Gabi x posted a note for Michelle that says:
Michelle! I sent you a message yesterday and was downloading Adam's ebook at the same time and your message was not published. I was sending you and your clever daughter my congratulations on your massive achievements! Well done! Big Whoops!
Marcy posted a note for Michelle that says:
So...it is finally here! Doesn't seem possible. A Texas Aggie graduation! It doesn't get much better than that! I am so excited for all of you. It will be a special day. Congrats! I will be thinking of you tomorrow.
Jim Jones posted a note for Michelle that says:
Congratulations to your daughter. Have a wonderful time tomorrow. It truly will be a special day! Congratulations to you. You sure faced some big challenges and handled each of them wonderfully. Have a most memorable time! Cheers.
Linda H and Elsie posted a note for Michelle that says:
Hi Michelle, Congratulations on both of you for reaching all of your goals. It is wonderful and enjoy seeing your daughter get her diploma. God is so good to all of us and have a Merry Christmas.
Jessica Salazar posted a note for Michelle that says:
Congratulations on your daughter's accomplishment and yours! I'm so happy to hear you are doing well. We still miss you over at Lewis. Lots of changes this year. New principal, no full time coordinator, new LSSP, loss of 3 I.A's (due to "numbers" but need is still great!), AU unit opened. Felt as if we were drowning but team is super strong and Admin. support is awesome. Hope all goes well at the graduation tomorrow. How exciting! Take care and may God continue to Bless You Always
Aida posted a note for Michelle that says:
That is great news! Congratulations to your daughter for reaching such an important milestone. Hope you and your family spend a very special time together. We also want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We will stay in touch.
Gabrielle posted a note for Michelle that says:
How are you going dear Michelle? No pressure just a gentle poke because I am thinking of you and wishing you well after what you have been through. Love from Gabi x
Deb Ziegler posted a note for Michelle that says:
Seriously? You go through open heart surgery, and he tells you your symptoms are menopausal? I think I might have punched him! That would really make me angry. I hope your symptoms are improving. I know it took a whole year for my body to fully recover, so hang in there. I still have to take a beta blocker for the palpitations, but it works, so I don't mind too much.
I hope your symptoms continue to improve........keep us posted.
Edna posted a note for Michelle that says:
Dear Michelle, so sorry and yet so glad to hear that you are recovering and enjoying your wonderful life. It has been over 9 years since I left NISD and
I, too, have retired. Now I enjoy taking
care of my 14 month old grandson. You
have always been such a beautiful lady--inside and out. I never did tell you how sorry I was that I gave you such a hard time that year (iron maiden...). You were
the epitome of excellence and grace, and I have watched from far as your tent enlarged to helping so many others as a SE supervisor. May you enjoy many,many years of blessed health. May you continue to be the light our Lord has made you to be.
Love, In Christ Jesus,
Nancy Scott posted a note for Michelle that says:
I am 8 months out of surgery and can completely understand your horrible year. Last September I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, which is fatal in 2-3 years at my level. While dealing with that, they determined it was severe MVP, and I needed surgery. We were relieved about the PH, but facing surgery.
Travelled to UCLA and Dr . Shemin. His team did an amazing job, and despite 3 readmissions due to A-Fib, I feel great. The PH is completely resolved, and it is great to know my arteries are clear. My birthday is in a couple of weeks, and I just remember the last one, when is asked my doctor to admit me to a psych hospital to deal with my anxiety. He smiled and said no, and last week he reminded me of how far we've come. The worse year for you and me, and I am sure many others on this site....but here we are! Take care.
Linda H and Elsie posted a note for Michelle that says:
Hi Michelle, What a story and what a year. Now you have a new wonderful life filled with a lot of good things to come. You deserve the best. It can only get better from here. Good luck to you and your family.
Peggy Gill posted a note for Michelle that says:
What a year. Though this anniversary is not a good memory, it marks the start of a journey that has completely changed your life for the better! Happy new life little girl!
Love ya, AP
Gabrielle Stinson posted a note for Michelle that says:
I dont know what to say to you Michelle, except that I wanna wrap you in a blanket of love until you feel better! This is not what you wanna do as I can tell you are a real doer and wanna do EVERYTHING and get on with your life. So I will just say that I am thinking of you with love and sendiing blessings that you will know how to care for yourself. G x
john madonna posted a note for Michelle that says:
I have heard of common shoulder strain/pain post surgery.....obviously with our chest cut wide open muscles , tendons and ligaments move..
Literally seconds before I was anesthetised when they put me on the table I had a knot in my shoulder, I had them move me prior to going under.
I hope I avoided a strain.
