Sheila Garrison - Apple Valley, CA posted a note for Dan that says:
Happy 2 year anniversary!!
I thought I had your email address, but couldn't find it. The only reason I remembered it was I wrote the date down for tomorrow and thought, "That date seems familiar."
I hope all is going well with you. I see that neither of us have made an entry since last year. I'm so happy that the surgery was just a small bump in the road.
Hi Dan. Glad to hear that you're feeling good. Yeah, they had told me that part of my aorta would need to be replaced prior to my surgery.
YES! I can hear and feel my heart beat. It freaked me out at first, I mentioned it to my surgeon and he said that was normal.
As far as the clicking sound of my valve, at first I couldn't really hear it. It presented itself rather faintly in the back of my head (if that makes any sense). However, now, I can "hear" it quite distinctly sometimes. I don't mind though...actually, it's one of my favorite sounds.
I was thinking about you yesterday on our 10 week recovery day and wondering how you were doing. Thanks for the update. It's so very cool to work out in the yard and not be huffing & puffing like we use to.
Our surgery dates are 1 day apart. And, since we live near each other, let's make plans to hike to the top of the mountian or run in a 4th of July 5K next year. I look forward to following your journey also.
Hi Dan. Similar scenario in that they detected a murmur in me at a young too. But, it wasn't until we moved to FL about 14 years ago, until a Dr. actually suggested I see a cardiologist, just to be safe.
You'll do fine. You're definitely a healthy guy if you were expected to have surgery at 40 and here you are at 62.
I look forward to reading about you hiking that mountain next year!!
Hi Dan. I had surgery at 40 last year to replace the mitral valve. Don't sweat the recovery... When I got to cardiac rehab 4 weeks or so after surgery, I have to admit that the older folks there, all heart patients, put me to shame!!! You'll do great. My biggest recommendation would be to rent an electric reclining chair. I slept in that for the first 3 weeks or so. Getting into bed at week 4 or 5 was tolerable but I could have used the chair another few weeks. I'll be thinking of you. Kellie