December 2014, my middle school band opened UGA's middle school band clinic! AMAZING experience!!!!
Happy 4th to my 2 mechanical valves!!!!!
Journal posted on August 9, 2015
My valves turned 4 this past June 14th! I'm doing great! I'm trying to keep up with exercising! That is the biggest challenge! I continue to teach middle school band in Alpharetta, GA! Thanks to God, my family and my Piedmont-Atlanta of nurses and doctors, I'm here and in great shape!!!!! I got a thumbs up at my last check up! :)
I have a huge prayer request...a friend of mine, Melinda Quinn (one of my former band parents) suffered multiple artery bursts in her heart last week. She was transported from Northeast Medical Center in Gainesvilee, Ga to Piedmont-Atlanta....thank goodness! Please take a second to pray for my dear friend and the totally awesome nurses and doctors that are caring for her. Please.
Tammy, world's greatest ICU Red nurse, if you are reading this...please, please tell Melinda I said Hi and that many, many prayers are going up for her. I hope that you're the one over seeing her care!!!!! YOU are the BEST!!!!!
To my summer of 2011, heart valve friends...I hope to hear from you soon! We really do need to have our 2011 reunion!!!!
Life is gooood, and I'm just so very thankful to be a part of it!!!!
Happy 3 year birthday to my 2 mechanical heart valves!!!
Journal posted on June 14, 2014
SO AMAZING to think that 3 years ago, Dr. James Kauten (heart surgeon at Piedmont Atlanta) replaced my mitral and aortic heart valves!!! Time has flown by, good gracious! I was so very blessed with all the great people that took care of me (and my family) during that time frame!!!! I had THE BEST people looking over me!!!!! I am forever grateful!!!!!!!
I can tell you, if you are about to undergo valve surgery...YOU GOT THIS!!!!! Continue to read these journals...keep your spirits up and surround yourself with positive people! I would STRONGLY encourage you to visit the ICU RED before your surgical date! On a whim...I pulled my husband into the ICU right after my post-op visit with my surgeon...I wanted my husband to see the ICU...for him...BUT it also helped me as well. It turned out that the nurse we met within ICU RED was going to be MY nurse that next day!!!! God is AWESOME!!!!! Tammy (world's greatest ICU RED nurse) was fabulous...explaining protocal for the next 24 hours after surgery, easing our nerves. That was truly the best thing we did for ourselves right before surgery.
It does take a while to get life back to normal....but you eventually get there! YES, I'm on coumadin for the rest of my life....but it helps keep me alive and WELL!!!! I check my blood INR levels with my own home monitoring machine. It's just a part of life....like brushing my teeth. NO BIG DEAL!!!!!!!
Ok, off to the store for some Father's Day shopping!
Happy HEART DAY everyone! Do something special for my 3 year old valves today! :) HA!
God is Good and I'm so blessed to be here!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh my goodness!!!!! It has been WAY too long since I last posted! Long story short, I'm doing well! I had my mitral and aortic valves replaced June 14, 2011.
My 2 new mechanical heart valves are kicking bootie! It's the female part of me that is not great! Ever since I had my endometrial ablation, to help with extreme bleeding during that time of the month...the female cramps have gotten SEVERE!!!! AWFUL!!!!! It's to the point that lortab ONLY takes the edge off the pain! (Yes, LORTAB!!!) SO, I'm having a partial hysterectomy the first week of April!!! YAY!!!!!!! NO MORE PAIN!!!!! So,....have any of my coumadin friends out there ever gone through the "Bridging" part of surgery AFTER open heart surgery? I will schedule an appt with my coumadin nurse to discuss the plan. I will be on lovanox and coumadin before surgical date..and then just lovanox and then join again with coumadin. I can't find on-line, information pertaining to this really important subject. So, of course, I come to you all, again, for guidance (along with my doctors!).
So, any of you ever "bridged?"
After I visited with my GYN yesterday, I visited my 3 South of Piedmont Hospital (Atlanta, GA). I make a point to walk that floor, plus try to visit ICU Red every time...I am amazed and so VERY thankful every time. There's a special place in heaven for those nurses!
God is good! Life is good! I'm so blessed to be a part of it all!
Oh my gosh!!!! It has been a while since I wrote on this site! The 14th was special too....It was 19 months ago that I had surgery.
