I ran across your Journal and just wanted to say hi. I used to work with you years ago at the OHaire. Sounds like you have gone through a lot this year. I was glad to read that things are good with you now. I wish you the best.
Hi Kyle. As one of those people who's about to have surgery (7/21), thank you very much for taking the time to summarize yours. It is so helpful to read the experience of others. I wish you the very best with the rest of your recovery. Take care, Joy Vera
Great report. Lots of good info for people waiting for surgery. From almost every journal I've read about, the two things most people stress over is being intubated and pain. Then when it's all over they will usually say it wasn't that bad. So for those of you waiting for their surgeries this month, all will be well. Keep healing Kyle, the best is yrt to come.
I am glad to hear nothing new was found during your trip to the ER. I was just reading your journal entries, and emotionally I am where you were a month ago (my surgery is going to be 7/20). Your story is comforting. Thank you for sharing (and with such honesty).
How scary. Too bad they couldn't tell you what caused it so you could avoid/prevent it in the future. Even Gen Petrais (sp) passed out at the senate hearings yesterday. Apparently his was from dehydration. Stay well.
Welcome home. So glad to hear you are doing well as can be expected. Wishing you good luck on your recovery process. Keep the spirometer spinning regularly and don't forget to get your walks in as well. Praying for you. Sounds as if you had a ton of support which is great as well. Hope your wife has lots of support at home as well because you'll be a handful for a while.
Ops I always forget something...duhh me..his puppies...Baxter and Cloe will be soooo happy to have their Daddy home. They miss him so much. The team that Kyle works with at the Fire Department here in Great Falls is an awesome support group for him and are looking out for him. They are a great group of people.
ok now i'm off to the hospital to bring him home...God is gooooood!
Thank You Lord
Well, I'm home and it's kind of nice, but I would have loved nothing more than to stay there. I think leaving would have been harder if I wasn't planning to come back up in about a week or more. It was so great to be there, and so comforting to see in person how well you are doing. I still can't get over how well you look and how well you are doing. It is amazing how much resilience you have. You are such an example of courage and strength. I am so proud of you.
You have always been a kind humble and thoughtful person, but you blew us all away throughout this ordeal. You could barely speak but were apologizing that you weren't great company only HOURS after your MAJOR surgery. We couldn't believe that after all you had been through you were so mindful and concerned about everyone else. If there ever was a time to act like “the world revolved around you”, it was during all of this…but you never did.
It was so neat to see the great love you and Lisa have for one another. I love her so much and am so glad you have her. I know you are in good hands. It was fun to get to know Gilda better, too. She loves you very much and I know will go above and beyond to make sure you are in good shape. I will always be grateful for her. Because of her, I have you.
You are done! You can finally remove that weight from your shoulders. I am so grateful I got to witness firsthand the look of relief and victory on your face. You did it Kyle! I know you relied heavily on the Lord, we all did. I am grateful for our family. I am thankful for priesthood blessings and am filled with gratitude for Heavenly Father for granting us all more time together. Now, get better so we can make some more memories! :) I’ll see you soon!
I love you so much,
Hi again, I am Kyle's Mother and wanted to give you an update on his recovery. Thank God that is what it is...smile...he is walking up and down the halls with the nurse. He sits up in a chair for 2 hours at a time and does that several times a day. He was able to take a shower today...Praise God...His BP was rather low today and his heart rate was up and down. They are monitoring this and watching him carefully. I will give him all your best wishes. Thank you for your prayers. Please don't stop we are almost there. God Bless all of you. I will give you an update tomorrow.
Gilda Jackson (Kyle's Mother)
How nice that your friend Gilda made an updated posting for us here on HVJ. You have to know you have many people here praying for you. I'm glad you are through to the other side and look forward to your being to post yourself when you return home. Take care.
