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Six Month Post AVR and Double Bypass UpdateBoy, time flies!
Four Month Post AVR and Double BypassFour months ago today I was in ICU recovering from my surgery.
Three month post op AVR reportI have nothing but good news to report at this time.
Two Months Post AVR and Double BypassI can't believe how well things are going for me in my recovery.
Met surgeon for post op todayGot the all clear from him and I can drive again and gradually build up the amount of weight I can handle.
5 weeks post AVR and double bypass surgeryI have just had a rather uneventful and successful week.
4 weeks post AVR and double bypass surgery -Things are going very well with me with one exception.
Three Weeks After Surgery - 2nd Week at HomeThe last week has been very good for me. I am sleeping in our bed again and able to sleep on my side again. Last night I managed an eight hour uninterupted sleep! I continue to try to eliminate the afternoon naps.
Two Weeks After Surgery - First Week at HomeIt's been four days since my last post and we have accomplished a few things.
Ten days after surgeryWell, here I am on the other side and I can say that things turned out a liitle different than I anticipated.
Wow - what a difference a day makesYesterday morning I was in the hospital and was nearing my witt's end. The system was working very well for me with one big exception - I was just not able to get enough quality sleep and it was wearing me down. In my mind (probably distorted) I was losing whatever I was gaining through meds, activity and excellent care to sleep deprevation. I made up my mind that I would be discharged, or I would just grab a cab in my PJ's.
back homeSorry I didn't write from the hospital, but they didn't have wifi.
Discharge day!As I write this my Dad is being discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at home.
Steady ProgressSince I saw my father on June 3, many good things have happened.
Just a few more things.Dad had a good dinner. Sat up in his chair and did his breathing exercises. His RN helped him get set up and we all went for another stroll around the unit.
Post op day 2.5The updates will probably be only once per day from this point forward.
Settled in the Cardiac Surgery unit.Just came back from seeing Dad in his new room. He reports that he had a great nap since we last saw him and he is feeling "pretty good".
Leaving the CVICU today.As usual I woke up early this morning so I could phone the RN who cared for Dad overnight.
AmazedI am truly amazed at the strength my father displayed today.
Good progress continues...We have spent lots of time at Dad's bedside today. He is starting to speak, and respond to simple commands.
Extubated!Best update yet!
Time to wake up...Or at least start waking up. Arrived today at Dad's bedside, to see him sitting up a bit.
A new dayThis is still Jerry's daughter Macie updating this blog until my Dad is able to do so....
ResolvedThe RN (Barbara) updated us and brought the whole family to his beside. BP has stabilized, hopefully he is resting and healing. Plan is to start to wean Dad off the vent in the early morning if all goes well overnight.
Blood Pressure issuesWe were just able to visit his bedside. We got the rundown from his RN for the night, who is Barbara.
Good news!Deep breath, huge sigh. Dr. L just came and updated us, Dad is getting settled back in the CVICU, some "little bleeders" were dealt with, and the bleeding seems to be stopped.
Bump in the roadJust when we started to relax, things are getting A bit more complicated.
Out of surgery!We just got the update from the amazing Dr. L. Jerry is out of surgery, which went well with no surprises.
In surgery!Hi everybody, this is Jerry's daughter Macie writing these updates for the next day or so.
Ready for TomorrowHad a great day today. Got some things done around the house, got lots of phone calls from friends and family and wonderful support messages through HVJ.
Ready for 5:45am TomorrowI slept surprisingly well last night and have stayed busy today organizing the garage, setting the pool up for a week on autopilot, and some pruning that I won't be able to do for quite a whille after surgery.
Countdown to ThursdayI have been pretty successful so far in keeping my mind busy and not thinking about the upcoming surgery on the 31st.
I've been postponed until May 31stJust got a call from the hospital and they have a backlog of emergency surgeries and that they are canceling everybody for next week.
Getting all the loose ends tied up for May 14thI am pretty well finished with my consulting chores today and am now just finalizing the maintenance issues around the house.
Did the pre-op todayThings were very well organized and I was in at 7:30 and out about one.
Met with the Surgeon todayI was very impressed with my meeting.
Consultation with Surgeon on April 30thThings keep moving along.
Had my angiogram yesterdayWell I had my angiogram yesterday and it confirms the echo-cardiam in that the aortic valve has got to be replaced. Area is down to about 0.8 cm2 from a normal 3.0 cm2.
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