home watching golf tourn.
What a tough cousin I have !!!!! Keep up the good work...you are doing so well. i get those flashing lights in my eyes also and they are migraines...maybe that's your problem..so glad you are seeing docs for this. Maybe Kurt could see you...HA, HA.
Hope you have a better day today. Many years ago, I had a "flashing lights" thing going on with my eyes and was told it was optical migraines. Blood gets cut off to the optica nerve. I didn't ever get a headache, but they were very annoying. It went away a few weeks later on it's own. Not sure if it's the same thing, but I thought I would pass it along.
So many answers to prayer, Brenda! I know you will be completely healed and back with us soon, praise God! Let us know if you will be in a rehab place and if so, when. Much love and continued prayers, Annie
Today, March 10th, 3 days post op, is a new day for more healing! Praying too for your eye issue to get resolved. Sounds like the docs are on top of everything though. Force yourself to eat protein. I know where you're coming from w/no appetite BUT it's the way to get your strength back and heal.
Glad to hear all went well! The worst is over now.....no more waiting! You don't get much rest in the hospital, so make that an incentive to get out of there. Going home is really great, and you will get there soon.
God Bless and take care,
Spoke w/ICU nurse at 5:30 pm and you were being moved to 7 West and a room! You are really recovering/doing so great.
Ed said he left you w/your phone so I hope to talk w/you for a few mins. tonight!
Just spoke w/Ed [6:20 pm] and he made it to Cutchogue, brushing the snow off his car and heading home.
Sailor Kate just called me...3 pm...and wanted to know how you are feeling! I sent her this website and she's going to try and send you a message. She, Harrison and Eliza have been saying prayers for you! I love those kids!
Will check w/Ed now as to your status. He might be heading back home but will try his cell.
Hoping the nausea has gone and you're able to have ice pops and jello by now.
Keep punching the pain button as needed and get the resp. therapy going.
A t 6:30 am today, Friday, I spoke w/ICU nurse. She said the tube was removed early this morning and that you're alert and talking. Having some nausea but NO vomiting. Hurray!!! Hit the "pain button" when you need it!
Prayers are being said for you all over the country, Lil Sis!
JED xoxo Linda
The timeline on this deal is off...it posted 5:08 pm and it was closer to 7:30 pm...just so you don't get confused when you wake up and read these messages!
It's almost 10 pm and I'm heading to bed...long day for all of us!
Praise God you've come this far w/Him watching over you!
xoxo JED Linda
Just got the call from Ed that you're now in cardiac ICU...still unconsious from anesthesia but Dr. Adams was very pleased w/all the repairs done in your heart. Colleen, your ICU nurse will watch over you tonight and told Ed to go and get some rest. He's headed to the hotel.
Prayers still ongoing! Rest easy Lil Sis.
Hey Bren! Glad to hear the surgery is postponed until noon. You're not a morning person anyway - ha,ha! You know we'll all be praying for you. Keep thinking about the summer at the pool and the beach, with the sun shining warm on your face. Love you lots, Vicky and Bill
So glad your day went well today......that means tomorrow will go well too! God will give you the peace and strength to get this through this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow.
Godspeed and Godbless,
I'm so happy Brenda and Sophie found one another!!! :-) I was very, very fortunate to have had kindred souls walking this path a little bit ahead of me when it was my turn. It helps a LOT. I was thinking of you today, Brenda, knowing you had your cardiac cath. Thank God you did not have any problems with it, and I hope it showed nice, squeaky-clean arteries. Hopefully, the same will be true with your anesthesia.
BTW, I never vomited at all from the anesthesia. The ICU team is on top of your pain and nausea and will give you IV meds to help. I hope for your sake that Tree is still there. He's one of the ICU nurses and an absolutely wonderful man. You'll love him!
As they used to say in the 60s, "Keep the faith, baby!"
day one at mt s. done- a few ups and a few downs (unexpected and unexplained delay and some confusion on meds and diet restrictions) but the major purpose (positive catherization test) accomplished. a day off and then onto the main event. the combination of Dr. A's skill and reputation and many ,many prayers from many ,many caring folk seems to have successfully replaced much of your initial anxiety with a quiet serenity and that is a good thing. see you later
I am another patient of Dr. Adams and am one week post op. I also have Barlow's syndrome and had both my tricuspid and mitral valves repaired. I was just discharged on Sunday and have been home now for two full days. I know where you are as I could not imagine walking in to the hospital. Then I remembered the footprints poem and this is one of the moments that God carries us, where there is one set of footprints in the sand. Somehow He will give you the strength to walk in and you will look back and see this as His grace shown to you!
One week out is great. The first few days are a little slow, but moment by moment, day by day there's so much improvement and such a relief that this is over. I am very sensitive to narcotics and dealt with lots of nausea until we switched to a non narcotic pain killer Toradol? and staggered with Tylenol. Worked great. Now I am home with no pain killers besides Tylenol when needed.
Don't worry about what happens when your eyes close. I don't remember one second of it.
Can I share these verses that encouraged me? "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV)
You will be in good hands and I will pray for you and your family.
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Another of Dr. Adams' & Co. success stories here. I had mitral and tricuspid valve repair at Mt. Sinai last May and can totally relate to your present state of mind. It *is* a scary prospect, that stopping-the-heart part, but for the surgical team, it's just "another day at the office." You and I are around the same age and I clearly remember the days when open heart surgery was new and truly unbelievable. They cut you open and do WHAT???!!!! Lots of time has passed since then, and really, you are going to the man who wrote the book on this procedure. Literally.
Between your faith, your family, and the fact that you chose the best possible surgeon for your repair, you have a huge amount going for you. I know you'll be fine.
I cannot speak to the anesthesia or the contrast dye, other than to say I expect these people have seen pretty much anything (!) we could possibly throw at them, but regarding the pain, it was not nearly as bad as I'd expected.
Nope, it wasn't a walk in the park, but once I left the hospital, I never took the narcotics and did fine on Advil. I was walking around the floor with help the day I left ICU, and unassisted after that. I tried to walk several times a day at the hospital, and once I got home, I was walking up a gradual incline to my mailbox, stopping twice along the way to rest.
Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions and I wish you all the best of luck on your cath tomorrow.