Hi James - it is good to hear from you. It sounds like things are going well for you.
We have all had our ups and downs throughout our OHS journey which is what really make this website so vital. We have others who really understand us because they have been there too! It is so important that those of us who are post surgery check in from time to time to be there for those who are just starting their journey and do our best to answer their questions and put their hearts and minds at ease.
God has blessed us with this website and each other and I think we honor Him by reaching out to others who are just starting their journeys.
Hi James, Glad to see you came back I was wondering what happened to you. It is important to talk to people, we all understand. Since I talked with you I am 15 days out. I now have a cow valve and a 3 inch dacron graft for the anuersym I had. I am so thankful I found this sight. It helped me so much. All the messages I had touched my newly fixed heart. I remember how scared you were when you were facing surgery. We all were and or are, but it natural, then we find out what was all the fuss about. God is so good. I feel like I owe him so much right now. I think me just staying on here is helping out so much. I call it my new calling. So please let us all hear from you. You would be surprised how many people you have just touched. Keep doing good.
Mooing all over
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
I know you think it important to let others talk to you, but whether you know it, or not, it is still important for you to talk to us.
We all go through our own journey with all this heart stuff. It is both very personally a physical and a mental thing that we have to address. Some people can deal well with it and others need to talk and get things off their chest. No pun intended. Well maybe it was. LOL. Just remember that if YOU need to talk to someone, we are still out here for YOU too buddy. As long as there is the HJV site, no one has to go through any of this alone.
Congrats to you on your recovery....you sound so much better than when I started following you months ago!....Yippee....a new heart...a new man....Life is good :)
Thanks to paying it forward... The newbies here (like myself) have learned so much..and continue to do so, from all of you who have paved the way...and been so willing to share! We appreciate & celebrate you!
Hi James, My daughter,Stephanie is doing fine. She has moved closer to us so I am glad about that. She has gained a lot of weight which isnt good for her heart so she has joined Weight Watchers. I am still hanging in here. I now have a new cardio doctor and this week I go for a nucular stress test and another echo. So we will see, just want to feel better.
But Im glad you are doing good now. This surgery really changes ones life for the better in a whole lot of ways. We down south are roasting in all of this heat. Summer be gone bring on the fall. lol. You take care and let us hear from you more often.
For the long haul
I can relate as to how you feel about wanting to be out there for moral support for others that are about to start their journey and/or are on their continued road to recovery. Funny I said to my husband that I admire what Adam started with his book and this website. After going to a couple/few cardiac rehab classes I also suggested that is a career path I might be interested in exploring. Mind you I have been working in mfg. purchasing for 26 years and will be 46 this year. An experience like we have gone thru puts a different perspective on things doesn't it? enjoy your holiday weekend as well.
Glad you hear you're feeling better, James. I am supposed to have my surgery August 1 for aortic replacement (probably Ross Procedure). I hope the dr doesn't let me hurt -that sounds scary!
Prayers that you continue to heal and feel good both emotionally and physically!
Good to hear from you James, glad you are doing well. Great job getting off the pain meds!!!! They can be tough to let go! I am just finishing up cardiac rehab, and I would recommend it. It sure helped prepare me for getting back into the work force! Keep up the good work!
Hi James, Glad to see you back on here. Was wondering whatever happened to you. Glad things have improve and you are doing better. You kinda had a rough spot to go through. You will get use to the clicking. I have a grandfather clock and half the time I never hear to chime cause I am so use to it. My daughter really doesnt hear her valve very much unless she sits down and listens for it. Her kids like hearing it. But look at it this way, if you hear it thats a good thing. When you cant hear it I would worry.lol. Keep doing great.
For the long haul
Glad to see you are back at HVJ. Your postings were always truthful, even inspirational. Our OHS dates about the same, but boy, have you got me beat in recovery. So watch out, I will catch up!!!
