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Hi Carmen. I was thinking about the events of Feb 2 as we approach the 2 month mark and thought of you, my fellow valver that day. I hope all is going well with your recovery.Take care,-Mitch Friedman
Yay Carmen....great news. I am really enjoying rehab....they are very cautious with us but I feel good about it because I am getting my confidence back about trusting my heart again!! You are doing awesome...keep up the good work.Jamie Todor
Wow Carmen, great news. Keep it up!Linda Dixon
Glad to hear you are doing so well. My recovery is going ok too. Im 4 weeks post op. not driving yet but enjoying being "miss daisy" and having a chauffeur :)Still trying to get used to my mechanical valve ticking but i guess i will. Hope you get on well at rehab.Take care claire tunmore
Hi Carmen, happy 4 weeks post op day! I was thinking about you, so thought I would drop by to say hi and offer you my well wishes. I hope all is progressing smoothly for you.Wishing the best for you,-Mitch Friedman
Hi Carmen, thanks for signing my HVJ, thought I would return the favor. Hope the pains stop soon. Start the mini walks, believe it or not, it will help. I think of you often and am wishing the best for you. Each day is a new day and generally gets better.All the best,-Mitch Friedman
Hey Carmen. Keep up those mini-walks. Extend a bit each day and you'll be amazed at how it goes. 12 hours sounds like an ordeal. Glad the repair was successful after all that! Peace -- DVB
Hi Carmen,It is good that the surgeon could repair your valve; that makes things a lot better in the long run. Fortunately, my surgeon was able to repair my Mitral Valve as well. He said he had to use every trick in his arsenal to do it, but it is working well. It is truly amazing what they can do!Recovery does have its ups and downs, especially in the early days and weeks, but even later on also, but things do get better. It may seem like passes slowly now, but it does pass quickly.Take care!John Lund
Carmen,I had my mitral valve repaired in 1996 and it is still holding today. I did have to have a second surgery in 1999 when a leak developed around the annulus ring but the repair itself has been doing good. You will start to have more good days than bad. Rehab really helps. But listen to your body, rest when you need it. All the best with your recovery.Jeff Nielsen
Carmen,Here's to having more good days than bad. You've had quite the journey and my bet is that you will end up being much more powerful when this is complete.You're in my prayers.Chuck HolmgreenAVR 3/20
CarmenSo happy that your home and starting the road to recovery!
Carmen,So pleased you are on the mend. My husband has severe mitral regurg. Did you have open heart surgery or did your surgeon avoid the sternum?Bob has his DYE test March 1st.
Hi Carmen, I am so glad you ae posting again! Yes, good days and bad. Sometimes for me, it varies by the hour. But, like you, overall I am getting stronger.Continue to do what you can, take it slow, and always remember slow and steady wins this ready. (I have a little toy turtle to remind me of this).So, my HVJ friend. Hard part is behind us. Now we have to remember to push ourselves a little more each day. You can do this because you are awesome! Good luck.-Mitch Friedman
Yay....glad you are home and healing. I ran into complications to and was in the hospital 10 days....thought I would never get home! I have done great ever since with my recovery so be encouraged dear girl. You will do great....just listen to your body....and don't over do it. Your body will scream at you!! That is the hardest thing...don't push...it is hard for us gals for sure to not do the things we see that need done. Praying for your recovery. Welcome Home.Jamie Todor
Praise the Lord! I was a little bit worried, I won't lie! So happy you are okay and on the way to complete healing. Thanks for updating us, God is good, all the time!REALLY getting closer...Linda Dixon
Carmen, i was a little worried you hadnt posted anything. Glad to hear you are home! Im 2 weeks post op now and doing quite well. Have been out and about for small periods of time but fatigue gets the better of me :) keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care claire tunmore
Carmen,So happy to hear you are home and on your way to recovery and a new life ahead. All the best to you!Jeff Shebovsky
Oh thank god. I am crying!!!!! I am so happy to hear you are on the other side of surgery. Sounds like it was pretty rough, and I am sure not any fun. But you did it! Welcome home!!!!! I learned the hard way not to overdo it. Set small goals, walk for 2 minutes, then 3, etc. As I have learned slow and stead wins the race!!!!Good luck my friend! Keep us posted when you can.-Mitch Friedman
Hi Carmen,I am glad to hear that you are at home. Take it easy. Don't try to do too much. Let your daughters help you. I wish you a fast and uneventful recovery. It gets better every day, slow but steady.Jane (10 weeks post-op)
Carmen, just dropping by to see how you are doing. Praying your surgery went well and you are on your way to full recovery! Let us know how you are doing when you feel up to it.Linda Dixon
Hi Carmen, I am thinking of you and hope all is going well. I am just getting out of ICU today. My thoughts are with you. -Mitch Friedman (still in ICU)
Carmen how is it going? Im going home today just waiting to get out in the wonderful oregon sunshine. Hope you are doing well my dear claire
Hi Carmen,Not long now. This day will go by quickly, you will soon be in recovery and beginning rehab!Best wishes!John Lund
Hang in there, Carmen! My husband had the Ross procedure April 29, 2011. As the spouse, I've been there/done that! My prayers are with you, the medical team, and your loved ones! :) GIGATTAATTGIG (God is good all the time and all the time God is good)!...Natalie Clark
Gooooo Carmen...praying for you and Mitch and all those having surgery tomorrow. God bless you dear girl....Powerful having hands laid on you. I did and what a moment of peace rocked my body. We are all pulling for you....soon you will be on the healing side of your journey... Hugs. Jamie Todor
Hi Carmen, I am thinking of you as I sit in my hospital room gettimg ready for tomorrow. I go at 11. GoodIuck!!!, See you on the other side of surgery -Mitch Friedman
Hi Carmen,Thinking about you and throwing a bunch of big good luck vibes your way for tomorrow.You will be back on your feet before you know it..Stay positive and Have a SAFE/HEALTHY/SPEEDY recovery!!Jimmy Johnson
Hi Carmen, just wanted to "drop by" and tell you that I will have you in my thoughts and praying for you tomorrow. I know you will do great, I can only imagine the butterflies you must have today. Hope you have someone lined up to give us updates until you can get back to us?Take care and God bless!You can do this!!!Still waiting...Linda Dixon
Hi Carmen, we are in the home stretch now!!!! Glad you got your testing done. Stay busy these next few days and don't think much about it (at least that is what I am trying to do). I know we both will be fine. Good luck! - Mitch Friedman
Hi Carmen,Just wanted to wish you the best of luck. We are all supporting you here. Jeff Shebovsky, Orlando, FL
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