Its great to hear all the good news of recovery. Our prayers are with you!
We are leaving for Greece on July 6th for 10 days on our mission trip. All of you take care and keep improving. We will look forward to the next bit of good news.
Hi Christy!!!!!!! So glad to hear all of your good reports!!!!! Can't wait for u and Matt to visit. Lee says he wants to go to see Zookeeper with us!!!!!!! My nice long driveway will be perfect for late afternoon walks!!! You r a great inspiration to all of us!! Love, Mama.
Christy, ...did my 10 minute mile on the "dreadmill" yesterday, that's 6 mph. You gotta do that to catch me, but I expect you will be catching and passing me before too long...keep up the good work, Lady! ...Barry on the mtn in NM
Hey Christy... did some research and figured out what might be slowing me down. I was put on prednisone for the inflammation and fluid around my lungs. Well...very common side effects of coming off are: fatigue, muscle weakness, low grade fever, dizziness and wouldn't you know it but I have ALL of them. So... I am only on it for 3 more days as I taper and then I should slowly start feeling better a few more days after that. Sort of sucks but I just have to wait this one out.
Christy, it was just awesome to see you out and about with Dennis and Matt. When you walked in my office, I was a bit taken back. to see you out. You looked great! You should be so proud to have come so far so fast. Take care and get plenty of rest, Janice
Christy...the website does not alert when there is a response to a guestbook comment. Might be something worth mentioning to see if they can add that feature.
I am impressed with the fact that you have started working on chores. I feel like my process is slow...not there yet. I weighed 93lbs going into surgery and have lost some weight since then. I think that is my problem. I just don't have the energy and am trying to force my appetite back. There really isn't much pain, just low energy. My HR is still pretty high but the nurse today said it is normal and will calm down once it adjusts.
Take Care Christy...
Tell your son Happy Birthday. My twin boys are 8. I will post a picture of them tomorrow
I've been following your journal and think I remembered that you're a band director, right? Do you have a plan as to how to build or get back your upper body strength/movement? Has this been discussed with your doctor or cardiac rehab nurse?
Hey Christy... Just curious what your resting heart rate is. Mine seems to stay around 115 but then shoots up rapidly whenever I do anything. I know this is all part of the normal process but just wondering what others are experiencing.
Hello Christy...I try to take at least 1 nap each day and that seems to help. It is funny how you feel good in the mornings and evenings and those are my 2 rough times. It is so hard to get out of the recliner in the morning and I am just completely exhausted by the end of the day.
I am trying to now work on my exercise schedule each day so that I can get stronger.
Hello Christy...thank you for writing to me. I am thrilled to know that someone who is also 39 went through something similar and has an inside understanding. Sorry to hear that it was both of your valves. My surgery was the aorta valve with ascending aorta repair but I am sure all outward symptoms are similar.
How are you feeling? Sometimes I still feel like I have been run over by a truck, especially first thing in the morning. I guess I am still a little worried that I will end up back in the hospital. :( I keep trying to remind myself that it is early days yet
I too am grateful for my future potential...haven't seen it yet although everyone tells me the bluish tint around my eyes is gone. Never knew I had that. My new valve is a little loud and sometimes it freaks me out. I sleep with white noise to help take my mind off it when it is quiet. Did you get 2 mechanical valves?
I would love to hear how you are doing so please write back...
Christy, I give GOD the glory that Drs. found the problem and can treat it!!!!!! I know u r on your way home as I write. I know a little boy that is going to be SO HAPPY to be with his Mom!!!!!!!!!!!! Give Matt a kiss for me tonight ,as he says his prayers. Love u lots, Mama.
Your Mother wrote me that you were back in the hospital and I don`t like that one bit. Remember I am still praying for you and will continue to pray for you so get well soon.
