Damian posted a note for Steven that says:
Steven. I'm 8 months post Ross procedure. I'm now experiencing atrial flutter and scheduling an ablation. Any advise you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Hope the procedure goes well. I know many people who are in sinus rhythm for years after ablation. I had mitral valve repair one year and one month ago and so far not in a-fib or flutter. I had the arrhythmia for 6 months before surgery so I know it is always a possibility. My prayers are with you. Marion Brisk, Hillsborough NC but really from NYC.
Thanks Griff for the update. My sister had about the same procedures you had in March 2010 - has about a yr.of little problems - then "all hell": broke loose about 3 weeks ago. Discovered her carotid's were plugged, cleaned out the right one and she's doing much better again. No colestral problems prior and the Dr.'s were shocked they were so full. Just thought I would share that with you & let you know we are praying for you.
Not happy to hear of your hiccup, but happy to read Emilyrae's post about her ablation and the success. I will continue to chant "normal sinus rhythm" for as long as it takes! Good thoughts coming at you Steve!!
In my earlier message I forgot to tell you I've been in a-fib for 16 years. Dr Gillinov at the Cleveland Clinic performed a MAZE (you can Google it) procedure when he did my valve surgery last year. It was not successful and he didn't give me great hope that it would be after so many years, but it was worth doing since he was already in my heart. So, I take warfarin and do my own INR checks. Life goes on. Since yours is still in the infant stage, am hoping you get excellent results.
You should do well after your ablation. I had an ablation in 08 that took care of my afib, an ablation in 09 that took care of my pvc's both at CCF. I understand that flutter is the easiest one of the three to take care of. You will be in NSR in no time.
Great news on the EF. Will be curious to know what mine is after 6 months (Sept). Do they hope to resolve the irregular heart beats? Have a wonderful trip to Ecuador for the wedding. What a wonderful event and also wonderful that you are healthy enough to attend.
What great news on your insurance! In 1998, I had my first mitral valve repair in Cleveland and an insurance nightmare began...
Our insurance company said they would find a surgeon in Florida to do the surgery...we waited...no response. We decided to proceed to Cleveland. All went fine until the bills starting coming in....we fought with the insurance company almost 18 months and finally we contacted the Florida Insurance Commissioner who acted on our behalf and FINALLY our insurance company paid the bills. It was a very stressful and eventful recovery time for me....so when I learned I would need a re-repair of my mitral valve again, we had friends and family praying months before the surgery was even scheduled. It was music to our ears when Cleveland called and said our insurance would cover my re-repair. My surgery was April 15th....what a difference this surgery and recovery has been. God is so good and He definitely answers prayer!
Great that the "little" guy beat the giant. Thank God you were intelligent enough and tenacious enough to get the job done. Apparently the stress of this whole ordeal didn't negatively impact your recovery.Thanks for the great news.
Hey from Florida! Awesome news about the insurance company appeal. Your words will surely help embolden other patients to take those steps most companies assume patients never will. Way to go! And praise to God for His control of the details! With my surgery, complications, and care since 1/27/10, I've racked up over $365k in billed medical expenses. Thank God for good insurance. Continued prayers and wishes for a great continued recovery.
Congratulations!! Very good news to hear!
Going back to work must be one of those "positive" aspects of a good outcome! Unlimited vacation might have been nice too...
Wishing you continued healing and future good health!!
John & Karen Dawson
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. John 6:68
Hi, Steve and Rose.
We've been wondering how your recovery was going. Karen's Mom had heart surgery after Audrey was born, so we understand recovery is slow, painful, discouraging, and just takes too long!! Glad you have each other to help with all the "dos" and "don'ts".
Two weeks....two months... then two years: it will come...in time.
Take care and enjoy the nice weather!
Love to you both,
I just finished reading Sandy's journal and he was lamenting the same as you about just not having the energy all the time. It just takes time and patience and eventually things will return to you. Eric, Joel and I are all at our six months and we are managing our days pretty good so there is light at the end of the tunnel.
So glad to hear things are going as well as they can be. After my surgery in February (hysterectomy)one of the hardest things was not be able to do alot of stuff too. the second was having to rely on others. It's nice to be pampered, however, it's nicer to be pampered when you could otherwise do it for yourself. My next surgery is in 2 weeks. I am more scared for this one. Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, I am BRCA2+, meaning I carry a gene that makes it 85% more likely for me to get breast cancer. this surgery will lower my chances to 2%, it's also more invasive than my other surgery, therefore longer recovery. but I am surrounded by a lot of help from a wonderful family and group of friends.
thanks for sharing your story, the power of prayer is a tremendous healing tool and I know there were a lot of prayers going your way. I still pray for your continued recovery. About 23 years ago we were on an adult camping trip and were hiking a trail called Old Rag and we met I guy who had had heart surgery and he was not hiking but running up this mountain. perhaps one day you will be running too, if not up a mountain but at least on that treadmill!!
One day at a time is the motto. I have lost a couple of weeks due to having fluid drained from my pleural cavity twice. An unexpected complication. Have been reading these journals since early January and we need to expect the unexpected. Guess as long as overall at the end of the week (not the day), we are better than the week before, that's a real plus. Pete has been driving me also. Only good thing is I'm a better back seat rider than front seat rider!!
