Hi.....I hope you're still monitoring this site. Every time I see a bike team on the road I just wonder when you can start riding again. And I'm sure you have it timed down to the exact day, hour , minute
Get peddaling, cuz!.
I'm back in the saddle as of last Saturday and today!
I spoke with a Cleve. Clinic cardiology department nurse practitioner a few days ago and she said to speak with the experts at my 3-times a week therapy sessions and devise a work-out plan (biking & hiking between therapy days).
Boy was that a good idea. I was given some heart rate parameters to work with on my own. I'm now starting a biking and hill-hiking regiment using my heart rate monitor to keep in range. I'm stil on a drug to keep my heart rate and blood pressure down since my heart is still beating high 80s at rest. This is normal and could last 3,6,9 or 12 months but shouldn't hold me back from getting back in shape.
After this weekend I'm going to start playing sand volleyball again, nurse said my manly chest is healed enough for this type of activity now.
Other than that, 'anxious' is the understatement of the CENTURY!
I had two valves repaired last October and have artificial rings in both. I was also given cards with ID numbers and told to check before having an MRI. I had to get an MRI on my shoulder in May (due to rotator cuffs being torn during heart surgery!) and I was told by the makers of my rings that it was okay for the MRI. Guess we each need to check with the makers of our spare parts before we have medical procedures done.
Good for you Tom! push yourself, but in doing so you are in a safe place to do it. Hopefully this will help to get your resting heart rate a little lower. It took several months to get my heart rate back down to "normal". Healing the heart takes a while, even if we feel perfectly fine!!!
Rehab is one of the things that I am looking forward to. I have spent a lot of time on treadmills and stationary bikes. It is all about having a goal, the right music and the ability to get lost in thought.
Can you believe you stomped up and down some high peaks in Colorado with not only one bad valve, but two! You are in good shape and will no doubt recover nicely - given time. I can empathize with your impatience as I too am impatient when it comes down to limiting my activity. Looking forward to seeing you back in CO next summer. Take advantage of the heat this summer, follow your Dr.'s orders to balance activity with rest and stay cool. Tammie
Great news on your recovery! Driving again....wow...independence once more! :)
My surgery is July 17 at CC & posts like yours have certainly brought peace, to what I am sure, would have been pure hysteria! Although I know, it is not the way I would like to repeat my summer vacation...I am confident I can climb this mountain...and come out better on the other side, both physically & mentally.
On behalf of all newbies.....thanks for sharing....it helps sooooo much!
Sounds like all's well and am very happy for you!!!! Stop whining to the nurses they hate that ( only kidding) Hope to see you as soon as you are up and about.... you always make me smile!!! Love ,Patty...Tom
Good for you Tom! You made it and can focus on healing and recovery. It's going to be tough at first, but each day will get better. You'll probably experience several bumps along the way, but pay attention to your body and don't be afraid to ask questions! Use your spirometer!!! Take care.
Hi there sweetei, its Jennie, I have been praying and thingking about you. I hope you had a good night, Sounds like everyything went well.
I can not wait to see how that scare is going to look with your new speedo for the upcoming cruise!! :)
Can not wait for you to be up and around, I know it will be very soon.
Lots of love and well wishes -JC
Hi Tom, My best wishes to you tomorrow. God speed for a very speedy recovery and getting to the other side of the mountain. You will do fine and prayers will be out there for you.Good luck
For the long haul
Just so you know we'll be thinking about you and waiting for news!!!! I can only imagine a bike trip with the new Smealie!!!!!! So many more mountains to climb my good man!!! This is Patty by the way and My Tom's wishes follow!!! Donna keep us posted! Love to you both and God Bless!
I have a bicuspid too - I read that it is more common in men - so I guess I'm an overachiever - ha! I'm still in the waiting until it has to be done stage and am rooting for you! I hope all goes well. I'll be following you at Cleveland Clinic one of these days.
That's what I did as well. After actually having the surgery, I no longer "dread" the idea of needing it again although Dr. Gillinov also believes that by that time the transcatheter approach will be perfected and available to everyone. Welcome to the club!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
I'm hoping to finish my dental work and a CAT scan by the end of this next week, if all goes well I should be having my AV replaced mid-June, I'll keep you in my prayers hope you have a speedy recovery. Let me know about the less evasive surgery, my surgeon offered me the same procedure, waiting results fron CAT scan tomorrow to see if I qualify.