I'm doing GREAT! I have 2 mechanical valves that are in awesome shape. I hear them at night and still...just....make me smile. It's a reminder how VERY good God is in my life!!!! I take 12.5 to 15 mg of coumadin a day. I'm in touch with my coumadin nurse at Piedmonth Hospital in Atlanta. I test my own blood 2 to 3 weeks, then text my nurse. NO big deal! Just a part of life!
My struggle is with exercise! UGH! Finding the time. When I'm able to get over to the gym, I can run further and do more sit ups than before I had the surgery. ANd, no more old lady cough!!!!
For those of you that are about to go thru with surgery...keep reading these posts! They REALLY helped me thru, plus my amazing family and friends, and of course, Dr. Kauten and all of the nursing staff at Piedmont Hospital!!!!! (My Dad recently had surgery in another hospital and the experience was not quite the same as mine.) Love, love, love my Piedmont!!!!
Ok folks! Keep on ticking!!!! But don't forget to breathe and know what an awesome God we have!!!!
Good golly it has been a while! I was away at the beach when my one year anniversary happened. For folks that do not know me at all...on June 14th, I had my mitral and aortic valves replaced in Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital (2 mechanical). Recovery was awkard for me because I came down with C-Diff from all of the anitbiotics. After getting over that stuff, recovery was good! If I could throw out advice...take your pain meds, take small walks indoors (my husband took me out to stores often-so I could walk) and just be very patient with your body. In about 3 months post opp, I could really tell a difference. Just give your body the time it needs.
Today...I feel GREAT! No more old lady cough! I am on coumadin forever, but that's ok. I have the most awesome nurse that oversees my coumadin levels...I text my results into her and she advises me. My son just turned 8 and he's become heavily involved in swimming lessons...looking at a league. My husband is beginning his high school marching band back up next week.
I had the best support system ever last year with my husband, my mother and my whole entire family! I will be FOREVER greatful of their time, prayers, fruit baskets, flowers and dinners. (Especially for my mother taking care of Matthew half the summer!!!)
My goals? This year it was to loose 20 pounds. DONE! Wahooooo! For this next year, I would really like to run the Peachtree Road Race next year...wonder if my buddy Sheila Garrison would be up for that? (Barry too?) :)
Ok, must go for now. I still keep up with this site. I will continue to keep you guys in my prayers!
God is gooooood! I'm so blessed to be a part of it all!
Hi again! Forgot to add this! I lost 22 pounds on the South Beach Diet. My cardiologist gave it his thumbs up. It was written by a cardiologist, actually. My husband and I started it January 2nd. Easiest diet EVER!!!!! I was up to 155 right after surgery.
Life is good!!!! :) Just have to get this female thing fixed!!!!! :)
Hi there! I'm doing GREAT!!!! No worries! I do need some input thought. :)
I'm on 10/15 mg of coumadin-alternating each day of the week. Well, as stated in the past...its causing my body to...sorry boys....do the female monthly thing....bi-monthly thing! I already had the ablation. Have any of you had a hysterectomy due to the coumadin?
I'm sooooo ready to go with it!!!! I have my son and 2 beautiful, amazing step children. I'm tired of the surprises down there. GRRRRRR!!!!!!
Words of wisdom???? Anyone????
Christy from the ATL! (only 24 school days left! WAHOOOO!!!!)
WAY COOL! What a great day to celebrate my new HEART valves! (Valentine's Day)
News to report...not much...I lost 10 pounds on South Beach Diet so far. (although my husband lost a lot more!) I'm learning that sugar is in EVERYTHING!!!! Good golly!
I'm trying to keep up with the exercise. I still love the sound of my valves- a beautiful sound!
I am today as I was 8 months ago, truly thankful to the wonderful surgeon of mine and tons of nurses that took care of me, plus an amazing family!!!!!!
I hope that you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day...wherever you are and which ever side of the journey you're currently on! God is good and we are all so blessed to be a part of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At this point, I guess there is no need to keep up with my journal...but, I'm not like the average person...so, I'll keep up with my journal! HA! (plus to let distant family know how it's going...)
January 14th was 7 months. I'm amazed every month I pass my anniversary of how FAST time flies!!!! Good golly!
What's up? I investigated my fitness club's child center. I loved it. I had my 7 year old look at it too...well, now he begs me to go over to the club! I'm on South Beach Diet and lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks. My cardiologist agreed it was awesome (making my mother very happy). I try to run 3 miles a week...fitting it into my work schedule. I try for 50 sit ups a day. I feel the best EVER!!!!!! I don't recall EVER feeling this great....even when I was in my 20's. You know, 40 is the new 20!!!! HA!