Hey, I am sure your Docs told you it was much too early to WORK!!!! Rest, Steve. The gang will be just fine without you for a while. You get one shot at healing. Take your time....please. It is not every day a miracle happens. Play in the dirt instead. Read a book. Play kissy face with your wife. Don't work....
I am really glad you are doing well. You have a lot to heal. Take the time, Steve.
Sincerely and with love,
Doctor Carrie Scofield!!!!
Great to hear that you're back in Minnesota and doing so well. Praise God! He is good and works all together for our good.
I was hospitalized for 13 days and also slept in our bed from day one back home. Isn't it great to be in your own bed?
Thanks for your guestbook posting. Cool that you're a PK. What denomination did your Dad serve in? I have great regard for all who serve the Lord in ministry all their lives.
We will keep you in our prayers. I hope that God grants your wish that every day is better than the preceding one. But it's pretty common to have some bumps and plateaus, and it's okay as long as the overall slope is upward.
There's only one thing left to say: "Welcome home, Steve Griffith, welcome home!"
Glad you are home, there's no place like it! Speaking from my experience I am a little concerned that you might be doing too much too soon. But, you're a bright man and know your body will tell you how much you can do without paying for it. I get the results tomorrow from my cardio. Am especially anxious to find out what the chest xray shows since my shortness of breath is not improving and sometimes seems worse. Take it you're okay with the pain? That has never been an issue for me. Yes, God is a kind, loving God, aren't you glad you're a believer?
Hi, Steve. It sounds like you have made great strides since your surgery 12 days ago. I am continually praying for you and your family as you recuperate! Have fun at work and keep us posted on how things continue as you regain your health!
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
Good Morning Steven
Hope each day is better than the last.Sounds like you're doing well, keep it up. Enjoyed your photos. Was a little surprised they allowed a therapy dog in the CICU. Obviously she lifted your spirits! You mentioned Dr. Gillinov at the Cleveland Clinic. He was my surgeon on March 18th. Mitral tissue valve, tricuspif repair and MAZE procedure. Are you still in Afib? I have been for 14+ years and in spite of the MAZE and cardioversion post op, seems like my heart is stuck in its' long standing own special rythym.Am a firm advocate for home testing and it's a finger stick instead of a venipuncture (I have lousy veins). If you need more info, let me know at email@example.com. Continue to do well.
It was so good to talk to you last night. I had to take some things back to work this morning and Ron and Pat Redpath both asked about you and if I had talked to you since I told them I probably would. They and we are so thankful that so far all is going well. Keep up the walking and remember prayers are still going up for your full recovery!! Love, mother and dad G
Pictures!!! Did you have to scare me?!!
Wow! Amazing all that happened under that "little" scar. You really are making great progress after such serious surgery!
So glad for you both that you're making plans to come back home!
The dog is definitely a few steps up from "gekko" therapy! Softer to touch. Rebecca and Audrey still ocassionally talk about cute little Cookie! We have fish, and a dog...nothing creepy. Except an ocassional tree frog or cricket during the summer! Kids! Aren't they great!
Will enjoy reading you next update...should be a great ending to an unusal adventure.
In our thoughts...
Thanks for the info and the photos. My family asked at the Cleveland Clinic if they could take a photo of me in CICU. They were told it was against their rules. As an RN, wanted to see what I really looked like after all that heart work. Sounds like all is going well, keep it up.
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. the photo with Ivy really touched my heart. Our son Jacob has a caviler-king charles spaniel named Daisy, that looks just like her!! The smile on your pre and post op picture is priceless. Gods richest blessings to both of you. from Heidi
You guys are detailed like I am. That'll be helpful to those anticipating surgery. Congratulations! Awesome to get out of the hospital! "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Soon it's home sweet home. Continued prayers for all God's best.
Duane Hunt, central Florida
P.S. While you're there in Ann Arbor make sure you pay homage to "The Big House" for me. ;)
Steve and Rose, We are all praising the Lord for your step down journey. Keep up the good work. We love you both and are praying that all goes well and you will get home soon for more walking! I'm sure Rose will see to that! We are continue to pray for all things. Love, mother and dad G
Carolyn and I are wishing you a speedy recovery. We missed you in Mexico this past week. When you get fully recovered and head down to Playa you will see that the Govt. has done a massive beach restoration project and there is now 60 meters of new sand in front of Fishermans. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. God Bless. Doug
So Happy that your on the road to recovery!! Isn't it kind of funny how excited we get over bowel movements after surgery!! When I had my surgery 6 weeks ago we (my roommate and I) cheered every time we pooped or farted!
Keep up to good work and continue on to a full recovery!
This is great news, Steven & Rose! A big step toward normalcy. I had some complications post-op which resulted in a longer than expected hospital stay (13 days). But you are one big step closer to home, and that'll be wonderful. Continued prayers for your recovery.
What a lovely looking family. Lots of great reasons to get out of the hospital and get back to them. Our grandchildren (girl and boy) are into hockey, lacrosse and golf so really enjoy being at the games. From the sounds of your recovery you'll be out in no time. Rose will hardly have time to get comfortable on that couch! Good luck.