Connie T posted a note for Jerry that says:
Congrats on your one year anniversary!
Great to hear you are doing so well! Sounds like you are enjoying every minute of your "second chance".....just as it should be......continue on!!!! :)
It was great to hear from you & learn you are doing so well...and yes time sure does fly....seems like yesterday I was following your journal as you were preparing for your "climb"......and look at you now!!! :)
Continued good health as you travel the road of milestones! :)
My Gosh, has it really been 4 months!?! It seems like yesterday I was thinking of you & praying for you, knowing your surgery was the next day!! It has been a pleasure to follow your journey...you gave me courage to meet my own head on, without fear. I wish you all the best as you enjoy your new, healthier life !
Hey Jerry, Just loved reading this. It is so inpsiring. Cant wait to say those things myself, which will be very soon. Only 16 days more to go. Keep up the good work. Sorry to hear about your dog. That is rough. I know what that is like and not fair right before surgery. But he is in a beautiful place looking down at you and wagging his tail.
Mooving on up
Jerry, so thankful your doing so well and inspirational to us all, not to have so much anxiety before the surgery. As mentioned before, the Dr. has me scheduled to receive the cow valve but after your testimony; the mechanical sure looks inviting. I was concerned about the blood thinner but probably more so about re surgery in a few years. Don
Hey Jerry, great to hear!!! I'm glad that you are doing so well and able to start rehab, I really enjoyed it and felt it helped to get me back on track with exercise in a safe way! Great idea about the wine and chocolate!!
Keep up the great healing!
Thanks for the encouraging post!
My valve level is .415 cm2....and I also had the artery in my neck bulging! My husband could see it across the room. The on call cardiologist told me to go to ER. It really freaked the little nurse out, and the ER doc...said it "wasn't normal".....ya think??!!??....anyway they came to the conclusion after a CT scan, that it would probably go away once I was fixed... Great to know it worked for you!
Thanks again for sharing.....gives me hope that my little abnormalities will be taken care of...(those associated with the heart that is)...lol
Jerry, Thanks for the reminder! I had AVR 2 weeks ago and I am a little bit stronger each day. BUT, I really need to remember not to get carried away with small progress. I just know we can forget the rules!
Appreciate your story!
Hi Jerry, Glad to hear you progressing, no more ""superman"" no more picking things up......, rest and think twice before you pick up anything.... we all tempted to just get on with in without thinking and being a burden by asking someone to help you all the time but this is your body your life and its precious... please take care. Your story is similar to my husband he is scheduled for AVR on Monday and has to have a double bypass as well, has no symptoms, your story is inspiring to us so keep the strength and faith. I had MVR 6 years ago and hated the fact that people would help me with the odd grocery parcel but when I read these Journals .. i will be watching my husband even closer after surgery. Stay strong and keep ticking with the HVJ family.
Oops Jerry....may be a few weeks yet before you are able to show off your "pool boy" abilities! :)..
Anyway....I have been following your journey from the beginning and I must say your experience is very encouraging to me..(and others)....when you said it was "better than expected"....I felt relief consume me again. I am sheduled for July 17th.....and I must admit...my emotions run hot & cold......but when I do start to worry...I log on to the journals...read testimonies like yours....and poof....I am confident once again...Thanks for your updates...they are very helpful!
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
When will you men learn :)
I got clearance to go in our pool, but no using arms yet to swim, just wade/cool off. I will say that one day last week I went up and down the ladder fine and then later that afternoon it was tiring. I can imagine that lifting the ladder out of the pool with the water resistance could be trying...take care of yourself. I agree that most days I feel better than the previous.
Glad to hear it was mainly just a scare. The restrictions on lifting weight and upper-body movement are important, it turns out. After my first surgery (2005) my attitude was "these are only guidelines" and if I try something and it hurts, I'll just back off. So 4 weeks after surgery, I was operating my lawn mower. Bad idea. I had no obvious problems, but the incision line near the top (under my throat) healed with a ridge that wasn't there pre-surgery. This time after my second surgery, I've been much more cautious (and the incision healing has been completely clean - also, no ridge).
- Jim Smith
You are definitely on the "road to recovery". The healing process will be slow so don't try to push it too fast. You never looked as though you needed to loose weigh. I just heard that Jessica Simpson was offered $4M by Weight Watches or some similar group to loose 30 pounds. Who knows; you may be able to parlay your weight loss into a money maker. You are the only one I know that could pull this off!!!! Looking forward to seeing you after our Wasaga weekend. All the best, Ed.
HI Jerry, All of that is good news.INR will slow down once you get it in the right place, like you said. Just remember vitamin K is not nice to you. Sometimes that is hard to remember what foods that you love is a no no now. My daughter has to take it and it was hard to get use to. Anyway keep up the good work.
For the long haul
your journal is an informative read and macie did a great job of keeping us all informed...i am glad you're home and that you are on your road to recovery...hard to believe that heart valve and by-pass surgeries are common cardiac therapeutic interventions...i wish you continued good post-op health ... give my best to jackie and everyone else in the family....love jill
Hello Jerry and Jackie,
Jerry, we are so pleased and thankful to hear about your amazing recovery and how each day brings you renewed strength. As you rest and heal, know that you are thought of warmly and wished a quick and full recovery.
We are looking forward to seeing a better and healthier you, soon!
Blessings, Jody and Drew xoxo
I am so happy to see you are doing well. I am happy for you and also it is a comfort to those of us that have not yet reached the surgery point. I am hanging onto the fact that you feel like your heart is stronger - that will be such a blessing. Some days I feel like such a weenie. :o) Good for you and I hope you keep improving each day.
Jerry, I find reading your journal so interesting. You tell it like it is and it has to be a comfort to people who are about to embark on your journey. Knowing what to expect helps you deal with it all. Rob an I are so grateful you are back home and bless Jackie and your family for being your rock. Love and continued success with your recovery. Hope to see you soon. J
Great to hear that you're doing so well. Like you, one the things that surprised me post-surgery was the emotional component, a combination of relief, gratitude for the awesome quality of the medical care, and realization of how many family and friends (including fellow HVJ travelers) cared and did so much for me.
Peace and blessings
- Jim Smith (valve repairs 3/13/2012)
great to have you back to your old self. I love sarcasm!
seriously, the best care and a great family help the healing process. You are in great shape to move forward - we are proud of your progress.
Jerry, you are recovering amazingly, just as your family has been assuring us.
We saw for ourselves yesterday, when we paid you a visit. Your physical strength, active and positive participation in your recovery is very evident. As expected you tire easily and need a lot of rest after such a life saving surgery. Hope we did not tire you out too much, and will continue to look for your updates on your progress.