Hey all...April 14 was 4 years post op and life is great. Still some irritation in my scar area but otherwise my operation was a success. For all of you peeps getting ready for your day, I'm sure you have many thoughts running thru your head which is natural. When it was my turn to get a new AVR My relaxation came from my group of surgeons, as they were so understanding of my fears..it was so funny when they put me on the table, I joked with them for a couple of seconds and Dr. Barnhart said ok it go night night time and out I went.
The point I'm getting at is talk with your surgeon and get a comfort level with them and your fears will decrease. The success levels are so outstanding in today's world, and in the end you will be very happy with your decision. Be strong!
I have been absent for quit awhile and I'm coming up to my 3 year anniversary, so I thought I would say hello tomy new "zipper" family members. It took awhile to get where I'm today (walking 5 miles a day), but I won the war. My first year was an eye opener but very thankful to my surgeons who coached me thru it, and here I am today. My AVR was pretty much a success until I went to recovery when they noticed I was bleeding out and rushed me back in to surgery to find the wires had clipped and artery. Well according to my wife 1 hour later they put me back together and kept me knocked out for 24 hours so my body could rest. 3 years later here I am with my beautiful and faithful dog enjoying the "snow bird" season down in Arizona. Life is precious and laugh is good today.
I have noticed recently that my chest has shrunk in a tad bit and I can feel the gap which I don't like. I talked with my chiropractor and he has given me exercises and stretching that might help. Has anyone else had the same gap? I also still have pain in my sternum after doing heavy work.
Well its been awhile since I checked in as we have been busy catching up on chores I couldn't do a year ago or so. Day by day I feel better and take care of this new life that was given to me. we still do our walks pretty much daily, but we do miss a day or two. Right now we're in the process of rebuilding our massive deck (1600 sq. ft.) and the only thing I find is this beat up body gets pretty sore but my stamina is outstanding. I still notice the pain in my sternum if I lift to much but its nothing that a heating pad won't fix in the evenings.
For those of you that are just starting this journey of recovery, I wish you the best and also once you get home or you are home post 5 days, the days will get better. For me there were good days and bad........I think the worst was the constipation. But my smart surgeon took care of that quickly with some type of liquid (I can't remember the name).
I must say I feel great at 64 years old. I think the new valve took 10 years of my looks as when I ask for senior rates I get carded. HAVE A GREAT DAY MY FELLOW ZIPPER FRIENDS.
Good After noon all........I'm PO 1 year the 16th of this month and doing OK. But last night I guess I might have had a panic attack....whew it was weird. Blood pressure was good and pulse was also good but the sensation that went through my body was like a minor electrocution, as it started up my legs and all they way up to my head. I feel OK now but that was the weirdest feeling I have had since before my surgery. Has anyone else had these feelings?
Well we're working on 10 months post op and feeling good. Doing my 3 to 5 miles daily with no problems at all. Still having problems with post op dizziness while driving and have been seeing a slew of doctors to figure out what is going on. They all feel it's related to the valve replacement but they can't put a finger on it yet. Going into physical demands slowly as I still have pain in my sternum area. Missing playing golf and I tried to lift some weights at the gym (very light) but still had pain. My doc advised me that the pain can last for at least a year or more.....oh boy. Otherwise its day by day
Looks like we'll be joining the snow bird list. Up here in the Pac NW it was a great summer but now the rains have taken over. Walking on a tread mill is so boring at the gym even with music. Its hard to get my 5 miles in as I do outside. Still having problems with the dizzy spells and chest pain when using my upper body to lift anything even at post 6 months. My cardiologist wants to put a monitor on me to check things out but my BP has been outstanding since the valve replacement.
Well its been six months since my surgery and at this time 6 months ago I was sound asleep in ICU with my sweet wife next to me. I remember waking up once and seeing her and my nurse and the pain meds kicked in real quickly. I had the privilege of being opened up twice as when wiring me up they nicked and artery and didn't know it right away so while in recovery my very alert nurse seen that I was bleeding out and called the team back in to fix the problem...oh boy cracked twice in a day....It was pretty crazy my wife said and scarred the poo out of her. So six months ago today it happened....day 2 tomorrow.
Just recovering from the stomach flu and boy does that zap the energy right out of you. Only got a couple of miles today as I was just plain pooped out. Three days shy of 6 months post surgery and going well but now that the cold wet weather has invaded us, my body is sore. Still having issue's with the scar tissue in my sternum area but getting a little better. Still hold my chest when I have to sneeze as if not is does give me some pain.
Working on 6 months post surgery and doing well except for the driving which is a bummer for me. I can drive without any issue's slow (35 mph) but when I speed up I get dizzy. Setting up appointments with MD and cardiologists to figure if it meds or something else.
The last couple of days seemed to be very tiring. I sometimes do more than I should around the house as I have some problems with scar tissue in my sternum area. At the end of the day the pain can range from a 5 to a 7 and I need to take ibuprofen. Doc says it can take up to a year for this to dissipate....(Grrr) heat seems to help as needed also. Just tired and wore out the last couple of days, I guest that is natural. I only walked 2 miles the last 3 days when I have been doing 5. Anyone else having the same problem??