Your progress sounds fantastic!! I'm really proud of you and all of your work. I know it's hard to pace yourself but don't go too fast. Keep up the great work and I'll still be praying for you and thinking of you.
That's great you are doing so good, sure glad to hear that. The rehab will make you stronger all the time. It is so nice that chapter in your life is history and you are like a new person, now. Are you planning a nice long vacation this summer? You deserve it, I know you have been through a rough ordeal and it's time to relax and enjoy life again. I know it hasn't been easy, but with God's help, your loving family and friends and your strong willpower, you have made it through. Keep up the good work. Ray and I send our love to you and your family.
That is absolutely fantastic news!!! You are so blessed and strong. With God, family and friends you've completed 1 chapter and started a new, healthier, and heart-filled (sorry, I couldn't resist) chapter in your life. I'm proud of you...and of all of your family and friends.
In other news, no I didn't know Ellen Carpenter lives in Texas. Actually, I haven't heard from her since graduation. Is she on facebook? I'd love to catch up with her. That is one thing I've really liked about fb, catching up with friends and classmates.
Thank you for keeping us updated on every step of your journey. I look forward to some day giving you a big hug but in the mean time, xoxox.
Yes I know the feeling !!!!
It is sometimes overwhelming to know that you have made it this far without any serious complications. It just makes you get on your knees and be thankful to God.
I am so happy to hear all the good news!!
It is such an amazing journey we have experienced.
My surgeon only sees patients in the office on Wedensdays.......
Every Tuesday night I think that someone will go into his office the next day and hear the news that they need surgery. It makes me stop and remember all we have been through...and how blessed we are to have been able to get this far!
LAS VEGAS NV
So happy for you, really glad you are doing so good. I didn't have a doubt but what you would do good, but it is really nice to hear from the Doctor's that everything is looking so good. You are going to feel like a new woman and can really enjoy your summer. Prayers will continue to be with you.
Love, Shirlene and Ray
I am feeling really good these day's...I'm just about 4 months post surgery and I'm really feeling like my old self...I think I pretty much have most of my stamina back and the sternum pressure is pretty much gone....Thanks for asking!!
Yay! Jamie! Great results for a GREAT lady. I considered Dr. Baldwin in Houston for my surgery, but it would have been an issue for insurance. He is a highly regarded surgeon. I am pretty sure that I will do cardiac rehab regardless of what the doctor says, I'm sure my doctors here would order it for me. I am looking at this surgery as another chance to start a new chapter, get out more and in better shape. Rehab can't be bad for you and I feel like it will help "ease my fear" of tearing something up, lol.
Keep up the good work, please do keep me in your prayers and thank you for all of your sweet encouragement.
Hi Jamie, Congrads on your wonderful check
up today ! You looked so great on Sunday I
could tell you are really taking care of your
self ! You have a beautiful "glow" about you now. Way to Go !! Love, Maggie
Amazing update Jamie. I am so happy to hear you continue to do really, really well in your recovery. Cardiac Rehab is really working for you. I am still deciding if I will go to rehab. My cardiologist seems to think it is a waste of time for me, but everyone keeps saying how good it is. I am thinking I will go and see what happens. Worst case I become a cardiac rehab drop out, I doubt I will be the first. Uh oh, will the cardiac rehab police come after me?????
Keep up the good work, great to see your progress.
Jamie, I somehow missed your post yesterday, but happy anniversary sweet lady! So happy you are doing so well and enjoying rehab. I know how you feel about "trusting your heart". I have been told to "not overdo" for so long now, I too will be a little anxious following surgery. I plan to do rehab also. I leave for Cleveland Thursday and will have my surgery on Tuesday the 13th, so please keep me in your prayers.
So glad you are doing so good, just keep doing what you are doing. I went with Ray to rehab and it is real nice to be monitored while you are exercising. The classes are informative, too. It is really hard to eat what you are supposed to eat when you have diabetes and heart trouble, both. Ray says, if it is something good, he isn't supposed to have it. That''s wonderful you have lost weight. I sure would like to loose a few pounds, but I don't seem to have the will power that I once had.
Thanks for the update, we like hearing from you, keep up the good work.
Love, Shirlene and Ray
I am so happy to hear of the great results you are having from the rehab, way to go. Yes indeed we pray for you daily and will continue. We will get together after our trip to England this week end. We will return on March 17th. If it works for you March 24th would be good for us. I will bring the lemon pie. Keep up the the good work and remember you are in our prayers. Blessings, Dorothy
Jamie, you're update is so fantastic!!!! I'm proud of you and your progress. Listen to your body!!!! It will tell you when too much is too much, but try not go that far. You're wonderful, as a person and a friend. I look forward to hearing more about your progress. God bless you and your wonderful family. Love you, Rick Parks.
Its sounds like you are on the right trackk GOD BLESS.....it is a life changer...I am over 6 months now...try to push myself in gardening and yard work....my body tells me when I have reached my limit...KEEP GOING STRONG
LAS VEGAS NV
Sweet Jamie, when you feel like you can't go any farther...stop...rest. You already climbed that mountain, now you can just cruise back down the other side. You sound wonderful, so happy you are progressing well. And as for your rehab class...bet the guys are happy they have a "hottie" among them now!
Enjoy your weekend with your daughter, let her wait on you a little, even if you don't need her to, lol.
Jamie, love the update! Sounds like you are really doing great. Good to know what my future holds. At three weeks post op, I certainly feel great, but still have limitations and big fatigue. I am not complaining though, I know it is process, and slow and steady wins this race.
All the best for continued success in your recovery.
Hi Jamie, so happy to get the good news that you are doing so good, keep up the good work. You will be all ready for a fun filled summer. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
Love & Hugs
Shirlene and Ray
It's so wonderful to know that you're recovering so beautifully.
