Thank you so much for the wonderful messages you have left in my guestbook. It is so good to read that you are doing better and were able to start rehab. I really look forward when they will give me the go ahead for that. I think it will help me both physically and mentally. I do look forward to a day without pain. At this time I cannot imagine that but know if it ever comes, you are right and it will hopefully be a distant memory. You have very wise and caring words. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading about your recovery as you continue to get better with each day!
Thoughts and prayers,
Great message. We are always learning from the roads taken by others and sometimes, as you say, it might just help tweek us to ask questions. The liver is a great organ and once given a rest should mend. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better finally.
So glad they got to the root of your trouble. That edge of nausea is no fun, especially since it went on for so long.
I was taking a lot of tylenol for awhile in the Darvocet N I was taking. Everyday I would calculate and often was at the max.As we get older I understand the liver does not break it down as efficiently and we can overdose even with "normal" amt. So we do have to be extra careful. I am glad you put it in your jorunal to make everyone more aware.
So glad you are feeling better.
Mary Ann Marko
Glad the doctor got to the root cause of the nausea.Usually Tylenol can affect the kidneys. I have been on Crestor (and other cholesterol lowering drugs) for years and my semi annual labs always show normal liver function, thank goodness. Hope everything returns back to normal and seems like you're finally on the road to a nausea free recovery. Did you lose much weight?
So glad things are better with you after the hospital visit. Happy Birthday to you...June is a great month for a birthday ...mine is tomorrow and this year it feels so extra-special. Enjoy your day...life is good.
Oh my goodness, Dave! Dehydration? How did that happen? I'm glad, though, that the hospital was able to bring you back to a better stage of health. Keep drinking those fluids, though, 'cause that's very important.
Sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday! All of us fantastic people have birthdays in June, didn't you know? So Happy Birthday to you, albeit a day late. Here I am, lifting a glass of water to toast you and to another year of better health, AND I'm drinking it down! Won't you join me? Sure, you can add a slice of lemon, if you like.
Sounds like you have had it ruff lately, please know that we are all praying for you and are here for you! I am glad you are feeling better. It's amazing how little things effect us after surgery, but remember, it is a long process. Take it one day at a time and before you know it, it will be 100% better!
I lost my Chloe Dog a year ago April and I still look for her every time I enter the house. I'm so sorry you have lost your Sadie. I know what great and loyal friend she was. Here's hoping your nausea has disappeared. Surely they tried Compazine. It's such a standard. Sometimes it helps but it didn't help my late husband as much as we had hoped. Being one of those boring, mother-types...I can alway suggest saltines and ginger ale.
We think of you often and know your many friends are right on hand to cheer you on. John and I won't see you until mid August but we'll track you down as soon as we get there.
I just caught up on your progress and wanted to say hello. I'm so sorry to hear about Sadie. As far as your recovery time, be patient with yourself. Heart surgery is not small potatoes! You are a tough, stubborn guy and will feel better in time. In the meantime, I'll leave you with some wisdom from Jon Stewart... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JajtadtQer8&feature=related
I'm on day 7 post-surgery so I've been watching your progress.
I am so sorry about Sadie. Losing a dog is already so difficult, and while you're trying to recover, so rough. I have a Golden Retriever and a Pit Bull mix. (The 14 year-old Golden is the boss of the house.) I will say a prayer for you and Sadie tonight.
Having had 3 beloved pets to rest through the years, I know how painful that can be. The timing wasn't the best, but now your focus has to be on getting better and hopefully this new regimen will get you on the road to recovery.
Awww, Dave. I am so sorry to hear about Sadie. Although she is no longer suffering, this is not what you needed to face right now. I continue to keep you in my prayers and hope the cardiologist is able to figure something out so you won't continue to be so sick.
It is sinful how time flies by when you aren't the sick one. Recovery is a slow process but it does complete itself at some point.Katie and I are headed for Maine on Sunday with a graduation in Manchester as a side trip.
We will be back in town July 10th. On the few good days we have had I hape you have been able to sit by the Lake and enjoy the beauty you have at you threshold.
Hoping you are feeling better and that each day brings some improvement.
Take Care Dave
I have been out of touch for the last week due to poor internet access on the road. However, I was glad to see you making progress. Interestingly, one of my mom's friends received the same diagnosis as you (leaky aortic valve and aorta annorism)and was placed in surgery the next day. She needed to go back to surgery for bleeding and was placed in an induced coma. I understand she has made it through this trying time. None-the-less not an operation for the faint-hearted!!! God bless-----Mike
My dear Dave:
I can't begin to imagine what you have been through (and I hope I never do), but you seem to be bouncing back just fine! It's amazing to me that you are taking small walks already - so soon after such major surgery. If it was me, I'd play 'recovery' for all it was worth - LOL!
