Great to read such an awesome report Jim! I haven't been on here in months, but as I get closer to my one year anniversary it is great to read the posts of you and so many others that I followed closely leading up to my surgery. Keep up the reat work!
Way to go Jim! So happy for you. I am glad we got to meet in person at Mt. Sinai and now look at us, 1 year later. Both doing great. God bless you, god bless Drs. Stelzer and Adams and god bless Mt Sinai. Best to you always.
Bless your heart ! Literally and figuratively. I
am so happy to receive this report. Keep
doing what you're doing - thoughts and
prayers will stay with you. You make a
great role model. So pleased to share in
your good news. Excellent.
Happy Anniversary Jim! Can you believe it's been a year? I will just say "copy that" to your post. I am doing very well also. Would never know I ever had anything wrong with my heart if it weren't for the scar. Couldn't help but notice you have some strange guestbook entries...I did also, one reason I'm not on so much anymore, but main reason, I'm sorry to say, is that it just isn't part of my thoughts constantly anymore. Think that's the way it is supposed to be.
Well, just wanted to say happy anniversary to my surgery "partner" and glad everything is good. Please tell Donna I said hello and God bless!
Linda THE Tiger, aka Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12.
Congratulations Jim on the new grandbaby and thank you for sharing your story. It was reassuring to read for me as I am now just 4 weeks from surgery and planning everything out for hotels and such as quickly as possible.
Thank you again and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Great to see your update. Congrats to you and Donna on being grandparents again. How great it is to be fixed and see more grandkids. We have a lot to be thankful for this year! I feel the same about my experience with Mt. Sinai. Would not change a thing. Doctor, nurses, all of it...great! I sent a great letter to the head nurse there acknowledging their staff but never even got a reply (that's my only negative). All the best to you and family. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Just catching up on HVJ entires and saw yours (along with many of our other close friends). All I can say is way to go Jim! Glad all is well with you. Also, your comments about having a good running base have rung true. I am planning to run my first half marathon on 10/7. 8 months post op!
SO great to see the progress. Hiking? Seriously? High altitudes and all! Amazing!
Can't believe it's been 6 months. Like you said, in many ways seems like yesterday and in many it seems so much longer than only 6 months ago. Keep up the good work.
Your updates are MOST appreciated, You're an inspiration . Sending all my best wishes. You are a great role model for all of us.
Thank you. From just one of your cheerleaders - keep up the good work.
Glad to hear you are "fine" with an estimated 8:36 pace....WOW!!!! I can't wait to read about your first full runs, when you are ready. Sure sounds like you are doing the right thing and building slowly. Keep it up. Peachtree will be there next year. Not all of us can be Chuck!
I too am almost 3 months post mitral valve repair. It was wonderful reading of your recovery since your surgery. So nice to know what you have achieved since your surgery. I am anxiously awaiting my first echo since surgery to see the results.
Lots of info here. Sounds like the repair was successful overall. Of course there are issues to deal with. I am so glad you are cleared to run again. I am sure you are ecstatic. I was never a runner and still "ain't" apparently! :) LOL
Back to running, finally!! Great news. Although your 'slow pace' is pretty much my max, I am jealous. Good for you Jim. So glad you got a good report. Keep it up and as you well know, start slowly. Take care,
Congrats- on getting where your at today. You have made great progress with the EF 20% up to 47% and even though it's not 61% it really depends on how you feel. Many great athletes have a low EF, because of enlarged heart muscle from being so physically fit.
My other info on the EF% totally depends on what cardiologist is reading it; meaning the % can change any where from 5-10%.
My husband Chris EF that was read here in Milwaukee, WI was anywhere between 30-35%, but when we sent all the stuff to CCF there cardiologist read it at 40-45%, which I feel is a huge difference. As a Cardiac-Thoracic RN, I see it on a daily basis and it does depend on who reads it.
The best way to judge EF% is based on how you feel and by the sound of it your feeling pretty great so keep up the good work.
it's wonderful to read your update, congrats on the doc's ok to start running again, wow! at 3 months post op i could not drive out of town without almost passing out, let along run? not in a million years, I was too weak for even walking 2 miles.
