Shelly Poluka posted a note for Robert L. (Bob) that says:
I just finished reading your journal. What an amazing man. I hope this note finds you in good health! My husband Tom had a dual valve replacement (aortic and mitral) at New York Presbyterian Columbia in July I can finally say he is doing much better than prior to the surgery. Joanne if you would like to email me it's firstname.lastname@example.org
Fran Z. (FL) posted a note for Robert L. (Bob) that says:
Bob you've come so far, I know you can lose these last pounds they insist you lose. Don't let anything stop you from reaching that goal. You are an amazing man with an exceptional zeal to live!
Cheryl posted a note for Robert L. (Bob) that says:
Hi Jo Ann and Bob
Your story reads like a novel of perseverance against the system. How disappointing to come up against a doctor who doesn't like a challenge. You both sound like real troopers and thank goodness for that. I look forward to getting notification all is well and good in your world. Hang in there. Will keep you both in my prayers.
Sounds as if you are finally on the upswing doing rehab and all. Good for you. You know this is a project in progress but summer is comming and at least you'll be able to fully enjoy it. Can't believe you were reporting snow in your area. Ugh!
Thank you Cheryl, yes we agree our bodies are fined tuned machines and we do not appreciate the challenge we have given it, along wih the deadlines to meet. I do push my husband but I can tell looking at his eyes how he feels. I figure it can wait without the drama involved, Keep in touch with friends & family, stay involved because before you know it there will no stopping you!!!!!!
So many of us are absolutely amazed at how much training our heart has to do in order to put us back into the world of regular activity. I certainly didn't expect to be "down" so long and I didn't expect it to be such work to get back up to speed.
I'm on drugs now that I was never on before and a couple of them are definitely the culprits that slow me down but I need them so I'll just have to persevere. I don't have the energy I used to have and many times I look at something as a chore. I tell my husband to keep pushing me even if I fight against it. My blood pressure and heart rate are quite low. But, somehow I do manage to get a pretty full day in.
Like Bob, I'm now 7 months past surgery. I just can't believe that much time has passed. Once I get this heart up to speed there'll be no stopping me. I'm so blessed. So is Bob. Keep telling him - alive - you can work with alive!
Thank u for your note, everyone's healing process is so different it is almost impossible to put in words. We will continue our journey, as we know it is not the destination just the journey there, without family, friends and neighbors it would make this journey mush more difficult. Hope you continue your progress and know it does get easier. Jo Ann and Bob
Good Morning Jo Ann
Just came across Bob's journal. He (and you) have certainly been through so much. Am glad you've found this site and hope you will realize there are so many valve patients like Bob who have had or are awaiting surgery. I had a tricuspid repair and a mitral replacement in March. Each week is better than the previous one. Prayer, love of family and friends have all helped and I wish that for you. By the way, to respond to a particular person on the HVJ, go to Journal Central and type in the person's name in the search area and their journal will appear and then you can go to their guestbook and leave a message. We all wish there was a "reply" button as with email, but not so. We are just so thankful Adam set up this site for us. Prayers for a great recovery and keep us updated.
Dear Cheryl, Bob's recovery is slow but he is making progress. He is in cardio rehab 3x's/wkly. Thank you for your encouragement.
Our intentions were to write his journal much sooner than this, but lit dod not happen that way. I will continue to bring everyone up to datee. Sincerely Jo Ann
After reading your journal postings I see Bob has been through a lot getting his valve disorder under control. Is he feeling better? I had a mitral valve repair done in Oct/09 and am actively in rehab and have to say I'm feeling very much better than what I did before my surgery.
You'll have to do another journal entry and let us know how Bob is now.
If you've read through the journals here you'll see there are many different twists and turns to recovery with many being much slower than others. Hopefully that gives you some comfort to know Bob isn't alone.