Remember me telling you about my sister having a knee replacement the same day as your surgery,
well, I took her out to lunch last Thurs. and then
to Reisbeck's. She's now traveling on her own and
I pray you'll soon be doing the same.
Hi Jamie, I have been thinking about you and thinking I would write you a note, but just haven't done it. So glad to hear from you and to hear you are doing so well. I pray for you every day. Hope you do good in rehab, it will make you stronger every day. Ray has been looking at your heart journal every day to see if there was a message from you, he has been concerned for you, too. He actually saw your last message before I did. We both send our love and best wishes.
Take care and God Bless!!
Shirlene and Ray
Happy Valentine's Day sweet Jamie ! So glad
you are getting well. We miss seeing you at
Church but I'm sure we will see your smiling
face soon. Your progress sounds great and you are getting many prayers. God Bless.
Love, Maggie & Ron
Hi Jamie, thanks for the progress report and you are making progresss. You are an encouragement and inspiration to me. Such a sweet heart (no pun intended). Take it as your body allows and don't worry about one pain pill...that's what it's for. I am doing well, decided to go to the doctor about my foot, don't want anything interfering with my big date, so I will go on Wednesday. Hope it is just sprained and not a fracture. Take care and keep us posted.
Getting closer...Linda Dixon
Jamie, I am so glad to hear you are doing so good, keep up the good work. I think you have done extremely well, for what you went through with. I had faith that everything would be alright, I knew it would take some time and patience, but you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, now. We will continue to keep you in our Prayers. God Bless you all!!
Love and Hugs,
Shirlene and Ray
So happy to hear about your improvement. Keep up the the spirit. We continue our prayers for you, knowing God will heal you completely. Also glad to hear Brooke was able to come home for the week end. She is such a sweet daughter. I know you are proud of her. Le t me know if you need anything. Love you , Dorothy
This is FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!! You are fantastic!! I'm so glad to hear how well you're doing. You have always, and always will be strong and determined. I knew you'd do great but it was wonderful to hear it from your own lips....I mean, keyboard, :-) Can't wait to see you at the next reunion!
I thought when I come visit we can plan to take a walk so we can catch up while you exercice your new and improved heart! So now we just need to make sure I come on a beautiful sunny day! Looks like rain most of this week so lets hope the sun returns soon:)
I'll be watching the weather:)
I'll be in touch, so glad to hear your feeling so good!
Thanks for the information, Jamie. It was my Family Doctor that thought I should be on Pradaxa or Coumadin. I guess you would call her my Family Doctor. My regular Family Doctor decided to do more Hospital work and he is just in his office one day every other week and he has this new Doctor in his office. I had to see her Monday. I was really disappointed when he did this, I'm not sure I like the new one. I called my Cardiologist today and they think the 325 MG. Aspirin is sufficient, they calculate it some way. I think I will take the Cardiologist's advice, they had already sent the Family Doctor a note telling them that.
Glad you are still doing good, I hope you can eventually just take the Aspirin. I have heard a lot of good about the Maze procedure.
Take care and keep getting better.
Love and Hugs,
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie - I don't think I knew Dr. Byrd but I didn't spend much time on campus as I was working as well as going to school. My Dad and brother both retired from Dupont.
I do spend spend a lot of time with my grandkids - basically what led me to retirement - missed a lot of my 2 girls growing up working like I did so I want to spend more time with my girls and my grandkids now rather than wishing I had later. Having this heart surgery now, though I knew for years it was inevitable, was one of my main worries. I always said I didn't want to be one of those people other people said about "He just retired and then......" Hopefully, I will have many more years to spend with my family. I hope you and everybody on these sites have many wonderful years of happiness with your families as well. Thank God for these advances in medical technologies that can help us all through these opportunities with such remarkable successes!
How bout them 'eers!
Hi Jamie, glad to get the update and so glad to know you are doing so good. I can imagine how tired you were after all that, it was a long day, but you got it all over with at one time. Will you still have to take the coumadin? I thought after you had the maze procedure done, you wouldn't have to take it. I was to my Dr. Monday and they are talking about putting me back on coumadin or pradaxa. I have just been on 325 mg. aspirin for awhile. I was on coumadin and I was bruising so bad they took me off of it. With the pradaxa, you don't have to get the blood work done and they say it will prevent strokes 35 times more than coumidin. A person don't know what to do, they told me I could think about it.
Take care and God Bless.
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie - so glad to hear about your doctor's appointments going so well and that you are coming along. What a wonderful day, to get all good news about your recovery. It must be awesome to feel yourself getting stronger everyday. Prayers still with you.......love, kathie
I'm new to HVJ but have found great inspiration from reading your journal. You have a rich spirit, a vital faith, and a wonderfully positive attitude.
I, too, have severe mitral regurgitation and face OHS for anterior leaflet repair or, if necessary, replacement in the very near future, new surgery date yet to be determined. Many other factors in my complex medical history have made the last couple months very trying physically and emotionally, with many perverse complications and delays. If I hadn't intensely felt God's presence throughout the ordeal, I don't think I could have made it this far on sheer willpower even if I am a stubborn old coot. But everytime I start to panic, I remember the verse that came to me out of nowhere (not a literal voice from heaven, but a definite calming whisper to my spirit) as I lay in the hospital in great pain and anxiety and addled by morphine: "Be still and know that I am God." I wasn't lucid enough to be lying there saying to myself "OK, what Bible verses can I repeat to myself to reassure me?" The voice just came unbidden.
I'm not normally a still person by inclination -- my mind is always racing, always have a million thoughts and projects going on, and now this constant health anxiety on top of it -- nor am I one who easily surrenders the crazy delusion that I am in control of things, even though my whole life has been a reminder that I'm not. That voice in the hospital reminds me to calm myself and seek God's perfect peace which passes understanding, and to remember that I am in the palm of Master of the Universe, not just sputtering along the highway under my own erratic and very finite 'control.'