Kyle's surgery went well. Thank God he is doing great. Last night before I left, he was off the resperator and breathing on his own. I called before going to bed and the nurse told me he sat on the side the bed and had his feet dangling...ouch...I pray he had a restful night. I took pictures and he will post some i'm sure when he gets home. His Doctor Brett Williams is not only a wonderful doctor but a caring person as well. He kept us informed. He is most definately Kyle's guardian angel. Thank You Lord. Lisa is doing good also. She has a great support system here. I will keep you informed until Kyle gets home...which we are hoping is 4 days away...his puppies miss him so much. God Bless all of you and thank you for your prayers.
By the time you read this you will have your surgery behind you and if you do everything the medical staff tell you to do (including taking pain medication before you have a lot of pain), you will do well. You are fortunate to have an excellent support group as Adam says is key to recovery. Prayers for you.
I will be praying for you while you are in surgery. I will also have my cell phone on in case your mom or Lisa has questions, you can also call me before if you get scared and need some moral support!!!! Our valve pts are up sitting in the chair by 24 to 48 hours after surgery so hopefully you will be able to do the same!!!! Love you!!! JILL
One week. Are you managing to keep your mind occupied as you prepare for your big day? As you said it will be great to see your family. How's your wife handling things? We have to remember how difficult this is on our family as well and I hope she can get some encouragement from reading our journals here on the HVJ. Take care.
Tough way to have a family reunion but such a delight to know you have a strong caregiving network going to be there for you. Our caregivers and loved ones are our strongest support and of course all of us here on HVJ. Hang in there and keep strong. In the end when I look back I just have to say it really wasn't all that bad. I pray some day you will feel the same way.
you will be fine, trust me, I just had your operation on May 5, and I speak from experience. If you haave read Adam's book you are way ahead of the game. You have a good background on what to expect and that helps to dissolve a lot of the fears.
I went into my suregery very opyimistic on the success of the outcome and my ability to recover. I feel I am exceeding those goals, and knowing what to expect and support here on HVJ's really contributed to that.
Keep your mind busy, stay positive and lean on your network of friends and supporters.. You will be fine...
Isn't it amazing how God has each one of us so uniquely made and cared for in a very special way. We are thinking of you and praying for God's perfect will for you. We know that is good! hope to see you soon! by your picture, you have not changed at all. Love ya, Aunt Mona and Uncle Gerald, too
You can deal with what you know so now it's get down to business and get prepared for some downtime. Try and keep yourself busy with getting your stuff together that you'll need for the hospital and perhaps be thinking about what you'll do in your recovery. Sometimes men find it harder to be around the house than do women. Most important is keeping your attitude positive and try not to dwell on all the dark issues. There is lots of support here as you will be in all our thoughts and prayers.
Good Morning Kyle
Take a deep breath, you have a date and that's a great step, although it seems scary.I got my call January 4th for a March 18th surgery. I remember getting off the phone with my surgeon's nurse at the hospital (Cleveland Clinic). I was physically shaking and it took several minutes for it to subside. After that it was full steam ahead with mental and emotional preparation. I went into my surgery very calm and my husband and daughters benefited from that. There are a bunch of us here on the HVJ who are rooting for you. We're a great group of valvers as you may have already found out! Keep in touch as the time approaches. I have you on my prayer schedule, have 9 of you for May!!!
Just think of the date as your new lease on life date. Spend the time you have now getting ready for feeling better after! Think of all the things you can look forward too! I had my surgery April 8th, 2010. It has been 4weeks already and has gone by so fast! I know the Lord will be with you and you will do fine!
I found knowing the date to be calming. Yes, it made the surgery more real but it also gave me a sense of relief. My surgery is 2 weeks from today in Cleveland and I'll be happy to get the surgery behind me and start working on getting back to "normal" and feeling good!
Crazy news, but I guess we knew it was around the corner. We just didn't know we were already standing right on the corner. This is good though, after all these years you will be able to put it behind you and be healthier than ever. I'm excited for you in that regard. You know we will continue to fast and pray for you. I will be heading up your way so I can be there for it. I want to give you the biggest hug you have ever gotten and hold Lisa's hand through it all. I'd hold yours too, but I'm certain they won't let me in:( Can't wait to see you. I Love you soooo much! Your lil sis, Leasha
You're right, you have got to start getting into the right mental state so that you will have a faster recovery. THINK POSITIVE! Not sure if you will be up to it later this summer, but you and Lisa are welcome to come and recuperate here in Seattle.
