Hi Tia! great to hear from you! Glad you are doing well! but sorry to hear you have had other health issues along the way!! It's a hard row to hoe at time eh!!! My Surgery seems so far behind me now! but never far from my mind! I feel great with just the odd blip's here and there but nothing to worry about!! I hope you continue to feel well & happy! you take care of yourself! love and prayers always
Glad to see your post. I can relate to feeling tired, etc. Fortunately, I had blood transfusions in the hosptial which helped, but I was anemic when I got home. My hemoglobin and hematocrit increased as of last week, but are still a little below normal so I am trying to improve my diet with meat, shellfish, beans, etc. There is no doubt that a low blood count will make you feel very tired - and then there is the normal tired feeling of going through recovery.
My sternotomy scar is is also itchy now, but has healed nicely. I'm greasing it up with Neosporin which seems to help a little. The large incision scar in my groin (where they hook up the bypass machine) has several hard lumps around it. Remember that I was put on bypass three times. All my other scars had the same kind of hard lumps, but are getting smaller. This one is more stubborn and I'm putting an ice pack on it at night.
I guess we will have good days and bad days and will just have to accept that. For me, I find that I must not lie down during the day as lying down seems to make everything worse. Like you, I don't always recognize my progress, so I've started keeping a journal of all the things I can do today that I could not do yesterday or a month ago.
My best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. Thinking of you. Ruth Howell
Glad to hear you have been able to get some relief. I too have gotten back to my massage therapist......it is a nice relief from the rehab. I can't believe you only have 4 more sessions!! Did you go the whole 3 months (36 sessions)? I have a few more sessions before I "graduate" so I am beginning to work out on my own in addition to doing that. I have been back at work full time since April and that is going well too. I am able to keep up with everything and the students have taken me back with open arms, thank god! Now I am ready to finish out the school year and begin to prepare for next year! I bet you too are getting anxious and miss the kids, at least a little bit! Keep staying strong and do well!
Glad to know that you are tolerating the exercise from cardiac rehab. You have continued to be in my prayers. Since baseball season has started, my schedule is (ir will be if the weather cooperates) a little more hectic, but I am sure that we can still find some time to get together---soon!
Just a thought: With your fibromyalgia issues it may be difficult for you to determine what is fibro. pain and what is realted to your surgery. I went to very casual, easy exercises classes last year and, due to my fibro. was in so much pain and so exhausted I couldn't continue. I guess I will have to deal with the same thng after my surgery. My plan is if I develop that all over aching associated with fibro. I'm not doing it or will cut way back. I know you know your body best - so just do what feels right for you and don't let anybody push you too far. Take it slow - and best wishes.
I guess I wish they would of told us about the whole A-Fib thing, but then again there may be a whole bunch of other "issues" they could of told us about too.... We need to be thankful for our good health TODAY!!
Getting into rehab will make you feel good..... as will knowing you don't have any fluid around the heart. Good luck with this and let us know!
I am so gblad that you are in sinus rhythym. I know how unsettling that can be. I went into surgery with Afib and they did a maze procedure along with mitral valve replacement. I was constantly going in and out all the time for the first two months. Now i am in rhythm but still have an occassional missed beat or an extra one. My Dr tells me that i might have to live them forever. I will gladly take that anyday,than being out of rhythym occassionally.
It sounds like you're on the right road now. I wish you all the best and am so sorry for your setbacks. It sounds like this A-fib thing is quite common post surgery. I hope that gets under control quickly. All my best.
Sorry to hear all of the news......but it sounds like you are heading in the right direction. Some how I always get a sense of relief now when going to the doctor's office. At least you are in the right place when they find something not quite right......Keep us updated tomorrow!!!
Hi Tia - it's great that you are doing so well and it gives the rest of us something to really look forward to as far as the energy gain! I know I'm ready for some. I hope you continue to improve and recover so well!
I'm so glad you've gotten things under control and it sounds like you're doing well now. As for vision, I have read that you should not get new glasses before or right after heart surgery because your vision will be changing. I guess eye doctors are like everyone else - they want the business. smile.
My very very best to you.
It was so good to be able to visit with you the other evening, though I wished you had not been back in the hospital!
I am glad that you are home once again and hopefully on the road to recovery.
Please keep in touch as you move forward.
Also, check with the eye doctor on those glasses. You know first hand that mistakes can be made.
