Holly Pomeroy posted a note for Jimmy that says:
Jimmy, I'm glad to read you're doing so well at two years! What a change in our lives post surgery! Thanks for your positive updates and encouragement. Keep chasing after those boys! I have three new grand-babies coming in the next 5 months!! Can't wait. Blessings!
Mitch Friedman posted a note for Jimmy that says:
You 'da man Jimmy. Way to go. So glad you got fixed so keep running after those boys. If you can't keep up, now it is just because you are getting older. Sorry Bro!
Linda H and Elsie posted a note for Jimmy that says:
Hey Jimmy, Congratulations on your second birthday. Glad things are going so good for you and your family. Love seeing pics of them on FB. You are right don't know what we would do without this site. It has meant a lot to me as well and I still look at it. Life is good. Until later friend
Chuck Holmgreen posted a note for Jimmy that says:
Congratulations on your two year anniversary Jimmy.I am thrilled that things are going well for you and remember when you were leading up to it.I agree that this site was very helpful in taking away the fear of the unknown. And like you I hope others are able to use it as well.
I am thrilled for you and your family, and pray that you have many many more years to continue to celebrate with your family.
Debbie JAeger posted a note for Jimmy that says:
After reading your post I see you live in Charlotte and used Dr Andrews. I am having ohs on September 16 with Dr. Chan dr. Andrew's partner. Was wondering if you can tell me a bit about them. I am new to the area and this all happened so fast.
Holly P posted a note for Jimmy that says:
Congratulations on little Ty! Somehow I missed that post. Glad things are going so well for you, and hope you are getting a little more sleep now!
You are a wonderful father, I can tell by your pictures!!
Shelly Poluka posted a note for Jimmy that says:
It is encouraging you are doing so well.
It sure helps other people going in for
surgery or in my case a spouse. My
husband is scheduled for AVR on July 24th.
He is anxious to move forward and put
his surgery behind. I find this site to helpful for anyone preparing for surgery.
P.S. The photos are touching, you have a beautiful family. God bless.
Ernie posted a note for Jimmy that says:
Just read your whole journal, and I'm very inspired and reassured. Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to a time where I can be called POST-op, and hopefully my new "normal" will be better than my current "normal", which would be better than great, because I don't feel bad right now except when I do something physically exerting.
Congratulations Jimmy! Only one more and you will have your own basketball team, lol! Good luck with the "sleeping". Glad everyone is doing well. I'm also doing well, just bought a new house and will be moving in a few weeks. I'm excited and looking forward to moving on. Take care of your beautiful family.
Linda THE Tiger, aka Linda Dixon
Awesome Jimmy! Hard to believe where we were a year ago. What a difference a year makes. It's gone so quick yet seems so slow at the same time. I wish you the best of luck always. Keep us posted on you, the family and the new child on the way.
You surprised me. I cannot believe it's been a year. I clearly remember when you went in, and when you started posting after. It really brings it home that in another month, it will be a year for me also!! Wow.
I am thrilled that your experience has been incredibly positive -- those boys need a STRONG role model and now you have the performance upgrades to really make that a reality!!
What's up brother!!!!!! Amazing what a difference a year makes. Sometimes I have to remind myself that we had OHS. Then, I come here after not checking in for awhile, and all the emotions come crashing back. Like I read your update, and it feels like it happened yesterday. All seems so real and so current.
Very psyched to hear all the hearts in your family are doing well. Hope your wife is feeling good these days. Wow, 3 boys and another one on the way. Maybe you two should stop trying and just adopt a girl! LOL.
All good with me. Scheduling my 1 year follow-ups, then will post again when I get the results. But, hey, I know I am good. Training for my second marathon (in March) since surgery. Life is good for us all.
Hi Jimmy! Good to hear the update and that all is going well. How exciting to have 4 boys!!! My thoughts will be with all of you as you approach the last trimester! I'm glad that the echo was okay, isn't it awesome what you can see with today's technology?! I, too, appreciate this site and the support and encouragement everyone offers. I keep coming back to it, we're like family!!!
Let us know when # 4 arrives!!
Hey Jimmy, So glad to hear all is good for the whole family. You were saying about your scars. My Grand daughter says my daughter and I are twins cause we have the same scar except mine is a lot bigger than hers. Kids are funny. Im doing pretty good. Still have a little pain, just the healing process but tolerable. Enjoying rehab. Will miss it when its done, but I guess we all do. Good luck on the new one coming. Until later.
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
It is awesome to read your blog. I am flying from Denver to NC,Duke, to have AVR. I wanted to know how you decided on tissue valve and what was the average span they gave you before failure of it. I have been told in me 38 yo male average 7-10 years also was your aorta dilated at all? All and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Jimmy, Congrats on the news. That is wonderful. Are the kids excited? It doesn't seem like it has been 6 months since your surgery. How time does fly and I am still here but getting a whole lot closer. Can't wait to experience the other side of this mountain.
Mooving on up
Jimmy, so sorry to hear of your friend's passing. It does make us so mindful of how fortunate we are that we could be fixed, so many are not. I will keep his family, as well as you and other friends in my prayers.
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
Hey Jimmy, Sorry to hear about your friend. I know exactly how you feel. We lost a friend not to long ago who had a massive heart attack and was waiting for a transplant. Well that never happened, he passed. It always makes you stop and think. My minister asked me how I felt about the upcoming event soon. I told him I was scared but if I wasn't scared I would not be normal. I just thank my lucky stars that if I have to have something wrong with me, its not something else that is so much worse. Thoughts and prayers are there and for you too.
Awesome update! I loved everything you wrote. I am so happy you continue to do so well. I knew you would, you did your research, had a positive attitude and loving family & friends to support you. Continued blessings of health, love and happiness sent your way. Janis Kielbasa
Thanks for your awesome post. A truly inspirational journal for "someone in waiting" (7/17/12) like myself. It is posts like yours that brought a "calmness" to my life after my diagnosis. I am no longer afraid....I am excited & ready to take my life back.....and like you....live better than ever...and enjoy each day with a new appreciation!
Thanks for sharing, Jimmy
Hi Jimmy and new facebook friend, Yes I am still hanging in here and waiting. Glad to see you are doing so good. I still have Charlotte on my number one list when this is going to happen. You wrote such a nice story. Oh Happy Birthday, but you know you do have 2 birthdays. Thats the way I look at it. So yes you are 20 days old, and I havent been born yet. lol. Isnt it amazing how we can comunicate for being so young? lolUntil later.
For the long haul
Oops! Typing too fast! I was told today to literally run my heart out. I've cried years of happiness all day. I just want to go home
And hug my husband and kids and be normal again. My new life starts today! Thank you for the inspiration and keep ticking. Steph
So weird I posted for the 1st time
In weeks and there you are feeling so great! What a thrill to read!!!!
I struggled for the last 6 weeks-my running was what I thought to be an issue. Kind of hibernated in disappointment. But that got my butt back to Clevlend clinic. I wa st
Jimmy, glad to hear the good news! It's helpful information to know that the ejection fraction can improve over a period of 3 months! I'm sure that was worrisome to you. I (we) worry about things like high/low heart rates, chest pain, flashes of light, exhaustion, and just need to remember that it takes time and everyone is different. It's easy to try and compare ourselves with others on this journal! Thanks for your story and keep on healing!!!
Just sent in a second response to an old guestbook entry and now I can't find either of them. So, please forgive the duplication, if indeed it is.
Went for my pre-ops last week (even though surgery postponed, they stayed with that schedule) and got to meet with Laurie. Wow, she is phenomenal! I think they called her the "cardiac navigator" and its a good name. I also told her you had spoken complimentarily of her.