Gina G posted a note for Kirk that says:
Hi Kirk! I don’t come on here too often, but just read your update and wanted to congratulate you on your 2-year anniversary! That's great that you’re doing well. I am just over 7 months out from a biologic (tissue) tricuspid valve replacement (which is extremely rare), especially for someone in their forties. I definitely have that same feeling you mentioned, “oh my God I had open heart surgery”...still freaks me out, but hopefully it’ll get easier in time.
I too have had my upcoming cardiac testing postponed due to COVID-19, which makes me uneasy. Wishing you continued good health & blessings... ~Gina
Ted Miko posted a note for Kirk that says:
Hi Kirk. just thought I'd drop you a line. was reading your journal.... goodtimes , huh? Lol. I finally answered you on my post , not sure if you seen or not. It only gets better bro! not sure if you were a gym rat prior to surgery, but if not just go light and LOTS of stretching of the chest. One thing I found is because they split my chest my shoulders rolled forward. So if its the same for you, pay attention to them. I'm no Arny , but have been a serious about training for 25 years, if I can help let me know. A little advise, don't beat yourself up if you can't do it all right away. I was actually quite depressed after my surgery. I felt pretty useless, weak and small. It'll come...promise you that. Also ya, I had a heck of a time sleeping after. I really believe having your heart stopped and messed with also messes with your mind. Kinda sounds crazy i know, but I've noticed little changes in myself. And my wife has mentioned it also. Anyhow, God bless you on your journey. You'll amazed at the difference in a few more months. Also only you know how far to push, don't let the Dr, loved ones or friends discourage you or hold you back. This is only my opinion.