My prayers are with you and Lisa!
Lisa - Thanks for calling. I will give you a call this weekend.
Hope everything goes well with you surgery. Paran and I will be praying for you to have a safe surgery and speedy recovery. I remember our trips to New Orleans for you check ups when you were little and the trip to the zoo after of those visits. Always remember that we love and miss you very much.
All our love, Paran and Aunt Margaret
Hi Honey,Wish Jill and I could be there with you and Lisa. Jill could handle the needle part and I could be there for Lisa. If you have any questions after seeing your doctor this week call Jill. Cardiac is her specialty and if she doesn't have the answers, she sees Dr. Fudge (cardiac surgeon) every day and get the answers. We are all praying for you and Lisa and love ya'll lots. When you are all healed, ya'll need to come to Louisiana and stay with me and visit. Love Ya'll Lots!! Nanny
Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers...all the way from Cajun Country! =) (You have 'Hebert' blood running through your veins...you'll be fine! Us 'Hebert's' are tough! lol!)
Take care cuz! Lots of huggs, and prayers heading your way!
Love you! =)
Not many women get to have a Son like you. I can say God so richly blessed my life the day you were born. I wish I had space in here to tell everyone what an awesome human being you are. I am so proud your my Son. I see your Faith in God and how it carries you in life. My Faith tells me that you will be fine. I am thankful to God that after being born with Aortic Stenosis you have gone 42 years with no problems. That in itself says alot. I will see you soon. And looking forward to meeting your Doctor and giving him the "cajun" once over. I know that you have the love and prayers of our family in South Louisiana and those here in Georgia.
God Bless You
This journal link is great!. Informational and easy to send you love and support..You know you have mine always..I can hardly wait to return to GF and see you and Lisa again..it's been too long..know you are in my prayers..love you 27 mom
Thanks for the link to this site. Please know that you remain in our thoughts and prayers. In circumstances like these I'm always grateful that we live in a day and time which medical issues can be addressed properly, and that correct knowledge exists. You got this buddy, and you have our support!
Please let us know if you need anything from our end, okay? I know that between myself and all the girls, we'd do anything for ya.
Good luck with your angiogram. It's really not bad at all. I slept through most of mine. As others have said, the worst part is laying still for hours after it's over. And the COLD room (my teeth were chattering!) Don't be afraid of the needles. I've been poked and prodded a lot lately in prep for my aortic valve replacement in May and I've been amazed at how small and painless the needles are.
I think this is sooo cool. What a great idea for people who are and have gone through what you are going through! I’m anxious to hear about how your scope goes. Warn Lisa I will be blowing her phone up during the process.:)About those needles…let them know you have a hard time and request the best “sticker” they have. They will get you the best if you make sure they understand how difficult it is for you. A nurse knows if they aren’t great at stickin people, and the last thing they will want is to put you through something awful. They will trade you for a different patient in a heartbeat (ha ha, get it),and have the “good sticker” assist you. You are in my prayers, as always. I love you soooo much! ~Alicia~
Wishing you good luck for the heart cath on Thursday. The worst of that one is the laying still for four hours afterwards - perfectly still. Let's hope they don't find anything else that needs doing and be thankful we have these tests before something untoward happens to us. Keeping you in my prayers.
When I had my angiogram, I also thought they sent a camera in. But they just use the tube to send a dye in that can be seen easily by X-ray, and shoot the dye throughout your heart. Then they shoot a rapid series of X-ray pictures.
I am having my heart cath in the morning, Tues 4/27; so I will let you know how it goes. I have not had one since I was 12 years old, 37 years ago, but as I remember it the procedure is slightly discomforting; but it is not that bad a procedure at all..
I am having aortic valve replacement surgery at The Cleveland Clinic next week on May 5, so everything so everything is starting to come at me quickly. I can not wait to get it behind me and get into recoery so my life will be back to normal quickly..