Sheila Garrison - Apple Valley, CA posted a note for Christy that says:
I was excited to see your post today. That's means I'm 4 weeks behind you to celebrate my 3 yr AVR surgery. Happy to read you are doing great. I stalk Kent & Linda D. on FB. But, I often wonder how you and others are doing. I feel a closeness to you all.
My heart is overflowing with happiness - that I'm was blessed with a new aortic valve.
Amy Bush posted a note for Christy that says:
Hello Christy, my name is Amy less than 5 months ago I had surgery.I have a mechanical valve and take 6mgs of coumadin.I'm 37 seven years old and have a 9 year old son. So when I seen your journal I immediately wanted to write you . You have made me realize I'm not the only one out there with this situation. I had a problem with my coumadin shortly after surgery I drank a case of green tea and didn't know vita k was n it. But other than that little problem everything is great .I feel wonderful my doctor was amazing too.My scar is so small.I wished I could have done it years ago. They found problem when I was 18 and said surgery when I turn 40.But I was feeling so tired all the time and gasping for air. Long story short you have really inspired me to not complain anymore.I told my mother I'm so glad I seen your story because now I will never be negative anymore.Thank you for sharing your story god bless you.
Hi Christie! Sorry it's hard to fit the exercise in. Life gets full, eh? Your note that you are at 110% just shows that life is better after heart surgery to fix wonky valves. That's great news. Keep the beat -- DVB
I'm so happy to have read your cheerful post and know that you are still doing great. It's hard to believe it's been that long for some of us. But, then again, it seems like a distant memory to me. (19 months for me?)
Congrats on your 1yr anniversary!!
I will begin my journey with surgery on July 17th @ CC. I am really excited to get my life back, and like you be able to share my experience with newbies here at HVJ.
My cousin lives in Woodstock...and she ran in the Peachtree this year after taking charge of her life & getting back in shape..Perhaps next year you will run side by side & not even know you have a connection....ME....lol.... Chuck H ran this year....had an awesome shirt with his accomplishment of 106 days from OHS....and next year that will be you...
Take care & continued success in living life to the fullest!
Hi Christy, Well I have had a hysterectomy but Im not on cumadian. My daughter has to take it cause of a valve replacement. She was having problems there also. She had the nova sure (sp) procedure done and it has helped pretty much. She can not get pg again but she is done with all of that. They did tell her if it did not work a hysterectomy would be the next thing. It has stopped her bleeding down to just a little. And her friend does not have anything from it. Check that out first. I would imagine for major surgery like that you would have to get off the comudan and do love knox shots.
And as for a diet, I have been doing weight watchers and it works. I have lost 30 pounds since Oct and am almost at my goal. It is all about eating fresh fruit and vegetables and portion control. It is great.
Good luck to you
For the long haul
What an inspiration Christy! So happy to hear you are doing so well. My day is fast approaching now, March 13th. I'm ready, but a little anxious as I am sure you know. Good to know that we get through it. Thanks for your update.
Besides not being the average person, another reason to post are for people like me. I am scheduled for surgery on Feb 2. It is so enocuraging to read updates like yours that show how life does in fact continue in a normal, or better, way. I know deep down this is the case. But reading your update really makes me smile.
So, thanks for posting. Glad you are not the average person.
My boss had the ablation done and it worked 100% for her. She had it done on a Thursday and was back that Monday. Just took a long weekend. I hope everything works out well for you. They have me on a progestin-only pill right now and I think its going to work out nicely for me. Ablation was going to be their next option for me. Fingers crossed! Update asap.
If you join-up with this group, not only will you find yourself with a fitness plan, but a way to contribute (you gotta raise money for fighting cancer) to a worthy cause, but also train with a wonderful group (gets you going) and have fun doing a running or other event. If nothing else, just take a look at the Web Site...and, if you have the slightest curiousity and/or wonder if you could do one of their events, attend one of their information meetins..probably will be one somewhat near you. ....barry on the Mountain in NM. P. S. Our local TNT organization asked me to be a pace mentor for their cycling team this Spring to help folks train for a Century bike ride... I'm doin' it.
I am so glad to hear you are doing so well. Yes, we do need to be very thankful for the medical miracle we all went through with our valve surgeries. They are live saving.
I know what you mean about exercising. With school starting, I no longer found time to exercise and keep up with my school work. I am glad you have so much more energy. Mine is slower in coming, probably because of my fibromyalgia and other medical conditions. I am very thankful that my life will be much longer since they found and repaired my valve and aneurysm.
Going back to your surgical floor had to be great. It just emphasizes how far you have come. I wish you continued great health-- for you and for your family.
That is so neat that you went back to visit! Has it really been almost 5 months! I am so proud of you, sis. You really are my hero, I want you to know that. This life goes by so fast and we are so lucky to have the gift of people like you! I love you!
Re the teaching. Taught Management/Human Relations, Effective Writing, Speech (New Mex State undergrad); Intro to Computers, Computer Sytems Analysis & Design (New Mex Highlands undergrad and grad); Computer Sys Analys & Design (Regis College); Real Estate Appraisal (an Albuquerque Community College); many real estate courses and appraisal for a real estate license prep school in Albuquerque.
