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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.Amy Bush
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?)Continue to take care of yourself, Christy!Love, Sheila
Dear Christy,It is so great to hear that you are doing well. Please stop by ICU Red and see us on your next appt at Piedmont Atlanta. We would love to see you!Kind Regards,Tammy Prosch-AllredYour ICU Red Nurse
Hey Christy:So good to hear from you!!! I'm glad you are doing well.My aorta valve keeps ticking along also. I can fully relate about the exercise thing. Life just gets too busy.God bless,Kent
Yay!Ain't life grand?-- DVB
Hi Christy...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!Connie T
Way to go, Christy!!! You bet I'll join you in the Peachtree run. Don't we have to register one year in advance??I've been thinking about you often and was wondering why ther was no 1 year post. Now, I see it was because you're having lots of fun.My 1 yr will be in 6 days. I now work at a hospital in the Palliative Care dept. doing massages on post-op heart pts and also do the pts in labor & delivery unit. It's a dream job!Take care. I hope to see you next year for the run.Sheila
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 youFor the long haulLinda H
I have no guidance regarding your earlier post but I can attest that the South Beach diet is a great and healthy way to lose weight. Good luck. Lily Cardlin
Woo-hoo!! Time flys. And what a great day to celebrate your 8th month, on Valentine's Day.Do you live close to Atlanta? Want to do the Peach Tree 4th of July race with me???You always make me smile with your words.Sheila Garrison
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.Getting closer...Linda Dixon
"post-surgery" is the new 20! You are doing great -- DVB
Christy -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. All the best,-Mitch Friedman
Wow! It's been 6 months already? That means mine is in 2 weeks. Are you counting it from surgery day of the weeks?This is a great way to start the New Year. I'm happy we stumbled into each others life.Sheila Garrison
Hey Sister!I'm so glad things are going well for you. How did you get your INR machine? I want one!!I'm feeling a little better each day. I'm trying to push it a little harder at the gym every time I go. Take it easy!Kent for Oregon.
Hi Christy and to your wonderful family.I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great NewYear. What can I say, but that our Lord gave us all the best gift this summer. May he continue to bless you in all that you do.Love,Sheila Garrison
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.
Christy, check out:http://www.teamintraining.org/ga/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.
Hey Christy - Keep on improving! Get to the exercise, 500 situps a day will be good! Ha!!Take care, Al
Christy,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.Tia Phillips
Good to hear from you. I really need to update my blog and find out what's happening on the journal.Keep up the good work.Kent
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!Courtney
Hi Christy,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
P.S. Still wanting to plan a gathering with you all for next summer. May I have your email address? Sheilagarrison10@yahoo.comSheila
Hi ChristySo 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?!?!Take care.Sheila Garrison
Hi Christy,Please tell Dennis I send him a BIG congratulation for being the teacher of the year! What an honor!Did I read your post correctly? You had all those things happen to you???? Crazy!I don't hear from the summer surgery folks much. I assumed everybody was doing great. I'd still like to hear from you all at least once a month.Get strong again!Sheila Garrison
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 betterHugsFollow Your HeartMari :)
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
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