If you can walk an hour a day in that weather and still stand up or not collapse exhausted when you get home, you really don't need one of those "rehab" programs. When I saw my cardiologist about the time when other people were going into rehab, he asked me what I couldn't do that I could do before. I said nothing. He said, well, you don't need rehab. When you feel up to it, go back to a light exercise program at the Y. After all, we didn't repair your heart to go out and play football or run marathons. As long as you can live a normal life and do the things you want to do, there's no need for a "cardiac rehab" program. Of course, that's his opinion, but I agreed with him. I go to the Y every other day, do my mile, some stretches, and am about to start water aerobics. (It's very strenuous so I'm working up to it.) I'm about 6 months past surgery. I'll be 72 next month and have never been an athlete as such but worked out with a trainer before surgery, so I wasn't exactly sedentary. My cardio said the trainer worked me too hard, and he wants me not to train that hard.
Just our opinions.
Good for you, Pixie! Only you know what rehab plan will work best for you. I'm glad that you could make a decision to not accept inferior care (but sad that there is such a long waiting list for what will meet your needs!) Keep on keeping on and you will be recovered before you know it. Good work keeping an eye on how much you try to do early on. It must be tempting being home and feeling better. Best regards, Barbara
I was so grateful to hear from you. I am now connected and glad I can pass along your good story of recuperation to the ushers. I imagine it will feel good to get home and continue your therapy here.
Your many friends in the usher program will get a progress report with my next newsletter. Continue to be careful yet progressive!
Carl tells me you will be coming home the middle of next week. I've really missed you. Ellie and I took the dogs out for a walk from your house last week...we each had two on leashes. We walked through the suburbs before we reached the woods and walking that many dogs was pretty intense. They all have their own agenda. If you would have been there you would have laughed! It took us a long time to get a short distance. Maybe next time I'll set up for the dog park.
See you soon,
I am glad to read that you are doing so well. It sounds like you are doing everything right. I, too, have a bicuspid (2 flaps) aortic valve which is leaking more and more. I am awaiting a surgery date in the next month or so. Your guestbook is full of messages from your many friends. You are truly blessed. Best wishes and keep up the great recovery!
Sounds like good solid progress. Interesting about the flaps - I thought there was just one. Seattle is probably perfect for your recovery right now but it will be nice to have you back in town. Just saw that the Irish Dance Academy is having a fundraiser here soon. Aiden has to be 7 before he can start. Nice you can spend some time with Graham - I love their Evergreen CD.
Fantastic, Pixie! I echo your friend, Teri, keep up the good work & rest! We will save plenty of beautiful sights and fun times here in Anchorage for you when you are ready--a little at a time. I did not know that people could have one less flap. Interesting! Learn something new every day. How fun to be able to go listen to Graham's band! Take care. Barbara
Today's my birthday and I turned 93. January birthdays are ho-hum, no sunshine, no fireworks, just another day in the life. But, it was good to hear from family and friends, and to be alive. It almost feels like Seattle here. We had rain most of the day.
Glad you are recuperating so well and hope to see you on the floor at Rashmika's one of these Thursdays. We miss you.
Pixie, I got back to AK this morning from New Mexico where I had very limited access to a computer...but Libby kept me up to date on your progress via our telephone calls. So, sounds like you are doing well and that time is the great healer. I will give you a call when you are back and maybe I can help you so you do not over-exert.
I am sorry to have to tell you, but I am sure you would want to know... Angus's cancer got to him. The tumor started to push through the skin, causing him pain and irritation and he worked on it, opening up another, larger gap in the skin. And the tumor kept pressing out. There really was no decision necessary for he was now in pain and not able to enjoy his life. Unfortunately, since I was in New Mexico, Libby had to deal with making arrangements and taking him to the vet by herself without me being here to share the burden.
The house is much too quiet.
Hi Pixie, Just catching up with you. Hope the rehab is going well. I see the weather is being typical Seattle, cloudy, a little rain. We had an open house at the Prov location last Thurs. and it was well attended, very nice.
Hi Pixie, It is so good to read that you will be home soon! I hope you get some really good rest over the next week and that the trip doesn't tire you. At least it's a pretty fast trip from Seattle. I bet I would find it hard to keep up with you - hope you take it easy. I'm halfway through Charles' book too but grandbaby Aiden is taking up a lot of time normally spent reading. It is really deep!
Dear Pixie--Sounds like you are making steady progress. Good for you! I don't blame you for feeling a little anxious about being knocked down. I would,too! A half hour walk seems like an amazing feat. The fact that you always are in such good condition must be playing a positive role in your recovery. The forecast last night was that it might get warm enough to rain today in Anchorage, but at this hour it is back down to 10° so maybe we'll dodge that bullet. Keep up the good work! Hugs, Barbara
Hi Pixie--It is good that you are in Seattle recuperating. I know how hard it is to try to rest when you are at home where you know what needs doing and there are so many interesting distractions. Many thanks to your family and friends who are helping you through this challenge! I thought of you often this week as I did beluga data entry with my son Mischa & another volunteer you met, Angela. (They send their best wishes, too!) You are so photogenic that you are almost a mascot for our beluga survey! ;-) Tomorrow I'm giving a short report at a Cook Inlet beluga researchers workshop. We are making great progress on our database, but it is a lot of work. Take good care--and take your time. Hugs, Barbara
Hey Pixie! Patty has been keeping us posted, and it's been great to hear how well you're doing. Me too! My cast came off yesterday, only 3 weeks since the injury and 2 weeks since surgery! There are 2 honking big screws holding my elbow together, so I guess they aren't worried about the bones coming apart. The hard thing will be to get my range of motion back. It's pretty pitiful right now but I can at least type with 2 hands again and darn, I guess I don't have any excuses not to clean the litter boxes and fold the laundry! Looking forward to seeing you back on the block. Carol.
