Prayers to you my new friend Chuck!!! It's such a pleasure to work with such a HAPPY soul as yourself. You can see from a mile away that you have so much love in your heart for Ramona and Anthony ~~~ I can't imagine what you will be like with your heart working better! WOW! Watch out for BIG BIG hearted Chuck! I am filing my day with thoughts for you and wishing you a restful recovery! Gods Speed!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. This is the beginning of another wonderful chapter in all of your lives with many more fantastic years to come. I wish you a speedy recovery and do as the doctors tell you but importantly as you wife tells you (HAHAHA). Mary
Sending you lots of love and prayers of blessings over you, the surgeons, Moni, Anthony and all those who love you sweetie! It is going to be a magnificent new beginning for you...I know it! You are awesome and we look forward to your quick and full recovery! Love you do much!
Gee the time got away with me. Didn't realize your day is up. I want to wish you good luck and I'll be saying a prayer for you. Hope all goes ok. Pretty soon you will be seeing everyone on the other side of the mountain. That will be great. Keep us all posted.
For the long haul
Chuck, I know you think I'm lying, but seriously, not even worth the case of butterflies! I got my calm after talking with my angel "Steve", but just consider me your angel....it really, really is true! I know everyone is different...but it has been almost a non-event for me. HONESTLY!
Charlie, (Sorry I can't go the Chuck route after forty plus years)......I have followed your journal with keen interest and care. Please know that you and Ramona are in our prayers daily and will be especially tomorrow oon an all day basis. Love to all of you.
Your Aunt Maudine and Uncle Keith
We have been watching you in your journal, good way to do it so we can keep track without bothering you. We have found it informing and interesting.
We will say a prayer for you tomorrow morning. Aunt Shirley & Uncle Bob
Chuck, take deep breaths and exhale slowly. Know that you are in good hands! You have lots of support behind you and you will whiz right through this. You will feel so much better! Rob is going to be released tomorrow on your surgery day! Remember you can do this! linda w
I am praying for you and your family. Surgeries are a stressful on family as it is on the patient. I pray that God will give you are a peace about this and that the surgery goes as planned and for a speedy recovery.
Maybe I will see you at the Peachtree Road Race. I have signed up now I just have to get picked. :-)
Thinking and praying for you. Surgery will be fine, and you will be so much stronger after all this. I expect a visit to Chicago sometime soon then! Its ok to have some buterflies, butterflies are beautiful and are a sign of beauty and peace. Tina, Bergbauer and the gang
No butterflies man. You have a great doc, you know you need this done. Just ride the wave of confidence, prayers and support. You'll go to sleep, wake up hours later and it'll be over and you won't even know it.
That's my famous story. When I was rolled into the OR, I could music being played and it sounded somewhat familiar. A few days later, I was thinking back on that weird experience of total blankness of hours. That's when I remembered, it was Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Kind of weird, huh?
Getting close now Chuck! I know you will do great. And yes, our family has the hard job of waiting. All we do is show up and go to sleep. I wish your wife an easy wait for her to get he 'all clear' from the surgeon.
You're ready to go buddy! It's truly amazing how fast you improve. I walked 1.1 mile twice yesterday and shaved 4 min off between my morning and afternoon walks. Finally slept well last night too. (only woke up 3 times not 8-10). I only take Motrin now as needed which is hardly at all. I have no fatigue. I feel good mentally. Things are coming along great. And I'm only 11 days post op. I only wish the same results with you! It will be tough for your wife and family. You won't know anything. First thing I said in ICU to my wife after my tube was out was "are they taking me for surgery now?". She's like "WHAT, you already had surgery, you're done". And that was 13 hours after they put me out. I lost a whole day pretty much in what seemed like a blink of an eye. Like Mitch this was the weirdest thing for me. Enjoy your golf outing and family and friends. I'll be watching your journal.
Again, thanks for your additional comments, humor, confidence and support. You, along with Mitch and others are inspiring.
It really does get confusing when, in one moment, there's no question in my mind that tissue is absolutely the way to go. It's not even a question. Then the whole concept about not fearing coumadin and seeing some great comments on other websites...I begin to really flip/flop. Then my cardiologist and first surgeon say go mechanical and I'm dizzy (not an aorta issue I hope!). Sorry if I asked this but did you talk to your surgeon about On-X valve? It almost seems like a cult of followers for that product. My surgeon absolutely did not have the confidence compared to many others. Finally, what have you discovered in the general realm of timelines for alternatives to coumadin if electing for a more traditional valve?
Chuck - you are going to be fine. You will be on the side of recovery before you know it.
I was relaxed the night before and my wife kept me company before the or that I didn't really have a chance to get nervous and before I knew it I was waking up in the ICU and the tube was coming out. It doesn't hurt coming out. The only two things that hurt or stung when they came out was the catheter and the pacemaker wires. That was really the only time I felt any discomfort and it didn't last long.
Good luck. I am attaching my email in case any other questions may come up for you as you get ready.
Just wanted to thank you so much for all your support. I've read some of the guestbook posts from you. It's do great we met and I'm honored to have your friendship and support. I'll be watching you next week. I'm doing much better. Got discharged yesterday and in a hotel now. Slept better than in hospital but literally waking up every hour.
Hi chuck. And thank you cor the very kind works and for your very warm nice message on my journal. Loved it
I'll have your poem ready in time ! And I know you'll do great.
While this is a pretty routine surgery it sure has the ability to get us all worked up doesn't it. But I just looked at how well everyone came out and let the dr do his stuff
The calm that you will soon feel will give you such an enormous amount of strength. You'll see Be well and you,ll have your 3/19 poem !! For 3/20.
Chuck, my husband Mike and I are praying for your quick recovery. I work with Ramona and love her dearly. She is a Gem. Keep the faith. We will be looking forward to the good reports after surger., Lynn Britt
Thanx Chuck for your great support. The waiting is something else but I suppose each step has its virtues. I am ready for this to be done. Will be thinking of you and sending prayers and positive energy your way. Robert
Chuck, I agree completely about DVB's post. The big question is......who in the heck is DVB? Everyone wants to know!!! He must be some masked superhero or something, lol. Whomever he is (or maybe even she) he sure is smart!!! Kudos DVB!
Thanks for sharing DVB's quote. The HV journals are an amazing resource, especially when we find the time to dig deep into our friends' journals and guestbooks. When I signed up for this, all I really expected was a device to communicate with my family and friends. In all other aspects of my life, I'm not a "social media" type of guy. But the HVJ community is truly a gift.
Grace and Peace, Jim Smith
I agree with the advice you quoted from DVB yesterday. It was a big shock when I was told I needed surgery to repair my leaking Mitral Valve. However, once I accepted that fact and learned the issue with the atrial fibrillation and the leaking valve were interrelated and that both could be fixed during the surgery I began to look forward to it and got busy getting ready for the surgery. I do not remember being that anxious or worried about it. Having been through another surgery previously to repair a broken back might have helped to give me confidence that things would go well. Also knowing that things would only get worse if I did not have the surgery helped give me a positive attitude about the surgery.