Hi Tameika, Was wondering what happened to you. Glad you are back. Guess you do have a pretty hectic schedule. Hope your husband will be better soon. For your weight problem. Join Weight Watchers. It REALLY does work. I have been at Weight Watchers since last October and have lost 40 lbs. So now I am pretty much there where I want to be and am ready for me to get better. They will help you loose the weight and feel a lot better. I also walked and with both of those things it really does work. Try it you will love it and it is what I call a little me time. Good luck to you. Let me know how it works for you.
Hello I am doing just fine. I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to post anything. As I took a moment I realized its been six months. And I'm great I'm sure your procedure will go fine the end of this month don't worry go in at peace and you come out at peace I will keep you in my prayers
Hi Tameika, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are amazing to just get out of hospital and have to take a trip. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You take care of yourself, don't overdo.
Until Later Linda H
Oh Tameika I am sooooo sorry. I am sorry for your loss and for the trip that you had to take. You must be totally exhausted. I will be praying for you and your whole family...especially for your husband. He must be soooo stressed. I know how hard it was on my husband and we did not have a passing or a trip to make. Try and rest as much as you can....walk when you can too. What a journey..praying for God's peace and healing. Also safety as you travel home. Hugs...Jamie Todor
Tameika, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I am sure everyone understands that you are recovering from MAJOR surgery and just the fact that you are there is amazing. Take care of Tameika. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Don;t forget that you are still in the early days of recovery. You have to take care of yourself even if you are not at home. Don't overdo it because you will pay the price.
My condolences to your family.
Jane (10 weeks post-op)
Hey Tameika, Glad you got out of hospital. I hope everything goes ok for you. I have been saying prayers for you also. If a doctor had told me things like that I think I would get a second opion. They aren't always right. You hang in there enjoy your kids and husband and family and it will all work out. Good luck to you. Linda H
Tameika - I know it's easier to say than do, but you can't appreciate the view from the mountaintop until you've been in the depths of the valley - and it seems you're in the valley now. Linda is so right about what God can do for you. Hang in there and keep fighting and know that there are a lot of people praying to help you get through this.
So happy to hear you are going home. When I was in the hospital I had Afib and my rate was 170 too. Once they got it down and put me on meds, I haven't had that problem again. I had afib for a few months the year before my surgery and they prepared me that afib is very common to have after valve surgery. I am praying for you that now they have this being monitored you won't have the issue again. I am still on meds for it plus a blood thinner....but I do feel good. AND the best thing is no more afib.
Going home will help you immensely. I felt better from the second I got home and out of that place where they wake you up non-stop!! Keep the faith friend....you have lots of friends praying for your recovery....just heal and enjoy your family....and God will take care of the rest. Hugs...and prayers.
Good news about busting out of that place, lol! Now....I hear your frustration talking...you had your surgery...you survived...you are excited about going home to your family...and how about let's wait and see...doctors can't say you arent going to feel any better! You and God will determine that now, thank you very much! He used the surgeons to take care of your valve...He will take care of the rest. Now go home, relax, hug your babies and your husband and take care of Tameika. And then show those doctors what you got!! You will feel better...God brought you to it...He will bring you through it!!!
Hugs from Souh Carolina....Linda
Hang in there, Tameika. You will do much better than you expect. I know its exhausting but it will work out. Keep us updated. I'm glad you are getting to go home. You will feel better there. I have you in my prayers. Hugs, Janis Kielbasa
Okay Tameika, I know you want to go home and "take care" of everybody else, but you are gonna need some taking care of yourself. Don't do too much and get out of that place girl!!! Time to go home!!
Hugs your way!
My wife and I were just reading your journal, I am glad to see that things are going so well for you. I myself need valve surgery and am looking for a surgeon in the Raleigh area I'm having my cath done at Rex tomorrow. how was your experience with your surgeon and hospital?
I've been reading your journal and so happy to see they got afib under control and you can go home. You are right about family, I felt like yuk yesterday and my husband told me, just rest, stay put... instead did some walking and felt 100% better. So listen to your doctors and your body. I know our loved ones are scared but we can and do go on to lead full lives. Take one step at a time with recovery. Sending continued love, prayers and good thoughts your way. Janis Kielbasa
Hi Tameika, I just got home yesterday from my surgery a week ago (today) and saw your recent great news. I had some complications and saved in ICU 3 extra days, so I know how you have been feeling. Getting shocked to control afib was one option we discussed for me, but I ended up getting under control with meds.
Anyway, great news you are feeling so good you are ready to go home. Congrats!!!! You are correct to tell your family to let you live your life. Today I found I was dizzy and everyone told me to sit down. I knew I just had to walk and did and felt much better. I just was not getting enough oxygen into my blood/system.
I wish you first continued courage to follow what you feel is right and two continued improving health.
Hi Tameika, just stopping by to check on you, haven't heard from you in a few days. Hopefully you are home from the hospital and just too busy having fun to journal! Let me know how you are doing when you are up to it.
