Two years ago today I had my Aortic Valve Replaced and 21mm of my Aorta Replaced, Wow! Does time fly!!! I feel very good. My check-ups have been wonderful. I do get tired in the evenings but that's pretty much it. I hope everyone else is doing well. I fell so fortunate.
My surgery was December 6th and today was my first day back at work. I feel great. Worked a full day and came home and walked for 1.5 miles. I then went to a meeting at church. I feel so blessed and fortunate. I am tired but still feel pretty good.
My surgery was 4 weeks ago today. I was at The Emory Clinic for a Follow-Up cardiologist appointment this morning. I had an excellent check-up. I am so thankful everything is going well. I'm pretty sure I will return to work next week. If I get tired maybe I'll start with half days or something. That's really it for now. I am blessed and very grateful.
I walk twice a day. I do get tired but gain a bit of strength each day. I had my first follow-up appointment at Emory today. Everything is wonderful. Saw my surgeon. He was very pleased with my progress. My new valve seems to be working fine. Let's hope it stays that way. I visited my work right after since it is real close. Everyone was real glad to see me. They couln't get over me being up an around so soon. I was able to attend their Holiday Party. How blessed am I? I was very pleased. I did sleep for several hours after I also did my walk with my husband.
Cindy's Mom, her brother Richard, and I went to see Cindy this evening. Cindy was back in bed, and with fewer tubes attached. She was very glad to see us and looked very good. She should be moved from ICU to regular room sometime tomorrow morning. She was very lucid, with same funny voice. She had juice, and sorbet earlier in the day, and water whenever she wants, just needs to take in sips and small bites to avoid nasuea. We spent about an hour with her. That's all for now, next posting from me most likely tomorrow night. Maybe even from Cindy herself. :)
I decided on spur of moment when leaving for work 12/7/2011 to detour and see Cindy before going to work. She was awake and alert, but not happy with previous nights nurse care. The day nurse said her objective was to make Cindy comfortable, and with some injections via IV, Cindy seemed to be more comfortable within minutes. Cindy did not remember seeing Beth or I the previous day post op. Cindy's voice sounded like a helium version of chipmunks. I left for work, and Cindy received visits later in day from Dave Bonselaar, our paster, and also from her surgeon, who was extremely please with her progress. Cindy also called me twice in the afternoon, each time with a request to bring her something when I come to visit. Good sign that she is feeling better. She called me from a chair she was sitting in her ICU room. Evening status in following post.
Cindy was taken off ventilator about 8:45pm Wednesday night. She had a rough night though, was very thirsty but couldn't receive liquids just yet due to concern of vomiting. Was in pain also, and when given pain meds would fall asleep and Apnea (stopped breathing) alarm would go off. So nurse decided to minimize pain meds so that Cindy would stay awake and not have Apnea alarm go off.
Oh yeah, the answer to one of most frequent questions today. Cindy decided finally on a tissue valve replacement. It was a very last minute (wait more like last second) decision, we were still undecided even on way to hospital this morning. I was even brought back to preop area very late in her prep for more discussion time, even the anesthesiologist (I know spelling is wrong) had to pause and wait before completing their prep.
From 12/6/2011 9:33pm FB post.To all our families and friends. Cindy, Beth, and I thank all of you for your prayers, thoughts, and support today and the days leading up to Cindy's surgery. I've kept a running log of progress throughout the day on Cindy's FB page. Here's the latest, Beth and I saw the surgeon again at about 5:00pm and he said Cindy looked wonderful and he was pleased with her recovery. Beth and I then saw Cindy again for a few minutes in ICU. Cindy was more awake, seemed to better recognize Beth and I, and was at that point breathing about 70% on her own. She was experiencing some pain, asked for, and received pain medication. She also asked for liquids, but since she was still on ventilator, all she could get was a lollipop sponge of water. Also asked if she would remember seeing Beth and I in ICU, she shook her head no. :(
From 12/6/2011 4:24PM FB posting: To all from Paul. Beth & I saw Cindy a few minutes ago in cardiac ICU. She was just barely awake and seemed to be resting comfortably. Hope to get her more awake beginning in a couple of hours. Also will try ventilator & have off ventilator tonight or by tomorrow morning. Not sure if there will be anything to update on later tonight. — at Emory University Hospital.
12/6/2011 12:34 FB posting: Paul here with all good news update. Cindy came off heart/lung bypass about noon. Surgeon came by about 12:10 pm and said all went well. No bleeding found after heart woke up and started functioning. Being closed up, then recovery, and then move to ICU. Beth & I should be able to see CIndy in a couple of hours. Cindy should be waking up around 4:00 pm, I hope to be there. Also surgeon hopes to find me about then with an update. :) — at Emory University Hospital.
FB entry on 12/6/2011 at about 9:30 - 10:00am. Hi there everyone. Paul here with another update. Cindy is on heart/lung bypass and replacement of aorta & aortic valve is underway. Just an FYI, procedure is expected to take about 4-5 hours, and with start at ~ 8:30am, she won't be out until 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
Hi everyone. I was also posting updates at Cindy's Facebook page and due to pace of things through out day could not keep up with this and FB at same time. So I will copy in FB entries in chronic logical order with some minor edits if needed in the following journal entries.
Hi everyone, Cindy's husband Paul here with an update. We arrived at checkin at 5:45am. Cindy quickly taken to preop, where preparations for surgery began. Taken to operating room ~7:35am, procedure began about 8:30am. Just got an update, she's now on heart/lung bypass and aorta and valve replacement has started.
I am getting ready to leave the house for the hospital. I am feeling amazingly peaceful. I am very thankful for all of everyone's prayers. My husband hopefully will be putting some updates in my journal until I am once again able. Speak soon everyone.
Had a great pre-op visit at Emory this morning. Met with the surgeon. He was very reassuring. Believe it or not I am still undecided as to whether I want a mechanical or tissue valve. He said I can decide tomorrow morning (day of sugary). I am really torn. At least I wouldn't be on blood thinners. But I probably would be back in the OR in 15 years or so. Man! What a decision!
Today is my daughter's 14th birthday. It's a shame her birthday is in amongst all that's going on with me. However my brother, his daughter and granddaughter are in town. It is real good to see them. They're taking my mind off of things somewhat. Tomorrow I will be at Emory for about 4 hrs. for my pre-op visit. I will be meeting with the surgical team. I am glad my husband Paul will also be there. He wanted to come because he says he has questions. I'll post more tomorrow.
Wow! I can't believe it. My last day at the office before my surgery. Everyone is being very supportive. Of course the surgery is basically all I can think about. My boss has been great and is giving mindless work to do.Stay Tuned.
Needless to say I am quite apprehensive. I did speak with my surgeon on the phone tonight. I will also see him at my pre-op visit the day before my surgery. I sure wish they would just keep me overnight and give me drugs or something. I plan on using this and youtube to keep everyone posted. I'll post more soon.
Well...the anticipation is building. My surgery is in just two weeks. Needless to say I spend a lot time thinking about it. I am very torn with respect to continuing to ride my motorcycle. I was leaning towards a mechanical heart valve. However, the doctors don't think I should be riding if I'm on Coumadin. So now I must choose to have a tissue valve so I don't have to be on Coumadin yet face surgery in 10-20 years or a mechanical valve which should last the rest of my life. The mechanical valve requires Coumadin, That in itself has risks. what to do?