Deb Ziegler posted a note for Michelle that says:
I doubt your shoulder pain is from the prevastin. My left shoulder was a little painful for the first couple months after surgery, but then all of a sudden at about four months out (about the time I started using it more) it became excruciating. It got to the point where I couldn't even move it or get comfortable in bed. The pain was WAY worse than anything I experienced related to my heart/sternum. I was told it was probably due to the position they put your arms in during surgery. I ended up having an MRI and had to go to physical therapy for a "frayed" rotator cuff and severely inflamed shoulder joint. I had never had a shoulder issue before surgery. I have read about many other people with shoulder pain after surgery......I think it happens a lot, but they don't tell you that going in. My shoulder started getting better after physical therapy (went for 8 weeks) and took until my one year anniversary to get better. It is still sore doing certain things, but it is greatly improved. You could have injured yours picking up the bag of potting soil, so if it doesn't get better soon, get an MRI. My physical therapist showed me how to lift heavy things to prevent it from happening again.
Deb Ziegler posted a note for Michelle that says:
I got your note about the Amioderone, and yes, it has A LOT of side affects.! I took it for a month after my surgery, and I had a lot of trouble with memory, concentrating and dizziness. Everything disappeared after I quit the Amioderone. It stays in your body a long time though....months after you quit taking it. My weird symptoms disappeared fairly soon after stopping though. If your doctor really wants to keep you on it for awhile, ask if you can take Multaq instead. It does the same thing and has a lot less side affects.
Glad you are feeling well. Isn't it great to have the surgery behind you???!!!!
Congratulations on getting this far ... I'm a week ahead of you in the recovery, and I'm finding that my recovery is accelerating. This is not to say, however, that I have any kind of mental stamina, and of course my physical stamina has been measurably diminished. When I go to the office, which I do a few times a week, I can't go a whole day - and I can't do my two/third-days without taking a nap ... I'm learning the virtue of patience, which has never been one of my strengths ...
I am thankful you went through with it too. You have 3 of the best reasons to have a healthily heart , besides having a great new lease on life! So happy you had your best Mother's Day ever, since becoming a Mom. Love ya, AP
Congratulations on a successful surgery. This is a great place to vent and it actually encourages others who may be feeling the same things and are wondering if they are "normal". I had an aortic valve replacement and aortic aneurism repaired in October 2012. It is VERY frustrating to not heal as fast as your brain wants to. But hang in there and it will get better. The dependence on something "foreign" in your body is very disconcerting and something I continue to work through. Folks may say "Just be grateful it was possible." But it isn't about not being grateful. Heaven knows I am very grateful. It has to do with reassembling your basic foundational understanding of who you are. You are still you - but undeniably different from before and that has to get fully absorbed into how you perceive yourself. It will come. I think of the many amputees who have to come to grips with prosthetic limbs. In some ways, I think it would be weirdly helpful if we had a little window in our chests and could see our little prosthetics working away. You are going to be fine. Just listen to your body and rest and eat as it tells you. Prayers for your continued recovery. Sherry Bradford
The unfortunate lesson that I've learned since my surgery was that recovery doesn't follow a straight or predictable path. But I am finding that, as I get into cardiac rehab, the path gets straighter, and my strength returns faster. Good luck and enjoy the moment with patience ... J. Lucas
Hi Michelle Have patience, you are probably doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing at this point, post surgery. I know how you are, always going and doing and wanting everything to be perfect. You will get there - just relax and try not to over do - it hasn't actually been that long that you had your surgery. I think everyone that has that ring thingy has to carry a card with them. (standard procedure) lol love you, Janey
So glad to read about your successful surgery and recovery. It makes my heart happy! I had a visit with my new cardiologist in Austin and in June we will do a stress test. as for now I have moderate stenosis, but not quite ready for surgery. We will be moving to Austin in June and I am looking forward to settling in. I just had my gallbladder removed two days ago, so I am resting at home for a few days. Again, I'm so happy you are on the other side. Leticia
Hi Michelle, It is nice to meet you and read your comments about your surgery. I just joined up today I have read Adam's book and my repair procedure is planned for next month. I live in Thirroul Australia and I am 72 years. Keep up the good work!
I am so happy that you are doing so well, Michelle. You really have been given a new lease on life. Your job here on earth is not finished yet, you have much more to do - weddings, Christmas Parties, grandkids just to name a few. We have an amazing and loving God. Love you, Janey
Seeing your progress and hearing how you are doing always brightens our day. You were courageous and faced this straight on and now you are recovering and feeling better (apart from the aches and pains :) I am so proud of you and your month's milestone. Steve continues to get stronger but we have learned that if he tries to do too much he ends up taking a few steps back. Last week his lower back flared up out of nowhere (but honestly it was probably due to over-extertion). He is also starting slowly getting back to work...So the moral is: Don't over do it...recover at your body's speed and patience for the days that your body tells you to slow down.
I had the same problem about the same time you are having it. The only thing that seemed help was the anti inferiorities. I took ibuprofen for about two weeks 600mg three time a day and that seemed to do the trick for me.
