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One year later - still recoveringJune 8th will be one year. All in all I am doing rather well. I am still getting used to my "new normal".
Another questionI know every one has a different recovery. What was your return to work like? How long were you out and what was work like once you returned? Did you work a little at first etc. Just getting a feel of what it has been like for others.
Oh yeah couple questionsI was wondering did anyone else notice vision changes after surgery? Also the last few days my sternotimy incision is the most tender it has been. I am thinking the muscles and nerves are more reconnected now!? I have cut back quite a bit on meds in the past two weeks maybe that is related.
Into my 6th week of recoveryWhat an experience! I am feeling so much better than I was 6 weeks ago but I still have more recovering to do. My pain is not gone but is better. I had pain issues before so I am sure that is exacerbating the situation. I am tired as I get back to "real life" but not the soul sucking tired I had before my heart was repaired.
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It's Africa Hot here and I can't go in the pool.Although tomorrow marks exactly a month since my surgery it feels a lot longer than that. My incisions are healing ok I guess. My groin incision seems to be taking the longest. I am hoping I will be allowed and able to put my bathing suit on and go in the pool for a couple minutes, get out, sit in a chair and repeat. My kids summer break is short and the backyard pool is a favorite past time. I intend on wearing sun block and drinking ample amounts of water. Does any one have any thoughts about this?
Medic Alert IDI am shopping for a medic alert ID bracelet. Any thoughts or advice?
Recovery ugh!So it's been three weeks since my surgery and I've been home for 16 days. Breathing doesn't hurt too much anymore but everything else does. Maybe I should use pain meds again. My leg hurts so bad and is numb at the same time. That incision is healing slower than my mini sternotimy. My chest ribs and back hurt the worst today since I left the hospital.
To stay or to Go THAT is the question.The goal is for me to be discharged tomorrow as long as I'm off this oxygen. We shall see!
Pleasure & PainYeah there is no way too articulate this pain. I'm do glad we seem to have it at a tolerable level. I got really sad that no one from my family was coming down to see me😭 but crying hurt physically do I nipped that in the bud. My kids and hubby visited Sunday and Monday. I was so happy to have them gathered around me. Jason bought me flowers 🌻 which never happens.
Recovery roadI underestimated the aftermath of this surgery, I was barley in the CTRU ( ICU ). I was told it was a challenge for them to sedate me.once once I was a wake I noticed all of the lines wires and tubes that were attached to me.
Recovery Road Part TwoSo I'm in my room and the AC was broken I asked if they could bring me a fan but no one ever did. Jason my husband bought a fan for the room and boy did that help!
I'm aliveIn severe pain but alive
On my wayIm about 10 mins away from the hospital. In an hour and a half they'll be accessing my heart. I want to take the time to say I love my children more than words can express. I love Jason and thank God there is a strong good man in my kids lives. I love each of my brothers and sisters cousins aunts uncles Jenn all of my friends and my coworkers. I love my kitties and puppies. I love my life. Of course to all those I've lost I love you always but I'm not ready to be with you yet. Dear Lord I pray. .. Hail Mary Full of Grace & Our Father who art in Heaven.
Just got through my pre-opEkg blood tests urinalysis chest X-rays all done. Met with the anesthesiologist and cried. The pulmonary catheter explanation brought on the water works. Ps the artery blood draw on my wrist freakin hurt and still hurts.
I'm so extremely exuahsted especially today is this normal?Why oh why am I THIS tired. I haven't been this tired in months and that's saying a lot because I am always tired. Thoughts!?
Hopsital HairSo the first thing I did to prepare for the hospital was to chop off half of my hair. I am a little sad about it but I know it will grow back.
Three daysI have an overcrowded house and the only place I can find refuge and relax is here in my bed
One week to go! :(Well I keep reading about this calm that comes days before the surgery. I think that is code for depression. I am so depressed today I can't even cry. Yes I know I have people and things to be very grateful for and I am but I am still depressed. Tonight I will try to lift my spirits by getting pedicures with my daughter. Alas, I will hope for a good day despite my emotions.
Too much to DoThis is my last week of work. Next week is jam packed with things to do. Friday I have to return my rental car and pick up my mini van. Its been at a shop for repair after my 4/21 car accident. I'm still dealing with whiplash btw. That same day my youngest has a mid day award assembly. My inlaws will arrive this Saturday.
Enjoying the simple things in lifeFacing a procedure that will stop your heart is an eye opener to say the least. Historically I am a very high strung worrier. I try to be everything to everyone and have a hard time saying no. I guess I am a people pleaser. I probably create a lot of my own drama by dwelling on things but hey that is me.
If you are mean.... Go Away!I try my damnedest to focus on the positive. It is truly a challenge for me but I am doing it. I was moved to tears yesterday from all of the wonderful beautiful things my friends and even strangers had to say to me and about me. When my husband Jason asked me what was wrong all I could blurt out was that people are so nice.
And so it beginsIn a little over 15 days my heart will stop. I am terrified that my mother's fate of a very young death could be my own. When I was 17 my mom lost her 6 month battle to cancer and died at the age of 34. At 36 years old I never imagined I would be facing open heart surgery.
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