Hi Mart Ann
What a wonderful report, a perfect heart and no medications!!! You are fortunate that you have no blood pressure problems which I do. I actually am taking more meds than before my surgery, but I am doing well. Enjoy life.
Hi Mary Ann. I'm so glad that Lee and I were able to come to Alliance and have lunch with you and Gene and family. You looked great after all that you have been through. Glad you had a nice trip and got home safely. Looking forward to seeing you at our 50th Nursing Class reunion next June 2012. Love, Jeanie Leahy Knudtson
Hi, Mary Ann. I am rejoicing with you on this anniversary! It sounds like you are experiencing good health once again for the most part. Heard through Mary of your visit with the Denver nurses. How I would have loved to be there to see all of you and hear your great laugh again! You are in my prayers daily. Keep us posted.
Love, Linda Reske
Hi Mary Ann
Great news on your recovery one year later. I remember reading about those return hospital trips. I marvel that you aren't on any meds, wish I could say that.Would you opt for the robotic surgery again based on your results? Just curious. But, yes, we are blessed with the excellent care we received and the marvels of medicine. Stay healthy and continue to enjoy life.
Hola Mary Ann: Just a thought on Mammograms. I will not have another one of them. I am going for thermography. This will be the new mammogram of the future. I live outside of Portland Oregon and there is a doctor not too far away who does the thermography. It is based on heat waves. You may want to look it up. I am 64 and the amount of radiation I have been exposed to is considerable as are so many of us with heart problems. My hospital is now tracking the amount of radiation exposure of their patients. I go in for my surgery November 23 - Aortic Valve replacement. It sounds like the hard part of your journey is about over. Take good care JoAnne
Hi Mary Ann
Thanks for letting us know how well you are doing. Also glad you're off meds, something I was hoping for, but not so. In fact just had to double dose of Diovan an systolic pressure has been running in the 140's. Diastolic and pulse is great. Did you ever figure out just what is missing in making a complete recovery? Or is it just an unknown feeling? Keep us up to date am curious to know what the "mended hearts" do. I am continuing to walk 10-11 vigorous miles a week with my video program I journaled about.
So good to hear from you and to hear you're doing so well 6 months after surgery. My 6 month anniversary will be Saturday and, like you, I'm pretty much back to normal.
I had a mammogram about a month after surgery. Ouch! I told the tech that the mammogram hurt more than heart surgery and I wasn't kidding although I don't think I had much more pain this time than mammograms past. They just plain hurt! (Can't they figure out a better way to do it???) Hope yours isn't too bad.
I think Mended Hearts is a great idea. I'm still working so I don't have the time to join (they meet during the day here.)
Enjoy Christmas in Spain (that sounds wonderful!) and lots of good health.
Good news Mary Ann, glad all is going so well for you and hope your upcoming testing will settle things for you. Will it be easy for you to keep up your exercise level since you've finished rehab? I do it, but enjoyed the organization of the classes, like you. Take care.
Hi Mary Ann,
It was wonderful to read how great you are doing! I can't even imagine climbing 5 steps let alone as many as you did. I am very happy for you.
I have the numbness in my right breast also but a lot of days the nerves will act up and I feel pain and itching. Did they nick your phrenic nerve also?
Hoping your recovery continues on its smooth road.
Thoughts and prayers,
Hi Mary Ann
So good to hear from you, was wondering how you're doing. Just wondering why they don't feel you should maybe be on a medication to get your heart rate lower? It must have been a great accomplishment to climb those stairs. We spent a weekend in Door County many years ago and it is beautiful. We will be in Chicago next month visiting our daughter and celebrating our 50th. Drop a note every now and then.
Does the neurologist know about your propensity to send the same msg twice? That may be a symptom, does seem migrainey to me but I am such a horrible clinician it's bound to be something else. Say hi to the kids, love, Kathy
Good to hear things are moving in a positive way for you. After reading your post today about the mild seizures, I wanted to remind you that Everett has had two full blown seizures with the tonic-clonic reactions. He had an EEG done when the second one happened in 1999, the other was in high school when he went to Alaska with your Dad and Theresa (I think it was Theresa). Anyway, no diagnosis for the cause of either one. Glad you are having such a good time with Stephanie and family. Marla
Hi Mary Ann
Glad to read an update. Think I would also take the wait and see attitude. Apparently as we age migraines can cause visual disturbances instead of the pain generally associated with it. My husband had this problem a few years ago and the neurological opthamologist determined that was his problem. Went away and never returned. Wishing the same for you.PS, when you accidently send a message twice you can delete one, I had to do that once.
Thanks Seph for posting the latest on my sister. Sounds positive health being restored. What a BLessing!! I had my first pedicure. I have to wear support hose for the rest of my life on account of leaking veins. However, Sat. when AMy and I sat in recliners and had stone pedicures---all my troubles vanished. Now I have beautiful HOT PINK toe nails that can not be seen when wearinghose. However, When I take them off in eve-- those hot pink nails make me smile. I think they glow in the dark. Ben pcked out beautiful sun glasses to match my pink farm girl cap with hot pink trim. Are you counting the days until Tony gets here??Love, Theresa
Hi Mary Ann & Stephanie
Have been wondering how the nerve biopsy went and now am glad it came back normal and the vacation went ahead as planned. Glad things are coming along well, keep it up.I'm 2/3 thru my cardiac rehab and doing well.
Good Grief! Hadn't checked my e-mails for several days and now find out things have all gone sideways! All this going on and your wonderful family is there to surround you with love. Hope everything is now stable and ok and you're all off on adventures and good times. Love to all.
