I found a heart shaped rice in my valversary dinner! :)
Me and my hubby out celebrating my 3rd valversary, giving a toast to life!
My anniversary hike- I made my goal!
Out to dinner with my hubby for my one year anniversary!
Hi guys, I am 9 months post op, double valve replacement. Here I am today 9 months later on a snorkeling adventure in Belize! It was a bumpy recovery but I am so grateful to be physically able to do this trip!
I'm working on embracing my new scar and being proud of it. It took me a long time to adjust to my first OHS scar, and this scar is much bigger! I am on vacation with my hubby and decided to go for the v-neck dress and show it off.
My first real hike 3 months post op. The picture doesn't capture how steep the incline is. My mechanical valves were definitely working hard, and I took breaks along the way but I made it to the top!
This is my 5 1/2 week scar. My hair is wet because I can't quite style it yet. Lol. But scar is healing nicely.
My one month follow up with my surgeon- Dr Barnhart at Swedish. He is the best!
Just 2 weeks post op and I made it out to lunch with my family! Never thought I'd be up to it this quick.
Almost 2 weeks post op! Just chilling with my sweet greyhoundand listening to the sounds of my clickety clackety new valves.
I was freed today from the hospital into the sunshine! I cried the whole way home, tears of happiness- just about the beauty of life, and the love I've felt along this journey. Lots of love to you fellow heart sisters and brothers!
This is what 13 days of hell in the hospital looks like. I hardly recognize my own body with all my new battle scars. But I am alive and so excited to get outta this joint today. Thanks for encouraging me on this rough journey!
Wearing red today and thinking of my fellow heart brothers and sisters. If you look closely you can see what a 10 1/2 year old OHS scar looks like.