I was having some mild palpatations after running (the first week I was back to it). I no longer have them. HOORAY!!!
My 6 month check up went well. Will have echo this summer to see how things are going on with valves. Will have echo once a year- just to keep eye on things.
God is good, so good and I'm just so very blessed to be a part of it all!
Hi everyone! Later this afternoon, I will go in for my 6th month check up since surgery! Feels like I'm going to confession. October thru December, I barely exercised! BUT, I started running again and for that, I hope my cardiologist won't be too upset! I also need to shed 20 pounds, so I started the South Beach Diet (created by a cardiologist). I lost 3 pounds so far. Wahoooooo! Going to run that by the doctor too.
I hope you all are doing well! I still love this website! Please keep in touch!
I'm so ashamed of myself! I didn't post at my 6 month anniversary of mitral and aortic valve replacement surgery! All is well! I had the endometrial ablation done...due to effects of coumadin with the female monthly stuff. We'll see if it helps! :) I finally received my INR machine and was trained. Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta truly, continues to ROCK!!!!! The person over the coumadin lab at Piedmont came out to my home on a Sunday and trained me. Each week I continue to learn more and more about coumadin and my body.
For those of you facing this pathway...it's tough at first...but then it becomes a part of life! You CAN do it!!!!
I will see my cardiologist in January....so I need to start running again....so I won't have to run from my doctor!!!!! HA!
Ok, my HVJ friends! I hope you had a VERY Merry Christmas and will have a FABULOUS New Year!
I've had really awful times of the months, if you know what I mean... I'm on 10 mg of coumadin 4 days a week and 15 for the other 3 days to keep my INR level up. Well, that has not played well with the monthly female stuff!!! GOSH!!!! Any others fight the same battle? Last period lasted 11 days....
Well, tomorrow I will have the endometrial ablation done at Piedmont Hospital. I am SOOOOOO excited!!!! This is my Christmas gift to myself!!!! :)
For those of you that have had it done.. how was the recovery, any complications? I'm hoping to go home a few hours afterwards and return to teaching the next day. WAHOOOOOOOOOOO!
Any information anyone?
Please say a prayer for me at 10 AM tomorrow. :) All prayers greatly appreciated!
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Looking forward to Christmas!
Life is good and I'm so very blessed to be a part of it all!!!!!
Amazing! I took my son to the doctor today for a fever and as I was parking my car I realized...duh!!!! I had open heart surgery 5 months ago TODAY!!!!! I do think of my new valves every day...every day they talk to me....clicking...I love the sound! The actual surgical aspect...I rarely think about.
Ok, this next 5 months, I'm going to get my body in motion! I haven't been good about exercising at all! TERRIBLE!!!! I took a mild jog around my neighborhood on Saturday. Got to keep it up!!!!
I went in for my INR check this week and decided to visit the cardiac floor at my hospital...since I was a building away. :) As soon as I stepped foot onto the floor (3-South at Piedmont Hospital), a gush of memories hit like a ton of bricks! My first sight was a middle aged man going for his walk with his IV pole and probably a really drafty hospital gown! Poor fella, he needed a robe so badly! It all came back. I remember my first walk, the day after surgery, Dennis pushing my IV pole and the nurse carrying my foli bag. I made it 140 feet! That was such a HUGE accomplishment that day! Now....I'm teaching middle school students all day...back in the craziness of life and thanking God for my 2 mechanical valves!!!!!!!!! Even at the end of a nutty/busy day...I still have some energy that hasn't been there in YEARS!!!! (My husband will agree!)
I think it's important for all of us to "go back," and remember and to be thankful every day.
God is good and I'm so blessed to be a part of this crazy life! :)
I'm doing much better! I can't believe it was 4 months last Friday...I never thought about it!!! So sad! I continue to be so very grateful for a hard working heart and good parts!
Not much to report! I need to work at running...lack of time lately. :( My son has been fighting illness too often (allergy stuff). My sweet husband is taking him in for allergy tests tomorrow. WAHOOOOO!
Back to work, grades are due tomorrow!
Take care all of my HVJ buddies! We desperately need to set up celebration next summer...for 2011 summer surgery folks! I'm IN!!! :)
Hello out there in HVJ world!!!! Its been a while! Eh?!
Since I last wrote, we battled strep throat in my house, sinus issues, stomach flu, ROOT CANAL...goodness...the list goes on. I wonder if my immune system got knocked down a few notches after surgery. I'm 3 1/2 months out from surgery.
