Thank you so much for your prayers and well wishes. Please convey them to your wife as well. They were appreciated greatly.
I continue to do well, altho I tire very quickly and easily. But the strength will all come in time, I'm sure.
Glad to hear that your back in the "swing" again. Really good news.
I knew you weren't coughing but wasn't exactly sure what went wrong. Did the doctor not believe the stretched vocal cords were from the tube? I know when I went the doctors were telling me all sorts of things those tubes do. You take it easy.
Thank you for the encouraging words on my guestbook. Wow .. thats amazing you came off of surgery so quickly! You're probably a lot tougher than I am .. for sure.
The hardest part I am dealing with now are the symptoms of my cardio going downhill so badly. The doc told me to do nothing until my next appointment. Thats in about 3 weeks!!! I haven't missed 3 weeks of workouts in .. well never. What's a gym rat to do?? lol ..
I see you reside in Arizona? My wife and I really, really love it there and want to relocate there. But my golf is terrible! ;-)
Thanks for the note in my guestbook. I didn't realize you were having the problem with your throat because I was just thinking you were having quite an amazing recovery without any side issues.
The business with my throat started on about the third day after surgery. As I was having to use my spirometer I found it was almost a waste of time because I couldn't stop coughing. As you've read, I lived on Halls and Fisherman Friend cough candies and tried any and every remedy that came my way. Three doctors all told me the same thing, it was the tube and sometimes it happens and could take up to 6 months or so to resolve itself. Totally frustrating because we were going into winter with the Swine Flu having hit hard so I was avoided like the plague.
Did you notice Mary Ann is going through it now as well and is getting nowhere? I've been watching to see how she's making out. For the longest time I was the only one who complained about the throat issue so there wasn't much input to be had.
Wishing you continued full recovery and hope you manage to get the throat settled sooner than later.
Hope your info will be very helpful for Linda as she struggles with her situation. You, being the pro and pacesetter would be the one to know. Have only been to rehab 3 times and they are fine tuning what I do. Today, the bicycle (that I've used twice) gave me extreme pain after 3 minutes. So, we're trying the recumbent bike, that seemed easier on the knees. Using the arm exercise on the Airdyne bike gave me incisional pain. We agreed it was muscles being stretched. So, soon everything will gel and I'll be working away. Take care.
So glad to hear of your strong recovery! You have shamed me into going to the driving range tomorrow to at least make a start back to my game. We just can't shake off our winter woollies here in Scotland, we thought that summer had arrived last week but we are back to cold and wet this week. I hope it improves for the Open at St Andrews!
Stay well! warmest wishes Penny (Scotland)
Think your pest man is right. Think you'd burn your hands if you touched the shanks of those clubs with those temps. Golfers, you're an interesting breed, having a few brothers and friends who golf, not much stops them in regards to weather. One brother even played in light snow (used a colored ball). Your recovery has been text book perfect. Hope it continues with no afib!!
Hope rehab is going well or have you stopped and are you using the facility where you live? I have an appointment with the cardiac rehab facility next week. I will meet with the exercise physiologist for 45 minutes or so and then start in June. Will be starting slowly as I am only walking 15-20 minutes. Anyway, just wanted to say great job and great recovery.
Hey there Jim,
Good to hear from you again. And thank you so much for the beautiful Irish Blessing. I've asked my Aunt to post in my journal while I'm in the hospital, so that all my friends here at HVJ know how things are going, until I'm back home and able to post myself again.
Til then, Diana
Yes, the secretary explained something very similar to you. I'm going to look at it as a blessing in disguise. Since I'm having so much trouble with the infection in my wrist healing, it gives me a little more room to heal before surgery. The doctor feels that by the weekend it will heal, and I hope he is right, because if not, I'll be knocking on his door, come Monday.
I'm looking forward to cardiac rehab, too, after surgery. Something positive to look forward to.
Hope you continue to do well and your in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for stopping by and signing my guestbook. So, you think I'm upbeat, huh? Well, got you fooled......;) No really, I am a very upbeat person, but this surgery stuff sure does test it, that's for sure. I'm actually shaking in my boots. Have a lot of mixed emotions that come and go. First, I think I can't wait until I can do the things that I love to do, then the next, I'm going, Oh my Gosh!!! Guess all normal stuff tho. Its not everyday that you have open heart surgery.
Your making wonderful strides and my only hope is that I zoom through it just like you. I will be having cardiac rehab, as well. And I'm actually looking forward to that. I use to work out in the gym on the treadmill doing 5 miles a day. So, really looking forward to it.
Keep up the good work, and I'm sure we'll be chatting again.
Way to go, you are a roll model for people awaiting their surgery. Glad you are doing so well, seems like you are ahead of the curve. Did you know that it hasn't been that long since Medicaire approved valve surgery? Prior to that they only approved bypass and stent surgery? I have had several bumps on my road to recovery so am much further behind than I should be, so my overall recovery will happen, just slower than I want. Keep plugging.
Thanks for stopping by and signing my guestbook. My surgery date is coming up in about 2 1/2 weeks and the old nerves are really working on me. But, just knowing that a lot of people have gone through it and have come out of it with little to no problems is really reassuring.
