Shelly Poluka posted a note for Chris that says:
Just wondering how you are doing. I cant
seem to find too many people with multiple valves involved. My husband had
AVR, and MVR at New-York Presbyterian.
He is 5-weeks post op. today. Thank God
he is doing very well. He is 59 years old
and in good health. So very happy to put
this behind us. Life is good.
My name is Byron and I will be having my aortic valve replaced and have no idea what to expect. I noticed from your picture you look pretty young. How old are you? I am only 34 and im gettn ready for them cut me open. From what read you seem to be doing really well. Every journal Ive read appears to be from people in their 50's or older. Ive been dealing with this heart issue all my life and Im ready to get it over with. I am scared and I am scared for my kids and girlfriend and her kids. Im glad to see your doing well.
I had that chest (rubbing) pain for several months after surgery. It was especially bad when I took a deep breath, sneezed, or yawned. I took lots of Advil along the way. ll things considered, it wasn't a bad six effect.
Hey Chris! The trial of anti-inflammatories should do the trick..as for neck pain....sounds like strain.....time for Tuina....or The "Vicki Squeeze"!!! ;)
Hope to see you this Friday!!!
Hang in there with the residual pain....hope it goes away soon! Sounds like you are doing well though overall!!! Thank goodness!
Keep up the good work, think: "one day at a time", and you should do great!
Sounds like you are doing great. Don't worry about the weeks ahead; just work on now. You may be surprised at how well you feel a couple of weeks from now. The progress is almost exponential; keep doing all your exercises and add on when appropriate; you will be amazed at how good you feel.
Keep up the good work!
Do call the cardiologist about that pain in your lower rib cage. I had something like that, and the suggestion he gave me worked fast. We all have little things which "go wrong" as we recover. They vary from person to person.
Most of us had to rely on painkillers occasionally for several weeks. Maybe our chest didn't hurt, but the backache could be enough to send me up a wall.
I was worried about the percocet, so the doctor, to ease my guild about occasional painkillers, gave me generic Vicodin instead. It's a good painkiller but not as strong as percocet. Maybe it's crazy, but it made me feel less guilty.
Keep us posted, and feel better soon.
I am so glad to see you are doing well-it helps to see the healing of someone a few weeks ahead of me- Take it slow getting your strength back and going back to work.
Good luck to you
Greetings from Washington, DC. Heather sent me the link to this site. I am so glad to hear that your surgery went well and that you are feeling better. Take this time to relax and recuperate and begin the new year with your friends at home and at work with renewed energy. This is truly a Happy New Year for you and those who care for you!
Happy New Year!!!! You're looking better than when you went in! Wow! Rest does a body good! Don't overdo it now. Hope you had a wonderful holiday under the circumstances, and when your heart can take it, I plan on singing you a Chris-mas Carol. Get it? LOL! See you soon!
So happy to know that your surgery was a success! Glad to hear you are coming around!!! Sounds like you are appreciating everything in life!! Good Luck with rest of healing process and wish us luck in the New Year as we head back to work tomorrow!!!
Have a goodnight!
Vicki and Alex :)
Congratulations on your surgery and wishing you a very speedy recovery. I need mitral valve (anterior leaflet) surgery also. I live in Maine, but will be heading out to the Cleveland Clinic Jan. 18 for a consult and will know then exactly when and how.
Since you're from NYC I presume you had your surgery done at one of the big NY hospitals? Who was your surgeon? Is there anything you can share about the the event? I'm pretty frightened.
I am a 64-yr.old woman in otherwise good shape. Again, my best wishes to you for a great recovery and a long and happy life.
Chris...we just got back from traveling and how great to hear you are on the mend big time...can't wait to see the whole you again...what a great way to start the new year...all the best in 2011 for you ! Gene
It sounds like you are doing very well!
It is weird how you need help with all those silly little things in the beginning, but people are willing to help, so we need to ask and accept.
I'm sure everyone has told you that the neck and back pain is totally expected. I am 4 weeks post op and still have some pain. I have a microwaveable heat pack that I put on my shoulders and neck and boy does it help!!
The pain gets less each day and lightly stretching and massaging the areas helps too.
Best wishes for a rapid recovery and a Happy, Healthy New Year!
Glad you got home before the snowstorm...crazy blizzard!
Make sure you take the pain meds! It helps with everything else. You will feel more like eating and you will be able to get your most needed rest. I am 4 weeks post op tomorrow and I did take my percocet(I cut the pills in half after day 3) in the morning and at night to sleep. After that,(day 4 home) I switched to Tylenol and Tylenol PM.
Sleeping in general is quite a challenge; I have to mound lots of pillows and comforters up and get all situated. I pretty much slept in one position the first 2 weeks. I still sleep pretty much on an incline with a few less pillows, but can only turn slightly on my side. Baby steps!!
Each week there are improvements you notice that help get you through...
Looking forward to hearing about your progress.
Happy New Year!
Glad to here you are in your own room, sorry about the roller coaster, although it sure sounds like you are on your way to a full recovery...Bless you Chris have a great day thinkin' about you !! Harold
Sorry to hear you had a rough night last night.....I guess your body is still adjusting and all those tubes/lines can't be comfortable! :-(
Tonight should be much better....finally!
Rest up, have a speedy recovery from here on!!!
We are thinking of you!!!
Lots of Love,
Vicki and Alexandros
so sorry to hear about the rough night last night!! I think you're probably right in that it took a while for the meds/anesthesia to wear off/get out of your system and that allowed your body to react to the intrusive invasion/surgery... As you said, hopefully, it'll be a bit smoother sailing from here on out!! I would think they might also be able to adjust the pain meds a bit, tweak them to make sure you can stay ahead of the pain. I'll be sending lots of blue and yellow blankets your way today!! hang in there, brother!!
So glad to hear that everything went well with the surgery! And, that they are already getting you up and about! You'll be walking the halls before you know it!! Know that we're continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers here in Boston!
The same thing happened to me. I was scheduled for 7 AM and didn't get taken in until 4 or 5. BUT, a few days later I met the guy they gave my morning spot to. He had been taken in as an emergency because he had 1) a quadruple bypass, 2) an aortic valve replaced AND 3) a section of his aorta replaced. He was in O.R. for 7 hours. I was only in for 2.
I met him on Day 4 walking in the corridor. I didn't know him, but as you'll realize, we all talk to each other in the corridors. He said, "I'm alive because they took me into emergency. Some poor lady had to wait almost 8 hours as a result." I told him I was that person and thrilled that he took my spot. Just imagine finding that a few frustrating hours saves someone else's life. Keep us posted! Good luck. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Heal well.