Well its been exactly 2 months since my valve replacement. I am doing really well. Im not 100% yet but Im getting there.
I've been able to accomplish some things that I never could do before my surgery. That is so exciting to me.
I am having one issue though and wondered if anyone else has had this problem: My systolic pressure is high
but my diastolic is low. My pressure is running around 150/62.
Im waiting to hear back from my cardiologist and I have
a reg. scheduled appt. with my primary care doctor on
Wed. Im sure they can shed some light on this issue.
Please let me know if anyone has faced this problem.
I'm back. I cannot tell you how much all of you meant to me during this time. Your prayers and encouragement were monumental. Thank you all so much.
Im feeling really good today. I got up and got some breakfast. I haven't had much of an appetite but I
make sure Im getting what I need to heal properly.
I then took my shower and then my husband and I went for a walk. Its such a beautiful. day.We didn't get to far but far enough that I was pleased with my new valve.
My husband has been so amazing through all of this.
He has been the best nurse I could ever have. He faces some new challenges himself like cooking. He made me spaghetti last night and it was delishes.
My children as well are God sends. I am so blessed with a loving supportive family.
Again Thank You!!!!! for your prayers and encouragement. You not only blessed me but my whole family and many friends.
Four days after surgery, and my mom is home!!! We are so overjoyed that she has done so well that she was able to be home so quickly. We of course are at my grandmothers house as we live out of state, but we are out of the hospital nonetheless!
She has had a good day and has been much more awake and socialable with the family! We are so thankful to have her back with us!
Thanks again for your prayers! She should be the one updating next time!
This is Kara again! Just wanted to update those who were wondering how my moms journey is going.
My mom remained in the ICU for one day, and was able to be moved to a room to herself on Wednesday night! Her room is great! Beautiful windows that capture the Cleveland skyline, large flat screen tv, and a pull out futon available for my dad to sleep here with her at night.
I am visiting her now, and she seems to be doing well. She is still very very sleepy and will often fall asleep during conversations. She is much more alert today, and is carrying on conversations more than she has since the surgery. She remembers seeing everyone after her surgery while she was still in the ICU. Many nurses and Drs have been in to see her today, and every single one of them is commenting on how well she is doing for this early in the game! She was able to get out and walk down the hall today, and we are all very excited about that achievement! She told my dad that she was concerned that she wasn't doing well because she got winded during her walk, but the nurse as well as everyone else assured her that she is doing great! To be only two days after surgery, and walking down the hall, you are allowed to be winded!
We will continue to update on her progress as we continue to make milestones with her. Again, we thank you for your support and prayers! We know that is what is truly making a difference in her recovery!!
Hello all! This is Kara, Cathys daughter. I just got through seeing my mom in the recovery/ICU room. First let me tell you about her surgery...
She was the first one to go into surgery this morning at 700. The CC gave my dad a pager, and that would give him any updates on what stage she was in, in the operating room. He received an update that at 827 was when they made the first incision, and that at 1007 was when the actual work began on her heart. At somewhere around 2pm, he recieved a page that Dr. Roselli would be in to talk to us momentarily about her surgery. My dad, my grandma (my mothers mom) my uncle (my mothers brother) my little brother and myself all went into the room to meet with Dr. Roselli. Dr. Roselli came in and told us good news!!! He said that her surgery was a success and that her heart is much happier now. We were all relieved. He said that he did indeed replace her valve with a cow's valve though, because after he spent time repairing her valve, there were still leaks. He did not think it made any sense to leave her valve in with leaks, when there was a better valve available for her on the shelf. We all absolutely agreed! We don't want any reason to have to do this again! He said that his team was doing the final touches on her and she would be on her way to the recovery room shortly after that.
At 4pm, my dad and I were able to go back to see her. I wasn't sure what to expect, as I was quite nervous to see my mother in that condition. My mom is my best friend, and seeing her in any discomfort, is not anything I want to be a part of. I thought she looked great! We were warned that she would have tubes everywhere, but I couldn't have been more happy to see my beautiful mama, sleeping so peacefully. I am so ready for her to live her life to the absolute fullest!
We are told she will be in the ICU room for at least one night, possibly even two, but we know that our God is faithful, and we look forward to hearing her voice again soon! I will do my best to keep you all posted as much as I can on her progress. She has really enjoyed getting to share her experience here, and read everyone elses. Your words of encouragement have given her a peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Our family could never thank any of you enough for your prayers, and we ask that you continue to keep her in your prayers as this road to recovery will sure be a long one! Will post more when she is awake and coherent!
Well its been a long long day. We had appts. up at
Cleveland Clinic all day today.
I finally met with my surgeon, Dr. Eric Roselli.
What a nice man he is. He did give me some news that was difficult though. He said he could not do
my surgery minimally invasive because of my sub aortic membrane. I was so dissappointed. I started to cry and Dr. Roselli felt bad. He said its better to get it
right the first time then to have to have another surgery. He is right.
My surgery is first thing tomorrow. I have to be there at 5:15am for my surgery at 7:00. Im so glad to be the first one.
Im not nervous but Im ready to get it over with.
Thank you so much everyone for your prayers and encouragement. You will never know how much it meant.
I got good news yesterday after my heart cath. I have no blockages at all. I hope that means they can do min. invasive. I meet with Dr. Roselli my surgeon on Monday.
Im so glad to have these tests all done and out of the way for now. Im taking it easy today since I had my cath. yesterday.
I cannot say enough about Cleve. Clinic. They are absolutely wonderful. If anyone is thinking about them please by all means check them out. I can definitely see why they have been voted the number one heart hospital.
3 more days and i will be on my road to recovery. Im not nervous right now. I had one moment yest. when I was laying on the bed to have my cath. and I prayed that I was a little afraid. A few minutes later they gave me a seditive and I didnt care what they did.
.10/3/12 Well I'm in Ohio and will be heading to Cleveland Clinic tomorrow for ekg,ct scan, blood work and physical. Im feeling good about everything right now.
Im looking forward to getting this done and over with and getting on with life. However my life verse is
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Isa. 40:31 Im learning to wait.