All my best wishes for your continued recovery. May the Lord keep you in perfect peace!
With God being our Great Physician and giving the Doctors the knowledge is Awesome!!! So happy to hear everything is moving along nicely. So many of our friends, classmates, long time friends etc are experiencing health issues recently. It wonderful to have faith in God to hold on to us and walk with us every step of the way. You are in my prayers always... and I am so exvited of your progress.... God Bless & Love Susan
Okay....so Jamie and Dick are WV Mountaineers, hmmmmm....Linda is a Clemson Tiger....so ouch!!! That hurt!!! I'm blaming that game for part of my hurt heart! Seriously, isn't it a small world? I've met people who live in SC here on this site. Just amazing to me how many of us there are, I never would have guessed so many otherwise healthy people had bad valves.
Jamie, it is no problem for me at all to get my blood checked, I actually work in a hospital lab. I am officially retired, but I still work PRN, so that will not be a problem. And actually I was on coumadin for a number of years for a small PFO that I also have. I don't know if they will address that issue or not, it has sort of been shoved aside since the stenosis became critical. I mostly did fine, only thing that ever was remotely problematic was if I had to come off for a period of time, like when I had a colonoscopy, then it took a little while to get the INR back up, but all in all, not a problem. They just let me come off last year and go to a full strength aspirin each day.
I am personally leaning toward a mechanical valve, don't want to have to go through this again, but I believe my surgeon, Dr. Gillinov favors the tissue valve. The bad part of going up to Cleveland Clinic from SC is that I don't actually meet with him until the day before surgery and so I can't really decide until then. I am also thinking that it would just be my luck, if I go with tissue, that I will develope Afib and have to be on the coumadin anyway. Oh well, I'm trying not to dwell on it, just wish that was something I could go ahead and check off of my "to do list".
Hope you continue to do well and thanks for your helpful tips and encouragement.
Jamie - I grew up in Charleston (DuPont) area, worked my way through WV State. Moved to Cincinnati - transferred - 20 years ago. Retired from Kroger Co. 6 months ago. Still bleed blue and gold - can't take the country out of the boy! Hopefully now that this valve repair is out of the way, I can enjoy retirement with kids and grandkids!
I'll be keeping tabs on your recovery and keeping you in my prayers!
Jamie - hang in there and keep plugging along - it will only get better from here. You are in my prayers as I have some ideas of what you are going through post surgery. I also saw in your journal where you are from WV - as I am - so we definitely have some kindred spirits looking out for each other too!! I know you have that fighting spirit in you and with the Lord on your side, this will be behind you in no time!
Hi Jamie, thanks for the info on the recliner. I figure I will try mine and if it is not enough then I can see about renting another. They do have handles and go back very easily. And they will lay completely back. I have actually slept in them quite a bit before my husband passed away. I know that my valve will be replaced. I just don't know with what. I got the impression from his nurse that Dr. Gillinov leaned toward the tissue valve even though they don't last a lifetime and I may live long enought that the new one will need replacing eventually. He believes they will have the transcatheter method pefected by that time. I also don't know if he will repair the dilated aorta, that apparently is also "on the fence" measuring 4.0 cm. So I have a lot of questions for him when I go to Cleveland. Sometimes I feel like I will take the coumadin and not have to worry about a second surgery, other times I think I would rather have the tissue valve and not have the worry of the coumadin or stroke. And I have mixed feelings about the dilated aorta, I don't like the idea of them "going in" and not fixing that, when in a short while it may be enlarged to the point that it is dangerous. So....all I can do is pray about it and trust that God is sending me to Cleveland because He wants me to do whatever Dr. Gillinov recommends. (or not, lol). What do you do?????
When you pray, please pray for clarity for me and peace of mind that whatever decision we make will be God's will.
Yes Jamie, I have thought about renting the lift chair. I actually have two regular recliners that are fairly comfortable, do you think the lift will be better? I wonder if I can go try one somewhere just to see how different they are. Thanks for reminding me. I have so many things I feel like I need to do before I go, not to be morbid or anything, I know God has me in his hands, but I also know that if that happens to be His time to take me home, well...He will take me home.
Glad you got a good nap and are having a great recovery.
What a pleasure to "know" you Jamie. Continue to recover, listen to your body and keep us posted on how your "walk down the mountain" goes. The climb up is a pain (literally) but once you crossed over the top, there was no stopping you on the way down!!
Still waiting...Linda Dixon
Well it's been a week and you are doing so well. Yahoo! I We hope today is another great day, especially since you are having your Father or is it Minister come over today. We are doing fine, yesterday we went over to Clovis for Patrick's Basketball game. Oh, what a great time Glen and I had. They are all Kindergarten age, Oh, my they where like little fish chasing food. What a Hoot! Then we went to a Horse Show for Ivalinn with 4-H, we really had a Great time since it wasn't with real horses. Bryer Horses where used as the models. Everyone had a great time and Ivalinn even won some ribbons . I hope you enjoyed this little news flash.. will be calling after Dr. appointment have a great afternoon, rest, and you and Bob are always in our prayers.. Adams Family
Praise God for the success of your surgery and recovery. I just want to say that your story and your experience has really helped me to prepare for my upcoming surgery on Feb 2nd. I am so glad to hear you are doing well. :-)
hi Jamie I"m Nancy ; a few weeks after you go in 2-9 but love your posts.. you're right. G.d is good and we are so blessed. My biggest fear is the ups and downs & possbile depression I will fight that one tooth and nail and hope I win it.
working up til "the day" so keepiong busy
looking forward to your posts. with thanks..and best wishes, Nancy Friedman, ST Louis
Hi Jamie, sure glad to hear you are feeling better and getting life back to normal. That is wonderful you found someone to come in and help you out. Good help is hard to find, but sounds like you got a good one. Ray's birth mom's name was Lela, but she died when Ray was just two years old, and then later his Dad married Lela's sister, so he had a good step-mom, too. Glad your husband is back to work and getting life back to normal for him, too. That is too bad your father-in-law has so many problems, sounds like he is getting good care, though.
