Just checking in to see how you and those tomatoes are doing? Hope you are improving daily. It sure has been a hot summer for your part of the country. Here in FL we haven't been over 95 (110 with the heat index). I just finished session #25 of rehab and am doing well. Take care.
I've thought about you from time to time but have to apologize for just now getting back to you! Sounds like you are being smart and listening to your body...not pushing it. It was really interesting to hear about your "cooked" tomato! The heat is getting to everyone and everything. Anyway, Gerry and I are so glad you're doing so well.
Glad to hear that your rehab is going well. I know it's hard to be a patient patient :), but keep trying, which sounds you're doing. The last time I saw you a week ago, I thought and told you that you look great! The healing process takes time, which I know you have already discovered. Hang in there!
Thanks for the update. It's always nice when the update is boring and "drifting along". Enjoy yourself and your time off. Your body will know when it's time to return to your work routine. Stay healthy.
Believe me, it will definitely take 6 months before you really feel more yourself and then by a year you won't notice it at all. Andrea & I have been wondering about you. Mane Assets has said that you quit and won't be coming back. So what is the real scoop? ndrea had her hair colored by someone outside. Tee has cut my hair twice and I actully have a new shorter style now. When I asked Tee, she ackwoledged you wouldn't be coming back but implied she didn't know the entire story. But she did say she thought you had gotten another job at Penney's or someplace like that that had better benefits & hours. So maybe she was just repeating the office speculation...but she didn't word it that way. Maybe it was the language barrier. Can you recommend someone for Andrea for her cuts and color? Wish you the best.
I think you're doing amazing considering the type of surgery you had. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. You've had major surgery; thus, the healing is going to take a while. I know it's very hard to be a patient patient, but I know you can do it. Hang in there! You'll get to where you want to me before you know it.
I think you told me one time that this would be your first experience with major surgery. You are certainly doing very well indeed. It has been my experience with surgeries that you kind of bump along for a while in recovery and then all of a sudden you start to feel great again.
I miss seeing you and hope to see you again soon.
"Roller Coaster" is a perfect description of what it's like to recover from a major surgery. The up and down is very normal and expected. I'm hoping that your sternal discomfort may be significantly improved in another month, and would expect that it will gradually lessen over time. It's great that you're walking and staying active- which will only speed your recovery. A good rule of thumb is to listen to your body- rest when you're tired, and do light activity when you have more energy. When you exert yourself more, you'll likely feel more tired the next day/ so you rest more that day. It will be up and down for awhile, and the peaks and valleys will become more level gradually over time. It sounds like you're doing amazingly well! I'm so proud of you, and happy that you have a healthier heart now. Miss you! Ginny
It's our nature to compare ourselves to what we were like before. For a lot of people the improvement after surgery is dramatic. But I bet even they are still working on getting to be 100%. It doesn't happen overnight, as I've said before I would judge day by day and then my dear husband suggested we judge week by week. It was the perfect answer and of course, each week was better than the previous one. To me, sounds like you're doing great. Are you sleeping flat in your bed? Have you tried raising your upper body with some pillows or a wedge, there might be less pulling. Keep healing.
So nice to hear from you, Glad your recovery is coming along well. Are you considering cardio rehab? I am enjoying it very much and know it has helped in my recovery. Keep us updated on your progress from time to time.
Hi, JoAnne! You're going to have so much energy once that anemia goes away! We're back from Oregon and still trying to get our bodies to accept east coast time. Glad to hear all the positive news regarding your recovery. Hang in there!
Pam and Gerry
JoAnne, Taking care of that anemia should be miraculous for you. Increase your strength and such and allow you to exercise more easily.
I think about you often and hope all is going well! Loved the story about you pushing your Dad in the wheelchair!
Glad to hear you are doing so well. I've kept Andrea posted also. From experience, I know that key events like your surgery are a good time to evaluate one's health habits. My husband and I are still loosing weight after adjusting our eating habits and I have not yet even added extra exercise yet.
Got my hair cut in your absence and it turned out much shorter. Everyone is noticing and commenting on how much they like it! I'm a little undecided yet, but am anxious to get you back at work! Don't rush it though and take care.
Glad you found out about the anemia sooner than later. It can really drag you down. I had a unit of blood post op in March and have been on iron twice a day until my count gets back to normal. I was also told to take a stool softener (generic Colace) as iron is very constipating. Lots of water also. You know what to do, reading some of your recent guestbook entries seems like you have friends who have given you great suggestions. Hope your father's leg is better. We lived in Williamsburg for 15 years and made a couple of trips to Charlottesville (stayed at B&B's). It's a beautiful area of VA. Have a great weekend.
So glad you got your blood tested, and that your progress is so good! Anemia - good to know. I used to be anemic, and after upping my intake of good red meat, dark green veggies, blueberries and blackstrap molasses (great source of iron) and cooking in a cast iron pan, I felt soo much better. Along with the pills (I took them, too and they helped get me back on track) I hope you make sure you're getting a lot of natural sources of iron. I know everyone's body is different, and for me being a vegetarian for 5 years was not a good thing and led to my anemia. I hope you find out what works for you nutritionally to maintain healthy iron blood levels as you continue with your awesome recovery.
