Yippeee!!!! You are the amazing lady we all know and love, Deb. A "perfect" 10 all the way. So glad the successful surgery is over.
Josie has been wonderful keeping us informed. I know you'll be happy to see Jimmy and Josie when you wake up:-) Bet you are ready to take a nice, medicated nap soon! Sweet dreams.
Hugs and squeezes,
We are so relieved to hear that your surgery went well. I'm sure you felt the energy from all the prayers and well wishes that were being sent your way. Take the time you need to rest and rehab - the hardest part is going to be keeping you still once you are feeling better!
Take a deep breath everyone and be ready to assist in the R&R and rehab.
Such a wonderful bit of news.
Deb is a strong woman and a fighter. Her perseverance, optimism and the love of family has done her well.
Dear Debbie, Jim, Tanner, and Josie -
We sure are thinking of you every minute today as we await updates on Debbie's surgery. I am picking up Cherrie from the airport in an hour. We can drive to Cleveland to see you guys tomorrow, if you think that would make Debbie smile a bit, we'd be happy to. It's only 2 hours. Lots of love from Columbus. Hang in there...xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Deb, Dr. Gillinov did my mitral repair July 12, 2011 and it was textbook. HE IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. What he says you can depend on - I found everything he told you to be true. Sure there is some pain first 3/4 days, but it is managed. My big thing was managing the pain meds with nausea - after couple days they found the right mixture. No complications and I am now doing cardiac rehab and doing 25 min on treadmill at 3 miles hr, 3 grade and 25 on bike. It was 3 months last week. GOD BLESSED ME GOOD AND HE WILL YOU TOO - YOU ARE IN VERY GOOD HANDS. Emilyrae Helfen
Thinking of you as you head into surgery in the AM...... Wow.... hope it all goes well. You can let us know what we all have to look forward to when you are all said and done! Pretty amazing stuff and so glad they can fix your valves and make you almost new! Maybe some special dr's will be on staff that will work on the wrinkles while you are under! Just kidding. Hang in there and it will soon be over and you will be on the road to recovery. Best of luck and we will look forward to hearing the after surgery report. Hoping you do well before, during and after.... Your IPAD might not work as well for you the next few days, so have Josie fill in on the scrabble detail. You beat me again by just a few points tonite... stinker..... until the next time we can play... heads up for the big day. Sending lots of smiles and bandaids...
I know it's difficult to rest easy the night before surgery, but remember these things; you're in good hands, you're informed, you're ready and you have a bunch of people praying for you. You'll be back in Hartland scheduling rehab sessions in no time. I look forward to reading about your progress.
Hi Debbie - Faith gave me this website and I found your notes so interesting, and very moving. ( I am happy she did because I have such fond memories of you and your family and the many days and nights I spent at the house on 8th Ave and at the lake.) After reading your notes, I am in awe of what modern medicine can do. I am impressed with your dr and his credentials and it sounds like the Cleveland Clinic is as good as its reputation. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you and your family the best for your full and fast recovery!
Carol Evans Zoerb
Hi Deb, Heard there might be flt delays in Cleveland due to big winds so I hope Josie got in okay and you are having as relaxing an evening as possible. I will be thinking of you all day tomorrow and I just know you are going to sail thru the surgery and be back in action before you know it. You''ll probably ski Snowmass top to bottom nonstop and leave the rest of us in the dust this winter. Hope you sleep some tonight Deb.
I have been following your journal … good luck tomorrow !!!!
I know that things will go fantastic for you tomorrow. I had my mitral valve repaired by Dr. Sabik at the Cleveland Clinic on Sept 2nd and I am doing very well in my recovery. I feel that they are the “best of the best” and you are in great hands!!! I won’t say that it was pain free but that is what pain medicine is for !!!! Your care givers will help manage the pain … all you need to do is speak up and they will do all that they can do. If you have your I pod you can take it with you and listen to music until they take you into the actual surgery room.
I will be looking forward to hearing your updates as you progress :)
What a difference a day can make. Sounds like a walk in the park...for your Dr. Having Dr. G feel this is a very comfortable surgery for him is such a confidence booster. That must be very re-assuring for you.
All the best being sent your way!
Hi Debbie - having never been through a situation like yours, this journal was very informative and thorough. Your confidence in Dr. Gillinov is apparent in your writing. It gives us confidence too! Pleased he rates this a three!
You are young, a strong individual with a positive attitude which will serve you well tomorrow and through the recovery process.
This is quite an adventure you are experencing, not the outdoor type you'd perfer, but a necessary one that will lead to a healthy future. You'll be sailing the Master's MC far into the future!
Thinking of you, wishing you love and support. We're hoping for that early morning surgery for you! Look forward to tomorrow's successful journal entry. Love, Peter and Joan
Hi Deb, Wow, that's great news. I love your odds for repair vs replacement. But either way it sounds like you are going to be in the best possible hands even if they are very young ones. Thanks so much for sharing your journal. I will be thinking of you and praying for the speediest recovery possible. Hope you get the early bird grand opening. Try to get some sleep tonight and best wishes from my mom too!
I love the good news that you are sharing in your updates...all our prayers have been answered so far. We'll pray extra hard tonight and tomorrow and will be looking forward to a positive report from your family.
Glad to hear your appt went so well. What relief that you have such a nice, caring, and qualified dr! And if he considers this easy that is fabulous! Enjoy your time with your friend today.
Your doggies are great, no worries there!
Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Your loving spirit, insightful questions and thoughts, unwavering positive attitude, and sense of humor are felt throughout your entries. I feel like I'm right there with you!
Have a terrific trip down memory lane with Amy. I'm so happy (and envious) that you guys are getting together today. Hugs to her for me too!