My son and I will be visiting an allergist to be tested. I'm negative sick days!
Other than that....I'm doing fabulous!!!!!! :) My heart is in GREAT shape....got to get everything else up to par! I"m still VERY glad I had that done this past summer...which is becoming a very distant memory.
Great news for my family...my husband was awarded Teacher of the Year at his high school, where he teaches band. YAY for Dennis!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, time for bed! I hope you all are doing well and my summer surgery friends. I haven't heard from you all lately.
Well, I believe I'm going on week 13 now...post op. I lost track, life got TOOOOO busy!
I came down with a MAJOR sinus infection. GRRRRRR! It took me about 2 weeks to feel great again.
Sometimes I am still blown away by the fact that I had open heart surgery this past summer. Good golly! My heart goes out to the folks that are about to have it done. I just want to wrap my arms around them all and tell them, "It will be ok." You just want to reach out as much as possible.
I'm looking forward to exercising again. I stopped due to sinus infection. I know Barry would be sad! :(
Sheila! I am down for a celebration next summer!!!! WAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Sign me up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good golly! Time has flown by! I'm still doing great! I ran across some sinus issues this week. BUT, nothing major. I added more sleep to my routine and I've been fine.
I missed my husband's first marching band's performance. I hope to see them soon. He is so pumped! :)
I was a little nervous about going back to work, however seeing my students' excitement has been pretty awesome!
I continue to get in my walking/some very, very light jogging. My step daughter completed a triathlon last weekend! WOW!!!! So proud of her! She's a great inspiration for myself and her Daddy. :) I hope to run the Peachtree Road Race next summer.
God is good! Life is precious and I'm so happy to be a part of it all!!!!! :)
Have a great week HVJ patients. Let's get out there and kick bootie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wahooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Well, it was 9 weeks ago, 63 days, 9 months in doggy terms. HA!
So, what do I have to share with you all this week...hmmm...well, I'm running some of my walking course around my n'hood! WAHOOOOOOOO! Yesterday was my first day back with students, AND I survived! BUT, my kids didn't play...I just talked A LOT! HA! I didn't go today, due to my 7 year old having a lot of drainage and asthmatic issues. We'll be BACK tomorrow, by golly! :)
Good news, I've lost 13 pounds since last spring! WAHOOOOOO! I have 12 more to go. My personal cardiac rehab, 50 sit ups a night have been good for me. I know some of that was fluid!!!! Did any of you guys lose some weight? I hope to keep it OFF!!!! :)
My summer, where did it go, I know that it was around here somewhere.... :) Surgery is becoming a distant memory, but one I will NEVER forget and all of the compassion that surrounded it! I continue to be blown away by the love of my family and friends. I continue to thank God for His awesome sweet blessings in my life and my heart. :) I am truly grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok my friends, have a great evening! May we all keep on tickin with a whole lotta love in our hearts!!!!! :)
Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring on week 10, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, I know you all have missed me! I'm back at work and feeling a little tired in the evening...but I'm hanging with the best of them!!! :) I will have students on Monday. I believe if I get a lot of sleep, I will manage just fine next week.
Milestone was hit yesterday! HA! YEAH! I was able to jog a little bit more without my heart rate getting up there. Baby steps...baby steps!
I continue to be blown away by compassion of others. You know, thru this process I realized the really important things in life!!! (and the stupid stuff I used to stress about) Sad that it takes heart surgery to wake you up.
Ok, speaking of sleep, I must turn in. Good night to all of my HVJ buddies!
Ok, so, I know that you are on the EDGE of your seat to hear about how day 2 went for me? RIGHT!???? HA!
Well, it was weird. I spent half of the day sitting in front of my computer working on our band handbook. For some reason I got colder and colder to the point where I wanted a jacket. After I finished my computer work, I got up and started working in my room, cleaning, hanging posters, etc. Well, I started feeling much better. I believe I was sitting for too long, needed to challenge my circulation some. I got in my walking today by walking our hallways inside the building. My mother would have my head on a stick if I walked outside. And YES, I still fear my mom!!! :)
I'm looking forward to running again. Maybe in a couple of weeks. My heart rate is too high right now when I run for a minute. Baby steps. But I want to, NOW! Baby steps. You see, I have to talk to myself and my husband does a great job of that too. :)
I'm tired at the end of my "working" days, I won't lie. BUT, it's a different kind of tired feeling.
