Greetings from Lixian and Donghua! Lixian is doing great! He does some light cardio 3-4 times weekly. Sometimes he will have some bruises, especially when he has cold. Nothing else is worrisome. Life is good!
Lixian has done a 3-month post-op echo lately. Dr. said everything is good. I read the report mailed to home. It says trace of mild mitral regurgitation. It is a little worrisome, but at least nothing to worry for now.
Life is still good!
Wish everyone healthy 2019!!! Lixian's doing great. Feeling dizzy sometimes is his only concern. Will talk with Dr soon.
Update posted on...
October 28, 2018
Lixian and I both agree that the waiting side was much harder than the recovery side. The first week after surgery was the hardest days in our life. We definitely have more smiles after those days.
This surgery humbles us in so many ways. We do not take life for granted any more. Priorities of things in our life change. Many things become trivial. For example, I am looking for an Internship. Job rejections are just not that important any more. My past self would take these rejection seriously. LOL
I will say that it is just bad luck that these things happen to Lixian. The only way is to accept it and brave it. It is absolutely hard, but we get through it and we will continually strive for the best.
We will continue to spread the spirit and support the community. See you all in the recovery side!!!
Lixian starts to walk on his own, Day 2 after surgery
Update posted on...
September 25, 2018
Day-1 after surgery (Sep. 25, 2018), Lixian starts to feel miserable. He woke up in the afternoon on surgery day and talked a lot. The blood pressure was normal (120+/60+) yesterday. But today he is really sleepy and tired. And the blood pressure goes up (140+/80+). The team says they will give him medicine later today.
He has two roommates in the ICU. Praying for them all.
Lixian's surgery went smoothly. It took about 3 hours. Only aortic valve was replaced with the ON-X valve. He is still sleeping, although he looks good. His eyes are a little bit swollen. I'd like to record everything and make a photo book for him. But I was not allowed to take a photo of him. Never mind.
Feeling blessed! Thank you all for the support and thank God!
This afternoon (8.1.2018) was interesting. Both of my hubby's and my minds were in the clouds. We left early to the clinic but forgot to bring the echo CD, forgot to close the garage door, and found the wrong way to the clinic.. lol..
So far so good. Not allowed to record the talk. Lixian will have a CT scan to check if aortic graft is needed. Will have the surgery done within 2-3 months. I am ready but Lixian is not.. lol..
Lixian and I will meet with his surgeon this afternoon (Aug 1, 18). His surgeon is Dr Steven Macheers in Emory St. Joseph's Hospital. Which surgeon and hospital will you suggest or have any comment? Hospitals in Atlanta area seem good enough to me, even though they are not the best in the US. We appropriate any comment. Thank you!