So nice to hear from my fellow Packer fan! Thanksgiving I had to recruit one of my grandsons from Mich to be a traitor for the day. My children, grandchildren, husband all Lion fans, but I will never......
I am so glad you are doing great I reread your journey from last year, such spunk! Keep in touch and GO PACKERS! Great games this past weekend we are U of M fans glad they won in OT last night!
I live in Delafield,WI and I am having valve surgery with Dr. Gillinov next October. I noticed in your journal that you drove home from the Cleveland Clinic after your surgery. Was the drive difficult and uncomfortable? I'm still trying to decide whether to fly or drive. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks very much!
Hi Again Joe,
I read your journal when I first joined this
we bsite when I was out of my mind with anxiety. Just re-read it today and didn't remember anything I had originally read. Note to self: re - read all the journals of people who went to the Cleveland Clinic.
I am working on my long list of questions for Dr. Gillanov. Is there anything you suggest that I put on my list?
Having gone through this is there any advice or recommendations you can make regarding waking up from surgery, ICU, recovery, etc?
It's interesting that you wore a mask on the plane because I also intend to to the same - out and back.
I can only hope that my surgery and recovery go as well as yours. Thanks for your support via email.
I just read your journal and am really impressed with the speed of your recovery. I too had AVR Nov 22 (so 5 1/2 weeks) at NY Col Presbyterian. I'm wondering if you had any wires put in as part of the closing process.
and if you have any residual pain from the incision. I seem to but over the counter tylenol or aleve seems to take care of that.
Please respond on my journal page -
Wishing yo ocntinued good health
Congratulations on your speedy recovery and I wish you continued good health and a long and happy life.
I am heading out to the Cleveland Clinic on Jan. 18th for an appt. with Dr. Griffin and then surgery will be scheduled. I have a prolapsed mitral valve w/regurgitation. I plan to have Dr. Marc Gillanov do the surgery. I would appreciate sharing any information you may have about the whole procedure, the doctors, the hospital, etc. I am very very nervous and anxious.
Who was your surgeon?
Was the breathing tube still in place when you woke up?
Any suggestions for me?
Again, I wish you all the very best life has to offer. Ruth
I've been reading about your journey through pre and post and I'm amazed at how well you've come along, you're a very strong individual mentally and emotionally. I know your family & friends, as well as you feel very blessed for these positive results. I believe a Great pecentage of your outcome is your own outlook, strengths & beliefs. Gods Speed... Have a Blessed Christmas Season...
Dear Joe, it is very nice to hear that you are recovering.
I am very glad the difficult few days after the operation are now behind you and sincerely hope you quick full recovery.
On behalf of all my colleagues at MES in Egypt, we wish you all the best.
Glad to see you are doing good, i am 11 days from surgery still hard to believe as i haven't really had any symptoms. I have been trying to watch what i eat now for a little over a year now and it does get easier with time but still a pain sometimes especially when you eat out. Take care of yourself and watch out for ice when you are out walking, we just received around 8" of wet sloppy snow in Minneapolis/st Paul over the weekend.
Glad to hear that things are progressing smoothly for you. I am with you 100% on the food labels - I also have to keep track of carbs since I'm diabetic. Its still a real pain in the rear and I'm just about 4 months post-op :( Take care.
Hey fellow cheesehead, you are one strong young man and so smart in keeping all in the proper prospective. Loved your humor and the mask, great idea. You may have seen I just had a inpatient visit for a collapsed lung but am recuperating at home. I have followed all your entries and I am thrilled you are on your way to the recovery process. Don't minimize your procedure, valve replacement is valve replacement no matter age, gender etc
Susan V NC
Great report, glad you are doing so well. I too, had my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in March (Dr. Gillinov) and I also can't say enough about the experience. I never felt like a number as some large hospitals can do. Keep healing, but don't overdo. Listen to your body. You will have some days that you know you need to rest more as you may have overdone it the previous day. PS-I traveled from FL for my surgery.
Haslinger just sent me this link to your website, but has kept me abreast (no pun intended) of your status. You know he's still back in the 1990's from a technology standpoint, so I'm glad he finally figured out how to send a hyperlink to somebody :)
This all sounds very scary to me, having been in the hospital a couple of imes myself. However,nothing nearly this intense, so I can only imagine the siutation you have, and are, going through.
I'll say another prayer for you today and tonight and I hope your heart heals up fast, as any more Michigan football could be just too much for ANYONE to handle, let alone you. The Buckeyes are a good alternative and should heal you heart, soul and mind up very quickly. So I'm writing you a script for that right now.
Joe: Glad to read of your continued progress. Don't sweat the small stuff that crops up, though. None of us goes through this process without encountering some glitches along the way. The key to the painkillers is to take them before the pain takes hold. First twinge--get that med in. You'll soon find, though, that there are certain times of the day that are worse than others (for me it's late afternoon) and taking the meds before the pain starts works best.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
I just went through 20 pages of these posts, because I swore that I already sent one. Oh well, you know where I stand anyway. What amazes me as I am going through this is looking at the number of work friends who have posted on here. It just proves what I have said all along, you are a joy to work with (most of the time). Keep your gown down, and get back to work ASAP!!! We need to start cashing in on some sympathy business right away!
Sounds like your making great strides. Just remember, you did just have open heart surgery, just keep that in mind when your doing laps. Its good to get moving, but moderation is the key.
I had to come off of the percocet because it was making me sick to the stomach, so they switched me to Ultram, and that did the trick for me.
Also, didn't have those strips you mentioned, but my incision was glued instead of stitches, etc.
keep up the great work.
Great news Joe glad to hear you are recovering so quickly:-) I meet with my surgeon yesterday and all of my test came back very good other than they will still have to replace my aortic valve and ascending aortic artery, little less than a month till my surgery. Congratulations on a successful surgery.