14 days post op. Lounging on the bench with the original Puffy (not stuffed version) in our backyard. Still dealing with nausea, pain, dry coughs, skin reaction to adhesives, etc. But I'm feeing stronger day bay day.
I'm back at my healing nest. This time, I'm holding Kiki the real chicken, instead of stuffed Puffy! This picture is from yesterday.
My husband arrived, and I was finally discharged after 8 pm. We stopped by a Vietnamese restaurant my nurse recommended near the hospital. I had Pho. So nice to have non-hospital food after one week.
We're officially off the hook! I ate 1/2 grilled cheese for lunch, and I didn't throw up. No more nausea, means going home. Changing and packing done. Waiting for the ride.
My Puffy the chicken wants to go home. Me too. We've in this hospital since Wednesday morning. It's been almost a week. I've made a lot of progress after the surgeries. I still can't get home because of nasea.
Rising back up from ash! I'm still dealing with nausea, but I'm trying to become more mobile and eat strawberry yogurt.
Fighting with nausea. I hardly ate anything because of nausea since 2 nights ago. I took shower and walks again. I just don't have appetite.
First shower since Wednesday.
Waiting for breakfast. I was nauseous all night and this morning since I vomited last night. It might be the reaction to the strong pain med. They make my digestive system sleep for the surgery, and my system takes time to wake up.
New room, out of ICU!
Getting back to normal, a little at a time!
Just got off the ventilator!
Prepping for the OR.
Before leaving for Seattle, I made bed with a wedge and memory foam pillow. This is where I'll be roosting at night after coming back from the hospital.
I've built my healing nest. This rental lift chair arrived on Friday. It's the smallest chair they had, but still slightly too big for me. For the past few days, I was custom fitting it with chair cover, pillows, blanket, bathroom mats, etc.
Saturday was the Award Banquet of our Ski Patrol at White Pass Ski Resort, Washington. What a great way to celebrate the end of this chapter!
Today was my last day at Jazzercise class before my aortic valve replacement. Louise on the left is my favorite instructor.
During the presurgical visit with a RN two days ago, we went over my plans for pain management after discharge. I mentioned the chicken therapy and cannabis. She recommended using the edible instead of vapor.
My husband broke his right leg (tib-fib) during ski patrolling. I drove him to the ER. 2 days later he drove for me to my second cataract surgery and meeting with my cardiac surgeon.
I've been wondering what to do about the chair for my post-op recovery time. This chair in the photo is the closest I have to a recliner that my doctor mentioned. I've never needed a recliner before, and I'm not sure if it's worth getting one.