Thanks for the comment a while back. When I searched for you, so many David's came up, so I thought you didn't have a journal yourself. I just re-checked and found your journal.
I'm so glad to see that you were doing so well at 12 weeks. I just got the date for my surgery (next Wednesday, Sept 21st), so I will have a good 14 weeks to recover before I get married. I'm going to take your advice and let my sternum heal properly (no pushing it!). I do have a tendancy to push it, so I will have to force myself to listen to my body, not my mind. Do you have any recent scar pictures from the last few months?
Dave congrats on the three month mark. It's good to hear you are doing well. The INR stuff will gradually work itself out. I had the same issue at first and even now some random numbers pop up but it will calm down.
Hi David: So glad things are going well. Sounds like you are getting back into your groove - exercise, work, travel plans. Way to go! They have me in rehab now (finished 3rd week) doing all sorts of cardio and now resistance training. It's really helping a lot.
On Memorial Day, I hope you are enjoying your family and friends and good weather and good health. As your recovery continues, know that TEAM DAVE still exists to support you as you continue to make discoveries and adjustments.
Dave, I hear that you have returned to work. I'm sure the adjustment continues to be difficult and exciting. I'm hoping that your life is moving towards a new normal. I continue to think of you and wish you continued recovery.
I hope that your recovery continues to progress along. I am jealous of the Wisco gathering this summer that I will have to miss and of the recovery party you'll have whenever you're ready, but I will be there in spirit. CARRY ON!
That is awesome news Dave! We look forward to having you back in the fold at Titus. In the meantime, I recommend cracking out those gnarly shades of yours and going for a long walk in the sunshine today!
Enjoy the day.
Dave, news was great. Keep up the great healing process. I know for someone like us, patience is not first in our minds. Hang in there and keep on trucking. I expect to see around the water cooler soon.
Hi Dave, happy to hear all is going well. I'm back from my 4/26 MV repair adventure at UCLA. Everything was perfect! Now walking 3 mi / day. I'll say that having the love of a good woman is the biggest thing. Stay strong, live long my man -- DVB
what a list of acronyms...but I didn't see COBOL, FORTRAN, BASIC, MSDOS, OR CPM. I remember when I refused to give-up my CPM PC and change to MSDOS, because I knew (ha ha), I knew MSDOS was not going to succeed. I did, a few years ago, throw away my control panel wiring IBM books, and the 029 punch card machine instructions.
The best to you as you get going with the cardiac rehab program. It is a major part of the recovery program, no doubt. And, having had the sternum split, yeah, be oh so careful about following instructions regarding it. As the poster boy for screwing up a heart catheterization, I say you gotta follow the weight lifting and activity restrictions pretty closely so you don't bust a sewn-up seam somewhere and end up with a giant right leg full of blood that leaked out of the cath insert sight like I did. Yes, I was stupid..and that's how some of us stupid people learn really well. The person guiding my rehab, with careful consideration of taking care of the wounds, believes in working me, on the Borg scale of perceived exertion, a one to twenty scale, in the hard to very hard range, guess that's in the 15 to 18 range roughly, with treadmill walking with good incline yesterday mostly for the 20min at 4.0 to 4.5 speed and 5 incline), stationary cycle (yesterday 16 min starting at 60 watts and the last 10 min at 65 watts), and hand cycle (yesterday 55 watts about "killed" me) for the first two sessions. I watched him with another fellow further along doing intervals. He is agressive and he gets excellent results. We both should be stronger after rehab than we were before our surgeries. Barry on the mtn in NM
Great Pictures! It's fantastic to see your smiling face and to see your happy daughter with you! NICE SCAR!!! You earned it! We're all still supporting you and we agree that you need to push yourself to exercise a little, but not so much that you get hurt. The limitations are temporary and designed for your good. So, be a good patient and follow directions and you'll just keep on improving!
Keep the faith Dave. Time will heal...it would be nice if life came with a remote and you could fast forward, pause or even rewind certain moments. But time has it's own way of passing and we have to take it minute by minute. May your minutes of recovery not drag too much. That is my hope for you.
Maybe some IT acronyms will get your brain back functioning at 150% (your normal level)...here goes:
D2 (DANCIN' DAVE)
FANCYPANTS (DAVE FANSON)
Keep up the great attitude and everything else will follow!
BILL JUDD AND THE TITUS IT AUDIT/TECHNOLOGY RISK TEAM!
I'm so sorry to hear that you're feeling not so great. I think being a patient is more difficult for men who are used to being in charge and forging forward. Hey, this is a really big surgery and I'm sure it's very hard on the body and the brain. It might also be that some of the meds. you are taking can be causing you to feel other worldly and out of touch. Maybe a lot of good quality rest would help your body and brain recover. If not, I would call your doctor and asks what's going on. I wish you well. Hang in there and try not to be hard on yourself. Best wishes.
I'm sure your brain cells are not permanently asleep, so don't be too hard on yourself! Your body has gone through extreme trauma and it needs for you to not use your brain too much right now!
Know that I am thinking about you and your recovery. So glad to see you are able to get up and seek the sunshine!
The low dose on the coumadin is also great news buddy. The fact you are doing long walks 11 days out is fantastic and keep doing that spirometer.
One of the things you might notice in a few weeks is maybe some sharp pains in your lungs or ribs. It's your nerves coming back to life and for whatever reason doing that thing made those pains go away for me. I actually still do it occasionally and honestly it still helps. It feels like a stretch on the inside of the sternum. Sounds weird but it works :-)
Anyways man enjoy the Spring up there in the land of beer and cheese.
It's wonderful to hear you are home and enjoying the comforts of it. Cherish this time with your wife and daughter. Life can get so busy but you have now been given a vacation from the hectic part. Sure, there is healing to do, but this time will pass quickly and weeks down the road, when you are able to work again, you can think about this precious time spent with the ladies in your life. :-)
Hi David. I work with your brother Jim and he pointed me to your journal. The reason is because I'm facing MV repair shortly - just got back from a day of pre-op imaging at UCLA. I'm so glad you are doing well and on the mend. Stay strong and enjoy that home cooking. Best wishes to you and know that you are well loved. -- DVB
Glad to hear you are doing better! Surgery is never fun. But you are on the mend. A year from now, you'll probably forget you had surgery, as you return to your normal life. Our prayers are with you.
By the way...when are you coming out to Koss? We really need you...!
Glad you are doing well my hubby had his aortic valve replaced 3/1 had follow up appt today 4/4 and is going back to work 4/5. Getting weekly pt/INR yet and adjusting the coumadin. He is at 95% back to normal. Good luck to you. Marie from Milwaukee
Recovery takes as long as it takes. Just relax into it and enjoy the ride. When else are you gonna get to lay around in bed and watch DVD's? Let those levels settle in when they're good and ready and just treat the whole experience like a resort - people bringing you food, treats, no agenda, just lounge about and nap when you like, etc. You'll be ready when you're ready and not a day before.
Wow this was the last thing I expected your mom to tell me about when I called her today!!! I am so glad you are doing so well!!! I love your postivie energy, and your Star Trek comments in your story. Takes me back to when we were kids. Really you tick now? Very strange. Love you, and will be praying for a speedy recovery:) Marty Wojtal