JIm, yay!!!! You get to run again! I know you have felt somewhat "caged up" not being able to for so long. I know I don't have to warn you to not overdo. You know, Jim, sometimes a number is "just a number". I know that the EF is no small thing, but I believe your "body meter" is a better indicator sometimes. I suspect you are somewhat of a perfectionist (no...Donna didn't tell me that, lol) but when you think about it...45 vs. 55% (normal), that is practically normal and it's only been 3 months since surgery. I know that if it is at all within your power, it will be "normal" in no time. Hopefully (if nothing else happens) I will start rehab next week (finally). Now...go for a run! :-)
Linda THE Tiger
Jim, what a great journal to read! Glad to hear you are cleared for running! I'm sure the issue with the ejection fraction is concerning for you, the heart is truly amazing, the way it remodels and heals! Hopefully your EJ will continue to improve. You have a great attitude about it. Glad you can get off the coumadin and that you are doing so well! You are an inspiration to the rest of us!
How delighted I was just a few minutes ago to hear the click of a new post and to read your's! You are always so detailed and informative and still upbeat! There is SO MUCH involved with this heart stuff, and it seems to differ with every person. In just these 13 days post-op for me, things have happened I hadn't read about in anyone's journals. Another reason it is so important to share.
So, even in reading this, you help me keep my chin up - or back up, as they say. I hope the stats continue to improve for you and you can get back to what you love most. But in the meantime, sounds as if you are doing the right things in the healing process.
So glad you updated your journal. Sounds like you are progressing well and the news about starting up a running program is wonderful. I'll let Bob fill you in on his progress. He went to NY for his follow up this week.mThey gave him a before and after picture. AMAZING!
It's great too hear that you are doing so well at 2 months. I also had tricuspid and mitral valve repair (re-pair, actually my 1st surgery was robotic in Spokane, Washington). I had Dr. Adams and Dr. Ani as my surgeons at Mt. Sinai. You posted a message on my guestbook just before your surgery, but I hadn't visited for over a month by the time I found it and replied. You said you were also on 7West! Glad spring is finally here, getting out and doing things is much easier. I found the cold air difficult to breathe, post surgery. I have not yet tried running, I will probably wait until I have my next echo in January; I just want to give my body the full benefit of recovery (emphasizing walking and strength exercises as well as biking--I treated myself to a new cruiser bike as a heart surgery present to myself). I can ride about 7 1/2 miles so far. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Hey Jim, Great to here that your healing is going well. I have been in cardio rehab for about 2 mths. now and glad that I opted to go. You are doing the same exercises that they do in rehab. You are in tune with your body and will do fine. Speaking of tunes,are you still listening to your favorite heart music!! Take care.
Thanks for update - surgery is over - and we appreciate follow-up on the continuing
process you are going through. We are
concerned and ready to applaud and
cheer at each and every advance made.
Hi Jim, sounds like things are getting better with each day, will continue to pray that come time for your echo that you can come off the Warfan. I hope you get cleared for running and getting back to all those things you enjoy doing soon. Will continue to pray that your full recovery continues.
Jim & Donna: You remain in my thoughts and prayers. One step at a time. Awesome things
to comprehend and beyond my comprehension. -
You are a wonderful role model..From just one
of a very large cheering section. Wishing you the very best in days to come. Hugs, Jan O.
So glad to read your latest post - It sounds like your recovery is excellent! Good luck as you resume your physical activity - hopefully there is a marathon with your name on it - somewhere in the not too distant future! (HI i to Donna!)
Dori & Charles
Jim and Donna,
When is the soonest you can walk up a flight of stairs? We will be at his 96 year old mother's house and there are two bedrooms downstairs: her bedroom and one with a futon. I would prefer him upstairs for the days we are at her home. We will stay at hotel for two days after his forecasted 5 days at Sanai.
Hope all is well with you and Donna.