I was discharged from the Hospital the first time on Nov. 14, 2011, NOT Dec. 14th. I had to return for the second time for 2 days. I have not had any pain Medication since Nov.14th. I made a mistake in the previous statement about the date.
I will visit my cardiologist today. I am doing quite well, driving a car, walking and doing normal things. I do feel tired during the day and try to rest a little. I am out of breath if I overexert myself. My 12 inch scar down the middle of my chest is very tender and sometimes I feel some pain.I am hopeing that this will disapear soon. I have not had my Pace Maker checked as yet. I have not used any pain medication since I returned home on Dec. 14 th.I must admit my body image isn't great , even at my age. I have had a few not so good moments. I AM alive!
December 4 2011 Tuesday I will see the Surgeon for the first time since I left the Hospital the second time. I normally weigh 124 lbs, when I came home the first time I weighed 144 lbs. My entire body was swollen and arms and legs painful. Four days after the valve replacement I had an Internal pace Maker placed. Some of the complications that I had were never mentioned as possibilities although later we were told they were common. My family did not know about my progress or lack of it. They were left in the dark the entire time.
29 days ago I underwent the Surgery that has saved my life and is now going to extended my life. I am greatful for that. There were many pit falls, and complications over the 11 days I was in the hospital. But, I am a surviver. I had to return to the hospital and spent 2 more days there. It isn"t a peice of cake, but I am doing very well now. I am never one to give up. I am anxious to begin Cardic Rehab. I am walking every day and doing other exercises to prepare for a more vigerous program.
Tomorrow I take a lot of tests and the next day I will check in At 5:30 AM. So the big day is cominmg up. My daughter,daughter-in-law and my 3 sons will come home for this event. How fortunate I am to have such a family. This will help my husband becaue he will have someone with him. Next time I write I will have had my heart fixed. Doris
The waiting is over, I will have the Aortic and Mitral valve replaced and repaired. The date is Nov.3rd, 2011. I must say I will be glad to have this done and I will be on the road to recovery. I have a lot of plans for 2012. Doris
After speaking with Dr. Steinbeg, I have made the decision to have the Aortic Valve repalcement. I will first have a Carotid Ultrasound and a Heart Cath. The next step is to meet Dr. John Ikonomidis, Cardiothoracic Surgeon to determine what needs to be done and when. Adams' book has certainly helped me to know some of the right quetions to ask. Doris
I appreciate your encouraging words. I will know more on October 4th. I certainly want to continue painting and showing my work . There are several exhibits planned for 2012 . I am excited to participate. Thank you again. Doris
On Monday I had the Heart Cath. During the procedure I created a scene by having a Heart Block, and after a few compressions I returned to my normal fisty self, not much worse for the ware. I will be meeting with the Surgeon on the 18th, and a date will be set for the Aortic Valve replacement. So with a sore and tender chest and a few brusies I am about to get "Fixed". Doris
I read Adams' book the first day it arrived and am now reading it to my husband. It is so real and upfront. Thank you Adam. My next Appointment is Oct. 4, 2011. I will have to make a decision. Oct. 13, I will be 82 years old. My husband and children think I should go for it. I am very active and never knew any bounderies. I do what I want, when I want! I retired after 32 years in Healthcare Administration I began painting in 2000 and have been fairly successful. Now I am trying to decide what to do.