Wow! Time continues to FLY by! I can't believe my surgery happened 7 weeks ago today! Good golly!
I return back to work tomorrow. I teach middle school band and teachers go back tomorrow for 8 days before students arrive. At least I go back to just teachers at first... HA! I'm looking forward to seeing my students. They gave me so much energy, when my body had none last year.
Today was REALLY hot in hot Atlanta! I took my walk tonight at 8 PM. I ran a very tiny bit, but did not do it for long. I walked mostly. It feels so great to get out and walk. I remember walking the halls in the hospital and dreaming of the day that I would be able to walk in my n'hood or at my gym.
God is goooooood. Life is goooooood and I'm so happy to be a part of it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My INR range was great! YAY! Blood is still thin! LOL!
I saw my cardiologist and he stated my valves were "perfect." I asked him how much they were leaking, that I could take it, whatever he had to share. He told me that they were in GREAT shape! No leakage!!!!! Folks, I never in a million years thought I would have ever heard that come out of a doctor's mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm still in shock!!!!!!!! But a happy shock!!!!!!! :) My doc grinned the entire time, saying, "They're perfect Christy, now it's time for you to worry about other things in life like the national debt or other things!" HA! This is a bizarre twist in my life!!!!!! BUT a GREAT one!!!!!! I will see my cardiologist in 6 months.
I asked about rehab....he told me that he felt certain I would push myself more than the rehab folks would push. So, I will exercise twice a day for 30 minutes, fast walk, building up to running again. Guys, I'm so pumped!!!!!!
I wish that I could have a nice glass of wine tonight, but I can't due to coumadin...so....someone out there...PLEASE have a glass of wine for me tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. Keep em coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
God is goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!
My coumadin count came up to 2.7 on Friday. YAY!!! The normal range for me is 2.5- 3. For my relatives, this keeps my blood thin to avoid clots and stroke. I can actually hear my valves click louder when my count is in the norm. I love the sound of them! CRAZY! I know. It's my reminder of my new lease on life!!! Love it!!! :)
I will see my cardiologist this Friday. I'm hoping to begin cardiac rehab really soon. Got to get this flabby body going again! I'd love to run the Thanksgiving Atlanta half marathon again some year soon... :)
Each day I'm amazed by how energetic I feel! I should have had this done YEARS ago! My puppy, Roscoe has been waking us up at 6 AM every day. I've been going from 6 AM to 10 PM with no nap. I'm adjusting fine. School will begin for me week after next...so...it's good to have Roscoe help me get back into life's routine!
Dennis has band camp this week. I'm so glad that I teach middle school band!!! It will be a hot week!
Ok, that's all for now! Have a great evening everyone!
Hi there, I added to my photo gallery. Some of them look rough...but the end result is spectacular!!!! :) A few months ago, it helped me seeing other folks' pictures...so I would know what to expect and how to prepare my family. (especially my Mother) :)
Good evening everyone! I was released from my surgeon's care today and allowed to DRIVE!!!! Wahoooooey!!!!! My coumadin count was really low again. :( I was afraid that they were going to readmitt me to the hospital. They changed my prescription. Hopefully this will gety count up. This is kind of frustrating. Do any of you have coumadin issues?
Other than coumadin issues I'm doing great!!!! I'm so very blessed to have such an awesome family and friends supporting me every step! I love you all!!! The nursing staff at Piedmont will always be in my thoughts and prayers!!! You guys are the best!!!! There is a special place in heaven for y'all!!! Thank you for making my recovery painless and quick. I hope it's ok if I visit every once in a while! I'm still in awe that you guys let us tour the ICU beforey surgery! This did wonders for my stress as well as my husband's ball of nerves.
Here's to a great day of mild driving tomorrow!!!! Wahoooooey!!!!
Hello everyone! I hope that you all have had a great day!
Ok, so I will begin cardiac rehab soon. Can you guys give me a glimpse of what it will be like? How many months does it usually last? I'm looking forward to it because I could stand to lose 15 pounds. :)
Since I can't drive yet, my son and I walked over to our neighborhood pool, swam and walked back. It felt GREAT to be a part of summer again! Of course, I didn't really "swim", however I did get into the pool.
Dennis and I continue to get some things fixed/worked on around the house and yard. Marching band world has kicked in for him and I'm getting my feet wet with my middle school band world. I couldn't ask for a better husband! He's been really awesome taking care of me and Matty this summer.
