I guess I'm as slow as you, just got to read your update. Don't feel bad about not losing weight - we are manually digging a pond, and i don't think I've lost any weight either. I guess I'm making it up in muscle and calluses.
Glad to read all is going well Chris. As Jim said, with more exercise, your body will adjust. It takes time, but slowly you will be able to do more as your body settles more. Everything you described, sounds very normal. Keep up the good work.
Great news on the heart rate and absence of afib. You're definitely moving forward on the golden road to recovery. My guess is that at this point post-surgery some torso issues should be attributed to muscle weakness and lack of conditioning. Until about 10 days ago, I did nothing with respect to upper body exercises. Now I'm working at the gym, and I feel it, and as a consequence at other times I'm getting twinges and odd sorenesses. Carry on
- Jim Smith
I am scheduled with Dr. Ryan for a MV repair in June. I am debating as to whether I am going to get a second opinion or not, and was just wondering whether you got a 2nd before sticking with or moving to Dr. Ryan .
I had some "afib" up till about four months after surgery...eventually it went away.
The road to recovery is a life long trip, but I can tell you know I feel so much better 9 months post-op....I FEEL DIFFERENT...but better..
I hear you, I've been there, a week after my surgery I felt like you described minus the afib and ended up in emergency and several more times after that. Only my tests all showed up good, but I wasn't feeling good so they would send me home and a month later I would be in the emergency again, I started paying attention and this usually happened when I walked more or did more on that particular day, still a year after when I take a longer walk I get so tired and I feel my pulse racing and get lightheaded again albeit not as much/bad as before, I haven't gotten any answers from my doctors, the telll meI should walk 2 miles, yeah right, if I do I would have to rest for two weeks to recover. Hang in there, take it easy and don't rush yourself, listen to your body.
Will pray for your recovery.
Good news Chris...glad you are doing well. The tornadoes were just terrible this up in Dallas...glad to hear you are OK. I don't know what happens with the sleeping and OHS!! I still have a time going to sleep...I think for some reason I get myself worked up at bedtime...or think tooo much....but I have the same hard time. Rehab has been great for me...I feel much better and get better everyday. It is a big committment but I think it is well worth the effort. You learn to trust your heart again since you are monitored so closely, The back will get better as time goes on....I even had lots of shoulder issues and they are much, much better now. So good to get your good surgeon report. Keep up the good work! Jamie Todor
We were so stunned to hear of your recent heart surgery. Bless you. After reading your post surgical update, it sounds as if your progress is quite remarkable, all things considered. Please know that we care and are praying for your continued positive recovery. Take good care of yourself.
With our warmest wishes and concerns,
Joanne & Charlie Zinger
GREAT! I was gonna eat a couple of extra dumplings just for you. Liz said she hopes they rise like Jesus while she's making them. I'll e-mail you the menus from all the family members on your private mail. We'll reserve Mom's chair for you so you will be comfy...See Yah soon, Maggie
Chris, I too had to do those breathing exercises when my lung collapsed. I still remember the soapy taste of that spirometer, and that it hurt like crazy for the first few days to even breathe much less breathe deeply. But if I didn't do my exercises this heavy-set female nurse would come in and make me walk around for 20 minutes which hurt even more. We will miss you and Alice at Easter. We will send food. Maggie
Hi Chris, my doc told me on the early days, very unlikely you can do damage, but may cause some pain. Also, call your doctor and ask questions if you are unsure. Chances are it is nothing, but you will get some piece of mind. Do what feels right to you. Also, try sleeping propped up a bit, may help.
Hey Chris, sounds like you are doing great. You can use www.mapmyrun.com to get distances around the block, down the street, etc. Also apps on iPhone that use the gps to figure distance traveled (Gaia GPS, etc). -- DVB
I'm really happy for you and enjoying the updates! Candidly, the cat's gotta go!! Sorry, I had to.
I'm curious about the valve selection. I saw your update and the switch to cow valve. Can you offer additional info on this? I assume mechanical wasn't where the surgeon would have gone given your initial focus on a Ross procedure.
HEY, CHRIS..... YOU DID SCARE ME. I HAD MOM CALL ALICE BECAUSE I HADN'T SEEN A POST. MY GIRLFRIEND TWO DOORS DOWN HAD TO HAVE BOTH HER VALVES REPLACED. BUT SHE HAD TWO SEPARATE OPERATIONS. SHE SAID SHE WISHED THAT IT HAD JUST BEEN ONE BIG ONE. SO MAYBE YOU ARE BETTER OFF ENDURING TWO AT THE SAME TIME. DID THEY GIVE YOU TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE? JUST KIDDIN. SHE SAID THAT LAUGHING IS WHAT HURT HER FOR THE LONGEST TIME.
Wow, I had no idea you were going through this. You, Alice and our family need to get together more than just at Christmas, Easter & Thanksgiving. There's alot about you guys I don't know and would like to. So much happened when Alice and I were kids that might have driven us apart, but now that we are adults we can overcome those obstacles. I'm glad to see you are walking around, albeit bruised & sore but nevertheless recovering nicely. Take it slow and easy - before you know it you'll be running laps around the block instead of just walking! haha! Please do keep in touch.
Renee Oberle and the rest of the family.
Glad to hear you are feeling better!!
I remember when I had my first shower after surgery, it took me about 40 minutes!!! But it felt amazing.
The hot and cold flashes and night sweats lasted about two or three months. I would go through three changes of shirts in a night
It took me three weeks before I was able to sleep in bed.
So it sounds like you are on a great course of progress !!
LAS VEGAS NV
I'm glad you are ok. I had a aneurysm in my brain in 1996, and I survived the Mahdak curse..... 2 strokes due to the bleeding aneurysm in my head, paralyzed on one side, could not talk, lost some of my memory, but I'm back to normal now. So I know you can do it! Hang in there and take care and get well soon!!
You think about what you are going to do each day now that you are home. Then you say to yourself," I want to get up and walk!" Take your time and make sure that you nap because it will make you feel better. Take care.
Sometimes we think about waterboarding our cat, he's that obnoxious. But he did alert me to a problem when he walked across my chest and I felt a pain where I shouldn't have. Brings new meaning to "cat scan." All good now.
Glad to hear you are home safe and sound. I have 2 cats, one of whom is 17 pounds. When I got home from surgery they wanted to lay on top of mommy like they always have. When I was laying down, I placed a pillow on my chest and that really helped. (I did have a mini so that could make a big difference in this case.)
Glad you are home. We all heal better in our homes. I can not gelieve you got to keep your goatee. Way to go kido. Take care Chris is nice to see these post from you and Alice, this way frinds and family (besides parents) can read about you and not have to call right now.
Glod bless you chris and know you are in my prayers.