I am glad to hear your surgery and recovery went well.
I have to have aortic valve replacement as well as the aortic root. I chose Dr. Singer. Glad to see someone else with a success story at Lehigh Valley.
Remember that you only have one go at the recovery so take it slow and steady and don't rush. I went back to work yesterday for the first time in 23 days since surgery and it felt ok. I'm a school teacher so nothing too strenuous but with any job comes the usual stress. Just keep that in mind.
glad all has turned out as well as it has. working in the medical profession, seeing and knowing what could have been was a very scary thing. as you said thank God for giving your surgeon the Knowledge/tools to do their work. Happy New Year, love jackie
Janet and Jeanne told me about your surgery. I was sorry to hear that you had to go back into the hospital. I'm glad to learn that you're back home, feeling much better, and making great progress. Teri's devoted care is beautiful.
You will be in my prayers as you continue your recovery. Take good care, Tom.
Terri and Tom, so glad your home and feeling better now. God's help and great medical care are a wonderful blessing. Praise the Lord for His mercy and love and care and for your family who help in the healing process. Happy New year to you all.
Love, Ken and Melissa
So glad to hear Tom is homeward bound and I assume at this point home! Yeah! Tom, thanks for posting in my guestbook. Nice to hear from you. You are right that pericarditis is bad enough, but you don't want endocarditis! I'll be praying that the fevers are not from anything like that. Here's hoping for an easier road from here!
glad it is done. NOW: get rested, get out of the hospital and rest some more. Take care Tom, seriously, you are my fave, even if, only brother in law. Terri, you are surely the person i want at my bedside when i get sick. love to all, j
Tom - it's great to hear that the procedure went well. Please take it easy and let the healing process take it's time - you'll be back to normal sooner than you think. Maybe even in time to go on this year's golf trip! (like that'll ever happen...)
Tom / Terry - please let us know if there's anything Robin or I can do to help. We're here for you if you need us.
OK, Tom. This is a grandmother writing. OK, not YOUR grandmother, but I could be your mother, and I'm reminding you to REST!!!!!!!!!
I gave myself a Kindle for a Christmas present, and I absolutely love it. When you log on, there's a choice to see best selling books. When you choose it, in the upper right hand corner it says "100 most chosen FREE books" (or something similar). I downloaded 20 free books.
I hope you enjoy your Kindle as much as I do mine, and if you spend a lot of time with it, at least you'll do it in a RESTING position. Since I'm old enough to be your mother, I get to scold you! :-)
Hey Tom & Teri!
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since we heard about your surgery. From what I've heard, it's probably a good thing for Tom that he's back in the hospital-- probably the only way he'll rest is with the nurses keeping him in line!
Tom-- be a "good boy" and follow doctor's orders!
Teri-- if you need ANYTHING, please call!
May our Lord bless you, and keep you always!
Love, Craig & Lisa Verani
Glad to hear the procedure is over. I imagine Tom is feeling much better tonight. Similarly, with my pericardial window, they drained over 500cc's. I know I felt much better as soon as I came back to. My prayer is that this will be the corner turner for Tom's recovery that it was for mine. I had some lingering pericarditis that they monitored, but nothing that required further intervention. Prayers for a smooth and bump-free recovery from here!
Terri if the Nurses look any thig like most of ours he'll think his in a rocky-horor picture show and hope like hell it's just a bad dream then you'll kiss him he'll wake up and say" MY DARLIN you are the only one for me!!! Then he'll have nitemares and wake up with you and say There's no place like home!!!! Don't forget to call MoM when you get a chance she so worried Give Tom my love and prayers and you too!! LOVE gina
I'm glad the major surgery is behind you and that you did well with that. Now all you have to do is get over that "hump in the road". I'm glad your scans were negative and hope that you will be out of the hospital SOON. You can never sleep in those places! We wish you well Thoughts & prayers, Sherry & David HAPPY NEW YEAR
Tom, Teri "done good" leading you to visit the hospital. One never messes with a WVa girl.
Before you get more energy, you had this stop along the way. The Lord is always in control no matter what we do or what we want.
As Jesus stated--ask anything in my name and it will be given to you. So we are all asking and the Lord is good to his word.
Hey Tom! Sorry we just got home today from celebrating Christmas with our kids and when checking our e-mail realized you have been in a battle for your health. We were sure you were doing great. Thanks for the posts that keep us updated without ringing your phone off the hook to check up on you. May the Lord strengthen you and give you grace to be patient in the process. Love, Ken and Melissa
Hope you are feeling a lot better today.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
This guest book is really neat.
We had a nice Christmas with Chris home from Michigan for a couple days and visiting with all of our family. We got snowed in in Smithville NJ, 19 inches. That was fun!