Hope your Dr. appointments turn out real good, Tuesday.
Take care and God Bless,
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie, that's usually the way it is with health issues, 2 steps forward and 1 step back. But that's better than 1 step forward and 2 back. You're doing great and you're strong so it's a matter of time and you'll be back to you "old" self :-)
Prayers and positive thoughts are continuing from this part of the Mountain State.
Well Jamie, it MAY be the Vicodin brain, but in a way you are being tested, lol. Just keep trodding along and sure enough soon you will be singing "I Feel Good". By the way, I met James Brown once, he was in prison on the same campus that I worked. He wasn't singing I feel good then. (That was mean wasn't it).
Sorry about the little set backs, Jamie, but hope you are feeling better today. It does take time, and you have come a long way. We'll keep Praying for your healing. Keep your faith, God is good, all the time.
Love and Prayers
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie, one day at a time. Keep trucking along and they should get easier before you know it. Now, I have not had surgery yet so I have no clue what I am talking about. But I have spent way too much time reading other HVJs, so I feel like an old pro. LOL! All the best, - Mitch Friedman
Hi Jamie, sorry you had such a draining (no pun intended) day yesterday. Yes...I'm glad you went to the doctor to get your "infection" checked out. This summer I spent 3 months with my best friend in the hospital with an infection that went untreated for several days and ended up becoming what is known as necrotizing fasciitis, ended up having multiple surgeries to debrid and finally skin grafts. So...surely better safe than sorry.
I'm not one to give advice, cause I haven't climbed my mountain yet, but I am trying to remind myself daily that we are the lucky ones. We are able to get fixed, some people are not so fortunate.
So, hang in there my friend, if you feel something isn't right, listen to your body and go to the body mechanic! You know it better than anyone else.
You have climbed the mountain, now...slowly, patiently, slide down the other side!!!
Hang in there! Our pastor's wife had a replacement last year and had some really rough times. Her's were pain control and stamina. Once she got those issues resolved she improved quickly. Rome wasn't built in a day! We're praying for ya!
Chuck and MJ
Yes there are certainly Ups & Dwons was like that w my mom..... However you are the warrior.......and you are doing all you can to heal.... God will take care of the rest..... Love to You.... Keep up the Great Work..... God Bless <3 Susan
Good to hear from you Jamie, I know you will have some bad days, Ray said it felt like a brick on his chest for a while. We know there will be better days ahead. You should see some improvement every day. Your daughter was great in keeping us updated, I almost feel like I know her. You have a wonderful family. God Bless!! Hugs to you all.
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie.... you are so awesome...... Doing so wonderful... Power of prayer ...there is nothing better....You were & are the strong one.... you have encouraged me to take better care of myself..... Not that I haven't been trying....:) But we all can do better.... My prayers are continual....and your're always in my thougths... What a journey .....to this point... Just imagine what lies ahead.... Love n Prayers.....Susan
Welcome Home Jamie, So happy to see you are home, posting and on your way to recovery. I am 17 days post op and each day/week gets easier. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for continued health and recovery. Janis Kielbasa
Jamie, I'm so glad you're home and doing well. You have such a support "group" but you also did a lot of it on your own strength and determination. I'm proud of you and thank God for your continued improvement. Love you, Rick Parks
I'm so glad you're home, dear friend!!! It was great seeing you Thursday. Aunt Betty called me yesterday to see how your surgery went and find out how you're doing. Take good care of yourself and don't overdo it now that you're back home. See you soon ðŸ˜„
Thanks again, Brooke, for all the updates about Jamie. We are so thankful she is home, now and Pray she will continue to feel better every day. It will still take some time, but she can rest and recuperate in peace in her own home. Tell Jamie to keep in touch with us, so we will know her progress. We are so glad this big ordeal is behind her, now, and she can get on with her life. God Bless you all,
Shirlene and Ray
Home! I love that word. I know how good it makes me feel to read you are home, so I can only imagine how amazing it feels to you to be there. Welcome home and welcome to the other side of surgery.
I am counting my days until Feb 2 and savoring every story of recovery I can read. For now, all I can do is live vicariously through others to get distracted from my wait. The best advice I have read is measure recovery in weeks, there are sure to be some little set backs, but overall you will be getting stronger and stronger. Do the work and listen to your body. All the best, -Mitch Friedman
I know it's wonderful to be home!! Rejoice! the worst is over and you are a survivor! I will let you settle in and then come visit you when you are feeling up to visitors. Get some much needed rest. There is no rest in a hospital. The nurses interupt you every 15 minutes and then wonder why the patients are exhausted and grumpy! Rest up. The best is yet to come!
It is great to hear directly from you Jamie! Congratulations on your fantastic recovery and on-going progress. You're right, God is good, and he is watching over you. Keep up the great work. Rick Parks
So Dave wants to know if you had a cute male nurse help you with the shower?? He had a 20-something cute female aide help him. Haha!! One of his many funny stories. Y'all will have to get together to share "heart surgery stories"!
I have loved hearing your updates. I am so happy you are making progress. I know you will be glad to get back home. I head to UVA Monday for a check up. I am a little concerned as I seem to have a few strange symtoms. Keep me in your prayers. Love and blessings to you.
Thats wonderful news....this week was my %th month since my valve replacement...last night with exercise was the most stress I had put on my heart.....I survived....GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR MOM..
LAS VEGAS NV
Oh yes, we ladies ALWAYS feel better with our hair clean and presentable! Especially we southern belles, lol! Great job Jamie, glad you are on your way to going home. Hope tomorrow is the day! Keep up the good work and keep us posted on your progress.
