So glad to hear you're doing so well! Sorry we were'nt able to get you up to Mi. for some recovery time, but hopefully you guys can make the trip in the fall. Take care, hope to see you soon.
Good Morning Shannon
Good for you. Am curious, did your weight final level off and did you start to regain some of the lost weight. I am doing my own rehab now, (treadmill), too hot to be outdoors. But do miss the commraderie. Keep it up.
I also had valve replacment and my aorta repaired at Loyola Medical Center on May 27, 2010. It's hard finding other people who have gone through this surgery. I'm hoping this website will help with questions and experiences of others. Who was your surgeon?
Thanks for the info. I too had a problem with a high heart rate. It was 90-100 and I suspect higher at times. My cardiologist increased my metropropolal twice before we got it in the 60-70 range. Have been told this is not unusual after valve surgery until your heart "settles' down to its' new blood flow. When I go for my 6 month check in September I am hoping I can get the dosage decreased to what will work. So, that's my input, do hope it will be a temporary post op symptom for you.
Interesting about the weight loss. In the hospital with all the fluids they pumped into me, I was discharged weighing 16# more than my admission weight. And I was on a diuretic. After discharge my diuretic dosage was doubled till I shed the excess fluid weight. Then I lost 6 more pounds and am eating well and not dieting. So, it is a mystery.I am not at all an overweight person, but feel good at this lowered weight, so will see if the loss is permanent or not.
Lots of raw foods will assist the healing but make you feel great. Raw food and fruit contain live enzymes so no drain on your body at all digesting.
Any more information on the heightened Olfactory and body temp? Could it just be a refresh of those once constricted areas due to valve flow restriction all that time?
Has your Blood pressure changed?
Happy 4th Shannon. Great progress report. Are you still using your spirometer? Now that I no longer use it I still practice deep breathing several times a day. A habit that I hope will stay with me for years.
I just know that your recovery is going well! Focus on the "power foods", I know those have sure kept me feeling fit! I am certain, knowing you, that with each passing day you will walk a little further!
Pace yourself and remember you are on your way to a stronger and healthier YOU!
Glad you've had your power reinstated, especially if it's good and hot there. It's important to keep your spirits up and this is where your patience is going to have to come in. I don't think any of us really understand what it is like to get up and get going after heart surgery - the body just doesn't comply. Keeping you in my prayers.
Wow Shannon that's a very long time with
no power. We lost power too but only for
a 5 hours so after reading your post, we
have nothing to complain about!
Glad to hear your following to a "T" as in Terrific!!!!
Way to go:) It was great seeing you again.
Stay in touch
Did storms knock the power out? Perhaps this is a dumb question but I'm from L.A. area and we don't lose power. That is just crazy. I hope you had somebody with you and wow, I can't believe you were without power for 50 hours.
Sounds like you are a little farther along on the road to recovery and doing well. My surgery was June 10th so I it's fun watching you and seeing how you're progressing. Love your spunk.
Good Morning Shannon
Were you home alone during this long power outage? If like me, you weren't up to reading yet, it must have been a difficult time. Keep doing well and healing, the best is yet to come.
Glad to hear you are getting better. Take it from me, please take it easy and don't push yourself until the dr's say it's ok. On the other hand, please listen to your body and let the dr know if you have any changes! I will continue to pray for your healing!
PLEASE,PLEASE, PLEASE listen to Janice & TAKE IT EASY1 This is the most important time in your life to do things RIGHT!
Now is NOT the time to push yourself....that will come later !
Glad to hear how well you are feeling. Are you on Coumadin/Warfarin at all? I was just wondering about your taking Cranberry Juice and Green Tea because they were on my list of Vitamin K foods. I still ate things with Vit K in them, just watched the amounts. Wishing you continued great recovery.
Hi Shannon, My 1st was a mechanical that lasted 22 yrs. I am 1 yr post a 3rd generation pig valve. It's fabulous! I love going to the gym. At 56, I am in tremedous shape! it does take a little time to heal, but get into cardiac rehab regardless of how fit you think you are. Tommiann (Tommi Ann)
Great news to hear you are home where you will now really begin to heal. Don't try and do too much too fast. Slow and steady. Will be looking forward to reading your journal once you're able to post how things went for you. Nice to have you back.
Welcome Home, Shannon !!! It's great to read you here:)
I will be seeing you soon and look forward to it!
I won't stay long because I know you need your rest . Enjoy the sun and birds chirping and a blessed more beautiful days ahead...
Dear Shannon, So happy everything went well! In see u had a mini cut. Thank goodness! My friends niece had too have her chest opened up for her valve replacement. Take care and hope u feel back to normal soon! Love, Denise from PF
Glad all went well Shannon with your Surgery, very very happy to hear that. Its behind you now..yea! The road to recovery will go quick for you I am sure of that :) When you get sick of being in the hopspital, meditate about your past hikes in Arizona :) Love Paul
Heard about your blog and came to check it out. So glad everything went so well- hoping you can relax a bit now. This is a pretty cool venue for well wishes- you have mine. See you soon.
Thanks for the update on Shannon. It's always good to get an update as it helps instill confidence in the others who are waiting for their own surgeries. Besides, it's just plain good to know one of HVJ friends is doing well after a successful surgery. Give her my regards.
Great news! The doctors have done their part now your body will react to the surgery and slowly recover. Hope your pain is minimal (mine certainly was). Do take the pain meds that are offered, you cannot heal if you're fighting off pain. Prayers for a wonderful recovery.