Don't hesitate to let us know if you need or want anything.
God bless you!
Tom....sorry to hear that you are back in the hospital!!!! I am sure you are pretty discouraged....but glad you are there getting the care you need!
Praying that you are able to have the procedure tomorrow and all goes well! Thoughts are with you and your family!
All the best, Megan
I am a recovery/recovered Heart Valve Journal patient, and I just caught your post at the Journal Central. My name is Duane Hunt; I am 51 now (50 when I had surgery), am a pastor in central Florida, and I had a mitral valve repair 1/28/10, so I am nearing my one year mark. Some of your experiences resemble mine. Two days after my MVR, my heart threw a clot and I had a stroke. Thank God, a whiz-bang neurosurgeon was able to do an interventional angiogram and dissolve the clots in my brain. After that I experienced pericarditits and atrial fibrillation and had to return to the OR for a pericardial window and cardioversion. Pericarditis was a bit of a lingering problem for me even after my return home; I was on Celebrex to help with it. My heart handled it and it gradually abated. Getting my INR into the desired therapeutic range of 2.5-3.0 (same for both of us) took some doing. In total I was hospitalized for 13 days. As a fit and vigorous person, not what I expected. But I'm doing great now and I run 7 miles a couple times a week plus work out at the gym.
When you have the window done, it's not bad at all. Certainly not compared to what you've already gone through. I felt so much better immediately after the procedure and bounced back very quickly. Should you be interested enough or bored enough (feel no compulsion), my heart valve journal chronicles our journey.
My wife and I will be praying that you will experience the presence and peace of God that we did. I have signed up for your updates and will be eager to hear how you are doing.
Sorry to hear you are continuing to deal with minor setbacks, but that is really all they are at this point. They are frustrating and disheartning, but it will get better.
After my surgery I was almost dismissed at day 4, but also experiencing pericardial effussion, or fluid in the pericardial sac. Mine was indicated in my pre discharge echo, as well as elevated heart rate (100) and slightly elevated BP. My hospital kept me five additional days until the fluid started to reduce on it's on. I was one day from having the procedure where they drain it with needles and echo.
Be patient, as in reallity your hospital likley was too quick to discharge Tom in the first place. As much as we all want out of the hospital, it is the best place to be if you are having slight complications. Stay positive, and this setback will hopefully be behind you quickly, and moving forward to recovery at a slower pace as Tom builds his strength.
What a roller coaster. There have been several heart valve journalists who had fluid in their pericardial sac, so it's not that unusual, but nevertheless, pretty scary. Only the most positive thoughts form FL.
nice legs dude? what do you mean the nurses had to shave your legs? not this nurse. sorry to hear you are back in the hospital. don't make me drag Eula down there in the snow. hang in thre Tom you know we all love you. jackie/a.k.a. sister-in-law
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Remember, prayer laughter and family are the best medicine. God bless! We will continue to check on you and when you are up to it, we will all get together to celebrate. Love and Prayers. The McGillin Family
Worship, Tom. That's all that matters. When you align yourself with Him and stay there you will find peace. No matter what the doctors say God still has the last word!
We are praying and believing for a full recovery.
Billi and Brian
Hi Terri & Tom,
Tomorrow is 4 weeks post op for me....I just wanted to follow up on a lot of your frustrations.......I was FREEZING all the time when I first came home!!! Our heating bill will be huge. I could not get warm and had about 3 layers on. Some people said it was just the circulation that needed to come back to normal; some people said it was the Toprol I am on for blood pressure. I was also very anemic from the surgery and that is one of the symptoms of anemia (along with a headache everyday!) That has gotten better, but only recently and I think a big part of that was that now I am able to do more and move around whereas the first couple of weeks I was very sedentary and needed to just rest as you are now.
Sleeping is still a challenge I hate to tell you! It's gotten better, but I still need to sleep on a mound of pillows and can only turn slightly on my one side....I did learn that I could not nap (by week 2) if I wanted to get any solid sleep at night.
With all these frustrations, I am finding the hardest part is staying positive and upbeat. I try to remind myself of the miracle I have just experienced and just keep thinking about the future couple of weeks when I can start rehab and get out and be with people and have a routine again.
This weather we have in the northeast is not helping any of us!! You might want to consider Fran's suggestion about the Leslie Sansone indoor walking DVD's. I have one and I like it very much.....it gets the job done.
Hang in there and God Bless both of you as you face each new day.
Happy New Year!
Let the recovery come to you and be a bit cautious when excercising in fridgid temps. About the sleeping....pain meds can skrew up your metabolism so maybe try and reduce the dosage a couple hours before you prepare for bed and substitute with Diazapam (Valium) or Zanix? I know it may sound crazy but trust me, it works. Check with your Dr. first.