Good Morning Melissa
Thanks for the update and the great news of your full recovery. Our bodies are wonderful pieces of machinery, aren't they? I'm doing well also, 6+ months post op. Take care and enjoy life.
Good Morning Melissa
Thanks for your encouraging note to me. I will get better, not as soon as I had wanted or hoped. God is teaching me patience. So glad you've done so well, back yo work and all. I assume you have a sedentary job. Post every now and then and tell us about how well you're doing. God bless.
EXCELLENT NEWS! Although back to work doesn't sound appealing to some of us I'm sure it's exciting to you knowing that you will be getting back to 'normal' very soon. Sounds like you're making great progress and a big BLESS YOU to your family and extended support group. Take care Love to All!
You are doing so well! That's awesome. Don't let apparent plateaus or lack of daily progress get you down. Just keep on. Almost time to go back to work. That'll help you feel more normal. Do you feel ready?
This is your second open heart surgery?! 30 years ago? What were you, minus 2? Wow, that's really something.
Happy Easter to you and your family! It's so wonderful to have children (and for us grandchldren) at Easter and Christmas.
That's a terrific report you just earned. Good for you. Can't imagine having this surgery twice so let's hope this one is the absolute last. Did you find much difference between the two - hoping you'll say the second one was better in advancements made. You're really brave.
Melissa, you sound great and we're so happy that you have progressed so quickly. I can't believe that you are going back to work on the 12th...only a little more than a week. Your Mom & Dad and Jason certainly deserve gold stars for their help & support. You are very lucky; we've always known they are special friends. Hope you have fun at the Easter Egg Hunt and a Happy Easter to you & your family. Hope to see you guys soon.
Love, Ruth & Bob
Sounds like you are doing great!!!I am 16 days post op and walking outside twice a day. Each day I go further and am not as breathless as I had been the day before. Seems like baby steps, but they add up. Having the responsibility of young ones is a mixed blessing. Lots of extra gentle hugs, but am so glad your mom gets them off to school, etc. Your husband sounds like a keeper as is mine. Our daughter just left, mad an apple pie, did laundry, vacuumed and washed floors while she was here. Such a big help. Of course, she brought along our 6 year old grandson Michael who deemed my scar to be "yucky". So wonderful to see him again. Keep up the good work.
Melissa, I am so glad to see that you are almost there. Hopefully, going back to work won't be too tiring for you. You are an awesome woman and are so fortunate to have all the support that you have. I know you and that YOU want to do everything yourself, so hang in there and allow all the help you get for a while longer. Love to you all, Ida
Sorry, I forgot to leave my name on my previous message. I am less than a week from my surgery date and a litte anxious. Thanks for all the words of encourgement. I hope to do as well as you have! Your family is beautiful! I have two small children myself and look forward to finally feeling better and having the energy needed to keep up with them!
Melissa,I am so glad to hear that things are going well for you. We have been praying for you each night, and Kathleen and Rebecca often ask how you are doing. Of course Rebecca keeps asking for details - "so what exactly is she in the hospital for?" and "how did this happen?". Of course we miss you here at work, but we are thrilled that you are healing well, and as I understand it, beginning to feel the benefits of the surgery. Take care. John S.
So glad to hear of your 'uneventful' recovery! You're blessed to have such a wonderful Mom, Husband as well as family and friends supporting you. Keep up the progress and enjoy those walks on the beach. Love you all....Sharon
Hi Melissa, I will be 3 wks post op March 23
and was interested to note your comments about your skin. My skin on my tummy is also peeling and I still have big bruises from Heprin (blood thinning drug) injections they gave me in hospital, they will take a while to disappear I think. My incision wound looks good and I don't think I will end up with an ugly scar. Take care.
Thalia Faunt, Ballarat, Australia
Just wanted to let you know that your story has inspried me! I too am facing open heart surgery, just to repair a valve, but still very scared and anxious. I also have two small children and am 36yrs old. I wish you all the best in your recovery and hope to do as well as you have!
Sometimes uneventful is great, so Yay!!! I'm happy the healing process is going well. As you already know you have a great family, it is wonderful how they pull together to help you when you need it. They all want the same outcome, to see you get better. So do we (Rob, Ny, & I). How are the books?
Loved your very dull and uneventful posting!!!! What a welcome change and I'm sure you understand what I mean. Thank goodness for our support groups too. You are so fortunate to have your mom live so close helping you to keep your household on somewhat of a normal schedule. Wishing you continued success in your recovery. Cheryl, Ontario
What a great progress report! A "routine" recovery! Awesome! You're doing great! It'll be no time at all until you're able to do more things yet! You're really getting there. LOL at Kayleigh's platypus remark. Kids say the darndest. Keep moving forward.
Hey - you didn't mention what your little milestone are!!! Shaving your legs is huge!!! OK - I won't say any more. I love being there to help you and to see the girls each morning. Every day I see your improvement and it is truly wonderful to see how well you are doing. We're all very fortunate that you married Jason - he is an amazing husband and father.
Good Morning Melissa
Great news from your doctor and the antibiotics is just good insurance in case there is some bug lurking there. Are your daughters in school or pre-school so they are gone during the day? Keep posting and healing. You are my role model for post op.