I'm pleased to hear about your progress and the more I read the more I realize how fragile we all are. I'm glad you're following doctor's orders and not overdoing things. You're not missing anything but the cold in Anchorage! But, tomorrow is yoga and as I stretch out on the floor, I'll think of you. And, it sounds as if you will be coming home soon. I'm so relieved to know that things are working well,
Well, the days are certainly beautiful here but quite cold in the scheme of things. I'm rather happy that you are there where there is a more inviting outdoor climate.
Generally speaking there are breaks in rainy weather...not so with the cold we've been having.
We had a women and girls gathering with Heidi's class in Talkeetna overnight on Sunday night. It was about 30 below. That temperature feels pretty cold to me now, although when I used to live in Fairbanks, "cold" was always relative and sometimes 30 below seemed balmy.
We miss you. It sounds like it is a good thing that you have this time to recuperate in a place where you don't have demands on your time and body.
I send you lots of love,
If it's any help, I found that I was able to tolerate activities one additional hour each week with a real breakthrough after about the 9th week. In other words, two weeks after my surgery I could stay at one activity for two hours, three hours the next week, etc. It's sort of a formula to keep you from overdoing.
Best of luck whichever plan you use.
I have been receiving all your emails and it is wonderful to feel we are on your cheering team!!!!
I do not kinow just what you have been doing with rescue dogs up here in Anchorage but I want you to give some serious thought to how you can still be involved without all the LABOR of what you have been doing up to now... in other words isn't continuing in the level of involvement that you have been going to be too much on your surgery? Let's be very frank and honest with yourself about this.
You have thinking and planning time now and I hope this goes well for you.
Rashmika sits behind me in church Sundays so we always "Pass the Peace" to each other...so with this note, I pass the Peace on to you--please know we are on your NORTH Cheering Team!!! Love, Marion Richter
Good morning, good morning! Never a dull moment,'eh?! Yikes! Those chairs are so comfortable. Several of our friends told us about them so we purchased one years ago for Michael. When I have been working particularly hard & my back gets all tense, he lets me sit in it so that I can relax. :-) Sounds like you've got a great routine. Don't overdo it. Hugs, Barbara
Glad but not surprised to learn you are doing so well. Back in my residency days I rented a place on Lake Sammanish for a year. The walls of the little apartment were a lovely green....from mold. Sounds like your accommodations are better. Enjoy.
We missed you at Yoga yesterday. Marion gave us the good news that you were doing well, but it sounds to me like a pretty serious operation. I'm so glad you are recovering away from the hospital. We'll keep your place on the floor. Just keep on recovering.
It is so great to hear from you, Pixie! Your guys have been fantastic, too. I imagine it takes some figuring to know how hard to push it and be doing the right thing for your recovery. I am glad that you are getting the care that you need and have confidence that it was right for you. Despite the pain and frustration it must feel wonderful to know that you are, indeed, on the mend. I am relieved, but still burning you sweet grass and white sage. :-)
HI Pixie and family! Thank you so much for all the updates! I am glad you are all there taking care of each other! I really appreciate hearing how things are going. It is great to learn you are already walking in the halls WOW...dancing in no time :-) Yep pain meds are a good thing. Actually they can help you heal if you need them. SO yahoo for the nurse for convincing you that pain is not a good thing when you are healing. HUGS and much love melany
I'm in LA on my way back from Australia. The good news is that my mother's surgery and recovery has gone really well. I was in Toowoomba when we had severe flooding and I'm leaving behind a lot of drama. I'm glad to make it home and find that your surgery went well. The post-operative care sounds complex...I'm glad you have all your family there. If you have a phone number and can talk, I'd love that. I'll call Ellie and coordinate dog-walking.
Sending you lots of love and thinking about you...
Pixie! :-) Yay! Hello, hello! Wonderful news, indeed. Please be kind to yourself and take the time you need at every level of recovery. You are, as always, inspirational. Thanks to your guys for taking such good care and for letting us know how things have been going!
what...no photos yet? Are you waiting to be on the cover of Rolling Stone... or Sports Illustrated?
The photo of you on the ski-jouring trail is really nice....
we'll hang in with that one for a while.
looks like you are doing great Pixie Moo Moo... and that's very good news. Danny and I figured you were probably the healthiest patient that your doc ever had anyhow... and I'm sure whomever he is you can still out-ski and ou-hike him in a flash. It is a crispy cool night here in Knik. No fog and tons of beautiful stars all over the place. I fed the dogs a hot meal and then extra biscuits and they are all curled up in their kennels now. Wishing you sweet dreams and continued speedy recovery.....
You go, Pixie! Every small step is a giant step to your recovery. We are grateful that medicine has progressed far enough to fix your heart and that you were smart enough to get help figuring it out in time. Goodness, who knew?! You seemed so fine until you weren't. Godspeed.
I appreciate this blog. It is nice to hear how things are going with you. I find that it is amazing what they can do in the way of the surgery. Who would have thought 20 years ago they could do something like what was done for you. Then I find it amazing that they have you up and walking a little. I know you have a long road to recovery but like the old saying a long journey begins with the first step. You are in our thoughts alot. Hang in there.
john and carol ray.
Hi there Pixie
glad you are obviously up to all this and doing well.
Will have to look into sweatshirts that say "Team Moo Moo"
Obviously the combo of great patient and great surgeon is clicking right along. Have you warned the dogs yet that next winter they will have more trouble keeping up with you on the skijour trails?
Hugs to you all from part of your Steller family...
Margie, Danny and all the dogs