How wonderful it was to read you posting of March 22. I gives me confidence to face my valve surgery in May. I am the same age as you and very undecided about tissue vs. mechinal valve, being on coumidin of course the major drawback but resurgery with tissue not a pleasant though either. Would love to talk to you if you would not mind.
Michael, how wonderful to celebrate your one-year mark! Congratulations and all praise to God! Your recovery was about as smooth as anyone's I read on the journals, and that's awesome! None of us, on our own, deserves God's grace and favor. He does it because He loves us, and He blesses us so that we can bless others. So go live your life to the fullest, loving God and loving people!! I feel blessed to be friends with you. Still gotta get up to Knoxville sometime.
After a bumpy early recovery, I too was living my life like I wasn't a heart valve patient. The last month has thrown some curve balls. I now have significant aortic insufficiency. It wasn't there a year ago when I had my mitral valve repair. So now I'm under close watch for that. I hated, for the sake of those awaiting surgery, to post that new journal, but I also must be honest. Anyhow, my reality is now that I will be a heart valve patient for life. God is good, and He is working me through the process of redirecting my thinking and expectations. Regardless, I trust Him and where He leads me.
Congratulations again, and my best to your family! Let me know if you ever get to central Florida and I'll let you know if I get to east Tennessee.
Michael - CONGRATULATIONS! For those of us that are waiting our surgery dates it is wonderful to read your update and I hope the anticipation is truly worse than reality. I too am asymtomatic with a Bicuspid AV that has severe stenosis. It was made worse by raditation I received from Hodgkins in my 20's. It sounds like you went with a mechanical valve - I am still debating. At 46 my cardiologist says that is what he would reccomend - but I am fearful of long term coumadin. What has your experience been like. So glad to see another positive story on here, Randa Gaalswijk
Congratulations on your anniversary. I just posted about my one year anniversary on march 2. Glad you are doing well, and what a great way to celebrate. Continued good health and best wishes to you.
hey Mike, great to hear you are doing well! Beautiful weather for a picnic. I hope we can keep it for a while! I actually had a wiffle ball game on Sunday with my kids, parents against kids, they smeared us:(. ha Continue to take care and enjoy those great repairs done on you! Don't take anything for granted but know you are so blessed because you are a great person!! God Bless you and your family!
Don't give Morgan a hard time even though I know it's fun and we do the same thing to our kids:-). Soooo glad you're at home now as I know you are too. You almost feel guilty taking up a hospital bed when you feel o.k. and want to go home and there is so much sickness around you, been there, done that, know exactly how you feel. I know you are glad to be back home. Now take it easy and try not to push yourself too hard. I know that's easy to do when you feel good and want to do more immediately.
So glad to know you're back home again, Michael! I'm praying that the meds and your body will keep the pericardial effusion at bay and you won't need the surgical drainage. Been there, done that. Will you back to work right away? Keep us posted, friend.
Hey Michael! Tell the doc to let you have a drink - wine, Scotch, vodka. My primary care doc said alcohol raises your INR! He told me one drink every once in a while won't kill me.
Am praying you get through this setback & get back to recovering!
God bless you!
Hello Mike,You do not know me. My name is Randy. I have been following your journal for the last 10 weeks. I had the same condition as you and had my valve replacement 8 weeks ago tomorrow. I have to say thank for helping me through this ordeal.Your writings gave me strength and a sense of calm before that day of unknowing. Please be aware that you are in my prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Hang in there buddy.
Sorry we have not responded to your emails. Our phones, internet and security system were
off from last Sunday. We have it back now
and have read your last emails. Our prayers
continue for rapid healing and putting you
back to your family soon. God has you in
His palm and knows all your thoughts minute
by minute. He is the only source of peace
and joy. Keep trusting in Him and he
will always love you and care for all
Sam and Shirlee Anderson
Wonderful news! Glad to hear it. I was praying you wouldn't need any more surgery. Yay! Sounds like you still need to take it easy though. Back to work on Thursday??? Wow, what a man:). lol. Take care of yourself!
Hi Mike. I've just brought myself up to date with your journal. It must be terribly disappointing to have had this complication especially considering how well you were doing. No additional surgery is good news though & I hope you resume your unbelievably quick and easy recovery soon.
What can one say, but not fair!!! My husband had pericarditis many moons ago and he never had heart surgery. Did they say this could be a complication of valve surgery? Not glad the pain was so severe, but that's what got you to the hospital quickly for the care you needed. Hope this bump in the road to complete recovery is a small one and you'll be back to being 100%.