Keep the focus tomorrow of your wonderful family and friends, Aspen, your dogs, sunrises and sunsets on the lake and at the mountains, Lake Geneva treks:-), quiet moments.
We all are sending our positive thoughts and prayers to you for the "grand opening" in your words. Hugs and blessings to you, my special friend, Deb.
Your are one amazing lady! Take care,
Deb, your journal is as great as it is instructional. It shows what a difference preparation and thoroughness make. Keep up the good work and if you go to the R&R Hall of Fame, tell Jimbo that he can't go if he wears his Las Vegas Elvis jumpsuit and wig (with burns). Thoughts & Prayers Stephen
Hope you get some sleep tonight, your dogs are all fine and very entertaining to have. Gertie is getting all of the kids attention and loving it! Bernie is being a really good boy and keeping Bella busy. We are all thinking of you and praying for you. Best wishes for a great day tommorrow. Talk to you soon.
Heidi and family
Hi Deb, Made it back from Tokyo safe and sound and very grateful for your journal updates. Thinking of you lots and just praying for the best possible outcome for whatever they decide to do after all the testing. Love, Kitty
P.S. Tiger has a new trick to show you next time you visit. He has learned how to open the frig and fetch a beer. It's sometimes a little foamy by the time I get it tho.
I wish there were some magic words I could say to take away all the things you must be feeling. After reading your journal entries, I see you're using some powerful words yourself...."I'm as ready as I can be"," I've accepted this" and maybe most importantly, " Thanks for the SUV, I didn't want to have a bumby ride home in the Prius".
Now that's a positive thought. We all wish you a successful operation and a sound recovery. And, of course, will keep you and JIm in our prayers. I'm buying the friskies.
Hey Deb and Jim,
Glad your trip to Cleveland was good and boring! This is a quite a journey you are on and it will go well. A very loved friend of mine had similar surgery about 7 years ago and it was his second. His first was at age 8. He is a fan of Pig valves...he is now 41 and loves his valves and all they do for him.
You are a great person and a wonderful friend and I am rooting for you all the way! Keep your spirits up and think skiing.
You should be on your way now. I hope you have your pad with you so we can continue our words game. I might let you beat me one more time just to make you feel better. I didn't realize you had this journal til this morning. It's amazing. I'm glad you expressed what you've been going through for all of us who care so much about you. I'll be watching for updates. Love, Jayne
Wishing you safe travels and best of luck this week. You'll be glad you chose Cleveland and Dr. Gillinov, I know I was. He and his staff were great. I felt much better and more relaxed after my pre-surgery meeting with him and I'm sure you will too. As my wife told you earlier, make sure to use your spirometer and walk as often and soon as you can. Doing those things helped my recovery tremendously.
Take care and I look forward to reading your updates.
Dear Debbie, thank you so much for sending me this E-mail...just want you to know that we are with you, Jimmy and your family on your journey to Clevland. The prayer warriors in my bible study will be praying for your surgeon, adjunct staff, and you as you undergo surgery. Don't forgert that God is the ultimate healer, and He is there with you...don't forget to pray and ask Him for peace...We love you so much. Yvonne, Scott and Mary Katherine
I'm sorry I missed the chance to talk to you when Willie called you the other day. We have known that your surgery was creeping closer on the calendar and have been keeping you, your family, your doctors and medical staff in our prayers. Thank you for giving us the chance to follow your progress through your journal - we will be anxious to hear how you are doing and this way we don't have to bother your family. It sounds like you have prepared the best you can, and are ready to get on with it. I agree with the advice that Frieda shared with you regarding yoga and meditation. As a preparation for my surgery last year, the hospital gave me a relaxation CD with soothing music and instructions on how to "get myself in a comfortable place." They even let me take the CD into surgery so that I could practice my relaxation techniques. It was a great help. We know that you are in good hands and that you will be back on your feet soon. Please know that we are here if you need anything - we'd love to help.
I just read your journal,it is awesome, you wrote from the heart! I now realize how frightening it must be for you! I wish you well in the next few days and especially on Thursday, my thoughts will be with you for a totally successful surgery and outcome!!
Chris is doing great he has been walking and feeling really good. The skin sensitivity is still bothering him but I expect it will take some time for the muscles to heal. Chris cardiologist here is Dr.Saeian from ProHealth Care and Chris seems to like him. As far Doctors I work with I couldn't really pick one specially but if you go to Aurora Website and look up Cardiologist several of them are very good. I can email you certain names when I get a chance. As far as needing a nurse when you get home really depends on how your feeling, if you have the minimal invasive you should not need a nurse when you get back, just take it slow and use your pain medications stay on top of your pain so you can get up and move around with walking. Chris saw our family physican around 6th day home and everything went great. Everything will go great for you and we will keep you in our prayers for a fast and safe recover.
Hi Deb, I read in your story that you will be having your surgery on Oct. 20. I also will be having my surgery that day, also at Cleveland Clinic. Maybe we will be on the same floor and can go for a walk together. I too have found this to be a spirtual journey. I am spending some of my days, 13 and counting, doing yoga and meditating. This has helped me so much. I wish you the best of luck and hope that your surgeon and his staff are well rested and at the top of their game the date of your surgery.
My husband (Chris Hanson) and I just got back from Cleveland Clinic with a Mitral Valve Repair with Dr. Gillinov on Sept. 22 and everthing went great! I truly thought the Doctors,Surgeons and Nurse Practioners were great, they really knew there stuff. If I can suggest a couple of things to help with your recovery, it is to make sure to use pep spirometer, cough and deep breath, and WALK, a lot as much as you can. It will help prevent complications and speed up the recovery process up. I not only say this as wife who saw it work, but I am also a Cardiac RN at St. Lukes. You will do great and keep up a positive attitude I understand how scary this can be for you and your loved ones, let them help you though they will be great for support for you.