Alex V posted a note for Steve that says:
I saw your message and you are right it is great to get the year of 2013 behind us. I am doing good, working a lot of hours. I am back up to running 3-4 miles a day less pace 9-10 minute miles. My last cardio check was perfect my heart has went down to normal limits,aorta 3.6 and mechanical valve working like a champ. I am not back to before surgery but I was running 3-4 triathlons a summer before surgery. My Coumadin levels have been steady I keep them around 2-2.2. Waiting for the PROACT trial to finish and maybe I will get lucky and get on plavix with my OnX valve. Great to hear from you I hope the fatigue problems get better for you. Again thanks for the pep talks last year. Good luck.
Hi Aida and Steve,
I wanted to ask you both if you've seen problems with mental confusion since your surgery? Mine has Improved but I still have days when I will tell Karl the same story 3 times or I'll be in a middle of a conversation and loose my train of thought as to where I was this heading. This drives me crazy. I was hoping as we get closer to the 9 week period that my skills will go back to where they were. Have you dealt with anything like this since your surgery? If so I would love to know you how you have addressed it.
I am glad to hear you're doing so well. Aida was a true blessing to me. She answered all my questions and calmed me down when I became panicky about surgery. You have a wonderful wife. I am almost 3 weeks post-op and the surgeon did discover I had Barlow's Syndrome while operating. I just wish I would have known how good I would feel after having this procedure. Granted, the first 8 days or so were rough, but each day I am getting stronger and reading about your progress has given me strength. My back/shoulder area hurts the most. I find that if I sleep slightly elevated on my back I can sleep most of the night. It also helps to take a sleep med at night. Take care of yourself and don't push too hard, I've learned that the hard way. Please tell Aida hello and I am going to call y'all one of these days.
Things seem to be getting better for me every day. I think you will like cardiac rehab,it just feels safe to really push yourself. I didn't have real bad symptoms before surgery,so I have been increasing my workouts each week. It is tuff to go back to work,first day was from 730a-9p. It was hard to get up this morning and doit again. Good luck at your rehab just keep workin hard. Thanks again for the prayers and words of encouragement.
Hi Steve and Aida-
That's great that Steve got to go back out to the work sites. I bet it felt good to experience a little bit of his "normal" life. I will pray that he gets stronger each day since it sounds like he's still working on that.
As for me, I am pleasantly surprised that I feel like I'm running on Energizer batteries right now, and feel pretty normal every morning when I wake up. I don't know if it's a result of being the mother of several children, or what, but I seem to have a lot of energy to get everyday things done. Also, I haven't had any BP issues. I'm still working on getting my INR up and will go in to check it on Saturday.
I've been sleeping in a recliner and am down to 3 pain pills daily. Hoping to wean that down to 2 and then maybe just Tylenol. Hopefully, my energy won't die out too bad once I'm dealing with the pain on my own.
I'm getting used to the ticking of my mechanical valve, too. It doesn't bother me, just sounds like a wrist watch. I noticed when I bend forward, it gets louder.
Take care and I'll keep your family in my prayers. Jean Trausch AVR 2-19-13
I'm going in for my AVR surgery on Tuesday, Feb. 19th. I'm starting to get a little nervous thinking about everything. It is so encouraging to see your wife's posts about your recovery along with the others posts on here. I'll be praying for you and hope you do the same for me. Take care, Jean Trausch
Glad to hear things are progressing well. I feel better everyday. My biggest problem is my stamina and my soar chest and right shoulder from having the MIS thoracotomy. My INR has been ok at 1.9 need to get it up a little. I will start cardiac rehab next week. Again good luck and thank you for the prayers and thoughts during my surgery.
I am blown away that Steve was able to leave the hospital after only 5 days. I've been told that I can expect anywhere from 1-3 days in ICU and the the rest of the days in a regular room. Anything suggestions that you would recommend packing to help to stay easier. I am for sure packing ear plugs and a sleep mask plus a sports bra for right after the surgery. I just hope my pain is manageable and I'm allowed to sleep. Any great ideas to pack and take will be greatly appreciated.
Great to see you today Steve, you already look so much better. So glad that you are home and Aida is taking such wonderful care of you. You are blessed with such a precious family. We are praying for your recovery time and help with all the adjustments to life. Happy healing brother.
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If you received an on-x mechanical valve,I have some interesting info for you to see.Read my response to Chris K. on 1/30/13 in My Guestbook.At the end it showes you where to go and get the info.They are actually sending me a free T-shirt and a ring to wear that's made of the same pure carbon material that the valve is made of.I think that's cool.....
Take it easy and welcome to the other side my friend.......
Good to hear your home and on the mend. Every day really does get better and you can see a difference each day in your body. Take your time and let your body tell you what you are up for. I am two weeks out and starting to feel really good with minor complaints only.
Continue to lean on your support system and save your energy.
Very glad to hear how well you are doing at this point. Steve,it really does get a little bit better every single day.I'm almost 3 weeks post-op now and my complaints are relatively minor ones.
Al Zebal AVR,Maze 1/17/13
To help ease the pain during coughing I found that pressing my finger and thumb At the top of my sternum, in between the gaps of the top two ribs works wonders. it is the same way the Dr will when he asks Steve to cough!
Hope it works for Steve too,
Make sure his pain management is controlled well. There are no excuses to be in any pain given today's medications
Welcome to the ex-regurgitator club. Hope that his recovery is quick as he is now over the most difficult part.
Thanks for the updates. Glad to hear Steve is starting to move around. As well that you have someone to share the responsibility of advocate. Remember to take care of yourself too. Please give Steve our very best.
Anthony is still having to have his INR checked 2 times per week still.
Always look forward to your updates. Much love,
Anthony & Steph
Thanks for the update- so glad to hear of the kind nurse and round the clock support Steven is getting. Also good to know family is there when you need to eat/rest. Please take good care of yourself as well---and remember that he's in good hands-He is in God's faithful and sovereign care.
Steve, Jim and Cheryl here.. just wanted you to know that we have been praying for you and thanking the Lord for a successful surgery. Now may you have a full recovery and be restored to your former health and energy levels.. take care, friend.. we love and miss you guys! Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name... Who heals all your diseases..
Hi Aida and Steve! Godspeed on your recovery. We hope that you are feeling better soon, and that the pain will quickly become a distant memory. We thank God that you have come through this surgery. We are continuing to pray for you, and love you very much!
Thanks for your post. Glad to hear he's in his own room. I pray his pain is managed well and kept to the lowest levels possible. I am sure it is comforting to be able to have you right there at his side through this.
So glad to hear the surgery is over, Steve should start feeling a bit better every day. Praying he has a speedy recovery and is able to be back home soon! Hugs to you and the family! Text me if you need anything before I'm there on Sat!
Diane & James