Randy posted a note for Joseph that says:
I came across this while trying to hunt you down on the internet. I've bought firewood from you over the years and wanted to get some from you this year. I was very sorry to learn about your health challenges - I hope you come through this better than ever.
Michael Meyer posted a note for Joseph that says:
I stopped napping after four weeks post op , but I sleep a full 8 hours each night and I spend a good amount of time in the recliner or reading on the back porch with my Britanny. We also walk together every day. I washed the car at week three (3) and that took a full couple of hours due to the physical exertion (a little embarassing for a 49 year old). The rest is important and you will feel much better, but take the opportunity to rest and recover.
Eleanor posted a note for Joseph that says:
I believe you are only 4 weeks away from surgery? I am 6 weeks and while I don't take a nap per se, when I sit down to watch TV with the family after dinner, I've been known to close my eyes! But I do still get tired. I am supposed to have a stress test next week at the cardiologist's and he definitely recommends cardiac rehab for me, at 68. Happy to do it, but hope I can drive before it starts, as I hate getting rides. Give yourself a little time, it is pretty serious surgery we've all had. Best to heal well.
geri posted a note for Joseph that says:
I am starting 5th week post op, and gradually feeling more energetic. One must be patient and moderate in all physical activities.
I started light seeking and bush trimming but only for short duration
walking is highly recommended and enjoyable
be patient and moderate in all activities and hopefully your energy will return
Meredith Bray posted a note for Joseph that says:
Hi Joe! I'm 42 and got my mechanical aortic valve in March of this year. I was driving at 4 1/2 weeks, and started rehab at 6 weeks. If rehab is included in your insurance, DO IT! It's a great way to know how your body will respond to exertion. If rehab is not included I strongly suggest paying out of pocket for 2 or 3 sessions if you are able.
Naps? I found that even at 10 weeks I still needed a rest on rehab days. maybe not a full blown nap, but a little bit sitting in the rocker or on the back porch.
It's been 24 weeks, and I feel great. I still get the occasional twinge, especially when lifting 10+ lbs with outstretched arms.