I had just been thinking about exactly which day would make it a year. What an anniversary! You look fabulous (spoken like a true mother) and seem to be very upbeat, energetic and positive. Yeah! We love the strength and love Annie and you share with each other and with the kids.
Much love, Mom & Dad
When I saw the email pop up, announcing a new entry I realized what today was. Funny to be flooded with so many emotions- memories of worry, joy of success and realization how incredibly blessed our family is-Steven's amazing recovery and Anne's beautiful strength just two examples.
Love you two immensely. (Let's not do that again for awhile) Xoxoxo M, A & R
Stevo, glad to see you're doing well. Can't wait to see you back in the pool full strength. I've known you more than half our lives and the world is a better place with you in it. Lets keep it that way!
Thank you so much for the detailed update. We have all been wondering how things have been going and are so glad to hear the word "normal". You have our continued love and support. Would love to see you guys. Lots of love- The Welks
Okay Steve...how can it be that this is the first I am hearing about this?? Wow...my kid ages up and I am off your friends lists!! :-)
Sounds like you are doing amazingly well...and I would expect nothing less. Please let me know if you, Ann or the boys need anything. Hope to see you on the pool deck soon. Much love,
Extremely well said Stevo (you should have gone into journalism). Can't tell you how exciting it is to hear & see how well everything has gone. Nice to catch up a bit last Friday night. We gotta plan a camping trip! I'd love to help nurture the boys in an endeavor that is very high on my list of life's activities. Hi to Anne as well...
We're so glad the news in your posts continues to be nothing but positive! It's amazing that 3 months ago you were opened up with a saw and now you're back to work and back in the pool! We're expecting a longer night out next time we all get together for sushi! Best Wishes! Mark & Steph
OK, I'm in shock I thought I kept in touch with Mom & Lori but I feel horrible I had no idea you had surgery. I am truly sorry. You sound amazing and I'm sure being in perfect physical health has been a key to your recovery. You are amazing. Sending hugs and kisses from my family, Mom & Dad and David and his family. Keep up the recovery and terrific attitude :)
-debbie weisser pellen
Hello Granick Family,
Steve sooo very glad to hear that your recovery continues to be a success! Think about you often and hope all is well! Don't push it....you have alot of time to do the things you are wanting to do! You guys take care!
The Pena Family
Just read your entire Journal...OMG!!!
What a journey, I had no idea. Such a trooper, it sounds like you handled it admirably. Glad to hear you are on the mend and progressing well through recovery. You will be back in the pool in no time. All the best moving forward, my thoughts are with you.
My mom, Nancy Wilson, had surgery February 16. She is a tough rancher and was in excellent condition going into surgery. Like you her valve needed replaced because of genetics not because of her lifestyle choices. Your journal means the world to her. Thank you for sharing your experiences. She can relate to you so well and your entries help her to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your strength and tenacity. You are an inspiration!
I am 6 weeks out (AVR) and reading your journal continues to inspire me.
I too was in great healh prior to surgery with no symptoms so I felt my recovery would be good. I am now in cardio rehab and really pushing myself. I swear I am the only one who sweats during my class!
I am not where I want to be yet but I look toward each day as another try.
Your body has a natural ability to heal. The work is to get out of your own way. Your thinking mind is so strong, it doesn't want to rest. Let your work be being present in the amazing healing process. Healing Love, Sharron Wodka
Steve - quick question - you do realize it's been only FIVE WEEKS since you had OPEN HEART SURGERY, right?? I mean, really, try to give yourself a teensy weensy break. Try not to push yourself too hard...I know you will always be Type A -- maybe for now you could aim for A - ?? Love you, Dena
Sounds like you are doing great! A little heart surgery is not going to keep you down! Don't know how you managed to get our LA suits to us as quick as you did from the hospital bed. There was a sea of S & R sport suits in Florida last week. Now, everyone knows who we are, for sure! Thanks!
Take care and hope to see you back on a pool deck soon!
It's so great to hear that you're recovering well. I obviously have no memory of my own recovery from surgery, but I thought you'd be encouraged by the fact that before I had my surgery I was easily tired out from aerobic activity; therefore, I was not able to ride a bike. After my surgery (I'm sure it was more than six weeks afterward but my mother doesn't remember) I have very clear memories of learning to ride a bike on the street below our house. You'll be there soon, mi amigo!
Glad to see that you are making the best out of a tough situation. I'm sure you are well aware of the blessing you have with the support of a loving family.
Look forward to seeing and playing with you soon in the pool.
I just caught up on your journal. Wow, good job.
Your on your way to full recovery. What a journey.
3 years ago my back had a serious flare up and I could not drive for 6 weeks or more, I have forgotten now.
I remember just walking to the mailbox and then coming
back in to lay down. Literally baby steps at a time. I was in so much pain I could hardly eat. I did get mild
drop foot from the damage to my nerve. Which has
recovered but my right leg is not as strong as it used to be. I am happy with where I am though.
Your situation is different I know but I understand the patience it takes to get through recovery. I read a lot and watched t.v. shows that I don't normally have time to watch. Hang in there, we love you. Big hug
to Anne and the fellas.
OMG. I was told by my staff yesterday that you came in. They did not know about your procedure and that is my fault. I just assumed you had told them. They were mortified that you came in, they didn't know and didn't say anything. I told them it was OK and I would explain.
My husband blacked out, fell and broke his pelvis so we are in the hospital. All you said about Anne and sister Lori I can totally relate to. I have support also but no one lives near me. He comes home tomorrow and I will have to find help.
I am so glad to continually hear of your recovery and was, again, so sorry I was not there last Tuesday. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Steve: Your two most recent updates are really inspirational! Patient progress is a lesson hard-learned, but you obviously now have that down pat. Well, well done! Slow and easy, and before you know it, you'll be back in the pool. Gene and Mary Ann
Thanks for the update...this is really great. We are all happy and glad that you are doing well. Hopefully you can play with us in April (master games) and maybe we`ll winn it again. Glad to hear from you, Love to you and the family, Pero and the entire OCWPC
Thanks for the great update. I wish more people would post such in-depth accounts as it really helps (me) know what to look forward to. I am hoping my valve can be repaired, but if it can't I will also opt for an animal valve instead of a mechanical one. I think you're doing exactly the right thing in taking it slow instead of pushing yourself and experiencing setbacks. Keep up the good work and thanks so much for your update.My surgery is in April.
Steve- you are doing amazingly well and look awesome. Now that your "rock" is about to go back to work, let me know if you need anything during the day- I'll come home and take you to lunch ;) It's great to see all 5 of you doing so awesome.
P.S Here's to me maybe winning a game <3
Congratulations on your progress. The freezing-then-boiling sequence happens to a lot of people. It's the body's attempt to re-regulate itself. I had it both after my kidney surgery and my heart surgery. It's scary when it happens and you think you're going nuts, but it's a normal reaction to intensive surgery.
Keep healing and posting. We're all rooting for you.
Steve, Just finished reading your story. I have a congenital heart defect also, the aortic valve. My surgery is next Thursday. I pray it won't be postponed. I don't know if I can do the "last week" over again! Thank you for sharing your experience...it helps me prepare for what is ahead for me. Patty
Steve & Anne -- We have been rooting for you from San Francisco. So glad to hear Steve is on the mend. What a huge relief. Anne, your posts are inspiring and heartwarming (literally?!). Sending you all good thoughts for the recovery. We love you guys!