Good morning JoAnen.
I am glad you made it home in one piece. I recommend you not take chances of falling on the ice. The coumadin could give you quite a problem with uncontroled bleeding. I am in Minnesota and while in the army I was stationed near Fairbanks so I know how cold it gets in Alaska.
Try not to be too much in a hurry for your recovery. It is a slow process. When you reported walking over a mile within a week I started asking myself what am I doing wrong and more importantly is that good for you. I realize you are in much better shape weight wise than I am. Just try not to overdo and end up with a setback.
Just where is Houston Alaska anyway, as usual I have never heard of it.
I dont want to hog you guestbook so I will close for now. May the new year hold many blessing and healings for you.
I want to respond to your problems with fluid retention (which are related to shortness of breath and A-Fib). My experience with lasix was not good. It was the diuretic of choice at Cleve Clinic, but in my case was very uncomfortable, and had no "staying power." After serious weight gain due to fluids, Cardiologist switched to TOURSEMIDE aka DEMADEX. Has worked well (prox 5 months). Mention this to your Doctor?
Continue to work on the recovery. This is the fun part.
So glad you made it home okay! Leslie was excited to be able to see you today. She did a great job here. You are lucky to have such a wonderful sis. Remember the doc said 4-6 weeks rest. He probably knows what he is talking about, so don't push it. Although I know how hard that is for such an active gal as you.
Your gaining and making some smart choices, but that's no surprise. :)
I am so glad you are in such good hands there and things are getting lined out. Have you thought of the Cabela's walking Therapy? Might be a bit of a crowd this time of year though.
You guys take care and thank you for letting us know how things are going. L
LOTS OF LOVE,
Dave and Jerry
Hi JoAnen! I am following your progress, as I have a similar story as yours. I had my surgery on Dec. 10 and I think yours was later. It's been a rough ride for me, also. Surgery on Monday, discharged Friday, had a very stressful weekend and suffered A-fib on Saturday, which went away after a while. Sunday it started up again and I went to the ER of our local hospital, not the one where I had the surgery. They admitted me to the ICU for two days, during which I converted to NSR. They put me on massive IV doses of heparin and Coumadin, and when I left gave me Amidarone. No more A-fib since then.
It is so very good to be home, and I am sure you are longing to be home, in your own bed and with your own schedule. I know exactly how you feel!
Hey JoAnen, Hang in there things will get better. Lets see you live in Alaska and I know the North Pole is there. Just maybe Santa is waiting to take you back home in his sleigh. That would be awsome lol. Anyway be glad you are still there for the help. You have a very Merry Christmas.
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Rats! I know your feelings were the same and I also know you are right where you should be for the moment, This to shall pass and that trip home will happen before you know it. Hang in there guys, Dick wanted one more hospital meal anyway. :)
LOVE YOU BOTH,
Dave and Jerry
I'm sorry this setback Suzie but thankful your at the right place to get the right care!!! You're only going to do this recovery once in your life, so relax, concentrate on getting well. And know that you are loved every day.
We love you!!
Reg and Jeanne
Hang in there my dear as sometimes we have to take a step back to move forward. I know you will overcome these obstacles and be back to the road to recovery. We continue to pray for you. Love you tons and miss you lots!
Leslie and Mike
We are so proud of you. You are amazing, how fast you have been recovering from such a major surgery. Do not overdue it. I hear you will be home for Christmas. That's a great gift itself. I'm glad everything went so good.
GREAT that everything is going so well.It won't be long now till you will be back home. Am so happy for you that you have had the wonderful support from your family and friends -- each and every one of them.Love you much!!!!!
Dad and Loretta
A strong determination is a good thing and never more so in your case JoAnen. What a wonderful report and celebrate with you knowing your that much closer to heading home. What a wonderful sound HOME!
Dave and Jerry
Hey JoAnen, A girl you keep rocking your recovery. So glad you are doing so good. Dont go over doing though. Listen to your body.Every day will be better. Gods speed to you.
LInda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
You are an amazing woman! I have been checking the journal and anxiously awaiting text messages. I do miss talking to you, and do not want to be a bother, so ill wait till you get home. Keeping you in my prayers for a quick healing. Miss and love you. Betty
What a trooper you are. I know you have your sights set and closing in on the prize. No horns or hair on this one, but every bit as exciting. So glad you have your support troops around you and helping get to the goal line.
Lots of Love,
Dave and Jerry
Hi Suz. We Hope your recovery is going well. I miss talking to you but I know you got a alot of work to do in the next couple of weeks so I will anxiously await your return.
The business is going well. The weather is the pits @ 22 below this morning. I got to keep my car running most the time. How is Dick holding up? When does Clinton come home? Do they know when you get to come home? Get some good rest while you can. I love and Miss you.
WE ARE SO VERY HAPPY TO KNOW ALL IS GOING SO WELL - LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU GET BACK TO THE FROZEN NORTH - I WILL LEAVE BOOKS AT THE OFFICE FOR YOUR SISTER TO BRING TO YOU - KEEP YOU READING AND BUSY DURING YOUR QUIET TIME
THINKING OF YOU!!!!! JOHN & JESSICA COLE
This is Joe Tubbs, I have been following your progress. I had my surgery on 10-23 and I still have Atrial fibrilation although it does not slow me down any more than the surgery itself has contributed. I am walking and spending time in the pool although not stroking with my arms. I also enjoy the hot tub for short stretchs. We got a 1yr old cat for christmas so I will get a lot of exercise chasing it around during the next year. I wanted to name it lemure but think it will end up being named benny.
Continue your progress and dont take any backward steps. Bye for now and I look forward to hearing about your progress.
My valve replacement was on Oct. 15th. I also had atrial fibrillation a day or two after the surgery. They gave me lopressor and after a while it calmed down. I haven't had it since then. I guess it's common post AVR surgery. I'm so happy JoAnen is doing so well. She's going to feel wonderful as she recovers. My joy is that I can "breathe" again. Not out of breath anymore. It's awesome. God bless her. She sounds great.
So glad to hears things are well. Just a quick note, the 1st night out of ICU, everything was going well and suddenly Andy had A-fib, it was pretty intense and he took meds also. Calmed down and now he is a reliable 70-85 beats and it been 9 days since surgery. They gave him Amiodarone thru an IV and his IV site got weird a couple of days later. This required him to stay in the hospital for an extra day and he is taking antibiotics. They called it "Phelbitis". Keep an eye on your IV sites...not to scare you, just to be aware. Andy is walking daily, a little over a mile, so you can look forward to activity!
All in all though very good news for you.
Good luck and speedy recovery!
What great news. So glad there is one more step completed towards headed home. Thanks for the up dates Litte Jo.
Glad you are there to add your support. Tell mom hi and keep the Cabela's physical therapy in mind. :) PS - Dave appreciated having Tony be the driver for his mud runs last week.
Dave and Jerry
Congratulations JoAnen. You did it!! Now you're on the other side of the surgery. Thank God. Sounds like everything went very well and you're well on the way to recovering. It's a great feeling to look forward to a life free of this valve problem. Let your friends and family take care of you as you get stronger every day. Be happy. I'm so delighted for you. Marilyn