Love reading your journal. I am also a retired nurse but a few years younger (71) and I love your attention to detail. That's a trait we never unlearn. Great news on all fronts. A good lesson in being our own health advocate. I just returned from a vacation that included a trip to Yosemite Nat. Park where I was able to walk around at 6000 feet, something I would not have been able to do before my March surgery. My cardiologist was not happy for me to go higher that 3000 feet as they found some fluid in my lung last week (7 months post op)! But I did fine. You are an inspiration. Greetings from FL. Stay healthy.
Good Job Ma'am, your story always inspired me. I'm very glad to read that... how I wish I will stop my coumadin but I had mechanical valve that I will take it for rest of my life... pass it to me... hahahha.. God Bless Ma'am! congrats!
Congrats on your first birthday for your new heart!!
I noticed your first entry was on May 6, which was the day after my AVR surgery. I am glad to hear how well your journey has gone. I hope you continue to do very well and enjoy your celebration tonight.
Congratulations on your one year anniversary. It's worth celebrating and I hope you did. Have you considered getting your own home testing INR machine? Medicare will pay for it and it is so much easier to test at home with a finger stick. You are an inspiration and you are also a selfless person with your volunteering. It's difficult to worry about yourself when you're helping other people. Keep posting, I love to read about how well you are doing. Greetings from FL.
Thanks Dixie for your note. I think that for the most part nursing background has always helped me, especially being proactive and finding the medical providers that I feel listen, and I trust with all my heart (no pun intended) Interseting about MAZE because my cardiologist highly recommended to the surgeon and surgeon felt that because it is not "always" successful and his goal as he explained so clearly was to get me off the table alive due to length of surgery. Obviously that was due to 3 X opening of chest and heart and lots of scar tissue. I have been fortunate that my cardiologist is very supportive when I report the problems with the beta blockers etc. What is the issue with your tissue valve?
Hi Carmen I am fairly new 60 y/o 3 X open heart valve survivor with past nursing experience. INR and Coumadin with now a ON-X mechanical mitral valve I too am up and down INR levels 7 wks postop today. I jumped in 5 days from 3.1 to 4.5. I currently have HHC with NP proctocl if over 4.0 blood dra lab 4.1 so we are once again 5.0 daily 2 days 7.5. Will have my own machine after 3 months of therapy. No brusing, only huge hematoma on hand with pressure drsg for 24 hrs after last blood draw with success. I enjoyed your journal
Good Morning, Dixie
You are such an inspiration to a youngster like myself (I'm 71). Seriously,you are an amazing senior and I applaud your pro active position. Am not sure what a RH is? Keep us up to date.
Hi Dixie. Your quest for better health is inspiring. I just had my aortic valve replaced & am also a yoga teacher so anything I run across involving yoga & hearts catches my attention. I've attached a link to an article about a pilot study regarding yoga & heart failure that I thought you might be interested. Some senior centers offer yoga which would be tailored to a senior population so hopefully that would be available to you. Best wishes in remaining as healthy as possible.
Happy Sunday, Dixie
So happy to hear of your 3 generational vacation to a beautiful area. Growing up in MA and with a father who loved the ocean, we would go to the beach just about every Sunday during the summer. This was quite an accomplishment as there were 8 children and my parents and one vehicle. But to this day there is something so relaxing about the beach, sound of the waves, etc. Don't need to tell you to keep active, can see that you are. God bless you.
As a fellow "Jersey Girl", I share your description of spring this year. I had mitral valve surgery on March 2, 2010 at Mount Sinai Hospital NYC. Where did you have your surgery? I am just starting cardio rehab and am feeling great. You sound like a positive force and would love to continue reading your journal posts.
Wow, you are an amazing lady with such a zest for life. Your description of spring is just what I remember when we lived in Williamsburg, VA. We moved to the gulf coast of FL almost 2 years ago and one thing I truly miss is spring. I am 70 and had a bovine mitral valve, tricuspid repair and MAZE procedure March 18th at the Cleveland Clinic. The MAZE didn't work, nor a cardioversion so am still in afib and will remain on coumadin, but that's okay, just so happy to have my heart fixed. As a volunteer myself, I know I get more out of giving. Write a note every now and then, you will be an inspiration to others.