Well 5yrs has come and gone. Most everything is A-OK. I can do anything I want. I'm not in quite as good of shape as I was that first year after surgery I'm up about 20 lbs but that's my wonderful wife's fault. She feeds me well. For all you newbies hang in there life will be back to normal in no time
Well April 5th was my one year mark since having my bicuspid aortic valve replaced. My only medications now are the coumadin, aspirin, and my BP medicine which I cut the dose in half back in August. My one yr ECHO was clean as a whistle and received a clean bill of health form the cardiologists. I am having a stress echo at my request next week as I have continued to work out regularly and would like to know how far I can push the ticker. Other than a scar and a constant clickity click I have no ill effects from the surgery and actually feel better than I have in years. Hang in there newbies there is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep on tickin.........
I had my Surgery on April 5th almost 9 months ago. I feel absolutely incredible. I don't work out quite as often still 3-4 times most weeks some weeks not at all due to work schedules. I'm pretty sure I have felt almost normal since returning to work at week 12. Absolutely no pain now. Hang in there you newcomers it gets better everyday.
Yesterday was 12 weeks went back to work Monday. Its 6 miles one way to work and I have pedaled my bike to and fro all 3 days. Work is OK its amazing how much you forget in just 3 short months. Hang in there all you short timers its gonna get better.
Today was my last day of rehab, 12 sessions in all. The bowling thing wasnt the best idea, my shoulder is telling me not to do that again anytime soon. I had my right shoulder operated on last September and thought maybe after 9 months I could at least try it. Looks like this lifetime bowler is going to have to switch to my left hand if I want to continue. This would be "you tube" worthy video as I can barely scratch my fanny with my left hand. I consider my left hand to be my most worthless body part.
Yesterday marked 11 weeks since my valve replacement. I feel great. I even was able to bowl today. I was quite scared as to how my chest might take slinging a 15lb ball, but its all good no pain at all. I'm doing 30-50 minutes of cardio most days, in the past week I ran my first mile non stop in 10 minutes 50 seconds and been on a couple 10 mile bike rides. On a sad note I have to go back to work Monday. I've discovered mowing the yard and doing the dishes here at the house doesn't pay very well.
There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Hello, Today marks 10 weeks since my valve replacement and it seems like a lifetime ago. All of you who are just starting your journey, there is light at the end of the tunnel. In the past week I have noticed a huge improvement in my stamina. I walked nine holes of golf and had no huffing or puffing going up the same hills I struggled with last year. One of those holy cow moments. Ran/walked my first mile in 14:05 yesterday at rehab. Had a great week in Miami and its back to work the 27th. Aside for the occasional twinge in my sternum, life is well on its way back to normal.
Well today is the day I can start refering to my recovery in months and not days or weeks. The good news for this post...we leave at 6am tomorrow for 7 days in sunny Miami. My calm before the storm of returning to work in a few weeks. I hope everyone is healing well.
Today marks 7 weeks of recovery. It's hard to believe but the time does go by quickly. That was to those of you wondering if the pain in your chest will ever go away. I would say my pain is just enough to remind me I had surgery and only with certain movements, otherwise I am pain free. I go to rehab 2x's a week and the gym most everyday sometimes twice. I am up to 45-90 minutes a day of cardio a day. 25 minutes treadmill, 10 on the recumbant bike and 10 on the elliptical. Mt weight work is still restricted to <20lbs. It feels really good and you new comers will get there too. Have a great day.
In a sort of non cardiac side note....I took advantage of my time off and had a sleep study a few weeks ago at the urging of my very significant other. I have been told many times over the years how much I snore and "you sound like your choking on your tongue", but ignored it. That is until the day before my surgery I went for an innocent massage, while laying face down in their special pillow I started snoring, FACE DOWN. So I went for the study and got the results today. I was greeted by the Dr. this morning with a nice hello followed by a "boy its a good thing you had this done". Oh joy here we go, in a nut shell I stop breathing over 80 times a minute. I stopped breathing 442 times from 10pm-0430am. My snoring woke me 384 times. My longest episode of apnea lasted 40 seconds and my O2 sat at one point dropped to 73%. I spent a total of 8 minutes under 85%. The average person spends 25% of the night in REM sleep I spent 8%. Needless to say I go back on Friday for a CPAP sleep study.
These episodes put incredible strain on ones heart so I would urge any of you who thinks they might have apnea to go get the study done.
Have a great day everyone.
Man how time flies....Those first few weeks seemed to last forever, the last few,poof, gone like the wind. I feel great, my sternum is still tender during certain movements. I am taking some tylenol only about once a day sometimes twice. The good news is my weight limit jumps to 20lbs today, that 10lb weight limit for 6 weeks was killing me, but I was compliant, most of the time. Rehab is a little slow paced, as I have always pushed myself when I worked out, but I have to trust they know what is best. I have been going to the gym after rehab just to get a little more time in on the treadmill and the bike. I also have played with the baby weights just a bit. Going to try to step it up the next two weeks, we are headed to Miami the first of June, for a week of fun in the sun, and I have to try to get my beach body back.
Enjoy everyone, I pray all your recoveries are going well.
Well today is exactly 5 weeks post op. All in all I guess things have gone quite well. Not a single complication...knock on wood. I have 2 sessions of rehab under my belt and even went to the gym on my own today. Workouts aren't to intense having to keep my HR under 115. I still have one more week on my 10lb weight restriction, then maybe I can start feeling useful around the house.
Job requirements are going to keep me out another 4-7 weeks. Sleep is getting better but isnt great as of yet.
Spent 10 minutes on 3 different pieces of equipment today. Not once did I feel out of breath, but that could be because they are keeping my heart rate under 115. It feels good to be back in the gym. I hope everyone is doing well.
