This is Bill and my wife, Emilyrae, had surgery at Cleveland Clinic Tuesday. This is the first chance I have had to read anyone elses journal since her surgery. It has been difficult just to find time to make entries on her progress.
Jim and Emilyrae's days were almost exactly the same on start time, on arriving at the heart, on getting the breathing tube out and on moving to the step down unit. We are in room 17 at J63. Stop by and say hello if you get a chance. We are from Virginia Beach.
We have added Jim to our prayers. Hope progress is continuing well for the both of you.
Thank you for the update, I am so very happy to hear things are going well so far. Our continued thoughts and prayers are being sent to both you and Jim. Stay strong as I know this is difficult on you as well. Take care and we look forward to more good news soon.
Thinking of you guys today - I know that you will come through this just fine and be as mouthy and opinionated as ever...hahaha! Just get well and know that we are all praying for you. Hope to see you soon and happy anniversary!
I just know you will come through this ok. You have a great family that really loves you and lots of friends out there in thoughtful prayer and lifting you so that you can do the real hard work of healing wish I could be there for you, I'd watch the little ones. My granddaughter is one now and we have a wee boy on the way for my other daughter and her husband, due in October. You will endure and come out so much better on the other side, I'm sure of it. Many blessings to you and your family. Love to you all, JeannieWheeler
How exciting for you, James. The recovery will take a while but at the end of it, you will feel great! Would love to know your doctors names, cardiologist and surgeon. I see Dr Griffin at the Cleveland Clinic. Just a fabulous place! Looking forward to reading your updates and follow your recovery and progress. Try and get some rest tonight. Good luck tomorrow. We will all be thinking about you.
I am 52 and had my failing bicuspid aortic valve replaced on June 3rd 5 weeks ago.. I respond to your post because you mention your family not lining up to help. I can relate on a similar level, I have 3 sisters, 1 was by my side before, during, and for 3 days after surgery. She is an angel. My older sister has an adult son who recently out of the blue had a psychotic break.. She had her hands full, but maintained email/phone support. My 3rd sister chose to spend the week of my surgery in Vegas, she flew from Boston, and I had surgery in Ca. She posted to the family and friends all about her spa treatments and gambling winnings. It really bugged me. Family is like that.. I am thankful for the support I received, and forgive the insensitive actions.
I am sorry about the tooth.. They never required any dental clearance for me? I did have a foot injury, that delayed surgery for 3 weeks.. That sucked, the waiting is horrible!
I did not know of the OnX valve! And I am angry that nobody mentioned it, from cardiologist to surgeon.. My mom's on blood thinners for afib, and I decided on a tissue valve.. It's in; and not for lack of research, I chose an Edwards Perimount, based on hours of Internet research comparing tissue valves.. OnX never even came up.. And at 52, I may very well be repeating this procedure.. I would have gone with the OnX had I known.
I wish you all the best.. You know it is a difficult but not insurmountable journey.. I am mending quickly, but my "sleep switch" is not functioning, and I don't like the sleeping pill "ambien" ..
James I am also a 2nd time around - the first OPS was in 1984 - 27 years ago - it was for a VSD repair (stitch a small hole in my heart) - yes, the worse I remember is waking up being so cold in a very dim lighted room with nurses walking around with sweaters on and my teeth chattering - and no one paying any attention to me. Then I had a bout of afib that had to be corrected by paddles - but other than that it being so weak and having to blow in that tube - so that hurt. That was 28 years ago, yours must have been easier than that if it was 12 years ago. GOD bless both of us for a easy time this time. My first surgery was not at CCF. this one will be at CCF on 12 July
My surgery is scheduled the day before yours, so I will be sharing the same feelings as you for the next few weeks. I'm going with the On-X valve also. Wishing you calm days and peaceful nights.