Great to hear your report. It does take time to iron out all the things we have to keep up with post surgery. I too have had fluctuations in the INR readings to deal with, but that is now straightened out. Keep the ball moving forward.
- Jim Smith
So very glad to hear that you are doing so well, I sure that is the best of news for you, Linda and the family. It is for us. We hope to see you soon, don't go to town much due to gas prices. Maybe a get together on the 12th of May. Keep up the good work and so happy all is goin like it should. Take care of you and yours.
Glad to hear the recovery is going so well, you have lots of time to get ready to run that race your praticing for, so take it slow and with everyday you will get closer and beside hunting season isn't for several months, you have lots of time, and you can fish anytime, it is all waiting when you are ready to go. Talk to you. Hello Linda.
I am so glad that the stress test went so well, and you are doing better. Keep up the good work. Just remember after PT, fishing is just around the corner. We will be gone thie weekend, will try to make it to town to see you when we get back. Soooooooooo glad everything is goind so well. Hope to see you soon.
It is fantastic to hear that you are still doing well, and progressing. It is great that Rob is feeeling well enough for you to go back to work. Hope to see you both soon. Keep up the forward motion. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so glad all went well at the Dr.s today. It is good to hear. Wouldn't have expected to hear otherwise. Everything seems to go slower when you are those waiting for things to happen, but as you say Mother nature will have her way, no matter what we want. I am just so glad all is going forward. Take good care and keep the journals coming. It is so nice to know all is well with you both. Linda take care of you too.
Just returned to work and was able to read most of the past reports. Sounds wonderful. I enjoyed talking to Robert, you sound so good. It amazed me as to how strong you sound on the phone, You sound like you use to, long ago. I don't feel the need to worry about you like before. It is great you are home with your family. Hope today is another good day. Will talk to you soon. Say hi to Linda. You remain in our prayers as do those who will follow you through surgery.
I never met you but I feel like I know you already. Bad hospital food is just a trick to make you recover faster so that you can be discharged home. Tell Linda that things are going well up this way. We had a snow morning yesterday. Where is spring? Marianne is working out great and our sick leave has increased. At any rate, get better soon.
Good news! Glad he is doing so well.
Linda, I believe we have a nurse's cap around here somewhere, would you like to wear it when you get home? Also have a bell that Robert can ring when he needs you. Ha Ha Again, awesome that he is doing so well.
I've always heard day 3 was the toughest to get through, guess its true for some reason. I hope today has been better for him. When is the plan for discharge? I know he is looking forward to his own chair. God's blessings, Lind and Larry
Praise God! sounds like Rob is progressing beautifully, The more protein he can eat the better for his recovery. They have found that eating protein helps with the healing process. A couple more days he will be chasing those nurse's around the station, so you will have to watch him, Linda.
Speedy recovery, Rob, thinking of you daily.
Hi Linda and Rob,
We were glad to hear that all went well. You will both remain in our thoughts and prayers as Rob recovers and gets back to his regular activities. This is a great way to stay posted. Linda, remember to take care of yourself as well. Robb and Carolyn
Hi Linda :) I just read your newest post about recovery! I am so happy he did well and he is on his way to feeling better! How relieved you must be! I will continue to pray for you two :)
Paul and I were glad to hear that all went so well yesterday. By the time you read this, all will be over and Robert will be on his way to a full recovery. Paul said that he should feel better right away because his heart will be able to work as intended and not restricted. I am sooooo happy to hear that, the future looks so good for you both. What a wonderous way to begin the next part of your time together with your family. Our prayers are with you as he begins his healing process. See you soon.
2 more days then you'll be on the other side and getting ready to climb back up the hill, feeling like a new man.
One day at a time, one foot in front of the other steady as she goes.
Praying for you Rob.
Linda and Larry
It was great spending time with everyone this weekend. was good to see everyone and have a few laughs. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you until we see you on Friday. The time will pass slowly until we hear all the cheers on Wedsday afternoon. Take good care of one another until we see you come Friday.
Good luck with your op on the 14th. Positive attitude is so important and a sense of humor helps :)
Im 6 weeks post op and doing well as will you. Listen to instructions - if it doesnt feel right dont do it - remember how much better you will feel and that you do this for you and your family.