Mike, sorry to hear that. Just when you think you're out of the woods. Sounds like you were doing great so this will just probably be a minor setback. I have heard of this term but not positive what it all means. Hopefully though they can take care of you and get you back home soon. I am hoping someone can keep posting for you to keep us informed of your progress.
I will keep you in my prayers:-).
We appreciate hearing your latest news so we can remember you in our prayers. You have done so well, and may the Drs. have wisdom in what else they are to do for you. We hope you will be discharged soon and on the road again to full recovery.
I had a similar set back 10 days ago, just 6 weeks post op. I had a pericardial effusion, which is fluid in the sack around the heart. I also had alot of fluid around my lungs. After going to the er, they did emergency surgery on me and removed all the fluid. I was told mine was caused by the coumadin. Today I feel much better than after the first surgey, just sore. I will keep you in my prayers and know that God is watching over you.
Today is the big day! Congratulations on going back to work already. I pray it will be a wonderful day for you, and I will be thinking of you throughout the day. I too have appreciated your support and friendship and I marvel at the wonderful HVJ family!
Of course our kids think we're old men. Wait till you have grandchildren! Aside from being closer to heaven, having grandkids is the best part about aging!
Mike, we would love it if you take a Florida vacation and include us in your plans. We'd love to meet you guys in person too. Expect me to be short. On Saturday night, we went to a party and I met the 6-year-old son of one of my wife's fellow 5th grade teachers. He said he recognized me from pictures on my wife's desk and then added, "I thought you'd be bigger." Hysterical. This summer we are planning to come see our son and his family in Nashville and we are thinking of including the Smokies, so we might be able to connect then also. No firm plans yet, but let's talk as summer nears.
I will be praying for your Aunt Eleanor today as she has her heart cath. Keep me posted.
Great news, great recovery. Don't know what kind of work you do but are you sedentary and are you back full time? Sounds like you didn't go the cardiac rehab route and instead went to the fitness center. Sens a note every now and then and let us know of your continued progress.
You continue to be the amazing miracle man!! How blessed you are! I guess you're not even thinking cardiac rehab. You'd be so far out in front of everybody. You really feel the sternal wire when you swim? What does that feel like? Eek! So, when are you going back to work?
Happy 21st birthday to your daughter! Her asking you to turn on the radio cracks me up. I guess hearing the valve ticking would be creapy to someone her age.
My INR on Tuesday was 2.7, so I don't have to go back to the clinic until May 3. That's almost a 2-week interval...a new record for me!
Thanks for the kind note in my journal. I am going to the local hospital (outpatient) tomorrow at 9am to have this fluid drained off my lungs. Praying this will help my breathing and give my heart a rest. Hopefully sleeping tomorrow will be much more comfortable. Praise God for your quick recovery, keep it up.
To much sugar for a dime. Not sure what it means but I like saying it. Just from what you are saying I think you are trying to make time with some of those nurses. Glad to see you back at home. Also to many women around here. You need to get back.
Welcome back home! Good to speak with you again. Well, I was wrong, my INR was 2.6 today. I thought it would be higher because they've upped my dosage a bit as I'm weaned off amiodarone and reduced celebrex. Fran is right--like you, they want me between 2.5 and 3.0. I don't much like the D-Con knowledge, but Fran's right again. You do NOT want a stroke; trust me on this!
Happy 21st birthday to your daughter! Glad you could be home.
Thanks again for listening to my podcast messages. That's pretty cool and very humbling.
Now get back to your near-perfect recovery!! No more monkey business!
This setback will be quickly taken care of? Where do they want you to keep your INR? Mine has to be between 2 and 3. Believe Duane's is between 2.5 and 3. Any news on the left hand? That sounds like it's more frustrating for you than anything else. Continue to heal and do well.
Hey bro, man, I'm really sorry you had ANY setbacks at all! You have been on world record holder pace! But I'm thinking this will be a very minor setback for you, and I'm glad you're in the hospital where they can keep on eye on you. Just how high was your INR that they would hospitalize you? Keep us posted. Let me know what hospital you're in and I'll give you a call.
As very dear friends of your parents we hear alot about your wonderful family. We are keeping you in our prayers and are glad to hear you are doing so well. We hope you continue to improve daily.
Roger and Julie Blevins
So glad that you are feeling so well and are able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather that we are having. It is glorious. Know your visit to the doctor on Thursday will be go well and that you will get a good report.
I really enjoyed talking with you on the phone Thursday morning. Let's do that again.
Your recovery is the amazing kind that every heart valve surgery patient can only wish and hope for. That's awesome! You're a miracle. Appreciate it, keep it up, and still baby that sternum for a few weeks. I hope Colleen keeps cracking the whip to keep you from overdoing.