We were so glad to get the update and to hear Jamie is doing so good, we were afraid when we didn't hear yesterday, maybe she was worse, so we are relieved to know everything is ok. If I had of had a phone number, I would have called to see about her. Hope she is continuing to do good today and that she will get home tomorrow. I am glad you got a break yesterday, I know how trying that is on the family. I don't really know you, but through these messages, I almost feel I do. You are a good daughter and the whole family has been great ( I can tell she has a wonderful family). You are all very blessed.
Love to all,
Oh, Thank God! So good to here from you Brook and boy did you deserve a day off. Tell Mom Hi, and sooooo glad she is doing so well . When Mom gets really better the Adams couple will be coming to see You-Brook and every-one. Tell Dad we love him, too. Have a Great Day! The Adams
No pressure, Brooke....you've been doing such a super job keeping everyone informed, and it's easy to understand that "no entry" caused Bobbie concern - made me wonder a bit, too..... See how much you've spoiled us!
Counting on Him to stay in control of your situation, Jamie, and positive that all is, or soon will be right back on track for you!!! While a couple of months might sound like a long time now, you'll be too busy by then to look back! Sending loads of Love from OH - Jan and Susy
I know you are doing well. I just couldn't sleep, we didn't see any Journaling so I was a little worried. So I caught up on some of today entries. I was uplifted by Kathy Snow's entry about Dave and how it took a couple of months to get his a-fib in order. I know your in very good hands. love you and sending prayeres, Bobbie
Thanks for the update text today with your cute picture! Loved the poodle quilt and heart balloon! Typical Jamie, decked out and looking good while laying in a hospital bed with a matching balloon and quilt!!! It made my day for sure. God bless you!
Great to hear about the move to0 your new room - that will lift your spirits! The doctors have all kinds of magic medicines, so we are hoping that the a-fib is a thing of the past for you now! Good news about the exercising, too! We have a little yard work that we could share, if you find yourself needing something more to build those muscles! THH ;-) Prayers following you everywhere!! Love - Jan and Susy
Sorry to hear about the A Fib.,but I'm sure they will get that straightened out with medication. Her body has been through a lot of trauma and it will take a little while for it to adjust. Glad she is in an uplifted mood, that sure helps a lot. Glad she is doing good with her walking and exercising her legs.
Keeping you all in Prayer,
Shirlene and Ray
Hi Jamie & your wonderful daughter, Brooke,
I'm so glad that you are on the road to recovery! Jamie, you are always in my prayers!
Sending lots of love & support your way my wonderful, brave, childhood friend!
Sounds like you had a little scare last night. So glad it was straightened out. It does appear as though exhaustion is normal so don't be discouraged. Get as much rest as possible and take baby steps to recovery. You are in all our prayers all the time.
I know it is disappointing when something like that happens - Dave is 9 mos out of surgery and it took at least 6 mos for the a-fib to settle down. Don't be discouraged!!! Your heart and body have been through major trauma and it takes time to settle down and heal. Remember 2 steps forward, 1 step back - God is right by your side no matter which direction you are going!!!!
Jamie, seems like you have made great progress. We are sooo happy. The power of prayer is great (you know we really do know that prayer brings miracles). You have wonderful support from your family. Do what the Doctor tells you to do!!!! We love you. We did have a great Christmas with all our family here over the Holiday season. I am amazed everytime I see Jane's family. Seems like they grow taller and taller. Love, Mattie & John
Hip-Hip Hooray your on your way. Oh! Happy Day, keep up the good work. Just think you'll be home before you know it! Yeah! Just think Jamie, look how well I'am doing on journaling. By the time you get home I'll be a Pro at texing. Well get another good nite sleep and do what the Doctor tells you. I know you will. Love, Bobbie
Jamie, you are amazing!! You are on your way girl. Keep doing those laps, and keep singing !! So glad to hear that you are feeling better. And Brook ... Good job with the wheel chair and the daily updates. Love u guys, Sue
Singing! What??? - without being in the shower? Only place we dare try - need those acoustics!
Will you be entering your 'unit' in the 4th of July parade this year?? ;-) Don't think we've had any singing units recently....
Seriously we are thrilled to learn that you are feeling so good, Jamie!! You've come so far in the past 6 days! Keep smiling - singing - and parading!! Jan & Susy
That is awesome that you were able to walk so far and you are singing. A great attitude like that will have you on that road to a speedy recovery. I shall continue to watch for Brooke's notes. Have good sleep tonight my friend.
So wonderful to hear how she is progressing and you are doing a great job Brooke.....when you mentioned big storm....Katrina flashed in my mind!!!!!We did have little rain, but would love a storm over Lake Travis!!!! Love and Blessings sent....Caroline and Marty
Jamie, Been thinking of you and the journey that lies ahead. You are strong willed and a fighter so all will be well!! God the eternal healer is on your side. don't be afraid to use the pain medication..sternotomies are rough!Love, Donna and Cassy
Jamie, hoping today is yet s better day---one day at a time----God be above you, below you, on either side of you and in your heart forever!!! Bless you dear friend----many prayers lifed on your behalf.
Thanks again for the update, so glad to hear Jamie is still improving and hope she gets to move out of ICU today. We are continuing to Pray for her and all of you. I know what you all have been going through, but it will all be worth it. God be with you and Bless You.
Love to all,
Shirlene and Ray
Jamie....... prayer is so powerful.... and wil continue as your recovery continues.... So glad they have your meds on the correct trac and that you are feeling better !!! Those first few days were tough.... You are an inspiratioon ...... and sharing your journey has been so nice.... God Bless Susan
Dear Jamie, What a brave woman you are! Glad to see that you are feeling better since the pain is more under control. I was thinking of you these last days and many thanks to Brooke for keeping us informed on your recovery. You are on the other side of the mountain (the Everest?) now, you are in my prayers for a good recovery and descent :).