Hi Michelle, Try using a travel pillow that looks like a donut. It might help with the neck pain. I used one for awhile and I think it helped some. But I'll tell you that I still have some pain. Its usually not bad. Its mostly on top or bottom of my incision. And the rubbing of clothes. It does get on my nurves. I have finished with rehab and now go to the YMCA. I have been doing swimming (arobics) for arthritus and it really helps.But I did over do that. I was enjoying so much and doing 2 clases, that I didn't feel real good afterward so I made it shorter. That might help with some pain.
Good luck to you. It will get better just takes a long time.
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
I am almost 9 mos post surgery, and my shoulder still hurts! :( Some days (nights) are much worse than others. Like you, I use heat & sometimes alternate with ice. I do use occasional tylenol to help me sleep. I guess with the insult inflicted on our bodies...its a wonder even our toes don't ache...lol....
I wish you well on your journey....it does get better....but sometimes this "healing stuff" just takes too much darn time when we are anxious to get back to "normal living".
I have heard of cases where patients have injured shoulders while in the operating table....I distinctly remember being placed on the table and feeling my shoulder was in a "kinked" spot...so a moment before I was asleep I had them adjust me..thank God no shoulder pain...althhough I am still numb in my right hip...
I, too, had pretty severe shoulder pain after my mitral/tricuspid repairs. My shoulder hurt a little the first couple months after surgery, but then it got excruciating when I started to use my arms more. At about 4 months, I could barely move it all. I got sent for an MRI and was told the rotator cuff was "frayed" and my entire shoulder was very inflamed, but I didn't need surgery to repair it.....just PT and lots of time. It took about a year to get better, and I would say it is about 98% better now. Good enough. I can tell you the shoulder pain was far worse than any pain regarding my sternum. I was told it was a result of the position they put your arms in during surgery. Not something I thought I would have to deal with, and I'm sure you weren't expecting this either.
Godspeed and good luck,
Hi Michelle , I had my bi-cuspid. Aortic valve replaced 1 year ago on March 17. The surgery went fine and cardiac rehab was very helpful. I am small framed and had the open heart procedure. I did have a lot of chest, upper back and right shoulder pain following the procedure. I am 50 years old now( 49 when I had surgery). It does seem that in order to get a good view a small framed person's ribs get opened wider, gulp! The pain does get better rapidly, especially after the the ribs heal. It does hurt but it helped me to know that I was normal and not just a wimp compared to the older men in my cardiac rehab program. Smooth healing! Julie Sokol
I'm sorry, forgot to leave my name. It's Heidi Green and I had a Mitral Valve Repair. I thought my symptoms were from the flu or bronchitis, when I went to my internist for antibiotics he sent me to the ER with heart failure. At 50 yrs old I was having open heart surgery within the week for a tear in my valve. So had no time to research and was very weak going into it. You might feel better sooner then I if you were not having bad symptoms going into it. I know I feel pretty sore when I see the dentist because I have a small jaw and its difficult to work in a small space. I imagine its the same trying to maneuver in a small ribcage!
Keep that heating pad fired up, and give I yourself time to heal.
Sorry about your shoulder pain. I had it too and learned that if they crack your sternum and spread your ribs everything gets out of alighnment during surgery. Also the table positioning doesn't help either. It does get better. Don't be afraid of the setbacks. Healing is never a smoothe trajectory. Im 7 months post op and still recovering. Good luck to you,
AV replacement 8-1-13
I had the same severe pain in my shoulder and back. My chest incision was just uncomfortable . I am relatively small framed and believe that could possibly be the reason why i had to be positioned in an awkward way. The pain slowly went away over the past year but I occasionally feel it when it's been a long day,I wish I would have know about this website earlier I slept on the sofa for 3 weeks because the pain...wasn't told about recliners.
That is wonderful news Michelle....this is a time to just relax,take it easy and take care of yourself.
My emotions pre..and post surgery were always ebbing and flowing.. I cried so many time just trying to comprehend and absorb what I had just experienced..and what I was about to experience...
Next week I will be 20 months...no matter what we are survivors !!!
LAS VEGAS NV
I hope that you are feeling better dand doing well! I have a heart operation looming within the next year. and I can relate to how you were feeling before your surgery. I suffer from anxiety and depression at times in the last 5 years. I can relate to you feel like bolting. Sometimes I feel like running away. It's something I can't run away from though. I hope that I can have some peace about it in the near future. God Bless you and your family and Happy Easter to you too. Steve in Calif.
So happy to hear from you from the other side! I love the idea of the whiteboard and pen and what you told your husband to do. :) You were very brave! I will keep you lifted up so that every day you get stronger and better. Quick note on Steve: he is driving around now :) He left this morning to go manage a job. He's getting stronger everday and so will you! :)
Way to go, Mic! I knew you could do it! So glad to hear it was a repair not replace. So you say the tube was worst....I hated that little pop up ball thing used to make you do breathing exercises! Couldn't wait to throw that thing in the trash! Happy healing days! love you,Aunt Mel.
Take Paul's advice. Slow and easy. You don't want any return trips! The whole process is such a miracle and we are so very happy the doctor was able to repair and not replace. Yay! Take good care,
Love ya, Aunt Peg