Hi Sandy on the other side of the mountain. Congrats on your year anniversay and on your great recovery....yep...doc is right...be proud of that scar. Today is 4 wks and 5 days after those super Cleveland Clinic people did the valve job thing on me. The time goes by so fast. Barry Stone...Cedar Crest, NM
I am glad you are doing well. My aortic valve replacement surgery was over 10 years ago, and I have experienced life like never before. I even managed to get my mother to go skydiving with me. That was one of the many things I have on my bucket list. Thanks to my surgery, I have been able to do so much more now. Continue living life to the fullest.
So glad to hear you're doing well. I leave on Saturday for my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic on April 21. Dr. Gillinov is my surgeon.... so your post is an inspiration. Thank you - and enjoy your life.
Congratulations on your great recovery. Anne Shannon suggested I contact you since you had your surgery at Cleveland Clinic, which is where I will have my surgery. I have a prolapsed mitral valve (anterior leaflet) and will be meeting with a cardiologist out there Jan. 18th.
I am wondering who your surgeon was and how you came to a decision about which surgeon to use.
Was it a minimally invasive procedure?
Any other information you can tell me regarding your experience in general and with the Cleveland Clinic would be greatly appreciated.
If you like, you can contact me directly through email.... email@example.com
Many thanks and keep up the great recovery.
Ruth Howell, Maine
Glad all is going well for you. I will be at my 7 month mark next month and can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. Life is good, we are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary by visiting our CA kids and took a side trip to Yosemite. Keep smiling.
Great to here your doing so well.Still waiting for op,according to hospital they have had a lot of emergencies cases so they have taken very few people off the list.One good thing I will be able to enjoy my daughters wedding.Wishing you well.
Hi Sandy. Five months? Wow, I can't believe I've been reading these journals that long - yours was one of the first ones I came across. So, it sounds like you are better than new or at least better than pre-surgery. Great news & also great news that you were able to help your friend. Take care - Joy
Great to read the great update. Amazing what a "little tune up" will do, right. Modern medicine is amazing. Helping someone out with your kindness and knowledge is better than a marathon. I'm coming up on 6 months on the 28th and will post after my cardio visit and echo. Feeling almost 100%.
Hi Sandy. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip - you are definitely a winner! I intend to take your advice to celebrate when I reach the right spot in my recovery. The Hatch green chiles are starting to make their way to Central Texas which is something of a celebration of its own! Take care, Joy
Way to go Sandy. I just love DW. I've been going up and down hills because I couldn't do it before the surgery. Now its a piece of cake. Funny, the things we do just because we can now, huh?
Keep up the good work,
Hi Sandy. Thanks for the tip on the NatureMade Sleep. Sprouts probably carries it here. I'll get some of it to have on hand in case my no-nap theory doesn't pan out. I'm not naturally the best sleeper either & I know better than to take a nap during the day as normally it will affect my nighttime sleep. It just happened that I was exhausted that day & was hoping it would carry me through the night. No such luck.
I like the "doing time" perspective & it helps to know that I'm doing much the same as you were at this point.
Hope your recovery is still on track. Take care, Joy
Didn't know you had sent me an answer on your blog as I didn't read it till today. Is it easier to answer on your blog instead of going to the individual's guestbook? Yes, life is good and I thank my blessings for what modern medicine can do for us. we all have a new chance at a healthier life, let's enjoy every minute of it.
Yes, it was quite an honor. Thanks for letting me know about the database comments. I will add my 2 cents.
Know your part of Florida and weather, my son leaves in Tampa.
Right now our temp is 89 with a mere 11% humidity. My wife and I have a hard time breathing outside and freeze to death in the a.c. when we are in a hot humid climate. In fact we do not have a.c., we have a system called evaporator cooling (swamp coolers) which adds moister into the house to raise the humidity and lower the temp.