Re the Marine Corps Marathon...Last Sunday I owned it....hard for sure, but I did it; my criteria for being cured re the valve repair job last March 11th. Made a HVJ entry and added a photo of the finisher's medal. Hooooooraaay. Now gotta set some new goals...registered for PF Chang Rock n Roll Half Marathon at Phoenix 'cuz the race director transferred my registration from last year to this year with the then pending mitral valve repair...nice of 'em. Will soon add some long dist biking event(s) and looking at an Olympic distance tri in June. ...barry on the mtn in NM
Glad you are doing well, Christy. ...haven't much been visiting HVJ for some time, but sittin' here playin' with my computer when I should be in bed...hope you got all your grades done. In another life, so to speak, remember those days with a pile of papers to grade and seems like forever to find the last one...use to fret over, with written assignments, did I give the last papers the same attention I gave the first ones, and was I equal in grading for them all...cuz it was hard at the end of the pile when I so much wanted to be finished. Keep doing the best you can with your running. It has to be super good for you. Maybe after two weeks from today i can report to HVJ I consider my OHS rehab complete after I completed the Marine Corps Maraton in DC on Oct 30th, assuming I actually successfully complete it...and it aint done yet. ...Barry on the mtn in NM
So happy to hear that you are doing great. Next Thursday will be 100 days since surgery for me.
I'm meeting Dan C, who is one of our HVJ folk for lunch sometime soon so we can exchange stories. We both had our surgeries on the same day but in different hospitals about 20 mins apart. How cool is that?!?!
Hey Christy...totally know what you mean about loosing track...How long has it been? I got goose bumps reading about wanting to just wrap your arms around people who are about to begin surgery. I feel what I experienced has changed me forever.
Take Care and Glad you are feeling better
Follow Your Heart
Get overt the infection good lady. The exercise can wait. Take care of yourself and listen to your body...that's what I've been told enough....listen to my body. BTW...was kinda neat two Saturdays ago to do a Tri early in the AM and go to my 50th HS Class reunion dinner that PM....omg...those people I went to school with until 50 years ago have gotten old(er) ...Barry on the mtn in NM
Hey Christy...so great to hear you are doing so well. I am right with you babe!! It sounded from your blog that you have students...are you a teacher? How are you feeling with the start of work? I go back to the classroom in a month. I am a teacher for a 4-6 Montessori classroom and I love it!! Don't make any money but my boys and I enjoy Montessori very much.
I can't believe how good I feel. I did not realize what I was living with until recently. I exercise and can't seem to find a spot where I become winded....it just doesn't happen. wow!! Before I would hardly do anything and have to rest but I, of course, felt that was normal.
Hope to chat with you soon. And take it easy as you begin working.
Way to go, Christy!! You are so right about how after heart sugery, the small stuff seem so silly to me.
I stop often just to feel my heart beating.
I break into a sprint for several feet just to feel that I'm not huffing and puffing like I use to.
Lucky you to be back at work.
Christy, Can't remember exactly when I first started running, other than while I was waiting for my baggage to arrive at baggage pickup after the flight home I snuck off to the end of the baggage area and ran across it...just had to see what it felt like and thought I could get away with the little run without my boy or wife catching me doing it...wrong...but it was easy and OK. During the 5th week after surgery I did a Sprint distance triathlon which includes a 5 k run...I have to admit I ran as much as I could, but there was a lot of walking. During the 7th week I was able to run an entire 5 K event, slow, but without any walking at all. Been running ever since. All my rehab...graduated the 12 week course a couple weeks ago...included treadmill running as part of the aerobics, and after the day I got bored and closed my eyes..and stepped off the belt and scared the hell out of everybody as I made a lot of noise as I recovered my balance,...since that day they had me do interval running on the treadmill so I wouldn't get bored. I guess I started actual track workouts and Sat longer build runs at about 6 weeks or so. I gotta admit I've been having a hell of a time with endurance/stamina on hills and long runs...not good. I will attempt a Half Marathon next Sunday, about 5 1/2 months after surgery, as part of my Marathon Training Program. It will be a super big challange...don't have much confidence at this point it will go very well, but will try it, anyway. Although I did, according to the rehab people, a stellar max heart rate test (to exhaustion) with a 10/12 kead /EKG, not all seems OK...gut feeling...and I'll have an echo on the heart this Wed to be sure I don't have more valve leakage???...and then probably another pulmonary/breathing test to put our minds at ease, the doc's and mine, that the heart and lungs don't have an issue. You are right, we are all different. You should see some of amazing stuff people found on ironheartracing.com have done....absolutely amazing things. ...Barry on the mtn in NM
Hi Christy. Check with your physician of course, but my experience was: good to go to cardiac rehab at 4 weeks and start on the treadmill etc. I was chomping at the bit and had my walking up to 4 miles a day before rehab and there were a few high speed loose dog chases in there too. At 6 weeks no restrictions on activity. So then I started my unmonitored runs and was back to playing ultimate frisbee, mountain hikes, etc. Everyone is different, your mileage may vary.
I am grateful for your journal entries and your incredible positive energy! You are am inspiration to me. I hope your transition back to "normal" life AND to Back to School goes well. Rest up and take it easy!!
Tim, my significant other, will be having aortic valve replacement and an ascending aortic anuerism replacement in early Sept. We just got Adam's book, and just started Tim's page here. (Tim Lockard) As his caregiver, and a worrier, (and a middle school teacher, like you, too BTW) I am trying to prepare for his post op. recovery period at home. I am guessing the first few weeks are pretty rough. Any tips on basic challenges we should expect ? Will he be sitting up right, or reclined, What task will be challenging? How many steps should he use, and how soon? ..etc. We have the month of August to prepare. Anything you might suggest would be appreciated.
Meanwhile, I am so happy for you, and your new vitality and recovery! You did it!!! Here's hoping your "new normal" is GREAT!