Welcome to HVJ and the ZCC (Zipper Chest Club)! Sounds like you are doing great. Rehab should serve you well. Just remember, do what you can (push yourself a LITTLE bit more each day) and do what your body needs (naps!).
Thanks for signing my guestbook. Let's stay in touch and let me know if I can help you in anyway.
-Mitch Friedman - AVR and AAA 2/2/12
Hi William, First of all welcome to HVJ. Glad you are here.
Last Sept I also had the very same surgery you had. I had aortic stenosis with an annuersym of the ascending aorta. So we have a lot in common. This site has been wonderful, dont know what I would have done without it. I got a cow valve named it Elsie and aortic root replacement. After surgery I also had a nurse visit 3 times a week. I am now almost done with rehab and doing great. I feel stronger everyday. I really didn't have much pain in the beginning but now get some that is tolerable. It is just the healing process. You will feel stronger every day. It is so nice being able to do all the things that I couldn't do in the past. Keep us all poted on your recovery, I will watch you. If you have any questions let me know. Life is good.
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12