Had to extend my leave of absence from work from eight weeks to twelve. I feel so bad because I love it so much - independent all girls' school - pre-K all the way to 12th! I do not feel strong enough to drive the 45 minutes each way and work even part day right now. I know what will be expected and I think it will wipe me out. I will push myself too much because I love these girls and co-workers.
I started cardiac rehab, but prefer to refer to this as "sessions with my personal trainers". I have 36 visits with the insurance, and I can see myself getting into this although I was never a fan of exercise in the past. Horrible mistake - I know.
I am still waiting for the day when I feel like I have this recovery under control. I currently have "restless leg syndrome" or "night tremors" every night that shake my body and make me unable to sleep. I sometimes feel like I'm a hamster - running but not going anywhere. I want so much more right now. I have seen a Neurologist for this of course, but wonder if anyone else has had anything like this come up since their surgery?
First of all, I wish I had found this site prior to my surgery. I had six weeks to wait before it and all that did was increase my anxiety. Now that I'm five weeks in recovery, I'm waiting for the day I feel that burst of energy or actually feel good when I wake up (out of the recliner). Any suggestions you may have to speed my recovery would be much appreciated. My doctor just told me that "you expect too much soon". What do other recovering heart valve replacement folks think?