Good to see you are improving. I could walk the flats pretty much without any difficulty but I was a long time being able to climb the stairs without getting breathless and I have been used to running up and downstairs many times a day even before the surgery. It will come. Take care. Cheryl, Ontario
hey baby sis! I am so glad that you are doing so well! I am sure that the coloring in your skin will be back to normal soon.. it is just awsome that you are feeling so well... I am still on the jon hunt and hoping for something soon, but who knows what will happen with the job market the way it is - it is still pretty scary out there. please let me know if there is anything i can do to help from here - I love you! and you too Jason, Kayleigh and Sierra :) Kathy
Melissa, so glad to hear that you are recovery so quickly. Give Jason a big hug for taking such good care of you and the girls. I wonder if he's a little excited to be going back to work...LOL! You made me hungry with the mention of spaghetti and meatballs. Maybe we can all get together and get Daddy to cook us a couple of his famous tri tips once you're ready to rock and roll! Love to all! Sharon
Melissa so glad ou are doing so good. I know the girls are glad you are home even if they were getting spoiled by grandma and papa. Wish we lived closer so I could help you too. Love you lots. Mom and Rocky
Try rubbing alcohol on the adhesive. If that doesn't work, an only if you don't have really sensitive skin, get one of those orange/citrus cleaner things, dilute some and scrub it BEFORE a shower. Then ensure you put lotion on afterwards. Worked for me on the stupid adhesive for the EKG cords.
Hi Missy! I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well! you are very luck to have jason! I know what it is like to have a loving husband to take care of you when you are ill - Jackie, too was Just the best! he was wonderful and made sure taht I had everything I needed to recover fully - and Mom and dad are the best too! soon you will be asking for the BBQ to be fired up! :) ~I will give you a call tomorrow! I have been on the job hunt and that has been keeping me pretty busy - no bites yet but it has not been a week yet. I am hoping to hear something soon! We love you! Alexandra and Jackie send their love! and mee too!!! love ya baby sis! Kathy
You are so lucky to have the help you do when you have such a young family. How great to have your folks living so close by as well and I'm sure they love being able to look after you and your family.
When I came home I had tape on top of tape and it was everywhere. It took us ages to remove it using rubbing alcohol but we just kept plugging away, a bit at a time. We tried Goo-be-gone, you name it and the best was just the alcohol. Take care. Cheryl, Ontario
Glad you're doing so well at home. Keep on! Regarding the sticky stuff, it took me a good two weeks of scrubbing (obviously not non-stop) before I think I got it all. Then, I would still find occasional what I called "tape buggers." The yellow color took about the same amount of time to fade. But fade it does. Hang in there!
Good Morning Melissa
Thank you for the kind note this morning. Yes, the waiting has been tough, but am happy to be having Dr Gillinov as my surgeon, so the wait will be worth it. Hope you are not taking on too much activity with your 2 beautiful daughters.
just got off the phone w/ father Ed.- wonderful to hear of your courage and good progress - happy you are home w/ Jason and your great kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,
Ralph and the Ricci family
I am so glad the trip home went well. You are smart to set an alarm. You should not have pain when you can take something for it. Pain is too stressful. My daughter had to remind herself NOT to wait until she hurt to take her meds. Take care and enjoy being home with your family. Love, Ida
Hi there! I am so glad you had a good night sleep - I remember that feeling when I got home from the hospital last year - and that first shower is the best one you will ever have :) I am so soory I did not get to come up to see you yesterday before you left, but I ended up with a low greade fever all day. I am feeling better today and I will be back on the job hunt. if nothing comes in soon,
Jackie and I will take a road trip up there to see you. We love you very much and are so happy that you are recovering so well. keep up the great work, get lots of rest and you will be better than ever before you know it. I talked to Alexandra yesterday and she said to tell you hello and she loves you - we all wish you a speedy recovery! I love you baby sis! Kathy, Jackie and Alex
Hey Miss - you sounded sooo good this morning. I can't wait to see you later today. It's funny, but now that it's sort of "over" I'm feeling more emotional. I guess it's because I'm allowing myself to relax. You have had many, many angels praying for you - everyone I've spoken with have offered prayers & good thoughts for you. See you in a little while. Love, MD
We are very happy that you are now home where you can continue to recover in a familiar and comfortable place. We are very glad everything with the surgery went well and you will only continue to gain more strength and heal from this point on. Take care and continue to get better each day. Love, Doug and Kathy
Your healing should take a leap forward with being home and comfortable in your own environment. Something such as this blip in the road makes you much more appreciative of all you call your own. I wish you well as you continue on the road to great health. Cheryl, Ontario
The best news ever. I would assume your own home, daughters and good food will all go a long way in your healing. I will be flying home after my surgery, a 3 hour flight plus time at the airport at both ends. But the end result will be like yours-home sweet home! Keep healing and from what I read, rest is the motto of each day, every day.Prayers are answered.
Yeah, welcome home, Boardman family, welcome home! Isn't it wonderful just to be home?! I'm sure it will be a big boost to you both to be with your girls as well. May you continue to experience a healing road with no bumps.
Interestingly, my wife's parents used to live in Lompoc (Vandenberg Village). Dad was stationed at Vandenberg and then retired many years back. He passed away in 12/07 and we moved Mom to Florida to be near us last May. I love the central coast of California. We would often go to Morro Bay or Montano de Oro when we would visit.