Hi Mary Ann, This your cousin Rosie Mullany. I can't believe that I found you. I haven't yet read your journal but wanted to send this note to you first. I can't believe that you have a heart problem. I recently re-read your Christmas letter. You mentioned something about another type operation. I've been meaning to write you to urge you to start a blog or a column in a news paper - you are such a good writer - funny and very interesting, My entire family is on facebook and I just recently got on board and today they announced that there are now 5 million of us. I'm visiting my daughter, Maureen Hartnett who lives in Marylnd. Her son Michael Hartnett is a filmmaker and we went to the premiere of his new short film in Indiana, Pennsylvania - Jimmy Stewart's home town. Last year his production company,Vinegar Hill,won first prize at the San Deigo film festival. Other members of my family that you will meet on facebook are: Joan Mullany Ballard dau, Jim Mullany son, Jim Trickey bro. I'll write more later. Much love to you and your family.
Rosie (listed on facebook as Rosemary Mullany)
Mary Ann I want to mention to you that my husband had a simalar experience with his eyes and lost sight for about 5 minutes. After going to 3 Drs he was told that it was a optic migraine and many people as they age experience this. That was 3 years ago and he has never had it again.I have met alot of people that had the same.
Hello, Mary Ann. I want to apologize for the lengthy time it took me to get back to you. But with two jobs, and a house to take care of by myself, I have to stay away from that computer sometimes or I will get on it and stay too long.
I think my problems with establishing a "new normal" start with the sense of still being in denial about what happened with the body that had run perfectly well for all my life. My view of myself as a healthy person who, whatever other problems she faced, didn't have to worry about her health has certainly been lost to me. And like any other loss,I have to incorporate it into a new life, and forget about rebuilding the old one that is gone. Like the process of learning to live with any other loss, some part of me is still in denial that this happened to me. So accepting and learning to live with the changes runs up against that brick wall of denial every so often and I find myself emotionally right back where I was the day I left the hospital.
But I am finding my way around that brick wall a little more often as time goes by. I have learned to take on the problems of this new world one by one and try to learn that it will not be going away and I have to find a way to live with some of the most basic things I took for granted. I was woefully unprepared for what I was facing learning to live with something that will be "me" for the rest of my life. I am now a woman with a heart problem that I will need to monitor forever. Like every other loss of my life, some days I can accept it, and some days it is harder.
But I know there are going to be those "hard" days and that is a lot of progress for me. I think I am moving through all those stages of grief at the same time, as sometimes I go from denying to accepting in the same day. Taking on the problems of the new me one at a time and working on a solution to them that way has helped a lot. That old Theresa had learned a lot about how to cope in life and if I just listen to her more often, I bet she can help the new one establish herself.
Thank you for your prayers and best wishes. I have never lost sight of the fact that I am lucky to have this second chance, and lucky to have found such a valuable resource as this website to help me.
Your entries are always so upbeat. That is so helpful to us believe it or not and we know you are the one going through it all. Anyway so glad that things are looking up for you today. Hope it continues. Looking forward to seeing you in Ft. Rob.
Sharon and Roger
So what next? Eh? I'm praying you get to the bottom of this new malady soon and that everything turns out to be just a quirk. Enjoy your daughter's visit and hopefully that will keep your mind mostly occupied so as not to dream dreary thoughts.
Oh my! If it isn't one thing, it's another. So sorry you have to go through more right before your trip. We are praying for you and looking forward to your next update and seeing you next week. Many Hugs--Sharon and Roger
Hi Mary Ann
Prayers that this is not arteritis, but if it not, then what could it be? Seems like this is not related to your open heart surgery. Life will get better, it has to, you deserve it. Glad your family arrived safely from Spain and you will be happy to enjoy their company.
k i Mary Ann. I don't know how I missed seeing it before, but it says right under your picture that you are from Sioux Falls.
Sorry! I'm glad i found you though, except as luck would have it, I am five minutes away from having to get ready for work going to work-now there's some progress),so I will write you back in detail at another time. I do appreciate the time you and so many others have taken to welcome me to the site and offer help with what I am going through. I am feeling better about things already!
Hi Mary Ann
My blood pressure and heart rate have come down so well when my medication was tripled after my first cardio visit. I'd like to take less, but we will wait until my 6 month check up before he makes any adjustments. Obviously every doctor has a different treatment plan. As you said, you'll watch it and maybe it'll need some tweaking.
I've been keeping up with your trials and tribulations and couldn't wish anything better for you than the great news you received in Rochester. I'm sure your friend who said once the pain is gone, you will forget it like the pain of childbirth. Unfortunately, the difference is that it is lastig MUCH longer. When do you want the books for next year's books discussion sent to you? Will e-mail then when you wish. My
prayers and wishes for continued healing. Gloria L.
Hey Girl, So happy to hear that all is wonderful regarding your heart. I know that that in itself is taking some of the stress out of your life. We have been praying for you. I'm sure knowing that the surgery was successful will help in dealing with the pain you still have;especially knowing that is has nothing to do with the heart problems that you had. I know it helps me with the pains I still have from my breast surgeries and radiation. The radiation oncologist says they probably did it to me. Anyway we are thrilled that you received good news from your surgeon and will continue praying for your recovery back to "brand new". Sent with much Aloha, The Timlins, Dee & Gary.
So glad to hear the good news. Also brought a smile to my face that you went to the Pannekoeken. That's Dutch for pancake. We enjoyed lots of them when we lived in Holland.
I got to go to Denver to the St. Joe's brunch. Only 3 of us from our class...Ellie, myself and Mary Lou Bryne. It was a nice time. Didn't get to see Mary Taylor but talked on the phone. If any of you class of 62 read this, please send me your ideas for our 50th in 2012. Jeanie