You walk 3 miles so soon after your surgery? Wow! I can't do that, in January 25th of this year I walked 1,5 miles and I ended up in the hospital a week later, it took me two weeks to recover from all that excercise and had to wear a heart monitor for the second time, I know I have to excercise but it makes me feel worse after, I've been trying to walk a little in the morning, a little in the afternoon and then I walk at work, I also do 15 minutes of yoga daily. Are you able to drive after your walks? do you find that you have to rest for the rest of the day after you excercise?
Keep us posted on rehab. I am debating if I will go or not, cardiologist feels it will be a waste of time for me. I was very interested to read DVB's comments about rehab. They won't talk to me about rehab until 6 weeks post op (next week, can't believe).
I started rehab at 4 weeks post-op. Went for the full 36. They let me go at my own (monstrous) pace after the first week of "calibration". Definitely worth it as you can measure your progress. Some other reasons. It imposes a discipline to exercise. It has good social aspects. And finally, rehab is known to reduce mortality risk in bypass patients by 30%. The word is not yet in on valve patients, but shouldn't it benefit? When the study is in, if you've done rehab then you'll know your quantitative benefit and be better able to risk-categorize yourself i the future. Most insurance pays for it. I think Travis skipped rehab since he has such great physical discipline and was able to reap the benefits without the program. But for most people it is worth the time and the insurance company's money (which is yours since you paid for the benefit).
Great news Robert! So happy you are progressing so well. Keep it up! Hope I can be just like you! Please keep me in your prayers as I leave for Cleveland on Thursday and then have surgery on Tuesday the 13th.
Wow Robert, you sound awesome! Walking so far so soon is great. You are so right, the power of prayer is amazing. What a blessing! Keep up the good work, hopefully we are going to soon have some good warm weather.
Did I read that you were walking on the day of surgery?
Glad to hear that you are doing do well.
I have a couple of weeks left before my procedure so hope I do as well as you. My doctor said I would be in the hospital between 5 to 7 days. He said some people end up having a-fib which makes them stay longer or have a pacemaker. I guess that is one of my big worries. It sounds like you had none of those complications.
Yay, Robert, you did it!!!!! Welcome home. Good to see you are planning not to over do it. In case you forget, let me share with you what an idiot (me). He spends his first full day at home (that would tomorrow for you), out a lot, walking a lot, stopping by local places to say high and show off how macho he is by walking around 1 week post op, ignores naseous and dizzyness, then goes out to dinner with friends until 9:30 PM. DON'T DO THAT! Now, I am a kinder gentler, me. Today I only took one walk and even napped. I can get used to this geriatric life!!! I wish you all the best, and many slow days in the very near future. Again, WELCOME HOME!
Hi Robert...I had the same problem after my surgery, Had one transfusion right after surgery and then when I went home I was 8.1,,,,,takiing iron now and have made it to 11. 6-8 more weeks of iron and I should not be anemic anymore, Just thought I would encourage you....glad you are almost outta there!! You will feel amazing when you get home....ahhhh....nothing like home. God's peace..Jamie Todor
Hey Robert, it's really amazing that going home after only 4 days is even an option! You obviously are doing very well. A little anemia is not uncommon after this surgery. Take it easy, don't be in any hurry, God will get you there when He's ready!!
God bless...getting closer...Linda Dixon
Robert, I just got home from my 2/2 surgery and am getting caught up on HVJ. Great to hear your surgery went so well. I had a few set backs nd now see how I thought I was ready earlier vs. when I was really ready!!! Take the extra day, heal that much more there and good luck with your recovery.
Wow Robert...are you SURE you had open heart surgery??? That is awesome, walking just 2 days post op! So happy you are doing so well. Keep it up! Thanks for the update, this is very encouraging to those of us who still have a while to go!
Getting closer...Linda Dixon
Hi Allie, I wish you the best for your Dad. Just say a lot of prayers and they will be answered, I did for my daughter and now she is saying prayers for me. Good luck hope all goes well. Until Later Linda H
Hi Allie, thanks for keeping us updated on Robert. I am praying he has a successful uneventful surgery and recovery. Tip on the journaling: When you log on Robert's journal look to he right side you will see a line that reads: Write New Journal. Click on that and you will be able to write a new entry. It is a little confusing. Please keep us posted.
Hi Robert, just wanted to "stop by" and wish you well tomorrow. I know you probably have mixed emotions, I imagine I will, glad to get it over with. I will be praying for your successful surgery and complete and speedy recovery. Go get em!!!
Robert, I'm praying you'll have a speedy recovery! Your positive spirit will help immensely and you'll charm the hospital staff! Hope you have a great weekend with Allie, Kyle, Oliver and your family. Take care, Beth
Hi Robert... so it's getting close. Enjoy your weekend with the kids, try to get a little rest and remember we at the HVJ site are sending prayers and well wishes. Will you have someone updating your journal so we can get reports? Look forward to hearing all is well.
God bless....Linda Dixon
I am 8 weeks post-op and can attest to the fact that waiting is the hardest part. When you get closer you get calmer. After the surgery you take an active part (lol) in the healing process, whereas waiting is so darn inactive. Enjoy the time with your family.