Well the doc and I did a checkup to see how things are going and I had an electrocardiogram as well. Doc said it all looks great and told me to go ahead and schedule the next appointment..FOR NEXT JANUARY :)
we're setting a twice-a-year visit now.
I started back at work this week and it hasn't been too bad. I do notice a slight increase in the dull bone-healing pain when I get home and rest. But I am sure that will diminish soon. Sleeping has gotten better even though I still opt for the recliner as a sleep spot. Going to try increasing my work time an hour or two next week. This weekend? walking...resting..walking...resting...and watching a few movies:)
today marks 3 weeks since the surgery, and things are going very well. Pain is now intermittent, and getting in and out of chairs is now just slightly uncomfortable for a moment. Up to walking about 45 minutes a day, and my breathing is better than ever...95% oxygen saturation in my lungs! sleeping a lot better now too. According to the doc, I can plan on easing back into work in a week or two.
Brian is now off of all tubes and machines except for the IV drip. His day started off with Jello and some oatmeal for breakfast, then he had a walk around the CCC floor before lunching on Potatoe Soup and chocolate pudding., He is very thirsty, but is told not to over do the liquids. He is in good spirits and not in much pain (he says his muscles ache more than feeling pain). I left him around 1pm, he was tired and I am sure he is sleeping (well as much as he can with the constant coming and goings of the nurse) :)
Thanks for everyones messages and words of encouragement Please be sure to sign your name at the end of any messages, so that Brian will know who left them. I am so glad to know that so many people care about my brother! Maybe the next entry will be from Brian,
Well all went good! Brian is doing great, the surgery took about 3 hours and he is now in recovery. By 9:00pm, he should be awake and breathing on his own. He will be in Cardiac Care for 3 to 4 days. The surgeon repaired a hole approximately the size of a silver dollar and a tear in one of his other valves. The surgeons said that he will be more energetic and will feel better than he did before the surgery (of course after he heals some). All three of his siblings were at the hospital during the surgery and we all saw him in recovery.
This is Brian's sister...to update you all, the morning went well, lots of waiting. At 11:00 they took Brian for prep. The nurse calleedee me at Noon from the operating room and stated that there was a slight delay for the operating room, however they had started and Brian was calm and that everything in prep went smoothly. The nurse stated that she would update me periodically through the surgery and that it should take approx 4 hours. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and thoughts. I will update the journal later on. Doreen
My sister started the help for me really early by helping me with the purchase of an electric recliner chair(nice leather one too)
from "The Patient’s Guide To Heart Valve Surgery"
I would later learn that many patients use a recliner during their early recovery from heart surgery. A recliner can minimize the
pressure on the broken sternum and the sternal wires as the patient assumes a resting position.
In a recent discussion with Max, an aortic valve replacement patient, he noted, “My wife and I bought a recliner for the specific purpose of helping with my recovery. If I did not have it, I don’t know how I would have made it through the
first 3 weeks at home after surgery.”