I was able to start rehab yesterday. My cardiologist didn't see a need to do a baseline echo or stress test, so the rehab staff has to kinda baby through the first few sessions to see where I am tolerance wise. Yesterday was fairly easy my heart rate never topped 110 and my BP was rock steady. I am assuming that wonderful Beta Blocker is going to keep my HR in check so that I am not climbing into elite athlete training range. Haha. Any suggestions on HR monitors? I don't care about bells and whistles I just want an accurate monitor for personal use.
I hope everyone is doing well......
I saw my cardiologist yesterday everything went well. I was cleared for rehab which starts thurs. Sleep has continued to be an issue but I can at least sleep on my side now. My INR is right where it should be, at 3.0, so blood draws are down to once a week. Have a great day everyone
I saw my surgeon yesterday and he couldnt be more pleased with what he saw and heard. Even got the OK to sleep in any position I wanted as long as it didnt hurt. I discovered last night that sleep is still my biggest challenge as I can't find a single "comfortable" position. I see my cardiologist Tues. and hopefully can start rehab after that appt.
Well its been 3weeks to the day, last night was the first night i didnt take any narcotics. I had only been taking them at night for about a week. It has also been 3 weeks since I have had a soda, my drink of choice had always been coke zero or diet Mt. Dew only 2-3 day. I'm sure i will fall back into this eventually. For now the fear of what the caffeine will do to my heart rate and the fear the carbonation will make me cough is keeping me at bay. It still hurts like heck when I cough. Small victories I guess
Hello everyone, hard to believe it'll be 3 weeks tomorrow. Come so far but have so far yet to go. Managed two 1/2 mile walks today before lovely western NY rain kicked in for about the 21st straight day. Down to 3 meds from what seemed like 30 a few weeks ago. See the surgeon on Wed. for that update. Prayers for continued progress for everybody.
Well my first drive had to be to the hospital for another blood draw. My pesky INR won't go up. A blood clot would just ruin my whole day. In true health care fashion there is no requisition for my blood draw. So here I sit waiting for the Dr. to answer his page.
Been home 2 weeks today. Looking back i can definitely see the progress each day has brought. Still have to sleep on my back but can get into and out of bed like a big boy.
The only real medical issues so far has been slightly low blood pressure and my INR has yet to get to the therapeutic range of 2.5-3.5 been hovering between 1.5 and 2.
So at the end of day 2 of being home alone. I have to say I am starting to go stir crazy. I managed to get out and do 2 of my 10 minute walks today, but this cold, dark, gloomy weather is taking it's toll on my normally bright disposition. No driving until at last next Wed. not that I would try right now anyways. How I wish I was one of those people who could sit and play video games for hours on end. I hope everyone is doing well.
A little frustrated with upstate NY weather. How am i supposed to get out and walk when its 36 degrees with 45mph wind gusts? I am sure a nice cold or pneumonia would be a great thing to have right now. I know what a big cry baby :-) I guess I'll be off to the mall to walk with the rest of us older folks. Have a great day everyone.
Its flown by I must say. I have only had one goods nights sleep since. Been up every hour or so every night, probably because i'm a stomach sleeper and that isn't happening anytime soon. The first few days/nights were riddled with crazy dreams and visions. My waking hours spent trying like crazy not to cough as that is a pain I would like to compare to child birth (barring a slow beating from the ladies of the group :-). )Everyday is a little better though. Have been able to prop enough pillows in bed to have graduated from the recliner, although sitting up is a challenge. Another nice suprise, my dressing came off yesterday, and I knew my incision was minimally invasive but didnt realize it is only about 2.75 inches. Modern miracles.
well in 22hrs i'll be in the OR. Prompt 0730 start. Had a great weekend except I felt like I wanted to throw up most of the past 3-4 days. Just nerves not sick thank goodness. I couldnt handle postponing this any longer. Have a nice 90 minute massage scheduled this afternoon that has to help, right?
Good luck to all of over the next few days. I'll see you all in a few days.
I have a busy weekend ahead before surgery Tuesday. I am hoping to squeeze a nice relaxing massage in on Sunday or Monday. That I could use been having terrible headaches for the past 2 weeks all stress related I'm sure. Good luck everyone if I don't get on before Tuesday.
Received a call from the surgeons office this afternoon. They had a cancellation tomorrow and wanted to know if I wanted to have my surgery in the morning. Ummmmm...... No. To much to do this weekend, not to mention the party that was planned for tomorrow night. I can wait til Tuesday :-)
Sitting in the waiting room for my pre op apt. Feeling like I could throw up right now. I hate it when reality starts setting in. Trying to choose between asking for Xanax or maybe just start drinking heavily. Lol
Has anyone who received a mechanical valve been told there is maximum heart rate you should avoid during exercise? I know i'm jumping the gun as I don't get my valve until next week. Thank you for any help.
Woke up a little anxious this morning. I hope this doesnt keep up I have 3 more days of work and getting up at 5am with little sleep makes for a long day. Im a big baby when it come to my beauty rest :-). I keep telling my self my situation is unique. Im a Nurse all my friends are Docs and Nurses, I will be well taken care of. I have stood 2 feet away from the Dr. performing my surgery and watched him do this procedure on someone else, quite efficiently i might add. As Jack Nicholson would say.....Goose-fraba.
Was able to talk to my anesthesia resident today. Frank you are the best!! Very comforting. I am lucky enough to know my entire surgical team as I work where I am having the procedure. I have basically been able to hand pick my entire team and feel comfortable knowing I have the best. However my girlfriend is a basket case and can't sleep at night. you would think that would be me.