Well you certainly one of the lucky ones in that your recovery is going so smoothly. What a bonus it is to be given your wheels so early but do be careful anyway. I kept a little pillow between me and the steering wheel for a while because of the air bag. Take care and enjoy life like never before.
Great news, Jim. Just have to keep reminding myself that everyone's recovery is different. You are on a faster track than me. Again, God is teaching me patience!Continue to do well. Do you always play tennis in the heat of the summer? Our son lived in Tucson many years ago and we visited him there. Beautiful area. We had been owners of a Relax The Back store in VA and there are 2 of them in Tucson. If you ever get a chance, stop in the owners are great people and the stores are amazing.
Wow, what a mess, but hopefully with the care of a sharp family doctor, they are on top of it with the Lovenox injections and the Coumadin dosage. Must have been pretty scary. Didn't the nurses come in to your room frequently while you had that drip running? Well, it's past you and all clear sailing and no apparent damage to your arm! Praying for a successful recovery going forward.
Ohmygosh....so it wasn't all roses! I'm just glad you are going to be okay. I had things happen but they weren't anything like what you were describing. Those are some heavy duty drugs and not something you want to have errors with. When it is happening it is much to traumatic to make light of but someday hopefully you'll be able to just look back and shake your head. The wonders of scientific advancements vs human error.
Sounds as if you are recovering quite well. Going to the Masters is also on my husband's wish list but I understand getting tickets is really difficult although we have some friends who are attending this week. We just keep trying but in the meantime, I'm taping it for him.
Wishing you continued success in your recovery. Good luck.
Got your message. I have been in persistent AF since October. While they were repairing mitral and tricuspid valves they also did MAZE procedure - didn't work. 7 days after surgery they did electro cardio version which worked for 12 hours. I was on digoxin and oral amiodorone on discharge and still on low dose warfarin but after 2 weeks at home was admitted back to CCU with congestive heart failure. Blood tests then showed that my thyroid was hypoactive and I was taken off amiodorone and put back on 360 mg Verapamil - same dose as pre surgery. Five hours later my heart went into sinus rhythm. I don't know if the Verapamil worked this time because the valves were repaired or whether my heart would returned to normal anyway post surgery. I hope to get more answers when I see the surgeon this week. Stay well and keep with your recovery plan, I'll keep in touch and have signed up for your journal updates. Warmest wishes Penny (Scotland)
Nothing like being home, everything seems so much better, I had to spend an extra day in CICU, due to low heart rate. Did they have pacer wires in you? When my own rate dropped down to 30, the pacemaker kicked in till it got to 70 and stayed there. It's absolutely what miracles these doctors can do. Like me, you will have wonderful weather in which to do your outside walks.I assume it's not too ho there yet. My surgery was March 18th and I am doing more each day. Keep posting.
You certainly will be in my thoughts. I'm sending you well wishes for a very successful surgery. I hope you get to enter that "calm" place we often talk about here and that your wife too manages to find some calm. Just think how much you are going to enjoy those golf trips after this when you are healthier? I will look forward to your post-op posting. Good luck. Cheryl, Ontario
I had a mitral repair done on March 2 and have been sleeping in my recliner since I got home on March 7. As far as pain meds, I take extra strength tylenol if I need it during the day and at night I take a pain killer to sleep. Pain has been very manageable throughout my hospital stay and at home. Overall I thought the experience was better than I anticipated. Other than being a little tired, I feel great mentally and physically. Just need to work on getting my full strength back. My husband's best friend lives in Tucson, we have been there a number of times ...it is beautiful. My wish before surgery was to spend retirement with my husband, he is in his last year at work, and watch my daughter grow up. Good luck.
As an aside, you do realize that Tucson is, in fact, God's country, don't you? I brought my twin boybarians there when they were 8 to see the Sonora desert museum. Going in they wanted to stay 20 minutes tops, I dragged them out of there 8 hours later!
To your question on rewards, I haven't thought of one per se, but for me I will know that I am happily back when I can run strong again.
You've got me thinking though, hmmm, maybe something on the bucket list?
I gave myself a reward BEFORE I even completed all the tests for the surgery--went to Hawaii last March! Don't know what I'll do now that it's over--it seems my husband may be planning a spring trip to Colorado (we have family there too) so that would be fun. Good luck on your surgical journey.
Glad you won't have to wait too long. I too, am having my aortic valve replaced and my mitral, no repairs. Won't know about my coronary arteries until I have my angiogram until Tuesday. Surgery on the 18th.Hope they're clear, don't need any further surgery!! As far as a reward, just getting back to my part of FL from Ohio and enjoying the sunshine while I recover.
It's good to have confidence in your surgeon. That makes things easier I'm sure. I had aortic valve replacement and 1 bypass 8 days ago. My surgeon put me much more at ease after getting the initial diagnosis from the cardiologist. My reward... to dance at my daughter's wedding in July.
My valve job is on St Patrick's Day, the drinkers national holiday. I'm thinking of flying from Cleveland Clinic to anywhere with Palm trees , or just having a very large green beer as soon as I get out!!!