Chris Dixon posted a note for MIchelle that says:
I can really feel the pain from your last post. I remember talking to you on the phone before your surgery and you were a ball of nerves like we all are before such a life changing event. You made it and you made your father proud. Be strong for you family now and continue to make your father proud because he is still watching you! :-)
jeff o posted a note for MIchelle that says:
Hi Michelle, great to know it wasn't as bad as you thought. I'm scheduled for my surgery in 2 weeks and I haven't gotten a full night's sleep for the last week. Reading your journal is a help, thank-you. Get moving forward and getting well.
Congratulations on all your success thus far! It sounds like you are working hard and seeing great results!
I am also 41yo and a mother of 3 boys 14,12,& 11! I will have my aortic valve replaced in May. Due to an auto immune disease I must have a mechanical valve. I am wondering if you would not mind sharing how it is going on coumadin/warfarin? This is one of my biggest concerns. Also, any tips you might have regarding what to take to the hospital and what to have ready at home upon returning. I will be traveling to the Cleveland Clinic for my surgery. Thank you in advance!
Much continued success to you!
Wow, sounds like you are doing great!! I can't wait to reach the point where you are! First I have to he started:-) I noticed you have a mechanical valve. My surgeon is recommending a St. Jude valve and I am wondering how it is manag
Yay! Glad you're doing so well!
I know what you mean about never being able to work out like a normal person. I, too, need to lose weight and am excited at the idea of being able to push myself and get into shape once I get the okay from the surgeon in a few weeks.
I started my cardiac rehab yesterday and I went for a walk with my husband outside today (70 degrees here!). I have started to feel somewhat normal in the last 2 days and able to take deep breaths without feeling restricted.
Wishing you a great recovery and nice summer :)
Glad to see that you ( my HVJ buddy) are doing so well. Hard to believe that we had heart surgery just 2 months ago. Unbelieveable. Please give a special warm hug to your Mom and Mike for me.I'll save one for you...
I also did my Cardiac Rehab there. This accelerated my recovery time. They have a great monitored program and are a super professional Team. They have the Hartford Mended Hearts Newsletter for their patients, and we frequently do Mended Hearts Informational Presentations there.
We wish you well,
I made it! So glad surgery over and done with!
I wanted to ask you if you were putting Vitamin E oil directly on your incision and when you started doing it? A friend of mine had said her mom bought the capsules and just made a pin prick in them and applied the oil on her incision and it really healed up nicely.
I hope your echo goes well on 3-1 so you can get back to being active :)
Take care, Jean Trausch
I also had a bicuspid aorta that I knew nothing about until I had a heart attack. I am 58, and much to my surprise, I was less than two weeks from death. My surgery was on the 2nd of jan. It was not a smooth one. I was in the ICCU for 8 days and another five on the cardiac care floor. it has been slow going and i am going nuts in my apt! I love cardiac rehab. i also had breast cancer and it was the operation for that that set off the heart attack. a wild and crazy dec. and jan. Peg
Way to go on the treadmill that is awesome! You are doing so well.
I too worry about my scar. I have a very big chest (not by choice) and not that I like it, but it's almost the first thing a person looks at when they look at me. So I'm dreading the possible questions or the odd moments when they try to look away but I noticed them looking.
What type of Vitamin E are you using? Oil, cream, pill, etc.?
Just caught up on your journal entries and blessed to hear you are doing well in recovery and well on the other side. I can sympathize with wanting out of the house, I was much like you and did way more than I should have :)
I just finished reading you journal and it looks like you have come a long way! Sorry to hear about your back and neck pain. Like a few others, I already suffer as well so I can really sympathize. I know I tend to get really annoyed after a few days of constant back pain and just want to lay it down and walk away from it :-) (if it was only that easy)
Congratulations on your progress and I wish you continued success!
