So glad to hear that you are getting better and stronger each day! No surprises there! Know how much all of us at BTC have been thinking and praying for a complete healing and speedy recovery for you.
Looking forward to having you back in Florida soon but not before you get that slice of real NY pizza!
I've been following your updates and am so happy that you are recovering so well. I am sick and can't visit you until I am better. I will continue praying for you to have a speedy recovery.I will call you if I am better before you leave town. Where is your hotel?
We are glad and happy about your speedy recovery, God is good. Our prayer are always there for you and yours. Wow... is amazing that are coming back to Florida so soon after that serious surgery, the best for you...we love you very much, you are very special for us and you know that. Our regards to Carol and the rest of the family. God Bless!! Jose & Trini
From your posts you are doing excellent, hardly no pain meds that is excellent, everything will get better, week by week. Breathing was a tough one for me but it will get better over time, keep doing your breathing exercises. I am 16 weeks post op and doing excellent, it is a tough operation to go through, but a durable operation, hey what choice to we have. Everyday we wake up and fog the mirror it is a Blessing, keep up the good work, and I will keep you lifted in prayer each day. Stay strong & positive. take care Jim
Great to learn that you are doing so well! I suspect you will have at least one NY pizza before you leave on Friday.
The initial recovery after the surgery was definitely challenging for me. There were times in the first week or two after I was discharged that I had my doubts about having had the surgery, mainly in the morning after I woke up but was just laying in bed, but that did not last! Fortunately, the pain was not that bad, I pretty much stopped taking pain medicine on the 10th day and was able to move around fairly well.
Keep up the good progress and enjoy as much of your time in NY as you can.
No news is good news. We are still praying for you and hoping for your rest and strength to come back soon. Tell Carol we send our support and love to her. Get rest and let your body heal even though your mind is going a mile a min. You are 4 days out and doing very well. Keep breathing and walking.. Eat a healthy diet full of protien. Let us know if we can do anything for your family while Carol is with you.. Stay strong and keep working on rest and sleep..
Great to hear that you're doing great & there haven't been any problems. Are you still going to stay ul tgere like you planned just to be safe?How's the food there? Well, I'm just getting up but I'll try & text you later.
Hey Jeff it is Rob. I hope Suzanne did a good job for you. I read your entry today and I have to say that its great that your alive, thriving and bitching. this means you are getting stronger everyday. You know what really sucks is coming to your office on a sunday and doing 5-6 hours of paperwork b/c uhc is auditing me b/c they said I average more than 9 visits per patient and collect in the top 15% in usa of all chiropractors. No really just a huge inconvenience but you know it is what it is. Also trying to get paid on 4 codes per visit sucks but you will deal w/these sucky things when you go back to work. Anyway sounds like your doing great except for the inconveniences which will be forgotten about before you know it. Probaly will drop by to see you after my review of charts. Speak to you later.
Glad you are getting better. Ask the nurse for a sleeping pill, that might help. Now you are on the other side of the mountain, and Linda is almost to the top getting ready to slide down. Tomorrow will be better, take it easy and get some sleep.
For the long haul
You, buddy, are amazing. This whole drag yourself up and go for a walk is the kind of drive that's gonna get you through this in flying colors.
Yeah, it does kinda suck. For a few days, maybe a week. Then it improves to just plain crappy! Did we forget to tell you? It's the dirty little secret of heart valve surgery: not really a walk in the park.
Already though you gotta be seeing progress day by day. Keep in your mind the love you are feeling. The bad will slip away with time, but the good stuff won't. After a while the love and your drive to recover is what you will remember most. And that is as it should be.
Now that you are started with your walking, keep it up. The mild stress of exercise triggers those protein messaging pathways that promote healing and keeps them cranking. That and eating! Three and a half billion years of evolution gave you those pathways, tap in to the gift from an unbroken line of winner ancestors. Expand your envelope a little every day and you'll be amazed at how fast it goes. By busting out by only a little, your body will only need to give you little complaints as feedback.
I guess that means your a really bitchin patient!!! Glad to hear it!
I can appreciate that fact that you're being real. I never expected this to be a cakewalk either. Every one of the really large pains I've had in my life have mellowed over time. I expect this one to mellow as well with an incredible up side to boot.
You're well enough to be 'bitchin' - that's cool! Next week you'll be wondering what the heck you were complaining about.
Keep on healing my friend - you're on the other side. I'll see you there soon.
Hey Jeff! Naturally "it sucks!!!" Any time the body is invaded, especially in such a vast way, you're going to feel very uncomfortable. I try and put myself in your place, and can't imagine being able to tolerate it. Those of us who have worked hard and diligently to be in top physical condition hate any setbacks! However, the GOOD NEWS, as you know, is that you will recover MUCH FASTER, and BETTER than the average person:)
I went through melancholic depression some 2 years ago. Long story short, over a 6 month period I lost 30 lbs., and desire to do ANYTHING, including to live. I checked into a hospital, and spent 12 days in the suicide ward. Along with the help of medication, and some fantastic friends, including some of the other people who were there for help, I worked my way back to physical, mental, and emotional health. In fact Jeff, I'm a much stronger person overall than I've been in my 64 years:))) Thus, it will be with you, and you know it.
