I ran across your journal and seems like even though you had a lot of ups and downs, you are doing much better. I saw where you had a Bovine (cow) valve. Why did you decide on that type of valve? I see where you are also taking blood thinners and I thought you didn't have to take that for tissue valves. I am tryin to decide what type of valve I want for my aortic valve replacement and anything you can tell me will be very helpful. I haven't scheduled my surgery date yet, but have seen two doctors and I am ready to get it going.
I hope all is going great for you. You may even be back at school, in which case I am sure you are really busy. I was thinking of you and just wondered how you are getting along. My recovery is taking longer than I anticipated, mainly due to my pain issues as well as the hospitalization due to the ulcer early on. I am keeping up with my cardiac rehab and my physical therapy for my back, neck, and headache pain. My surgeon is not sending me back to school until next school year, due to working with students in wheelchairs and some I must lift.
I hope you are having at least some warm spring weather. Today is warmer than we have had here in awhile, so it is great. Take care!
I hope your recovery is continuing in fine fashion and that you are getting plenty of rest and relaxation. I hope your cardiac rehab is going great.
I am continuing to recover from surgery and my 2nd hospital stay. I am taking it easy and waiting for the pain to get better. I am doing well overall.
Come on spring and warm weather! It will be great to walk outside more. Take care!!
Thank you for the nice notes and words of advice and encouragement. I got home from hospital stay #2 last night. They are pretty sure it was all due to an ulcer in my esophagus, and it has stopped bleeding. It took 7 units of blood to get my hemoglobin back to 11.6. I go for a repeat blood test on Mon. to be sure. I hope you are continuing to recover well and to take it easy. I am sure your students miss you. Enjoy the time to rest and recover.
Lori, my post followed yours on Susan's journal, so I noticed your question. Time fades the incision completely until you'll reach a point with a white line going down your chest and wonder how to darken it when you tan.
My cardiologist told me to apply both a cortisone cream and vitamin E on the inscision--cortisone because I have a slight tendency to keloids and E to promote healing. Remember, though, that the way the scar looks has little to do with how it's healing inside. It looks a lot better on the outside!
Keep on healing!
Just ran across this web site. Thanks so much for posting.
My 77 year old mother is scheduled for aorta valve replacement this coming thursday. Hers was postponed once already, also, like yours. I am very nervous for her and scared for myself as I will be her caregiver etc. She lives alone, and I am also a teacher, so I cannot take off that much time from school. She will probably go to a rehab facility to receive care until she can come home. We haven't decided whether I should go live at her home, or she should come and live with my husband and me. Hope you are still doing well. When are you going back to work?
I was raised in Addison, but now we live in Freeport, and my mom's surgery will be at Swedish American in Rockford. Again, thanks for posting. I'm saying a prayer for you.
I am wishing you a continued great recovery and NO more pain. Take it easy and rest so you can fully recuperate. Enjoy your time off. Take care! (I have my surgery Feb. 25, so I will be following a little over a month behind you. I hope I can do as well as you.) That's a very pretty profile picture.
Hi Lori, I am so happy that you are progressing well with your health and excerises too.. Wow , you are one of the strongest women on this earth. I admire your courage, strength and your beautiful /positive attitude. Keep it up.. I laffed when I read June P's comment about you working with the cute thearpist..Is it true???? lol!!! Deb Koll
I am so glad you have this website so that we are able to keep up with your progress.Just take everything day by day. I am thinking of you and glad that you are moving along and healing. Take Care! and hopefully we will see you soon.
Sounds like you've turned the corner with your rehab . . . working out no less! Don't know if you've heard about the competition we have going on here at school. The Wellness Committee put together a "Biggest Winner" contest. We have 5 teams from around the school working toward losing the biggest percentage of body fat over the course of six weeks. We were measured at the onset and are working out at the RightFit facility a couple of times a week. Our team name is the Buff Bulldogs and we're having a great time. Prizes are awarded along the way for mini competitions (# minutes exercised, # steps taken, etc). Wish you were here to join in the fun! Maybe next year when you are fully recovered! I'll continue to watch you progress and look forward to your return to school. Be well and follow doctors' orders!!
Happy Valentine's Day, Lori! I am so glad to hear that you are making progress and that you are able to begin your cardio rehab. It's truly miraculous how quickly your recovery is going! I DO love getting your updates....
Bless you, Jackie U
Hi, Lori! Sounds like you are doing VERY well. I think the slight pain is very normal...I had that, too. But the day will come when, all of a sudden, you will think, "oh, my gosh...I had no pain today!" It will sneak up on you.
I LOVED being in rehab...helped get some 'normalcy' and schedule back in my life...was also empowering mentally. Keep up your good spirits and positive attitude...you're look great in your photo!
A 25 minute workout is better than I do most days, so you ARE making great progess. Keep it up! Don't ever think that small steps can't get you anywhere. I hope to come by soon, just let me know. Kathy C
Happy Heart Day, Lori! An excellent, symbollic day to begin cardiac rehab! In your honor, I went to the gym this morning to get my own heart pumping - the first time I've gone in a VERY long time....Thanks for the inspiration :) Barb
Happy Valentines Day!