I'll be seeing you soon, I hope, so you hang in there and take things one day at a time. BTW - that medication makes me ill as well. So ill in fact that I just won't take it.
Day 11 is very early in the recovery process.
You sound like you are doing quite well. I am a month out from my first surgery and what I know for sure is that everything takes longer than I thought. I also find out that Doctors don't have all the answers. I think the complexities of recovery are highly underestimated. I wish you the gift of patience and the sustained belief that things will get better because they will. Home family and friends definately aid the healing process.
Fella HVJ traveler,
I had my surgery the same day you did and like you, feel the recovery is going slower than I expected. I guess I need to stop expecting:) Just a curious question...do you use your spirometer all the time? (i don't and know that I need to use it more).
Hope your recovery continues in a positive direction and you are feeling better than ever soon!
Hi Dave, It sounds like everything is going well. You will be ringing bells before you know it. I admire you being so upbeat and positive. I hope the rest of your rehabilitation goes well. I have not chosen a date when we will ring, but it will probably be in August. Hope to see you soon at or near 100%. Walt
I had a mitral valve repair on April 8th, they went in my right femoral artery instead of the left. I too have the numbness and tingling, my surgeon stated they have to cut some of the nerves that are just under the skin to get into the artery. He told me it will heal, but will take some time. Hope this helps, and I will continue to pray for your recovery.
Hey - where are you? If you are still in the hospital you must be there because you love the food - trust everything is perkin' OK. The clouds are over all the hills - you know - one of those days. Have had to turn the heat on - in the low 50's - high 40's.
One diehard boat with three fishermen out in their slickers. Chicks are flapping around - 'bout all - thumbs up!!!!
Hope you are feeling better now . I just read one of the notes and it said you are headed to a home . GREAT NEWS. I am sure things are still sore but hopefully things are going as predicted. We think of you often. We are headed to Trickey pond for awhile so my communications will be limited. Take good care of yourself.
Good news to hear you're on your way home to what's comfortable and familiar. Without all the night disturbances you'll begin to get some much needed zzzz's. I'm a huge advocate of pj's for the hospital and was in mine the day I got out of ICU. Besides, once you start getting dressed and cleaned up you actually feel a little better. I came home with fluid in my one lung and was put on drugs. Use your spirometer faithfully every hour and walk as much as you can. Good luck on your recovery.
Good Morning Dave
I gained nearly 20# during my hospitalization. They really pump you full of fluids. Also had fluid in both lung cavities, a normal complication of valve surgery. With diuretics and use of your spirometer this should decrease.Hope you get home soon as you'll recover faster and hopefully get more sleep without all those night time distractions.
It's great to hear that you are making such progress!! Getting you some fresh air will be great, even if that means your team of three nurses won't be doting on you. It sounds like the teams of great friends in the Monadnock area are prepared to get you to the next level. Many, many thanks to all of them! Yes, it is a beautiful week, after such wild weather. And knowing that you are ready to leave the hospital already is truly terrific news.
Laura and Gil
I'm glad everything went well. Mike is off to Martha's Vineyard with his mom to open her summer home for the renters and I am holding down the fort here. Keep up your good recovery and I'll make you a coconut cake.
You are missing some great days on the puddle - get well soon. A little "fallish" in the air - crisp, bright, clean, puffy clouds and sparkly water. Going to Keene today Monadnock stuck out like a sore thumb - beautiful! Have only seen one fishing boat with three in it. The driveway took a big wash from the weekend storm but that seems to be all around here - except taxes are due next month - ugh! On the brighter side - TX daughter is due Friday for a quick visit with little one - need to get a chair seat I guess - 'bout all CHEERS!
Dave, I just read the note you posted yesterday and am glad to hear all is going well. We had some really wild weather up here on the mountain yesterday so I had the PC shut down. You have probably heard that Nelson & Harrisville had a good time yesterday too. Get well soon.
Hi Dave, I got your message while en route to France and by then, you should have been in recovery mode! Hoping all is well, and you'll be up to speed for one of our summer bells gigs at St. James (or a Nelson Band concert). Ian says HI. Tom N.
glad you're recovering so well from your surgery. I talked with Dr Westbrook and he said you came thru with flying colors. We're leaving Portland area around 10 am and hope to see you around 1 pm. Look forward to seeing you. Love Bob & Betsy, Pam & Ryan
Glad your surgery is over and you are on the mend. Take an important note from the journals here - slow and steady. Don't be a hero. Take your pain meds when you need them, do your walking and make your spirometer your best friend for the weeks to come. I hope you are out on time with little to no fluid in the lung. Good luck.