Venkat - Thanks for the note and the encouragement! I see where you are having some various up's and down's and I do hope you start on a serious upswing soon. I guess the fortunate thing was where you were when you had your episode. Hang in there - you've come a long way - I'm pulling for you!
Hi Ashok, sorry to hear you are having this issue. I know you just want it to be over with. Just remember...we are the fortunate ones...have been or will be fixed. We are so fortunate that our first symptoms weren't sudden death!
Glad you were at rehab, where you got immediate attention. Keep us posted.
Still waiting...Linda Dixon
This is all such good news. I just read your latest update.
Yes, I have been very busy this first month. My schedule has stablilized just this week. I'll give you a call this week too to see what you're up to & if you & Debbie need any help. Have been working & back to school but in a routine now between me & the boys. Keep up the great work. You have such a positive attitude! It's inspiring.
Talk to you soon, Ginger
Hi Ashok, good to hear from you. I am happy to hear you are progressing well. All in all, I guess some minor issues are to be expected and a small price to pay for a repaired heart. (I know, easy for me to say...I haven't had my surgery yet). I hope you get your INR leveled out soon. I was on coumadin for several years for a PFO and found alternating between 5.0 mg and 7.5 mg worked pretty well for me, but everyone is different. Keep up the good work and don't overdo. Listen to your body.
Your story is exactly like mine, I am starting my 6 week post op and my biggest problem is getting the Coumadin level correct. It is a slow process, I now keep a journal of what I eat and see if anything could be causing a problem. My Multi Vitamin had 60 mcg which is suppose to be half of the daily amount for a man, so I stop that but my levels are still low. Hopefully they will get this corrected in the next few days. Hang in there you are doing great. take care jim
Hello Ashok! Glad to hear you are doing well. One question about the INR...when they take your blood are they drawing from a vein or doing a finger stick? I am a medical laboratory technologist and the PT, INR test can be very finicky. I am very skeptical of the quick finger stick methods, since there is such a great difference in technique among those obtaining sample, tissue fluid, etc. Also if venous blood is used it is imperative that the correct amount of blood be drawn. If you are a difficult stick and they have trouble with your veins that can also be an issue. PT, INR is very sensitive. All of this may not even be an issue, you may just need higher dosage. These are just some thoughts. Hope you get to correct dose soon. Keep us posted.
Linda Dixon (still waiting)
Ashok--in reading your journal I am so happy to learn that your surgery was successful and you are on the road to recovery. As you heal and rest, know that you are thought of often.
Sending healing thoughts your way for a speedy recovery.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to hear you are home and recovering. Take care of yourself and have a speedy and uncomplicated recovery. Sarah
You are in our thoughts and prayers. What a blessing to hear that all went well with the surgery and that you are on the road to a full recovery at home. It's a God send to have a wife, family and friends that will be their for you through it all. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It means a lot.
Ashok, So glad your recovery is going well. Lots of people have been asking me how you are doing and wanted me to send their prayers and Get well wishes to you. If you need anything don't hesitate to call. Take care Nicole!!!
I am 12 days since my surgery. Some of the bruises that I had were where they injected the blood thinner (coumidin).
I cannot believe how bruised I was, but certainly starting to heal. I also only used the tylenol for pain. One of the reasons that I have trouble sleeping is because of the positions I cannot get into, like on my side. I still stay on my back very propped up on pillows . I am going to a christmas house party in a few minutes. I can't believe that I feel well enough to go.
Thank you Venkat for your reply. Good information. My daughter will be accompanying me for my surgery. She says that she wants to stay with me in my room. Is there a place for her to stay (in the hospital) while I am in ICU or would I need to find accomodations for her elsewhere? I'm sure the consierge will be able to help when I get to that point in the process, but perhaps you know. I assume they did not let your wife stay with you in ICU. All of my records are on their way to Dr. Gillinov, so I should know more in a few days. Happy recovery to you!
Hi Venkat, happy to see you are home and on the road to recovery! I am interested in your experience at Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Gillinov. I myself am planning to go there from South Carolina for aortic valve replacement and dilated aorta repair and hope that Dr. Gillinov will do my surgery. Any tips or advice? Have a great recovery! Linda
I am thrilled to know you are safelyback home, with only small worries still. I am sure that you'll recover quickly, as you are in wonderfully caring hands all around. My family's continued prayers are with you.
Aterial Flutter is a normal reaction to the heart being worked on and people spend to much time worring about the it, The Flutter will probably be gone in 6 weeks.. unquote
greatly relived from expert's mouth
So glad to hear all went well, no need for replacement...that is awesome! Even eating & moving around already.
Thanks for the updates. Let me know when you'll be coming home for your own R&R.
Take care, rest well both, Ginger
wish you a successful surgery and quick recovery. we shall be watching your progress. Debbie --take care of him and also yourself. eagerly awaiting your entry in the journal after the surgery..............Appa
;bureaucracy (private sector or public) is same everywhere India, USA or China. any result on cat scan. or is it confidential only with the Surgeon and hospital. anyhow cheer up. imagine this is like paying income tax filling up so many questions in the form,.
Glad you made it to Cleveland okay. Soon you will have this all behind you and will be
back on the golf course when winter is over.
I believe you are good hands according to
the information I have read. Looking forward to your return home. We will be praying for your quick recovery.