So glad that you are able to start your rehab
It will be good to have the structure and schedule of that.
Nicco and I prayed for you yesterday at St Margaret Mary
Love and Valentine Hugs
Happy V-Day Lor!!! Sound like you're where you suppose to be. I know it hasn't been easy & is a lot of work. But starting Cardiac Rehab on Valentines Day has a synchonicity that is beautiful. Love your new picture. You really are looking great. Enjoy your walks w/ Al! Grace
Jack Anthony came home last week with a "Jump Rope for Heart" permission slip. He saw a video at his school on being a heart hero & helping kids that are born with special hearts and wanted to help them. It made me think of your experience and imagining how a little child could go through the same thing.
I have said a few extra prayers for you, your family and all the others that have any type of heart surgery.
Stay strong- you are an inspiration to us all.
It sounds like your recovery is great!
At one month I could barely make it around the block. I had some drug reaction problems so that really slowed me down.
My sternumn was painful, I use this loosely, for about 3 months. Not so painful that I could not function but definitely noticable.
I am almost at my 4 month mark and I just had a CT scan done. I was surprised to see that my sternumn is not completely closed yet. The Doc said this is normal. I still have some pain when I lift or stretch in a certain way.
I did not do cardiac rehab but wished I did so hopefully that will be helpful.
Keep up the great healing!
What a delight to read about your progress. I love knowing that you are doing so well, and that people have continued to check in on you during the day now that Sue has gone back home. Wasn't having her with you for 4 weeks the most incredible blessing?
Deb gave me the 411 on your progress and how great you looked yesterday. I MISS YOU :) I hope all is well with you and AL as you venture on your week alone. I can stop by next week sometime if you are up to it. Let me know, I never want to intrude. Did you get to read your Valentines yet? There is actually a REAL smile from one of your students! ....progress
Like the new photo of you - lookin' good! You are braver than a lot of us, walking around an OUTSIDE mall. I can understand, though, wanting some fresh air,even if it's cold. Very exciting and encouraging to see how much better you are doing everyday. Sister Sue has certainly worked her magic! Keep up the good work! Barb
I'm glad you're home and doing well. It sounds like your recovery to going great. I am amazed and inspired at all you are doing. It will be my turn to go through this soon. You continue to be in my prayers. Thank you for the encouragement you have given to me. I wish you continued great health and recovery!
I imagine you probably saw the Barbara Walter's special last night about the heart surgeries. It was excellent. The one thing that struck me about all of them was they like you said they were surprised there was no pain. Imagine that when being opened up like that--doesn't seem possible. They also mentioned about the enormous fatigue as you have spoken about.
I was relieved that you got out of the hospital b/4 the big snow hit. Sounds like you are doing very well! A pulse of 60 is excellent; really shows that your cardiovascular health is good. We miss you at South, but don't hurry up your recovery. I am so glad that you are doing wel, exercising and eating. You go, girl.
So glad to learn you are feeling stronger, and the snow has not drawn you to a halt. Is there anything we could help with? We would, so just ask. Deb said they were making spaghetti casserole today. Maybe there will be leftovers. Keep doing well. Carolyn
Hope you got to watch the snow fall from your warm compfy couch! I luckily got off of LSD before they closed it down, man was it scary!!What a great snow though~I'm glad you thought ahead to get someone to shovel for you...we sure could have used someone yesterday! 5 hours of shoveling X 3 people. OUCH we are sore today-Thank god we got another day off of school so I can actually do work today :) Hope all is well. K.I.T
so is this the kind of weather al was talking about when he said that it made sense to have your surgery in jan??? wow! i can't believe we finally got nailed with a good old blizzard! it is nice to have a snowday. yesterday at the end of the day the kids thought the snow and wind were amazing they kept saying, "it is blowing and hitting my face it is SO cold!" made us laugh! glad you are home and able to watch the storm from the comforts of your couch! big hugs! deb c
It was so good to see you over the weekend. You looked good, very good, even your hair (I disagree with your assessment :) ) I am glad you got home yesterday before all this weather hit. The halls of HSHS resoundied with joy when the "Snow Day!" announcement was made about 1:30 this afternoon It was nice to find out before 5 AM
Still saying lots of prayers for you
Love Kathy P
Welcome home Lori! I know that some ot the things you have to do are tedious but once you get in the routine, it will speed up. So glad that you know how to listen to your body. You'd be surprised at how many people don't. So, that's a good thing. How nice that your nephew came to visit. Enjoy all those special moments. This is one time that you can be happy you don't have to go out w/ the "storm of the century" on the way. Just cuddle up w/ Al & all will be good. Grace
Relieved that you're back home again. Recovery - the sequel - sounds as if it's off to a good start. These are great days to be on the inside reading and relaxing, taking short "housewalks" looking out. No doubt your patience will be rewarded:) Love, Barb