I was glad to hear your report. I know you will miss the kids, but am glad that MOm is there to help out. We have about 4 inches here, but it is not melting, streets are slick. Work hard this week at rehab! Love, Kiki
Dad had to stop going to the local B-Ball games, so might be best if you just read something for a while. Begin training for Aerus Tuesday. Hope I can keep it all together.
Email me about Phil's job in Brentwood. My love to you and the family. --Dad
Chris, keep up your your rehab. It takes tons of hard work to get yourself in shape after normal surgery, nevermind the surgery you just completed. Sounds like you are on a great path. Keep the spirit! Sandra and I have you guys in our prayers. It is amazing how quick the kids grow up. My baby Kelsey is headed up to UT today for school. I guess we are swapping children. Call if we can help in Brentwood. Todd Robinson
Thanks for your kind comments. I do feel totally rejuvenated and "normal" at 3+ months post surgery, but the new "normal" is actually better than just before the surgery. I thought I had no symptoms, but now that I'm feeling so good, looking back prior to the surgery, I had really slowed down--just thought it was age creeping up on me.
You'll get there soon and you'll be amazed at about 3 months when you not only don't think about it every day but find yourself forgetting about it till you brush your teeth at bedtime and the scar reminds you.
I've been subscribed to your journal since your first post. You're doing great. Keep it up, but don't overdo. Rest is important, too.
Happy New Year to all the Kinneys! Chris, we are so glad you are home - that must feel very good. Be kind to yourself during this recovery process. Donna hope you are getting some rest also. We continue to pray for you all and look forward to seeing you in Montclair soon. Sending much love your way,
Elizabeth and Tim
I just came back from my 3 month checkup. My cardiologist was thrilled about how I'd progressed, and was happy that I didn't overdo but rested as much as was needed especially in the early stages (first month). Your body will tell you how much to sleep, how much to move about, etc. Especially while your meds are adjusting, don't expect miracles. They'll come eventually. No rush.
Dear Chris and Family - I just learned about this yesterday. I'm writing to send my family's thoughts and wishes for a speedy, healthy recovery, and I look forward to working with you soon. - Warren Luhning and family
It strikes home when someone like yourself has a serious condition like this. I keep going back to seeing you sweat your tail off at Fort Sanders. I think man if he can have heart problems we all can. Keep up the good fight!
Thanking God and rejoicing with you that you are home! Ain't it grand?! I slept in our own bed from day one of being home also, but most patients sleep in their recliners. I only catnapped in my recliner during the days. Anyhow, my continued prayers and best wishes for an uneventful recovery from here on. You'll probably be going to a coumadin clinic pretty often for a while. Take care, and if there is anything I can do for you, do not hesitate to contact me.
Welcome back to Knoxville. There is nothing like being in your own house, I would imagine. We think about you all and send our prayers and love your way. By the way, even in 20+ inches of snow, your contractors are putting in the duct work for the a/c. The dirt is moved all around in the back. Hey, maybe it's time for a few pictures. I will work on it... Love you, Laura
We are so happy that you are home....we have been thinking and praying for a speedy recovery. we are (as you must be) thankful that it is over and you can look to the future...a future that includes all your old (not age wise) friends to welcome you back home to Montclair (well Verona)...we love you!
Glad you made it home safely - I'm sure comfort in the car will improve each week. I hope you enjoy the bowl games over the next few weeks - by the time they are over you should be feeling much more like yourself. Enjoy the break from your usual schedule - all that stuff will still be there when you're back on your feet.
At many drugstores and all medical supply stores they sell bed wedges of varying depths that allow you to sleep slightly elevated with just your regular pillow. They're not expensive. They really help and they're way more comfortable than a stack of pillows. If you could afford an adjustable bed, that would be even more fantastic, but that's NOT cheap.
Take a lesson from others. REST! Read books you wished you had time to read, before. If you have a laptop, do research or explore new things. (Not sitting up at a desk. My surgeon said that's inadvisable since it puts pressure on the sternum.) Learn a new language. Stretch your brain. Sure you need to walk about a bit. No one's saying lie there comatose, but be careful. Let people wait on you. If you rest for one month, your recovery will astound you the next month.
It doesn't prove anything to anybody if you try to prove how fast you can return to normal activities. There's plenty of time for that. Right now you need to rest, even if there are too many visits from well-meaning people. When you get tired, just say, "Excuse me, I need to lie down for awhile." An added advantage to resting for the first month is that if something goes awry you won't be wondering if your activity did it.
God bless you and prayers for your speedy recovery (after resting). Let's hope 2011 is a wonderful, healthy year for all of us.
Dear Chris, I talked to your Mom today and she told me that you were on your way home. I am so thankful for your recovery and for the way you approached it. Great doctors and a great hospital. You are fortunate to have a loving family and many friends which mean everything during a crisis. Berlynn and I have have been praying for you and your family. I am happy to be able to communicate with you. Take care of yourself and do what Donna and he doctors say !!!!!!!
Love you always,
Patsy and Berlynn Rizer
I'm 5 1/2 weeks after AVR surgery in NY.
I find it most helpful that we have an adjustable bed- if thats not a good solution for you - use plenty of pillows - you'll probably find it more helpful. the other point that helped me was to stay ahead of the pain.
Chris, We're glad you are doing well and do hope you are resting in your own bed tonight. So much for eating green leafy vegetables, huh? We'll continue to keep you in our prayers and hope for a fast recovery for your sake and for Donna's.
Chris and Donna: so glad you are going home. nothing like sleeping in your own bed, especially after a hospital stay. Wishing you all the best for 2011: a happy, healthy and prosperous new year with family and friends.
I am so glad to hear the wonderful news that the doctors have deemed you fit to go home! I know how very excited you are to be able to leave the hospital! Please remember to take things slow... I know from having my own heart surgery just how physically and emotionally tired you can get very quickly. Relaxing in a hotel room in a comfortable bed can be just as rewarding as your own and build your strength for the trip back home. The ride home might be more tiring than you expect. Just ease into things a little slower than you are used to. I know how you are and that you normally take things on "full throttle" and that attitude will mentally prepare you for what is ahead...just remember that slow and steady wins the race.
With all my love,