Advice I got from my eye doctor: surgery/anesthesia changes your eyes and you won't know for at least 3 months whether your Rx needs changing. Wish I knew you were getting new glasses just before surgery. I would have advised waiting. I am not sure, but I do think that the anesthesia relaxes the whole body, eyes included. I know that every time I've had major surgery (4) my eyesight was different immediately after the surgery and doctors told me NOT to worry about it for at least 3 months. Sometimes your Rx changes and sometimes it doesn't, but your eyes almost always seem blurry after major surgery. Give it time.
Congrats on your succesfull surgery. I, and a few others had vision problems after surgery. My problem was occasional bouts of blurred vision lasting several minutes and then disappearing for several days, only to return. Now, a year later I rarely get them. Just to be sure, wouldn't be a bad idea to have the prescription checked (mistakes can be made). Keep healing.
Hi Tia, good to read you are back home and on your recovery path. I guess some of the bumps on the road are a little trickier than others; kinda like the roads here in Quebec in the springtime. Take care..... Eric
Tia! i am sorry to read that you are back in Hospital.... been thinking of you and how you are doing? hope you are not in for to long? I am doing ok! (i think)? slow but sure progress!
take care will be in touch soon xxxx
I'm glad you made it home OK. Let Tari help you. Don't try to do anything the Dr doesn't want you to try yet. Right now it looks like I will be off work Thursday. I plan on seeing you again then.
Hi Tia! Thank heaven every thing has gone well for you as it did for me! It's sound's like you are making daily progress!! It's great to be home in your own bed isn't it!! I keep my fingers tightly crossed for as speedy recovery as possible! Sending you a soft hug from across the pond!
Best of luck at home. Best way to keep pain at bay is don't overdo and don't try to wait it out. If pain starts, treat it early or it takes twice as much painkiller to control it. Don't think there's something wrong with you if you're doing fine but suddenly need painkillers again. Don't compare your pain levels with anyone else's. We all tend to fib a bit and minimize it to cheer ourselves up. Do what you need to for your own comfort. You will be amazed at how time flies and you feel great again.
It was so nice to be able to talk to you the other day! You sound like you are well on the road to recovery! I am so glad. If things go as you planned, you will be coming back this way today! (Make sure they have you drugged and very loopy for the ride! Also, tell your driver that he is not to try to hit every pothole!)
Continue to take great care of yourself! Hope to be able to visit soon.
Hi Tia, so glad to read about your progress. What I see from here is "textbook" and confirms the two steps forward thing. Not having the experience yet, still about a month or so behind you, the advice the pros have is stay ahead of the pain with your meds and don't overdo it on the "good days". Take care and keep us posted on your speedy recovery... Eric
Don't hesitate to use the pain pills here in the beginning. That's what they're for. I'll get back up to see you when I can. It is a BIG relief to know that your recovery is going well. I was amazed at the color in your face on Tuesday, the day after. I think you had a deeper color than you had before your surgery. I love you! See you soon.
Hey Tia, I am so happy to hear you are doing so well. I am really glad to hear they took your tobe out. I had mine for a few days. I am glad that you have already started walking. That was one of those things that took me a about 4 days to be able to do. I knew the angels would help and protect you. Now you got a down hill journey from here. I bet your husband is so releived now that you are done with the surgery and on your way to a good and quick recovery. Could you feel the difference when you woke up? I could. It is a great feeling to go through a day and now almost a month with out any chest pains!!!
I wish you well and will be checking in from time to time to see how you are doing. God Bless.
Oh Tia - thanks for keeping us up to date and letting us know how you are! It's so great that you are up and walking and sitting up and with no pain from the incision. Best of luck to you with your recovery and like Ruth said when you feel up to it let us know about your experience. Be Blessed, Vickie
So good to hear how great you're doing. Keep up the good work and best wishes for a very speedy reovery. When you feel up to it please let those of waiting for surgery know about your experiences. I wish you all the best.
Great to hear your voice you sound wonderful! We are very good here, the weather has improved Thank the Lord, the flood waters are receding from the school and off Broadway one of the busiest roads in Knoxville.
So glad to know that you are back to posting your own messages here! That was much sooner than I expected. Day one of ISTEP is done. It was a good day here too!
Do take care. How long did you tell me that you will be hospitalized?
I'm glad to see you are doing so well post-op!! I noticed you signed my Mom's guestbook a while back (Becky Nicholas) and wanted to keep up wtih your progress as well. I'll continue to pray for your speedy recovery :-)
Jeff, thanks for the phone call. I also appreciated Autumn attempting to call me.
I knew that the reception with her call was so poor, so I let yours go to voicemail.
I am so glad that Tia made it through the surgery so well! Such good news you reported!
If you all need anything, please let me know.