I had my coumadin check yesterday. It was 1.4. It hasn't been that low since the first hospital visit. The nurse doubled my dosage and will be rechecked on Monday. It had been around 2.5. Have any of you had a drastice change like that? Bizarre....I do stay away from vitamin K and leafy veggies... Hmmmm....
Please, please say a prayer that my surgeon releases me to drive and begin working out on this Monday. I love my sweet little van and miss him horribly!
Ok, need to go and work with Matty and his workbook!
It's all amazing to me that I had 2heart valves replaced! God's grace and a healing heart are overwhelming to me!
I'm ready to get back into the swing of life again.... And then my body decides to have a chit-chat with me... Ha!
My husband started having high school band practices this week and every week now. He's been a fabulous nurse for me. It's tough being homebound until he gets home in the afternoon. I am getting some things done around the house and my garden. Gosh, I dusted a fake tree of ours yesterday that probably had a few years dust on the leaves!!!! Grooooossssss!!!!!! I've had time to stare at my back yard and discover that it must have a major overhaul done!!!!!! I am in need of the biggest baddest batch of round up!!!!!! I'm afraid my husband will begin to be fearful of coming home for hearing my list of demands!!!! Ha!
Today's goals: be thankful alll day! Work at my breathing machine! Kent beat me already!!! Ugh!!!! Do some sewing on some comforters, work with Matty on his workbook, water my garden, work on school stuff, help Matty build another Lego house, plan dinner and beg Dennis for that round up. Walk at the grocery store or home depot after Dennis gets home.
Life is good and I am so thankful to be a part of it all!!!!
You know, I'm 3 1/2 weeks out post op. There are times I feel as though I can conquer the world and other times I just want to conquer a nap! :) Baby steps... Right?
I am so very grateful to my Mama! She has taken care of me and my 7 year old for the past few days. My husband took my stepson to NYC for a belated bday celebration. My Mom and husband continue to be my Rocks!!! :)
I continue to be blown away daily by God's blessings, thru family, friends and complete strangers!
Oh my goodness!!! I am truly amazed of how much better I feel, day by day!! I have to remind myself to take it easy. I wish I had this surgery 2 years ago!!!!
I continue to be so very grateful to my husband, Dennis for everything he's done! The man is beyond exhaustion, taking care of me and his kids!!! I'm also so grateful to my Mama for taking care of Matty for so long and agreeing to take both myself and Matty this weekend while Dennis is out of town.
I'm 3 weeks out tomorrow. Incredible!!!! God is an AWESOME God!!!!
You know, sometimes I look back at the pictures of myself from ICU almost 3 weeks ago... I'm so thankful to Tammy, my very first nurse in ICU. I was hooked up to sooooo many things!!! I don't remember my breathing tube coming out or any of the major lines from that morning! Whew!!!!
Thank you Tammy, for taking care of me and my family!!!! God was looking out for me, when I met you the day before!!! I will never forget all of the ice chips either!!!! I will visit you soon, I promise!!!! :)
Many thanks to all of my other nurses at Piedmont Hospital!!! They all rocked!!!! We need a national nurses day!!!!!!!
Hello!!! Great news!!! I walked a mile on the treadmill at my fitness club today (with permission from cardiologist). I never broke a sweat.... That's how slowly things went. :) it took me 50 minutes. It felt great!!!!!! Barry, I'm going to catch up!!!! Watch out big guy!!!!!
Hello everyone! My sweet Matty turned 7 today! Dennis took him to Six Flags, while I took a nap. :) They're swimming now.
My coumadin check was this AM. It's at 2.5. My coumadin lady was happy, especially after hearing about all of the antibiotics I was put on in the hospital. :)
I'm anxious to drive again. I feel for my sweet husband, taking care of myself and Matty. He's really awesome!! I feel so helpless! I did fold some laundry today, have helped with cleaning the kitchen, helping with Matty, put up some tomato cages for my garden. It's a slow process.
Ok, that's all for now. Let's all keep on tickin and kickin bootie!
Hello there. My doctors shared my test results today. I have bacterial issues ( acquired thru antibiotics, hospitals, etc). They are giving me special meds to get me well. It explains all of my symptoms.
I found out that a friend who was across from me in ICU and on our 3rd floor had to go in for more surgery, on her intestines. Soooooo, my lesson to and for myself- someone always has it a little/lot worse than myself!
I am grateful for my new parts and a new energetic life!!! I am tickled pink about seeing my Matty tomorrow and forever grateful to my mother for keeping him for the last 3 weeks!!!!