Sounds like your recovery is going well! I'm going in for my surgery on Feb. 19th. It still doesn't seem too real yet. I'm sure the panic will really set in this weekend, though. I hope your back pain goes away soon. I'm hoping I won't have a similar problem because I have issues with my back and neck periodically and they are feeling great at this point---keeping my fingers crossed! Keep up the good work. - Jean Trausch
The snow was great, wasn't it? I bet you didn't have to shovel!
I'm 8 months post surgery and am recovered fully and in better shape than before....I shoveled the entire two plus feet of snow from our deck. It took about two hours! I plan to sleep well tonight. Hope your sleep issues and back pain resolve soon for you.
Be careful with the Clonazepam because it is VERY addictive. My neuro prescribed this to me when I was having a tough time with dizziness before surgery. It feels like having a couple glasses of wine. I was taking .5 mg (very small dose) and still had to wean myself off of it.
The little aches and pains will go away. I had "night sweats" for a month which felt like the flu and was SUPER annoying. Hang in there! :-)
I was reading up on bicuspid aorta and came across your story. I hope you are getting better every day.
I am set for a transesophageal echocardiogram on the 17th of this month and am very nervous. I was told that it appears that I have a congenital birth defect that I was completely unaware of. I am very nervous, but reading your story has made me feel better.
I pray that all goes perfectly for you and that you have a complete recovery. Please know that you are in my prayers. please keep me in yours.
From my heart to yours,
Hang in there! I am sure you have tried pillows under your knees and all that. If you are sleeping with a lot of pillows you might try laying a bit flatter but with pillows under your arms and knees. I had to have back surgery a few years ago and it is a misery to hurt no matter what you do. It sounds like you might have a disk pressing on a nerve. Inflammation can do this as well. Hopefully your doc will have some thoughts on next steps to try to make this better! I know it is hard to just sit when you are used to being active but it truly will help you heal faster if you get as much rest as possible in the first four weeks. I know it can drive you bonkers, but this stage requires as much patience and kindness toward yourself as you can muster! Prayers for you and your family!
Hi Michelle glad that you are doing great, everyday it gets a little better, had my surgery done Nov. 2012 in Springfield, great hospital, my INR levels are all over the place, I got myself a home meter so it makes it a little easier, and my PC is monitoring my Coumadin now. The Hard part is behind you now, I was like you can't sit still, walked everyday inside than outside when it was a little warmer, keep a positive attitude and continue walking and doing your breathing exercises, I will keep you lifted in prayer take care jim
So glad to about your continued progress.Hard to believe what we went through just 2 short weeks ago.All my best to you and hope your recovery stays on track.Don't push yourself too much as,you'll end up paying dearly for that....
Hi Joanne,Hi Mike!
Michelle - I'm glad to hear that you're doing so well! I'm not very patient either and hope that I don't go too stir crazy after I have surgery. I'm going to get a 2nd opinion from another surgeon on Monday and decide after that the who/where/when for surgery. Your posts are very encouraging to me :) -Jean Trausch
Sounds like you are doing great. I also went to my PCP today 9days out feeling pretty good. I wanted to see how Coumadin was going,I had terrible bloody nose almost had to go to ER. Levels have been up and down. Good luck with the rest of your recovery.
Glad to hear your recovery is going well! I can't believe you are vacuuming already....doesn't that hurt? I was told no vacuuming for six weeks, although I think I broke that rule at about four.
You will feel a lot stronger at three weeks out. I felt good enough to go out to dinner and movies, but I didn't last very long. You will really pay the next day if you overdo it, so don't try to do too much ( even though you are bored and want to:)
Hi Michele, sounds like you are making great progress. Great, keep working hard to get better. I'll call you when I return. My trip is going well having fun partying and meeting new people. Stay strong, Bob
Michelle...You visited our local Mended Hearts chapter in Hartford before your surgery...I hope that after you recover... you do so again. We'd love to have a person with your tenacity and persistancy as a part of our group. My wife and I are Cardiac Visitors at Hartford Hospital. My cardiac journey is on our chapter website at: http://mendedheartsct.org/books/bobs mh journey.pdf
My contact information is on the website also, if you feel like responding in person.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.