Christine (approaching the summit)
YOU GO GIRL!!!! That is so fantastic that not only you're doing so well but you got to tell us (yourself) how you're doing. I reall and truely appreciate your daughter keeping me (us) up to date, but to hear it from you makes my heart skip several beats. Love you and kee kicking...OK, at "our" age, maybe punting...Rick
Great to have a message from you! Brooke's been doing a great job keeping us all up-to-date, but it's so good to hear directly from you!
Fingers crossed - eyes, noses, and toesies, too! Hope tomorrow finds you in that much hoped for regular room!
If hugs are allowed, we hope Bob will give you one for us! Nighty night! Jan & Susy
Jamie - you have been in my prayers daily!!! I'm so glad that the pain is better and the other issues have been resolved. I'm praying you have a restful sleep tonight and I'm looking forward to hearing an update from you tomorrow from the step down unit :-)
So glad you are better! It's all about the baby steps-hang in there and celebrate every little accomplishment. Focusing on the positive will get you through the set backs. We are continually praying for you and know that God is doing a mighty job of healing you!
Hang in there Jamie! Sounds like you are doing great. Soon you will be home and this will all be behind you. Get as must rest as you can. Let your body readjust and heal. It's a slow process, so take your time and don't push it. Sounds like you're getting excellent care.
Great news! Glad her pain is under control, no way someone should be in a lot of pain with the meds they have available today. Keep up the good work Jamie, you're on the other side of that mountain now! God bless!
Sooooo glad to hear Jamie is doing good, now, everything should be looking up for her, now. The worst is definitely over and she will be good as new before she knows it. It will take some time, but she will see improvement every day. I'm glad she has a loving and faithful family. God be with you and Bless you all.
Shirlene and Ray Workman
Jamie & Family,
Our prayers are with you as you all go through this. I know Jamie is a strong woman and this will just prove to all that she is a surviver:) Even though we aren't able to be with you I feel we know how you are doing because of this journal. Thank you to all of you and God bless and stay strong, Jamie will need all of you in the next few weeks.
Love, Mary Jo and Pete
Hurray! One more step to recovery and freedom! Good news!! Remember what you've said in the past...?...that this is not our home....you are doing terrifically well for an alien life form! THH Ooops! Hope that little, lame joke didn't cause a laugh - wouldn't want to inflict any pain! Love to ALL of you! We are proud to call you family!!! Much Love - JAN and Susy
Jamie, it is so great to hear how well you're doing. I knew you'd be just find. It is also great to know how much love and support you have with you, all of your friends and especially your family. Thanks to your daughter for keeping us updated. Everybody stay strong and come home as soon as you can...Rick Parks
Hang in there Todor family.... So nice to be able to follow Jamie's recovery. I know that your strong faith and positive thinking will get you through this. Love you all and keeping you in our prayers. Sue & Art
Hello Todor Family: Good to here she is beating on her own, hopefully she will be able to get some sleep in I.C.U. Remember it wasn't the rabbit that won the race, the turtle did it slow and easy. Before to long she will be right back to her good self, bright and spunky. Thanks again for the up-date, get some rest also. Sending our prayers the Adams Family
Hello my friend!
It has been so reassuring to read the posts that Brooke has written. (Thank you, thank you Brooke).This is some journey for you! I think about you many times every day, and pray for a speedy recovery. I can hardly wait to watch you bowl with your new and improved heart!!
I have been thinking about you so much. I really appreciate this journal that helps us get posted. You are constantly in my prayers. John's mom passed away on the 27th. She was 91. We have a memorial service for her at Vance Presbyterian in wheeling and buried her cremated remains in Davis WV this past Thursday. She lived a wonderful full life and her body just wore out. Well, I will continue to check on you. Look to the Lord and take it one day at a time. Love to you and your family, Jane
Good morning my sweet seester!!!
Been praying and praying for you- did you feel all the prayers lifted up to God? I love that Brookie, Brookie had kept us all informed. You are one tough chick! Keep getting stronger and stronger! Love you!
Hi Jamie..... I know this is probably the hardest thing you've ever gone thru.... From what I gather from your families post and my friends here you are doing great!!!! The first few days are the hardest. Praying for you...sending well wishes...... <3 Susan
Praise the Lord that the biggest "hurdle" is over and now with your determination,,,and the Lord beside you,,,know that it won't be long until you are fully recovered! Blessings and Love sent,,,,Caroline,,,,and Marty
Good Morning Jamie! :-)
I'm hoping that today will be so much better than yesterday that you only look forward to all of the fun you are going to be having! Brooke mentioned that yesterday was exhausting, but it sounds as though Tina has a terrific help! Mom always said that the 3rd day of an "illness" was always the worst, so now you can confidently start your day with the sage words of Anne Price....! Moms are unofficial doctors, right?
We knew that your family would rally around and give you all of the support and encouragement that you need! Hope everyone had a good night's sleep and will find today full of good changes and hope! Stay strong!!! He is with you, and you are running the race well! Love - Jan & Susy
I have been following Brooke's wonderful updates. Earlier this evening, I mentioned to my Bob that I wondered if there was a way to write a note to you and lo and behold, Brooke's post tonight mentioned that she had read to you other posts from the Guestbook! Don't laugh because I know it would hurt, but I am as inept about this as I am about Facebook! I looked and found in LARGE PRINT, the words My Guestbook and voila! I am so glad you are doing so well. You are a strong woman. Take baby steps my dear friend. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will be your recovery. Sounds to me like you are making incredible progress already. Soon you will be home in your own comfy bed and that will make a world of difference. Hang in there and God Bless.
I see that with all this love and huge prayer train there is no doubt your recovery will be miraculous. The power of prayer is more powerful than a medical procedure.
God Bless you!
