I failed to mention that my TEE will be at the OHH and Dr. Bodenhamer will be consulting with me afterwards about possible MV repair with the robotic system.
So glad that you like him and trust his ability!
I have enjoyed going through all your posts. I am scheduled for a TEE on 4/27 to see about possible mitral valve repair. I was down this same road 4 years ago and they didn't think I was quite ready yet but I have had a lot of symptoms lately, this has definitely been a hard year so I am ready and hope they can proceed. I am on my second pacemaker and have had problems since 2004 but have managed to live a pretty normal life and worked around the bumps. Thanks for posting for all of us that are eager to find out what it is all about. Hope you are continuing to do well. Jannette
Dennis, Graduation Day is here and I am imagining you in your gown and scarf holding your diploma. I wish I had been there to laugh with you and the team. I think of each of you and the friendships we made even while experiencing a diversity of ache, pains and other adustment concerns. But most of all, we shared becoming healthier and realizing that this was just one of lifes bumps. Big, Big bump but if we beat this, just think of what we can do. Had lunch with a friend today and she is moving to the Basque region of France to live, Biarrtz specifically. A large, rustic coastal town that will be her touchstone as she explores the regions of Spain and France. She is so brave and I want to be just like her. So, I will spend the rest of this year saving my money and getting strong enough to join her in exploring the mountainous Basque environment inland from the coast. This whole experience has taught me not to tarry in reaching for my dreams.
All of you helped me get over a lot of my foolish fears and can never thank you all enough, especially you for your willingness to listen as well as share your tredidations. So, I hope you and Holly celebrate this stepping stone in your successful mitral repair and will go on to make your special dreams a reality.
As usual I am being verbose--defined as prone to wordiness--So I will stop . Later I will tell you about my first days at work. Norma
so glad to hear you are doing well. i do not get tired much. I love yoga- I have not done in a while but look forward to trying to get back into it.
I have not started rehab yet- just got my Rx and will start next month. I need to start getting active-it is hard when you work from home!
Doesn't the surgery seem a lifetime ago? It is hard to beleive the change in 3 months! who was that sick person?
keep in touch
Thank heaven that you have an exercise counselor who is sensible. Over the past 6 months, the people I've noticed who had problems and had to rush back to the emergency room seemed to be the same ones who tried to prove they were superman in the early stages of their recovery.
Keep following her directions, and you'll get better faster. Rememeber, though, as those of us who've had major surgery more than once can tell, full recovery takes a year. Sure, you'll feel a lot better at 3 months, and 6 months seems like total recovery, but after a year you can admit to yourself (not just to the anxious people around you) that you're finally there.
Also, my cardiologist told me that the heart doesn't know it has been repaired and still has the damage caused by the bad valve. He said it takes 5 years for the heart to reverse whatever damage there was. Your life was saved, and now your heart needs time to fix itself.
Look at Sarah Weir's mother's postings. Her doctor said, "Her heart doesn't know it has been repaired," so she has to continue to take this medicine until it does.
Don't overdo. Sure, exercise, etc., but don't overdo.
I am glad to hear of your progress. My shoulders have been killing me-I keep taking tylenol- I hate being in pain every day. I hope to start rehab soon- I am just 2 months out from surgery,
Wishing you continued good recovery
Susan in NJ
Dana and I are very glad to hear all went well. We think very fondly of the days when we were your neighbors in Midland back in the 90's. I hope all continues to be well. A Texas Howdy to you, Holly and family. We are blessed to be married to such wonderful women.
Things are hoppin' at Devon and waiting for your return! Hope all is going well. Glad to see you picked up the guitar! Music is the best medicine next to thankful prayers!
We will continue to pray and wait for your full recovery.
What wonderful news to read your one week report! It is always good to get back to some part of the routine. I'm sure having such a good nurse as Holly cheering you on has helped so much. And I will be the echo of your surgeon's voice......don't overdo too fast! Steady but sure is the motto! Congratulations on doing what you were supposed to so far and feeling so good one week later. It must be wonderful to have your vitals normal again. I'm looking forward to many good times with you and Holly for many years to come! Thanks for taking care of yourself for all of us that are part of your life! Much appreciated! Bonnie
By now I imagine you are in recovery, enjoying the good drugs and glad to have the surgery behind you. We prayed for you and your surgery/recovery team today in our girlfriends' Bible study here at the office. Just know that you are in our hearts as you recover and get stronger. Love your journal!
It was nice to read your latest journal entry this morning and hear everything is still good and you are still excited to have the surgery done. I got up a little later than you and figure you are probably at the hospital now or en route. My prayers and thoughts are with you today. I know it will be just great on the other side of the surgery. Bonnie
Thank you so much for doing this! I was so glad to hear the outcome of your cath right away. I really appreciate feeling like I'm right there with you. It helps since I can't be there in person. Sound like Day 1 of your big adventure went very well. Thanks for being proactive about your care. I'm looking forward to hearing another good report tomorrow! Love you lots!
Our dates for surgery are very close together, mine being the 10th Jan and yours being the 13th.
It will be interesting to see how we both get on post op on our road to recovery.
May everything go well for you and God Bless.
Welcome to the Journal. I am 2 1/2 weeks post op from Aortic Valve Replacement surgery and appreciate your enthusiasm to get it done and move on! This website is so valuable as is Adam's book. Both definitely prepared me for my surgery as well as anything could. All the support and advice here is very special. We all have different but similar experiences and are very happy to share any info we can.
Good luck with preparing for your big day.
I am happy to help in any way I can.
Welcome to our big band of heart valve patients. I got a bovine mitral valve and a tricuspid repair in March. Know what you mean about wanting to get it over with. I had to wait 2 1/2 months after my surgical date was set. Hope you have read Adam's book and as many of the journals that you have time for. Stay calm and focused and you'll do fine.