It is good to hear of your recovery progress. Dick knows exactly what you are going through. He had the fluid retention but not in his lungs. By the way, he is still in SE Asia and will fly home this coming Sunday. We're praying for you as you walk through the recovery process. It is an exercise in patience for sure when you aren't gaining strength as quickly as you would like to. Greetings to Patti, too. Sandy Watson
Don, it's good to know how you're doing and the issues that have to be dealt with. A journal is a record of a journey, in this case you personally are on. A journey has its high points and low points, and a lot of slogging through. We continue to uphold you in prayer and thank God for all he's doing to restore you. Blessings on the journey!
So glad to hear from you. It never fails to intrigue me why some surgeries there is excess fluid in the lungs. Twice I had that problem with reinserted chest tubes and manual thoracentesis X 2. I do know that this time I made it known of the prior issues and they left one chest tube in a bit longer with no problems with fluid and lost the 20 lbs in 24 hrs. I know you are thrilled to be home and with your will power I know you will be doing well day by day. I still have days that I am really pooped and just let it be and crash. I still have chest discomfort even after 9 wks and am getting a bit impatient with that issue. Take care and keep us posted in your recovery
Susan V North Carolina
I too had a good experience with our Canadian health care. I was released last wednesday. I was only in the hospital for 5 days,,, at first i thought, that was a little quick, but, now that i have been home , i see now that there was really nothing more they could do for me that i could not do at home... i was only in ICU.. they call it CVU here...for less then 24 hours,, my next step , the ward, was okay, but there was 3 other people in it, all with cardiac surgery issues.. it is very interesting how some people deal with therer issues. it was also very sad at times, I was glad to leave so i could rest,,, i told the night night to drug me so i could sleep...lollol. i also have a hard time with breathing but never had to go back,,, they say it is because i have not used my lungs for so long long at full capacity.. but every day the coughing is better and better... but i have to tell you something.. coughing is nothing, wait till u sneeze... ouch... that hurt...please do your breathing excerises , it really really works, and your walking, as much as you can. my problem is i feel better and better everyday and i am not in very much pain, so i am doing things i am probably not suppose to i am now going to the lab 3 days a week, yesterday was the first day my ING level was low, so i had to take more warfrin... but it will straighten out in time. i too was on the same diuretics, but i had it for the last three days in was in.. gained 9 pounds of fluid, darn heart and lung machine..lol... anyway for me , so far all is good,, ii tic allot now,,, stronger i am getting the more i here it,,, take care glad you are home,
What a faithful Father we serve! I am so relieved for you. I continue to pray for your complete recovery. I know you will do all the right things in terms of nutrition. But please remember to rest, and pace yourself on the exercise part. - Rebecca
PRAISE BE TO OUR GOD WHO WAS WITH YOU EVERY SECOND, DON, AND KEPT HIS LOVING AND HEALING HAND ON YOU. AND ON PATTY WHO FELT HIS PRESENCE AND OUR PRAYERS. God is soooo good, and loves us sooooo much. He is wondrous, mighty, and is worthy of our praise. We love you Don.
Peggy and Jerry
Glad you're home and doing well. I know all about that darn lung fluid, diuretics didn't remove enough of it for me so had to have it physically drained twice. Are you using your spirometer several times a day and walking several times a day, both activities will help keep the fluid away. Good luck. It'ss all behind you now.
Dear Don and Patty, We're praying for you both. The God of all grace who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, will Himself make you perfect, stablish, settle, strengthen you.
IPeter 5:10 Love and prayer, Anne and Randy
Heck, I knew you were human and forgetful when we worked on your dads '39 Studebaker and put the right front wheel on with 2 lug nuts, then had the nerve to drive down Moody Rd with all of the curves and ended up in the ditch with the wheel off.... Just could'nt figure out what/why that happened. Our lives are FILLED with fond memories, many more to come. God Bless! Corky
thank you donald for the update on your toiletries. so very thankful you were able to convince the hosp. personnel you are who you are so you could have the needed medication. we praise The Lord for that.
you guys have a good night's rest, relaxing in the Lord, knowing without a doubt He is going to do great things for both of you tomorrow. (perhaps even help patty update your journal).
we love you dearly and are praying for you and thanking God for all He is doing and going to do.
peggy and jerry
(hey, patty isn't the only one that needs help, yes? i did remember to sign this one.)
Best of luck tomorrow with your surgery. I am here in Calgary and will be sending my best wishes "just down the road". I will be acing the same soon and can only hope that I can be as brave and as gracious as you heading into it...
Thanks for the update. Glad that waiting will be over soon. I am sure you will recover quickly. Did I tell you about Sherry Anderson's valve repair by my son Richard? He does it every week, sometimes Robot assisted. So, I believe the risk is very low with the procedure. We will continue to pray for you. Love. Ed & Myung
Hi, Don. My name is Daniel and I am also a fellow Canadian awaiting surgery for an aortic aneurysm, including replacement of the aortic root and valve. I've been following your posts and wanted to wish you the best for your upcoming surgery. I know you will be fine as long as you stay positive and stay close to your higher power, whatever it may be.
Charlotte's dad had this same valve replacement done back in the 70's.... worked just great. Of course he is not with us any longer (he would have been 100 this December) but he had many a year after the surgery. You know about mine... and I'm still kicking. Was this something from the folks? Sure wasn't your diet or lack of exercise. Hang in there
Here we go,, I to am at the point where i am calm about the surgery, We are leaving today for Victoria, I have a bunch of test tomorrow and then surgery Friday at 7:50am. Do you know what time your surgery is? U may have already told me. but to be honest, i don't know what i said or did an hour ago...lol.lol. To answer your question. No , my husband is not going to do my journal while i am in. but he did tell me i can make entry's via my Ipod. Which i didn't know. and i not sure if there is WIFI at the hospital.. find out tomorrow. so today is probably it for me on this site till i get back to Parksville. I will be thinking about you . We will always this in common.... take care and i too will be praying for you.
You are amazing in your attitude which is so inspiring due to your enjoyment of athletics. The one thing personally I stuggled with this surgery is that I cannot compare myself to others. I have been reminded of that too often. I as well cannot wait to get into rehab and my laps, but have accepted that it will be awhile. What I have learned (as a getting older gal) is that I concentrate now on what I can do, not what I cannot do, and as long as I am progressing each and everyday the rest will fall into place. I hope we hear from you frequently along your journey and I truly believe expressing feelings is so important.
Good Morning Don
It's just about here after your long wait. I know how you feel as i had to wait 2 1/2 months. Sounds as if you're calm, stay that way. It makes a world of difference in your recovery. You'll do well. Glad your wife will just have to cross a street to get to see you.