Kevin & Candy Young
fortunately do not know anything about ICu or care to, but aware you need to work to get out of there. Jamie, my dear cousin, you of all people, can and will, with the help of all your beliefs and friends and others guiding you! Think yourself totally out of the pain....think of the cruise, think of the beaches, think of sunsets, and visualize yourself there. Breathe and thankfully Breathe, And know we all are praying for your recoup. t be better. Have to apologize..had the kitten in front of screen, so typo's are abundant. Cats are wishing you well also, they always know! j and d
We will Pray for "Peace" for Jamie. I know it's been a tough two days, but we'll Pray things will be better from now on. ICU is a good place to be, because they really keep an eye on you there, but hopefully she will be able to go to a room tomorrow. Tell her it will take time, but she will be good as new before long, and it will all be worth it.
Sending our love,
Shirlene and Ray
ICU is tough and a blessing.....I was in there with post surgery complications for 8 days! While its happening you dont appreciate it but in ICU you dont have to lift a finger everyone does everything for you....when you are released to the regular hospital you dont feel as "important"....walking albeit very difficult will help the road to recovery.....a week from now all will be better, a month from now all will e improving, etc etc........GOD BLESS YOU ALL
LAS VEGAS NV
Jamie continue to hang in there. The more walking that you do the recovery process will become easier everytime. Please know that we are continuing to pray for you and your family. Remember to take your pain meds, and not let the pain get to unbearable.
Hi there Todor family. How wonderful to have this site! We are very happy to know that Jamie did so well during surgery, and that she will continue to be strong. I always knew she had great strengh and will. Our family is sending your family lots of Love and Prayers.Thank-You Brook, for being such a good daughter and taking such good care of your Mom and your good ol Dad! Love, Adams Family
Jamie~Know that things seem to be taking too long, but you've come a long way already! Great to hear that you have been walking and sitting up in your chair! You are amazing! We know that your faith and strong spirit will keep you moving forward! We're looking forward to seeing you this summer, so keep fighting and walking!! We will continue to pray for strength, determination, hope, and success for you!!!
Brooke - thank you so much for keeping us updated about your Mom's progress! Keeping looking up everyone!
He will lift you and comfort you, Jamie!!
Toodles with Ooodles of Love - JAN & Susy
Glad Jamie is able to be up and walking around, but sorry she is in so much pain. My husband has had open heart surgery twice, and he says there is a lot of pain at first, but it will gradually subside. I know it's rough, but it is to be expected. We will keep Praying for her and all of you, the worst is behind her. I know what it is like for the family, too, but put your trust and faith in God, which I know you are all doing. God Bless you all, and tell Jamie to have patience, God will see her through this.
Love to all,
Shirlene and Ray
Hang in there Jamie! I'm told (will find out soon enought for myself) that they should be able to control your pain with the right meds. I'm told on the pain scale it shouldn't be above a 3, so be sure you are letting them know it's worse than that. Will continue to keep you in my prayers, God is good, He will get you through this. Just think, you have crossed over the mountain and on your way back home! God bless!
Glad she is getting up! Everyone is different with pain control. Sometimes it takes a while to find what works....but like labor pains, it will become a dim memory as time passes. We will continue to pray for pain controll. Once that is taken care of she should really progress. Wish we lived closer so we could help out! Thanks for the updates!
Chuck and Mary Jane
Jamie, and all
We are all praising the Lord for such a good report of your surgery...Trust that you are up today and beginning the way to total recovery. It is such good news to know that you are on the other side of this ordeal...PTL He is so faithful and now for that healing touch that only He can give. We stand awe struck at how marvelous a God He is. Alleuia
Jamie, Six months to make sure everything is a-ok. Does this mean that the doc won't let you ride Top Thrill Dragster with me this year? I thought we would finally work up the gumption to give it a shot. Darn!
Glad you are moving along.
Brooke, thank you for keeping everyone posted of the events as.they happened yesterday. We continue to pray for complete healing. Please let is know if you all need help with anything at.all. Give mom a hug for us.
John and Dorothy
So relieved to hear the news. All day Weds. I kept looking at the clock and figuring with the 2 hour time change how the surgery was progressing. Now it's the "every day will be better" routine. Love and prayers from Jeanne and Don.
The days in icu are hard for both the patient & family! Since Dave was "there" not long ago, family be prepared-jamie will be in pain, but icu staff is very firm about not "helping" the pt. Be strong! It is really hard, but better for Jamie in the long run. Our prayers are continually with you!
Kathy & Dave Snow
I woke at 4:20 am and you were on my mind and I have been praying for you off and on ever since. My sweet little prayer warrior Jadan (9) even prayed for you before supper tonight. So glad that everything went well and you didn't have to have an artificial valve....amen!
WOW!! 99 and we're # 100?? We feel so tardy, but happy and relieved that all is going so beautifully for you, Jamie! We knew it would! You've been in the Hands of THE Great Physican and some pretty terrific doctors and nurses! Our prayers will follow your recovery! Be confident and strong!! Happy Hugs to ALL!!! Jan and Susy
God is good. Brooke thanks for keeping us posted. Do me a favor, we need someone to provide dinner for EYC Sunday. Ask your Mom if she could cook something for us.... NO wait, just kidding, she'd try. You guys are a blessing to us and we are so happy for you and your family.
Brooke Thank you for keeping us all informed with the wonderful news of your Mom's successful surgery Yes we will pray she faces those first steps the same way she has faced other challenges in her life Blessings to all of you and I know all of you will rest peacefully tonite knowing His hands have indeed kept a close hold
Comforting to know that all went well today...Jamie. You are in the care of God... prayers are being answered. Not to forget the skilled professionals, whom we all are thankful for. Also, the power of the love of your dear family and friends. Now let the healing begin. You are strong girl. Hang I'm there. Dottie
Praise God all went so well! His hand of protection was/is on you. I know His hand of healing is also on you! The laying on of hands prayer time at church Sunday was powerful! You are SO loved! What a heart you have! :0 Blessings, Catherine
Sure glad to hear the surgery is over and I Pray for her speedy recovery God Bless you all, I know it's been a trying time on all of you. Sure hope the Maze procedure helps the Atrial Fib., I have that, too. Prayers continue for all of you!!