I'm not a super religious person, but do believe in God as a higher power. A quote from the Bible that has helped me greatly is, "Walk by Faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7.
My best to you always...before you know it you'll be back on the mound, throwing harder, and having more endurance than you can imagine!!!
You are an inspiration to everyone, and I personally admire your personal motivitation to get you on where you are now.
We are truly blest to have friend like you to show us that everything is possible , and you are doing it right now.
God bless you and your family always.
I will be missing you tomorrow on the baseball field
Thanks a million for sharing your live moments with us
So glad you are getting better everyday. We miss you but know you are in good hands and that you'll be back cracking... I mean adjusting patients before you know it. We will continue to pray for your recovery and hope for more sleep filled nights:)
Hi, you are not alone in your fight to get back to some normailty. The care and concern of loved ones around you is a huge help. My surgeon told me to push myself but struggling to know how much. Everything as you say is an effort - but it will get better!!! We have gone thru something very traumatic and made it so we have a huge amount invested in this to stay positive and move forward. As in the immortal words of winston churchill during the war "keep calm and carry on" take care.
Jeff...you are sooo right..the recovery DOES suck. It is sooo hard to do everything...it hurts and the drugs stink. Everything you do is such an effort and then you are Pooped. I promise you that every day does get better. The hardest days are those in the hospital. It is soooo great to get home and to your own bed, bathroom and environment. Watch how much company you have...it is exhausting too. My husband posted on my Journal when it was OK to visit. I would get so tired and if I got too tired then I felt horrible!! Once I got home the best thing that happened was my recliner that we rented. I kept it for several weeks and it helped soooo much. Be patient and trust that everyday will be better and you will have some difficult days but you will also have some great days!! It is hard to believe when you feel rotten but you will get stronger and better. It is a process and will take allot of time to come back. Like my doc said....if you feel better than you did last week.you are on the mend. God's peace to you and your family. We have all been there...we are soooo blessed to have had a great surgery but the recovery is not a piece of cake. You will get better...I promise...though the journey is long. Best wishes. Jamie Todor
I am glad you are moving forward in your recovery. You will see once you are home how fast you progress. Each day will get better, even if a few feel like setbacks. It is hard to feel the way you probably do, when you are used to being so strong and actIve. You will get
there....slow, steady...good luck!,
Jeff, it is so great to hear from you and see you are doing so well, besides the sleep, which will come.... Welcome to the other side! Even though it may suck now, it won't in the future, and that's what you've gotta hang on to.... One step at a time, literally! I'm looking forward to hearing all about those steps, and I'll be here in the cheering section all the way!!!
My best to you and your family,
Ken Sawicki, Connecticut
Jeff, we are so happy for you. You pulled thru the surgery like a champ! Yes, we all know its just the beginning but you are making great strides. Everyone is praying now for a fast and speedy recovery.you can do, stay strong, keep thinking positive and try to get some rest, even if its just little cat naps it will help. Rest will speed up that recovery. And yes Carol did a wonderful job keeping us all posted. Kudos to her. Take care and we love you guys! Your doing a great job, just keep it up. The Sapiro Family
Hey there Jeff!
Welcome back! I'm sooo happy that things went so well!! I hear you haven't stopped talking! Now, that's the Jeff I know. I love ya and will give you a call very soon. Stay strong "Recovery King"!
Wonderful!!! Tell Jeff he needs to start throwing a baseball as soon as possible...he's starting against the Blazers next week!!! :>))) Everyone from the Tigers says HI!!! So glad he's making a fast recovery!
Awesome News....go glad he got a private room. You all deserve it. Soon you'll be home in your OWN bed. Yippee! Keep strong and thanks for keeping us all posted on HVJ. I just love this group!! Hugs. Jamie Todor
My parents Jose & Trini Aponte just informed me of your surgery. I was saddened to hear about it, but am so thankful to God that you are doing well. I have asked for all of my family and friends to pray for you, your family for comfort/strength, and most importantly for a speedy recovery on your part. We love you and your family dearly.
So glad to hear that everything has gone exceptionally well. I know that the hardest part for you is being forced to do nothing....although I expect you'd be burning up the iPad and your mobile phone if they'd let you. The number and sincerity of the postings speaks volumes about the respect, love and admiration we all have for you and Carol. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Wishing you a continued quick recovery and return to Florida.
So happy you tolerated this intense surgery like it was nothing.. I know the hardest part will be allowing your body to get enough rest and heal. Keep resting and allowing your healing to catch up.. Thanks for posting and keeping all of us informed. We look forward to having you back in Florida soon. Say hello to Carol and have her call if she needs anything..