Last bit of snuggles before I have to keep her at arms length for a while....I love my peanut!
7 weeks out...
Journal posted on March 22, 2015
Does anyone feel shortness of breath? I was told last Monday during an echo that I still have fluid around my heart (I guess this is normal after surgery), but I'm feeling winded and I am wondering if the fluid is causing this? Will this dissipate on its own? Or at what point do I follow up?
Thanks. I'm feeling good otherwise! I bought a fitbit and I'm tracking my progress...I hit 10K steps today:)
Hi everyone! I thought I'd post about my progress. I'm 3 weeks out and I am feeling a lot better...slow and steady wins this race! I went to my family doctor yesterday and she started to tear up when she listened to my new and much improved ticker. She couldn't believe how "normal" I sounded. That really lifted my spirits:) My blood pressure meds have been making me dizzy so she chopped the dosage and eliminated the potassium pills which makes me very happy! I'm still pretty tired but notice that I'm gaining my strength back. I do notice my upper body muscle tone and strength has significantly declined but I'm taking it easy on any lifting...I over did it at first and my incision swelled. I'm walking on my treadmill for 10 min and outside when the weather decides warm up to anything less than a balmy -20 outside...the joys of the great white north...why do I live here again?!
Well as of this time last week I was getting rolled into the ICU for recovery. I am home and have finally gotten my meds on a routine. I feel ok, a lot of emotions have been flowing through me but I think it's the lack of sleep. Overall I am feeling blessed and grateful that I'm on the other side of OHS and things can only get better from here!🙏❤️💃
I'm very lucky to be here. I almost bled out. Had the Ross procedure down but I was on the heart and lung machine so long that my blood stopped clotting. I'm very lucky to be st the skillful hands of dr. David. I will update later.
Ok so this is really happening!! I was emailed my confirmation yesterday. I will be spending Super Bowl in the hospital and my surgery will start at noon on Monday. I'm busy trying to organize, pack for my family and finish up work details. I have a sense of calmness but every so often the reality of being on a surgical table and all the tubes sets in and my heart does a crazy dance. I ask my brothers and sisters of our amazing heart community to send out good thoughts and prayers on Monday and I promise to continue to pay this forward. My 💔 will now be ❤️! I'm feeling very blessed that this is finally going to be done and behind me.
Toronto surgeons have rewritten the old adage that the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In fact, it’s through his neck. A team from Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital has become the first in North America to […]
This is my 3 yr old peanut! I have a question/concern...while she loves to shower me with kisses and hugs, she has a tendency to run up and attack me! Any ideas on how to protect my sternum? Is there a protective device people wear while healing?