God's special blessings to our upcoming heart mates Alma, Petey, Tonia, Marilyn and Bill. Mat your surgeries and recoveries be peaceful and speedy. To the rest of the crew new and old keep on healing and being the best you can be.
Blessings to our heart friends Denise, Ronald, Debra, Barbara and Ron this and next week. You are doing the right thing and know in a few weeks you will be thankful for opportunity to be well again. Take care, now post 5 months AVR, yea!
Hi you all just want to say I am done with Warfin!!!Yahoo! I took my last tablet a few days ago and I feel fine. I'm back to eating my salads yea! Also, my doctor said he doesn't want to see me for 6 months now, My heart/BB looks pretty good. I guess it is up to me now-Don't you dare fall off the wagon. Back to work Monday, little apprehensive but also exciting. I wanted to say most importantly those who just had your operation and those upcoming, trust in yourself, you can do it!
Thank you all for your support these past few months it was definitely appreciated. Can not say enough good things about the tips and words of confidence you all gave me. You are all incredible caring people and Adam thank you for writing such a helpful and inspiring book as well as this awesome website. Thank you again from me and my entire family.
Also, Emily, John, Gail, Shannon and Jeff blessings to each and everyone of you and your families. May you find sweet success in the upcoming days. See you all later I'm off to my daily walk!
Just a message of good will for an uneventful and quick recovery for Doug, Janet, Judy, Roger, Cathy and all those upcoming this month. I graduated last week from rehab so now I'll be returning to work next month and even thinking about returning to school. Heck I don't want to waste my second chance at life. I feel great and I know all those who recently undergone the surgery and those upcoming will feel the same. Give it time and don't get discouraged if you hit a bump. You jumped one big bump when you get/got past the surgery. Go for it! Take care my heart friends.
Happy New Year everyone. We made it this far so nothing can get us down. I can't believe its 10 weeks post AVR. The weeks are flying now so please remember this people new to the community there is light and it gets brighter every day. Health and Happiness to you all and special prayers to Peter, Cheryl, Bob, Brian and Angela in their upcoming procedures. May God Bless us all. Yea......2016!
First Merry Christmas Heart People! I want to wish the merriest of Christmas and Happy Holidays to all on this site and may those in the process to take heart and find comfort that many like me, almost 10 weeks post AVR are thriving. I'll gladly take the scar and be able to walk up a hill, enjoy my day without the oppressive shortness of breath and chest pain. Actually mine is slowly fading and yours will too. God bless you all and best wishes to Berl, Peter, Cheryl, Brian, Angela and all those in post, Have a wonderful and thankful Christmas and peaceful 2016!
Now off to last minute shopping as I get ready for my family coming in for the holidays. Yea, I'm doing pretty good in my recovery. Ho Ho Ho!
Hello all, I just completed my first work of cardio rehab and it was great. Some discomfort, cramping, stabbing pain right side when I move around or do some chest work. I'm being told this is related to muscle repair not my heart. My BP & P was good and really was not very tired after. I kind felt inspired. I hoping this good feeling continues. Just an update and hope it helps others going through this now and soon. Blessings to you all and now off to walk my dogs. (Yea, I can walk my dogs now- 7wks post AVR). Take care.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! We all have something to be thankful for this holiday and those awaiting, you will be thankful when it is all over and you are moving towards recovery. I look around my house, the turkey and pie are in the fridge, a lot of my Christmas decorations up, I'm driving, I start cardiac rehab next week and I am super thankful to be alive! Yea for being alive and being with family and friends.
My heart felt wishes to all those who have undergone their own heart challenges and those upcoming. Happy Thanksgiving and all of God's blessings to each and every one of you.
Yea, just got back from post hospital appointment and they said I looked great--7 days. Normal oxygen level, ticker sounded good, lungs sounded clear and my incisions appeared to be healing norm. Also, my blood pressure was the lowest it has been for months and my husband feels I move slower, but noticed I did not have to stop when we went up a mini hill. Sorry, but I just had to gloat for a second. I know this is only the beginning and they had to redo my Coumadon but I'll take this as a motivator for another day.
Hope all is going well (stepping) with you all and special shout outs to Ihn, Doran, Serena, Patricia and Liz the next few days. Blessings.