I am glad that Dennis told me about this site. My daughter Sarah was on colorguard last year, so I got his email baout your surgery, the day before my mother in law went in for hers. She had her aortic valve replaced yesterday with a cow valve. Her surgery started at 8:30 and she came off the vent and external pacemaker before 3:00 in the afternoon. She was eating ice chips and drinking that evening and today she has spent most of the day up in a chair. They have removed her swan and arterial line today, and will remove the chest tubes this afternoon. He biggest thing right now is nausea after being up for so long and pain meds. She is doing great. I hope that your stay is short and that you continue to recover at a fast pace. - Kim
Good morning,Christy, My sweet friend from Jax. Fla. has called twice about you!!!!!! U r known FAR AND WIDE!!!!!!!!!!! I am so thankful the Dr. saw you last night. PIEDMONT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! Prayers r going up. You sounded chipper on the phone this AM. Matt and I r going to see Cars 2 @ 2:15 today. REST,REST!!!!!!!
Christy, ...never really had any tummy issues related to the sugery. I can tell you not to drink chocolate milk at 3 or 4 AM and then go running at 6 or 7 cause, at least for an older GI system it causes gas and embarassing requirements to go to the woods. I do know some pain meds or other meds will cause tummy issues and usually the medical people know to prescribe a tummy calmer with them, or they just give the tummy calmer to you. A question for the doc...if you are on a pain med, it could be the cause....Barry on the mtn in NM...highly intimidated by tomorrow's 12 mile training run!
I'm so glad to hear that everything is going well with you--especially the Coumadin. Don't be surprised if one test it goes totally crazy--it happens. In a period of a week mine went from 2.5 to 1.2 to 3.6 and finally settled at 2.5 for the rest of the week. (Had a GI bug that left me dehydrated and that really messes everything up.)
Talk to your doctor about testing your PT/INR at home. I have been doing it for over a year and it is so much better than having to drive to the doctor's office (30 min one way) and spend 5 minutes in there and drive back home or work (add another 20 min).
Christy, u will be so proud, I just called Dr. Jones and spoke to his nurse!!!!!! She is going to let him know his Gamecock's good news!!!!!!!!!
If anyone out there ,in ATL. land, needs a GREAT pediatric cardiologist, please see Dr. David W. Jones!!!!!!! He saw Christy thru college!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He ,now ,has even seen my grandson!!!!!!!!!!!! FABULOUS DR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love reading your post and I am so glad you are doing well. I've only met you once but I feel like I know you well. I work with Dennis at FBHS. He is a super nice guy! You can see his eyes light up when he talks about you. You both are truely so lucky to have each other. Good luck at the doctor today!
Continue the wonderful progress you are making,
Hi MOM , I had a GREAT day with Aunt Courtney, Lee ,his friend ,Wes, and Amanda!!! Allie spent night with a friend. Aunt Courtney took us to a park and I rode the train!!!! We swam in th lake and ate tacos for dinner!!!! Thank u,Aunt Courtney!!!!!! Mom, I will talk to you later.Have a GREAT day!!!!! Love, Matt
Good for you, Christy...walkin the halls at the hospital and getting in walking at home. You are definitely the leader of the band, no doubt. Keep adding time/distance...and I hope you participate in a cardiac rehab program. These programs can do wonders for you....Barry on the mtn in NM
Hey Christy! Things got a little crazy around here, but I have been checking your progress! Glad to see that things are moving in the right direction. Now relax, take it easy and NO STRESS so you are better soon!
Hi Mom, we got chocolate chip cookies!!! I liked the movie!!! Lee did , too!!!!!! We have already done our workbooks for today!!!!! We will read to GMA tonight!!!! I hope u have had a GREAT day!!!!!!! I love u, Matt
Hi Mom, Lee and I worked in our summer workbooks last night. We r going to the movie and then Lee has to go get a haircut. GMA and I r coming home and making cookies!!!!!!! Have a good day!!! Love u, Matt
Hi Mom.this is Matt. I am glad u r home!!! We picked Allie and Amanda up and went to DQ for ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!! GMA and I r getting ready to eat dinner,then read and do my Workbook. GMA says I am a VERY good student!!! Love u Mom. Goodnight!!!! Matt