Jamie, I know you are still in surgery at this time. We have prayed for you and the medical staff that are involved. We pray for Bob and the family and are anxious to hear the out come. I know Hod is watching over you.
Dorothy & John
Jamie, thinking of you this morning on this bright and beautiful day....a good sign that things are going to turn out perfectly and the surgery will go better than expected! Prayers for you and your family and for those taking care of you as you recover.
Hi Jamie, I guess by now you are in surgery and I know everything is going well. I am fairly new to the journal, waiting on surgery myself, but somehow I let your surgery slip up on me. I pray that all goes well, no complications and speedy recovery. When you read this, you will be on the "other side of this mountain". Please have someone keep us updated until you can yourself. God bless!
As I sit here at 7am knowing the staff is preparing you for surgery I believe all will be fine as His healing hands are holding you I look forward hearing of your progress later today my love and prayers to you
Dear Jamie, today is the 'big' day. First thanks a lot for having included me in your prayers group, it touched me a lot (and I'm already more serene as I slept better last night :)) But more importantly, good luck Jamie for today. Everything will go fine for you, you're ready and you are in good hands with your surgeon and your protector. You are in my prayers for a successful surgery and a good recovery. All the best! Christine
You are such an inspiration and an amazing woman! I will be praying for you and your team!
I am always reminded of God's Love for us when I reflect on Jer 29:11. That verse has help me get through a lot of difficult- scary situations.
Today I am certain that- God loves us and has a plan for each of us and His plan is Never to harm us but to give us hope and a future!
So, I know you are in Great hands- you'll get through this and be back good as new in no time. You are so loved!
Hi Jamie, just wanted to let you know that we will all be praying for you and your family for peace, comfort and and reassurance. As you have already stated through God anything is possible. Just remembe to keep focused on your favorite scripture.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow as you go through surgery...soon you will be on your way to recovery! I look forward to hearing from you when your stronger...Good Luck!
I was glad to read that someone will be updating your jounal to let us know how you are. Just know that I will be praying for you, Bob and your children. I am lucky to call myself your friend. Love you!
Thanks a lot Jamie, you're so kind, I really appreciate your effort. In fact it was, I think, 6:00 am (eastern time) for me, still early to be behind my computer :). You too have a good rest before d-day, you will need it too :) Christine
Dear Jamie, I will think of you this Wednesday and have a prayer for a successful surgery and an as good as possible recovery. I will follow your footsteps the 23rd of January for the exact same procedure that you will have. Would it be possible for your dedicated group of prayers to add me for that day? It's a strange feeling to have people like you, Janis... who you are following through their journals, going in front of you in this journey. All the best Jamie!
I am praying for full healing for this little heart thing! Kidding- I know that nothing with your heart is a little thing!! But you, my friend, you have a huge heart!! And I know all will go well!! Love you! Will keep praying! Gayla
Dear Sweet Friend, Happy New Year, you are in God's Hands... it doesn't get any better than that. Sending up prayers for you, your family and medical team. Spring Retreat at Camp Allen will be here before you know it !! Love you bunches, Melissa and Larry
Hi Jamie - You have been in my thoughts and prayers every day and will continue to be. I will also pray for Bob and the children - this will be such an anxious time for them but your family is so filled with such a faith in God that I know they will all do just fine. I'll also be praying for the surgeon - he is God's instrument in this entire process. Love you! And God loves you!!
Well, if I was there, I would be your private duty nurse! Lol! We would laugh a lot and therefore your respiratory status would be top drawer! Then again, it might give you a conga line rhythm to your heartbeat. Got you on our prayer list. You are in great hands! Love you!
Chuck and Mary Jane
I've been Praying for you every day. God does hear and answer Prayer. Ray said to tell you he wishes you the best, he has some idea of what you are going through. In a few days it will all be over and you will be good as new. Love and Prayers.....Shirlene and Ray
It is a surreal feeling leadingup to the morning of surgery. Once you enter that prep room an hour and a half goes by so quickly because you learn you are no longer in control of your body. Others have their job to do and you are just there... 1 hr 45 minutes kater the lights go out....and you wake up a littlt after noon.....THIRSTY.......hopefully you sleep while your chest tube comes out....then its on to sitting up, JELLO, and the dreaded first steps....and you are a member of our elite club.
LAS VEGAS NV
Jamie, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I know you are going to feel better after this procedure. We look forward to reading your updates. Please let us know if we can do "anything" to help.
Love, Maggie & Ron Salazar
I was so sad to hear about your problems. It comes at a time when I am battling high blood pressure and just had my first ekg to rule out any irregularities in my heartbeat. We are to young for all of this. I will be praing for you and your family and will be looking forward to updates Love you!
Hey Jamie, sorry to hear about your condition! You are too young! I'm sure you will do fine. It's amazing what skill physicians have today! My mom had the same surgery about 11 years ago and she is still going strong at 79 working 4 days a week! My sister Shari has just been diagnosed with stage 4 congestive heart failure, just all of a sudden.I will keep you in my prayers and pray for a speedy recovery ! I wil check in to see how you are doing. This is a great way to keep people informed! God Bless you and your family! Kim Wood
Dear Jamie, I was thinking of you this morning. I am praying that all goes smoothly with your surgery and that your recovery will be swift. I'm sorry we didn't get to have that lunch we kept talking about; we will just have to do it when you are feeling up to it afterwards. I'm glad you have confidence in your doctor, that is important. Blessings to you and will talk soon! love, kathie
Hi Jamie. I was shocked to hear/read about your heart but so glad to know you're in great hands...the surgeon's and God's. I'm glad you have this journal to keep us up dated. Isn't technology a wonder? Be safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.