I'm having an In and Out Protein style burger and last week I was doing my pre-op! Yea, Im proud. How many days do I have to go?? I took huge walk today and feeling it but the fact I took it and made makes me feel good. I know just one step on the pyramid, but it was tasty pyramid! God's blessings t o my heart friends from last week.& this week too! Hope you are doing good too! Blessings!!!
Hey......Im home. Yes not fun just to let you guys thank you for your wishes now any upcominhg surgery. My advice is beware of the upst tummy post surgery. If had or have any GERD let them know. The sleep meds do funny things. Also, ladies a non-binding sports bra more size larger is good & you don't need to huge for this either. In few more days I will post again, my hubby wanted to add somethings for the caregivers too. Now its my 5 mins walks, spirometer, eating better, ttrying to sleep more than 2 hours. Oh well off I go! I think I hear my spirometer calling to me!
Well, I'm only 72 hours away and now everything is starting to go in slow motion. I said good-by to my animals today, called a few friends and thanked them for their support and then it really hit me. Hey I am really going to do this and I have to try to get better quick. My dogs and husband want to see up and running around again soon and even my hairdresser insisted I make an appointment for Thanksgiving.
I'm still apprehensive, but how can I back out now plus the shortness of breath and chest/jaw pain is way past getting old. Be gone nasty symptoms.
I will be leaving for my pre op appointment on Monday morning and will stay overnight near the hospital. I live about 3.5 hours away. Wish me luck you all on Tuesday and everyone else good luck the next few weeks, especially Matt, Paul, Ruth, Christie and all us October friends!
God bless and good luck everyone!
Hi you all. I have a question regarding diet after aortic replacement. I've been told I will be taking a blood thinner and got some lite direction on foods and I'm 8 days away. Can you guys suggest some food dishes that are easy to make and blood thinner friendly. My husband will be cooking/caregiving for me and he is not a cook. I was thinking omelets, some pasta with marinara, chicken with carrots and potatoes, tomato soup, vegetable soup (Homemade). I've been told no greens, most nuts, (cranberries or blueberries??), avocado, and even olive oil. I guess I will use vegetable oil if necessary. Also, no yogurt too??
Any of your suggestions will be helpful. I know you don't feel like eating, but I thought I would ask the experts, you guys who have been through the battle or fight now. My husband thanks you too in advance.
Best wishes you all and look forward and please "Keep On Ticking."
Hello All, I got my surgical date today, Oct 13th! It's strange, I'm scared, excited and relived at the same time. I'm scared of the pain, but find a sense of relief from the possibility of returning to a healthy me one day. My surgeon recommended the organic valve vs the mechanical. He feels by the time I need a replacement they will have made the procedure less traumatic so its is worth the risk, plus I'm Type 1 diabetic.
I felt better talking to him afterwards and so did hubby. Wish us luck so now back to trying to wrap up all those day to day details before I go on my little "vacation". Take care.
God bless and shout out to Bonnie, Kristin, Tapan, Betsey, Kim and all those undergoing their challenge soon. Take care
First thank you all for your comments and suggestions. They were helpful, inspiring and appreciated. Good news, I was able to change my policy over to another Kaiser plan with no yearly deductible. I promised the rep at Covered California and my broker friend to tell you guys about it. Generally, you cannot do this, but they were able to make an exception for me. Thank you Lisa at Covered California and a great patient advocate (Mary) at Consumer Health Alliance. I will be seeing my surgeon on 09/14 so I'm a little scared, but the possibility of returning to an active person is helping me a little with the fear.
I will post more later, but just wanted to let you guys know and please tell others who may be having the same problem especially if they live in California. God bless each and everyone of you and Adam of course too. BTW Adam my husband is reading your book now and signed on in the community too. Take care especially Janea, Denise, Rosemary, Jackie and Victoria in your flight to recovery.
I've beeen told I need an aortic valve replacement. I have insurance through Kaiser Permante and wonder if anyone or knew of anyone who have this surgery through them. I will see the doctor again in two weeks and wondering I should wait and try to get new insurance next enrollment. I have heard very little about Kaiser and Heart surgery, but overall my experience is 6.5/10 okay but not 10/10. I like my cardiologist but he will not be doing the surgery plus I have to travel to LA and I live in Oceanside so I'm kind of freaking out. I'm female, 55 years old and I am experiencing symptoms with severe stenosis of the aorta. Any experience would be helpful. Thank you fellow Heart Patients and good luck all those with upcoming surgery and Sherry today.