Just want to wish you the best for your upcoming day. My this sure is a busy month.
You know its a good thing the kitchen got a leak now instead of later. Miracles happen in small ways. I will be looking for updates and prayers are out to you and Linda. Good luck.
For the long haul
Sound like you are doing all the right things. One last recommendation, if you are going to make any changes around the house, such as slight furniture movements or if you want to take a leaf out of a table to make it easier to get around (I'll be doing that one), make sure you do that prior to leaving!!
I'm thrilled your time is coming soon -- I'll be praying for you and following along.
I think I'm having all of your same feelings. There are lots of us that will cross the finish line next week.
I will have prayers your way. I'll be the 15th so we can compare stories and lift each other up!
Hi Rob. For me too the countdown in days is hard, as I so much want to get this over with and and be able to say "mission accomplished." You're almost there, and it's clear that you've done all the planning and homework. God bless you and your family
- Jim Smith
Hi Robert, sounds like you are keeping your spirts up. I just wanted you to know that Paul and I are thinking about you and you are in our prayers. Just think of how wonderful it will be when you come home and have the energy to do the things you have been wanting to for a long time. Then we can "Party". Keep all those good thoughts and we will be in to see you soon.
Hi Robert, I will keep you in my prayers. Linda sent me this site. This is nice we can email you. Let us know how you are doing. Keep your spirits up and your sense of humor, friend. My sister in law has had several surgeries for this during her lifetime. It is a lot better now and I am sure you will be much better when all is done. Laurel (Roinestad)Ogle
You'll do well. I'm in the same boat you are minus the COPD. I've known about my valve since I was 14. Over the past year, things have started to change too much. So my surgery is scheduled for 3/20. By then, you may already be on your way home.
Post your questions here - we've all been helped by doing that, and we all return the favor for others. This is the closest knit group of people I've ever known without meeting!! With any luck, that will change in November. Watch Jeffrey Shebovsky's journal.
Jeff is undergoing the Ross procedure, I believe, right now. He has started the planning process of a Valvers Union in Orlando in November.
God speed in your recovery - I'll be right behind you.
I haven't met you - I've been introduced to your story through Linda at work. She's been a fun person to get to know, and I hope for the best and a speedy recovery for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Colette
Hi Robert, YES waiting is very hard. You go one day after me, so it is really close now and the days are flying by, at least for me.
I don't know about the COPD, but I am sure the surgical team is prepared for every circumstance. I think using the spirometer during recovery will probably be a high priority, more so than someone without COPD, but everyone says that is very important anyway. Even helps with back and shoulder pain.
I would say, try not to worry about it any more than is possible, we can't help but worry some, or as my pastor says "have concern, but don't worry".
Everything will be fine, let's get this over with!!!
JUST TOO DARN CLOSE!!
Hi Rob & Linda
I will be uplifting you and Linda in prayer daily. I know these are anxious days for you both. I have no words of wisdom, just my prayers, for comfort, and a postive outcome. I'll be following your journal and plan to see you and Linda in July when we spend the month of June in South Fork.
Linda & Larry
Hi Robert, Welcome to HVJ. You will find this such a rewarding place to be. It really does help and you become very close to everyone. Let the feeling flow whatever they may be. We are all here to help each other. At least you have a date and will be getting to the other side of the mountain soon. I am still waiting. Keep us all posted and good luck to you and your family.
For the long haul
Hi Robert, welcome to the HVJ site. It seems to grow every day. It is a great place to share questions, concerns, encouragement and when needed a great place to vent. Everyone is so supportive, we have either been there or going through preparation or recovery ourselves. I will be having aortic valve replacement on March 13th, so we are right there together. I've been told by everyone that waiting was the hardest part. Keep us updated and best of luck.
Robert, welcome to HVJ. We have all been in your shoes. Yes, it can be daunting and scary, but you will prevail and get through this. I encourage you to read the HVJ's of others, it can be very helpful. I am told my HVJ, helped many.
So glad you joined this community. It is amazing and the more you put out there the more you get back. Share your thoughts, worries, fears over the next week or so and let this community help you.