Wasn't it great for Adam to feature our surgeon and us on his blog? Shortly after my surgery I went into Adam's surgeon data base and wrote my comments about Dr Gillinov. I'm encouraging you to do so also. Glad you are progressing so well. What are the average daytime temps in the summer in Albuquerque? Here in SW FL it gets in the high 90's but it's the humidity that's the killer. All my exercising is in air conditioned comfort.
Hi Sandy. Yes, it's me - thanks for the note in my guestbook. Good advice on the 2nd opinion - I did get one & that's why I'm going ahead with the surgery in July. Initially I was given the same advice as my friend - to wait & do annual echos. Reading comments by others in Adam's blog made me realize that they were in the same range as me, yet were being told to go ahead with the surgery. The second opinion doctor told me that I should go ahead & schedule because once the stenosis is in the severe category, one has a 50% chance of no longer being alive in 2 years. That definitely got my attention. Also, now that the tests (heart cath followed by an MRA) disclosed the coarctation, I am even more certain that I made the right choice. I don't think I'd have been on the winning side of that equation had I waited. I think coarctation may be something different that what you had repaired as he told me he'd be replacing a segment of my aorta - a bypass, basically. Regardless, it's in need of repair & my new surgeon will be doing that for me come July 21. He's a good guy & I believe I'm fortunate to have found him. Adam's surgeon database was one resource, & I've had several other recommendations as well.
Now, for the green chile, spelled appropriately with an "e". I have some in my freezer & believe I'll break it out & have some in honor of your excellent progress.
Hi Sandy. I just read through your journal & wanted to congratulate you on how well you are recovering. I hope to follow in your footsteps after my July 21st surgery here at the Austin Heart Hospital. We lived in New Mexico from 2003-2007 & I know exactly where Placitas is.
Thanks for the note. You started rehab way before me, but know there's a reason for the await for upper body workout. They even asked me if I felt any "clicking" in my sternum after the session. What I have felt in the last couple of days has been occasional irritating jab like feelings in my incision area. I will mention it when I go on Monday, but do believe it's stretching muscles that haven't been worked. Drop a note every now and then to let us know how great you're doing!
Good Morning Sandy
Great news, sounds like you're doing really well. Imagine the rehab sessions will help get you back to 100%. Waiting to hear from the rehab facility here that I have been given the approval to attend. Keep progressing.
I'm so happy you are doing so well. That's inspiring for me as I head to surgery tomorrow.
My CC cardiologist is Eric Rimmerman. Very nice man and very thorough. As I posted, he confirmed my valve is VERY narrow/calcified but everything else looks very good. Got an "A" on all my tests yesterday!
Today are all the pre-op meetings. I'm anxious to get to tomorrow and beyond.
Al and I couldn't be more pleased to read such a great progress report...Really and truly....What a blessing to be on the other side of such a challenging ordeal so victoriously...And Nancie...You're no longer "Driving Mr. Daisy"...Life is good again for you both...And Sandy, I have to tell you how impressive your commucating is..I always knew about the "photo" part of photojournalism, but you really excelled in the "journalism" with how concisely and interestingly (is that a word?) you've shared your journey. You both deserve the World...Yay...!!!! It's all good things for you both from this point on. Love and all the very best always and always!!
We've been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. It seems as though you are recovering beautifully. You will be so happy to start Cardiac Rehab...Herb is almost done with it. Let's talk.
We're so happy to hear that your progress is right on schedule! It must be so frustrating being forced to take it slow, but it is remarkable how the body heals itself if you let it. All our love to you both, Mariette and Chuck
Hi Sandy & Nancie, sounds like you are doing everything right. Think of you every day and hope you are feeling as good as you can be after the surgery.
Keep on doing what the doctors tell you and hope to see you soon. XXOO Barry & Cheryl
Was getting ready to send you a message when you wrote in your journal. Looks like you want it done yesterday!! Glad you went to your PCP and she gave you some good advice. My recovery has had some setbacks if you have been following me and am no where near even you, as far as walking. Am trying to clear up this nasty congestion in my lungs so I can get back to my short walks. All in due time, just have to be patient. Just have to remind ourselves of the severe trauma our bodies have been through. Keep posting.