Hi Kerry - finally got onto your blog. As a fellow open hearter (don't know if that's a correct term, but it works for me). It appears they beat you up more then me. I'm hoping Ian and I can have a coffee withyou soon. Good job Big Guy!! See you soon ! Tim !
I am about eight weeks post AVR and double bypass surgery.
I too had some problems sleeping on my side at night. I now take one tylenol ES at bed time which allows me to roll around without waking up. It allows me to get a better sleep at night as I have a hard time falling back to sleep after waking. Melatonin also helps my sleep.
we have been keeping up with your journal entries even though we haven't contacted you directly - just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts each day 'to get better' and you are!!!
Tobin had his birthday hope you got to enjoy a bit of it; Dave has been hanging at our place when he gets rained out - he cooks for us - perfect guest to host and of course we drink way too much wine!
Saskatchewan is having a heat wave this July-each day is over 30 thank goodness we live at the lake, when you go for a swim there is no coolness so we swim until we get a little bit of a shiver and head home for a cool one; Burton will be home from August 1-15 so we hope the boat shows up and is repaired; Justin and Niki should be in victoria on August 1 they left Canmore today
You are mending and we thank you for letting us be part of the journal - you are in our thoughts, ben, darlene and sarah freeing
Hi Kerry, hopefully you'll be able to get back to your bed soon, it feels great to be able to sleep again! I hope you adjust to your "ticking" too, think of it as your lifeline! I'm still dressing my incision, and it's healing very slowly, from the inside out. Do you have to have yours packed with anything? or just have the dressing changed?. I'm glad it's not infected, but pay close attention to your body, I ended up getting the chills one evening, and then ran a low-grade temp for 5 days, after many blood tests and cultures, and a chest xray, it was decided my incision was infected again after 2 months. Back on antibiotics and I feel as good as new! It's amazing how much it takes out of you! My stamina and energy are so much better now.
hey Kerry - Your journal is so fascinating and I feel like I am with you and really understanding your recovery. Your gratitude to those around you is awesome - I guess what is important really becomes clear.
I wish you all the best - speedy and complete recovery.
Be well -
Kerry,sorry to hear about your little "setback". It's tough to get that INR/Coumadin regulated at first, and you really have to watch what you eat and drink! Ibuprofen can also play a part in it. I have had some trouble with my incision too, you can read about it in my journal. Are you able to clean it yourself? It does take a while to heal, much longer than I thought it would! Hang in there, it will get better. Hopefully you are on some antibiotics for the infection, that alone will help you feel so much better!
Hey Kerry, just read through all this. WOW. You have been through an amazing journey already and you will continue to go through the rest with flying colors and we will be going to the Bengal Lounge this summer!!
Good afternoon, Kerry. It's great to hear that you're recovering well! I like the journal idea, awesome way to communicate. I'm running in a 8k cross country race tomorrow morning called the "Do It for Dad" run. It's a fundraiser for prostrate cancer....I'll dedicate the run to you! I'm looking forward to you running again so we can do the "Elk/Beaver Lake" run. Hopefully you'll be able to take a phone call tomorrow. Get well, buddy......
Just found this....amazing that you could even consider sharing it all...and you are doing really well!! Here in the UK we are all keeping in touch about your welfare and progress and send you all our love and best wishes....Auntie Barbara & Uncle Phil & Co. xxx
Good to hear Kerry is on the way to recovery. Discomfort will be much less when all of the tubes and wires are removed. When you consider everything that he had replaced, just being fixed is a blessing. Look forward to hearing his anxiety is gone and he is feeling much more comfortable.
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face recovery now. Glad surgery is over, the next week will be tough, but you can do it! One day at a time. Keep taking walks and take those deep breaths!
Kerry, I know hearing about needing the extra "work" is discouraging and probably more than a little frightening. Just remember, they do this everyday, not nearly as big of a deal to the surgeons. I will have you in my prayers.
Linda Dixon 3/13/12
Kerry, 20 years is actually a long time. If the On X was invented by the same fellow that invented the St Jude...he must have had a reason for trying to improve it?? Just a thought. Good luck with your decision and I will keep you in my prayers!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
This journal is an excellent idea - it's good to read your upbeat approach - has to be done so get on with it! Since you're in such good shape I'm sure you'll sail thru with flying colors. Will be thinking of you.