Welcome home Andy. It is always a sigh of relief once out of the hospital. A big vote of confidence about your recovery. Any need for big thick novels yet? Found a series that have 5, yes 5 big fat books which of course I bought. The series is called Of Ice and Fire by George Martin. HBO made a movie out of the first book.
So sorry about the temporary set back. Best that this came to light while you we're still in the hospital where all your needs will be met "right now"
Hope the cough is not too bad, oh well, you have Teddy.
Wonderful news and congrats on the terrific progress! Your appetite will come back but it may be another week before some of the weird taste issues go away. Eat whatever sounds good to you at first just to get those calories. Soon you will be craving protein like crazy as your body says "HEAL ME!" I found too much in sweets made me feel really bad that first week or two and think that is part of the blood sugar leveling out that your body goes through! So very happy for you all that this went well and you are now on the super highway of recovery! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
Wow! Great news! Your recovery is just downright inspiring. Keep it up. Both of you are in my thoughts al the time. Bet you can't wait to be at home and just heal with a good movie! Take care.
P.S. thank you for the updates Patty. You are awesome! (A little old fashioned to say that. Huh?)
God bless you Andy and Patty. Karen told me the good news about the successful surgery. So glad for you both. I am glad you set this web-page up because I was going crazy trying to decide to call or not. This is perfect. You know we are here for ya but you don't have to take our annoying phone calls. Now Andy, this means you have to start trekking with us. Love ya.
This is really the hardest part. Once the surgery is done you will be absorbed in the recovery process and time will fly. I was worried about pain management and I was absolutely amazed that the pain level was much much less than expected and they are on top of it all the time so that you can heal quickly. You will be annoyed by being awakened for breathing treatments and meds and tests but you will have long periods in which to rest rest rest. Looking forward to your future recovery posts! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
It is good to get that date set and know that recovery time is just around the corner. On the day of surgery, Andy will be pretty out of it (thankfully) and much of the stress really falls on those waiting and watching in recovery. But after the breathing tube is out and you move around the first time, things move quickly and you will start to see improvement every day. There is great advice and support on the site! Looking forward to reading your posts! Sherry Bradford AVR (bovine) 10/23/2012
Happy Thanksgiving to Andy and family! Good luck with the surgery and recovery. I am looking at aortic valve replacement (I'm going mechanical because of my age) on Dec. 20 myself. A little nervous, but I will be happy to be on the recovery end of the surgery and getting back to normal, or better than what has been my normal lately. Keep us updated!