Way to go Kevin!
Glad to hear the update that all is going well. Keep up the good work and look forward to having a ski together next summer if I'm out west.
Take care and continued steady recovery.
Your pal, Mike (and Ryan & Kayley)
So great to hear that your recovery is moving along well! I know what you mean about the cardio weights! One pound weights are all I can do right now and it is almost embarrassing to go through the motions with them! Haha! But gotta start someplace! Good luck with your rehab! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
Kevin, appreciate this post, my hubby had AVR just this morning and we read your post last night. He is a very active guy and laughed at your lifting weights comment. I think it inspired him to know that he will get back to his routine in due time.
Patty, (the other half)
Hi Kevin, I know I am chasing down the mountain. If you have a cow valve maybe I will seeing you grazing while Im grazing. I am amazed at the out come of surgery too. It wasnt all that bad. You take care and good luck to you on your recovery.
Mooing all over
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Gives new meaning to "keep on ticking"....literally. Glad to hear recovery is progressing well, albeit slowly. Kudos to Shelly! Continued good wishes from our house to yours and hope the staple removal goes as smoothly as can be...doesn't sound like fun!!..All the best as you move forward.
Hi Kevin, glad to hear all went well and they threw you out of hospital early! I like to hear these success stories (really, really like them!). All the best, Cheers, Tim Jackson and everyone here at Trenholme & Company.
Hi Kevin, Shelley & Family,
Kevin, great news on how the procedure went. Sounds like you are progressing very well, not surprising. Hoping for a speedy recovery and that you are back on the water very soon.
Love, Wilma and Jack Smith
OK, So I'm not supposed to send you any pictures that will make your heart race or say anything that will make you laugh hard, so this message will be a little different than you're used to.
We all knew with your Herculean body that the surgery would go well and with the outpouring of love, positive vibes being sent your way and your amazing attitude, the recovery will be miraculous or maybe even quicker. Here's to hearing the sweet sound of your bass, your first ski carving up Shawnigan and an even better life with your new turbo ticker (fuelled by Patron). Heal fast and smile lots!!
Lloyd & Bobbie
Hi Kevin and Mrs. Walker, Glad it all over with and all went well. I know just how you feel. I was there waiting by myself as my daughter was having her valve put in 3 years ago. That was the longest 3 hours of my life espically when you are by yourself. But as I look back now, I think it was God preparing me for my big day in 13 days. Now she will be waiting for me along with my husband. I just hope he has the courage to do this as he is 13 years older than I am. I with you the both of us cant wait for it to be over with and I can get back to a normal life, if I can remember what that is. Cant wait to find out.
Well heres to a speedy recovery. Hope this part goes well for you too. See you soon on the other side of the mountain. Enjoy.
Mooving on up
Don talked to your Mom today and she sent us the message to get on and see all your info. It is quite facinatine. I am glad you are through your surgery and that all went well. We were thinking about you yesterday.
Take care of yourself and recovery will be great. Loads of hugs to all,
Uncle Don and Auntie Connie
Kevin, My thoughts were with you all day Wednesday and was so relieved to hear that the surgery went well. Now I want to wish you a smooth and speedy recovery. Please know that Dave and I are there for you and Shelley and the boys if there is anything you need at all. See you soon buddy...God Bless...xoxo Lois
We said a prayer for you today, and know God must have heard
We felt the answer in our hearts, althoug He spoke no word.We didn't ask for wealth or fame, we know you wouldn't mind.
We asked Him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.
We asked that He be near you at the start of each new day,
To grant you health and blessings and friends to share your way.
we asked for happiness for you in all things great and small.
But it was for His loving care for you our son,
we prayed the most of all. Mom and Dad
Hi Kevin,Welcome to the other side of the mountain, now the real work starts but you will do great on this as well. As for sneezing of evern coughing grab that pillow and hug it like it is your wife. That will be your very best friend for a while. And dont forget the spirometer too. So heres to a speedy recovery. Good luck
Mooving on up
Kato, great news from Shelley and we are all relieved to hear it has gone well. Now it is recovery time with a renewed life ahead of you. Tough Mudder, marathons, who knows! Love you buddy...in a manly way :-)
Kevin, wish you the best and my Prayers are with you for a full recovery. The decision on which valve is very difficult. I'm still confused but leaning toward the bovine since I'm 66. If I were much younger, the on-x would have been my decision. Keep us informed of your progress. Don
Good Luck tomorrow!
I had my AVR in July & I too was the first surgery of the day. It is so much easier that way...
I wish you all the best with surgery & pray your recovery is a smooth one!!!
Keep us posted....we are all praying for you!
HI Kevin, Just want to wish you the very best. You will just sail thru all of this and be on the other side of the mountain. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Gods speed to you. He will be there for you. Good luck
Mooving on up
You are a young guy and will do very well through this journey.
I found that it was helpful to stay busy and keep my mind occupied the last week or so. Time will pass faster that way.
You have made all the important decisions and now you have to do your part which is to follow the instructions of the doctors and nurses. The next thing you know you will be on the other side and progressing through your recovery.
Hi Kevin, I have asked my friend to get in touch with this site to give info on the ON-X. In the meantime you can search his threads on valve replacement.org......his user name is bdryer. He has posted lots of info on the ON-X and can even get you in touch with the Canadian distributor who also has lots of info.
I think the biggest factor to consider is that you do NOT want to go through another open heart surgery and months and months and months and months of recovery to get back in shape.
When you are a very active person, as in multiple sports, you will be emotionally devastated with the loooooong recovery period. After surgery you lose ALL of your aerobic conditioning. I had a St Jude Trifecta pericardial bovine tissue valve installed at age 63, mostly because my wife and others feared the blood thinner regime of a mechanical valve. That On-X mechanical would be a great choice if you go that way.
Check out the
website for GREAT info on choosing and living with a new valve.
Hi Kevin, Welcome to HVJ. You were asking about valves. My daughter at age 29 had a St Jude valve put in. She has no problem with it except taking couadian for the rest of her life. She also has 3 very active kids. I am 65 and will be getting a cow valve new and improved. Doctor said it will last up to 25 years so I am happy about that. It is a very big decision to make. Read all you can about all the valves. I would think probably a mechanical is what your doctor would suggest. I will follow you and see how things are going with you. Will keep you in my prayers and good luck to you. Keep us all posted.
Mooving on up
Hi Kevin, I'm a 41 year old in the waiting room. Thought I was headed to the table this past spring but it turned out to be an echo reading on Vancouver Island (Comox) that was showed serious progression even though it was still at the moderate stage. Good luck....I'll be following your journal to see how you're doing. Do you know who is doing the surgery....? A good friend of mine had the first ON-X mechanical valve done in Calgary (he was very active and in his early 50's as well)...He did tons of research on it and is a wealth of information. If you like I can get you his contact?
Taking that first step is a big accomplishment. We finally set a firm date of August 1 for surgery and it seems so real now.
I hope you will feel as confident in your dr as I do and I wish you much peace during these next stages.
Take good care,