Sorry if I sound lecture-like! It's the nutritionist in me.
Hi JoAnne, So happy you are doing better and it's good she picked up that you were anemic. I know you will look up what foods are high in iron and eat those too in addition to the iron supplements. I will repeat my mantra - don't overdo - and get as much rest as possible. Have a good weekend.
Hi JoAnne! It was good to read that things are going quite well for you! It sounds like you will be back working in the garden, chasing the cats, giving your guy a hard time, and doing all that you were doing before in a very short time. Hope to see you soon.
Hey JoAnne - finally found the reply button - so glad to hear you made it through okay and that your recovery seems to be coming along okay as well. This site was a great idea.
I am having a blast here at Omega. Until recently, the weather was just terrible, but that made little difference. Over 500 people were here on campus this weekend for Pema Chodron and the place was so mellow with all that Buddist energy, it nearly floated away.
Take care of yourself and I will continue sending healing thoughts your way.
wow, you should be a poster child (adult?) for heart surgery with your good recovery and fabulous attitude-- that's just about as important as doing your exercises and walking to get your strength back.
Here's a big hug for you!
Aahh...Sounds like your body is healing very well. I am so happy for you and those of us that care about you. Did you go out to dinner afterwards like you had planned? Keep taking good care of yourself.
Great news JoAnne. Your doctor is correct about problems resolving themselves with time. I still have some daily discomfort over my left shoulder blade and I'm 2 months post op. So, guess patience is the name of the game. Keep up the good work.
You are doing fantastic!!
Give yourself a pat on the back. You Have had major surgery and are truly doing great.. Sometimes we expect things to move along a little quicker, but you are moving forward just fine. It's good you are faithful with the breathing exercises. They are necessary to expand your lungs. I'll bet your doctor is impressed. Take a nap when you need to, your sleep should eventually straighten out. So glad to hear from you. Wish we lived closer so we could help. Love, Marylou & Jeff
So good to hear how well you are managing. It's not such a bad thing to take the time to remember where you came from and where you are headed and remembering to count your many blessings. No doubt your husband doesn't want you to dwell on the trauma and he's probably right, the body does have a way of forgetting the painful part. Keep up the walking and the breathing exercises and you should hopefully improve steadily. Good to hear of your progress.
Hi JoAnne, WOW!! You are doing fantastic. The re may be some days that are better than others but just keep plugging along. Would a Melatonin or Sleepy time tea with Chamomile help with the sleep? You are not as active as before and may be napping during the day - which is good. Your sleep pattern will return. Take care. Madeleine
Sounds like you're doing great JoAnne. You'll be running circles around me in no time :) Give me a call when you're up for company - or if you need anything at all, just let me know. Until then, I'll be following your progress and keeping out of your hair. (no pun intended!)
So glad to hear about your progress. I am about 10 weeks since surgery, and I have nights I do not sleep. I do not know why..the pattern is just different than before surgery. Keep up the walking and keep us posted.
What a "trooper" you are! So glad that things are going well for you at home. Your family and Steve have been doing a great job, too.
Hope the sleep will start to improve soon. There is no keeping this girl down!
PS Let me know if you need anything. I can just whip right over....975-2505
Good to hear your good news. Don't fret too much about the poor sleep, it'll sort itself out. Here I am 2 months post op and was awake from 4am on (woke up to go to the bathroom). Could not go back to sleep, so got up at 5am and got on line and read till my sweet husband awakened at 6:30. Do hope you take the time to nap a little during the day or at least rest. Keep up the good recovery.
Joanne, I am so happy to hear that your surgery has been such a success! It sounds like you're healing beautifully and you've made the absolute best out of this health challenge. The sleeping pattern will gradually work itself out, especially as you are up engaging in more activity during the day. You are truly inspirational, and I admire your strength and positivity throughout this venture in life. I enjoyed meeting your Dad, what a delightful soul! Sending love and well wishes, Ginny Anderson.
I've been checking here daily and was really glad to see the latest entry. You are doing so well -- I am really impressed by all you've accomplished in such a short time. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Glad to hear that you're doing so well and I know that you will continue to improve each and every day. You're a very strong individual plus you have a great attitude about your health and life in general, which only helps your body (as you very well know, I'm preaching to the Choir).
Hang in there!
Sending all my positive thoughts and prayers your way,
So glad to hear that you are doing so well!! I've been birding the past week with Tom in Ohio and Michigan. Tom says to tell you that he is happy that you are home and starting the recovery process. Being at home is a significant improvement over the hospital, I am sure!! :) I'll be stopping in again later to check on how you are doing! Hugs, Elizabeth M.
Congratulations on your early release. Your determination to get on your feet quickly obviously has helped you in getting out of the hospital and back to familiar surroundings and your loved ones. Keep the spirometer working and get your walking in as much as you can. It all helps. Will keep you in my prayers.