Tameika, Sorry you are going through a hard time. Many get afib and take medications to correct rhythm so try and not worry. You will be okay. Keep us updated and YES, prayers sent your way!! Hugs, janis kielbasa
Hi Tameika, I did not realize you were having problems! Sorry to hear you had to go back to hospital. So...if they have to shock your heart back into rhythm, you won't feel it, they will give you some Versed or Propofol so that you don't know it. So don't worry about that. I hear about 1/3 of patients who have heart surgery do go into Afib temporarily.
Sorry you had to be one of them! Please keep us posted! Feel better fast!!
Still waiting...Linda Dixon
Hello Tameika, great to hear you are doing so well. I am so happy for you that this is behind you. Don't let hubby get you to overdoing things, it's okay if he doesn't understand, this is waaaay different. Only those who have been there understand, even I can't..I'm hoping it is better than what I am imagining.
Take care and keep in touch.
I have had the same problems with right side of neck and down into shoulder blade and back. Miserable pain...and the pain meds don't much touch it. I have finally given it to goint to sww a gal I know who does massage. I seem to have a big knot on the shoulder blade and it just goes on up. Very painful. I feel for you....I will let you know what I find out tomorrow and if the back massage helps. Jamie Todor
Agree with JH. Same thing happended to me. Remember, you just had major surgery. Give your body the time it needs to heal and rest. No need to be superhero...just do what you can and don't worry about what you can't. Measure in weeks not days. It does get better. Hugs, Janis Kielbasa 5 weeks post op
Tameika...I had the same type pain. It was due to my posture after surgery...you know, kinda protecting your chest. Well that causing muscle spasms/pain in shoulder/neck and mid-back area. I took Tylenol for the pain and really concentrated on my posture and it helped alot. The pain did not go away totally but felt a ton better, until it finally went away as I got better. Also....stretch your shoulders/neck/arms whenever you can. It helps.
I am a fellow "valver" soon to get surgery. You can check out my journal for more info. I also happen to be a chiropractor. Perhaps you need a neck adjustment. I might also suggest a therapy called "cold laser" which is really good and you feel nothing when its done. I suggested this to someone else here that was having shoulder pain and she had it done and it helped. Cold Laser is also good for wound healing and I will be using it to help my chest heal quicker. You can check out You Tube and watch some cold laser news videos. Search "cold laser ML830" in You Tube. And again, definitely consider having your neck checked and adjusted by a good chiropractor. For more info on me, you can go to: www.orlandochiropractor.com
Hi Tameika, sorry I can't help with your shoulder pain question except to say that I am pretty sure several of our fellow valvers have had the same problem following surgery. I think they were told it was fairly common and temporary. Sorry I can't be more helpful, I hope your doctor can help. I will look back over some journals and if I find those with the problem will let you know.
Yes you can do stairs, just go slowly. You will probably rest better in your own bed, I did, so stairs twice a day isn't all that much. And hey- your heart just got cut open and it didn't get to rest like the rest of your body! Of course it's a little "angry!" Your heartbeat may be a bit erratic for weeks, it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong. Stay calm and trust the Lord. You are in my prayers.
Hi Tameika, my friend, welcome home. I am so happy you did so well and are on your way to recovery. Did they tell you it was okay to go up and down stairs so soon? Maybe you need to set up some way to sleep downstairs for a while. I really have no idea since I haven't had surgery yet, but I can hardly walk up 15 steps now, can't imagine doing that straight out of the hospital.
Good that you called, at least they will be able to put your mind at ease. Don't try to overdo, I know exercise is part of recovery, but you have to heal a certain amount before you are ready for too much.
I keep you in my prayers, God is good, he will take care of you.
Yay Tameika..so glad you r doing so good. You will flourish once you are home....it is like heaven on earth! Rest and walk and blow your spirometer....those are the keys to recovery that I have learned. Hugs...Jamie Todor. 1/04/12
Hang in there, Tameika - the hard part is over. I had my surgery one week ago today and feel really great today. I also had elevated insulin levels after surgery and they kept sticking my finger measuring the sugar level for 2 days to get it under control - and I have never had sugar problems. I finally told them to quit bringing me the high sugar drinks and foods that elevates insulin levels and then sticking me because the levels were too high! Not saying that's the problem, but it made some difference in my sugar issue. It did clear up prior to my coming home.
You're in my prayers
Thank you for the updates. I'm so glad to hear that you are progressing right along. Praise God. I really draw strength and courage from your experience and all of the others. Next week (Feb 2nd) I will be going through and I am trying so hard to stay optimistic and strong.
You Go Girl!! So happy to hear from you, so glad you are feeling so well. I admit, I got a little worried there the first day or two. Was scared to ask if anybody heard from Tameika (ya know what I mean). I finally figured out your son was posting in your guestbook instead of journal, so then I knew you were okay. Hope you get to go home tomorrow, listen to your body, do what you can but don't overdo. Praise the Lord, God is good...all the time!