Glad to see you are making progress, even if it isn't as much as you would like. I am also young (26) and in need of a new aortic valve and am hoping my age will help me heal quickly. My surgery is next week.
Poppin? Isn;t that some sort of a dance? I hate to freak you out, but when I was in the ICU the guy next to me had poppin' going on. They wheeled him out and went back in because his wires broke and his sternum was moving around. Then again he was coughing an awful lot. I felt bad for him.
Not saying that is what is going on with you....Good luck with that buddy! Keep on getting better.
James, I'm so glad to hear from you again! Sorry it sounds like you've had a tough time of it, and especially with the pain medicine. I also have had occasional "flashes" of light with my vision, but they always go away, it happened several times in the hospital, and several times at home. Stay strong and keep walking, taking deep breaths!
I am so happy to hear that you're okay!
I was imagining all sorts of bad things. What happened to your fever? Did it turn out to be nothing?
Take care of yourself, so happy to see you're doing well.
Hi James - so relieved to hear that you are okay! All of us mom's on HJV have been very concerned since we have not heard from you since Sunday night. It sounds like you are on the mend now. I sure hope you have someone checking on you.
Keep us posted on how you are doing, and thanks for the happy mothers day wishes. I will be praying that you continue to recover with no more setbacks.
James, just checking in to see if you are okay today. You had a few of us concerned yesterday with your fever and elevated resting pulse rate. Did you call the hospital? Is there a friend or family member who can stay with you for a few days? Let us know how you are doing.
Take care and God bless. Denise K
James, like others have mentioned both your temp and heart rate seem pretty high. Hopefully you called the Dr. by now. They had me on BETA blockers to keep my heart rate down. Made me woozey though. Didn't want me over 90BPM whatsoever. Even when I walked I had to build my heart rate up slowly. Sounds like the bedside manner p there just isn't that great eh? Just hang in there. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy and Paul
James, if you dont' have anyone to help you at home, make sure you have all the important phone numbers taped to your fridge along with a complete list of all your meds schedule. Hopefully you have a friendly neighbor that you can call to bring you food and just check up on you, and keep your cell phone fully charged just in case.
James, that temp is a little on the high side. Has it been that way all day or just one time? Also the HR is a little high, are you on a beta blocker? Do you remember what your heart rate was in the hospital? It is normal for your heart rate to go up with activity though. Also, my chest has felt "tight' ever since surgery and still does, although it is a little less now, 12 days after surgery. Do you have a 24 hour hotline that you can call and ask these questions to someone at the hospital or clinic? Glad you are home, but hopefully someone is helping you or checking on you!
Take care and don't over do it!
The incision is raised for a while. It takes time for it to flatten out. Your chest should feel different, but if you feel something other than soreness and aches and pains, which are normal after what you have been through, call the doctor.
Jane 5 months out from Mitral Valve repair.
Congrats James! You made it through without any major issues and that is the most important thing. Sounds like the worst part is definitely over. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip to the other side of surgery.
Hi James, I was wondering about you. Glad you are ok and doing well. Sounds like that hospital has a little to be desired. Well everyday will be a better one now. Just take it slow and easy. Good luck
For the long haul
We were all so anxious to hear from you!
I'm so glad you're doing well.
I had my preop today and they told me my arms may be tied down when I wake up from surgery so I won't pull the breathing tube out. I guess that an instinctive behavior.
I'm sorry the nurses weren't very nice. Why would they withhold pain meds?
Glad youre home and doing well. You'll recover quickly...you're young and strong.
Now it's your turn to root the rest of us on! (okay, you can have a couple days off first)
Hi James ,
I've been thinking of you and sending positive vibes in your direction. Hope you are doing well. Look forward to hearing from you.
Did I mention you remind me of my son? My younger son has bright orange hair. His best friend also has orange hair. We've always called it orange instead of red because that's really what it is...it's almost flourecent ..especially in the son. You'll have to post a picture of yourself without a hat on when your feeling better.