Hi John, good to hear you are listening to your body and taking each day as it comes. You've come too far to risk backsliding. Keep it up! As for me, I'm still waiting, but....getting closer!
John, Just want to thank you for your inspiration, advice and kindness. I read your journal and know each week will get easier and full recovery is mine. Thank you!! Post more dance pics, I love looking at them. Janis Kielbasa
So John...are we going to be seeing you on Dancing With the Stars? From the sound of your journal and your pics, you might be the professional! Glad to hear you are able to dance so soon, don't get frustrated that you are a little "behind", think about what your body has been through. I think it's awesome that you can even walk, much less ballroom dance, I can't do it, but I love to watch on TV and I can see that it takes a lot of physical strength and stamina.
Hi John, just what I know you need is advice from someone who hasn't been there yet....patience!!! I think I've read from many people on the HVJ site that its like 2 steps forward, 1 back? I'm glad you listened to your body and did what it told you to do. You've come too far to overdo. I kind of look at it like this: You spent a lot of energy, fatigue, etc. climbing UP that mountain, now on your way back down the other side....if you have to sit down and slide on your butt part of the way...hey...better than falling down and rolling down the mountain to crash at the bottom!
You are amazing and such an inspiration. Keep well so that when my date finally gets here (March 13th) you can give me some REAL advice from someone who knows!
I thought you were going to give up posting messages. I love the comment by the mechanic. My mechanic has the same critism of dentists. He said all my cars are different but they just have a similar set of teeth and charge a fortune just to open the hood!
I have really got into go slow mode. I still exercise but I can easily waste the hours. I decided to take long service leave and have a long break. I am very glad I made that decision. Apart from having energy until it suddenly evaporates I know it will be hard to exercise when I go back to work.
My turn to complete the triumvirate (as Linda, Jane and I lately seem to all be signing guestbooks at the same time). Love the joke and happy to see you are heading back to work. Well, happy you are well enough to return, but semi-retirement sounded pretty sweet. Please keep the laighs and the updates coming. But like Linda, I may need to delay reading your updates for a little while after surgery. All the best. - Mitch Friedman
Hey John, LOVED the mechanic/heart surgeon story...think I'm gonna take it with me to Cleveland and show it to Dr. Gillinov!
You are an inspiration to so many of us that are waiting and/or recovering. But if you keep up the humor, I might have to kick you to the curb when I have my surgery until I am FULLY healed! I hear it hurts to laugh!
Your friend - still waiting
John - thanks for the note in my journal. I'm glad you're doing well after your surgery. You made a very good point to me about everybody's surgery and recovery being unique and not to get so caught up in reading these entries that you start comparing or setting expectations based on others experience. Perhaps not consciously, I think I was starting to fall into that situation. I enjoyed reading your guestbook and hope I can share some positive experiences about my surgery and recovery as you have done. Continued best wishes for you and please stay in touch.
Dick Miller - Cincinnati
I have questions for you regarding ballroom dancing and this is not related to heart surgery, if that is OK with you.I noticed you are dancer so here it is:
I used to do ballroom dancing back home in Croatia very long time ago, about 20+ years ago...For quite some time I have been considering to join ballroom dance club here in town, but I am not sure how to go about it. My hubby has no interest to do it with me and I would like to get into it seriously in time.
Do you have any advice what to look for in club, instructors etc.? How I would start dancing, perhaps even competing sometime down the line... We have Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray dance clubs.
Great John, thanks for your continued posts. Watching you progress is inspiring. Also, thank you for all of your comments on my guest book and others. Your words provide great comfort!!!!! Keep up the good recovery work. -Mitch Friedman
Hi John. Was reading some of your journals as u had popped in to say hi when I joined up. Thx for that. Sounds as tho u r doing great. Not saying we re the same age but thinking close maybe ( mid 60/s) and get my AVR 2-9 here in st Louis. Looking forward to having it fixed but not looking forward to the pain. But I expect it could all be worse. I have great husband to watch over me so I'm lucky
If you're in the same age range give or take - can u fill me in on scoop. When did u feel semi normal
I'm a professional speaker & have told dr I have presentation 4-24. He says " you'll be fine". So that's a out 10-12 weeks. Ya think ? Love that u dance. That's great. Anyway thx for listening. Stay well & in touch. Best nancy.
thank you for posting your progress on a weekly basis. It helps to get some idea of where I am at with regard to my recovery. I was happy to see your post about a sore chest, because I was wondering if I was doing something to make my chest sore other than deep breathing. I am 61 years old and was in good shape as far a weight and able bodied, but walking was my main exercise and when time and weather permit or on the treadmill.
Your posts are very helpful.
Dear John, Reading your latest entry was very inspiring. I am amazed at your progress and your exercise program. I have always just been a weekend warrior with hiking and kayaking but after surgery I am going to really put in the effort for daily moving/excercise. You have done so well....I will try and follow your lead. Janis Kielbasa
You sound as though you are really on the road to recovery. The fitness bit is quite tricky I have found. There are no warning signs at the time of exercise just the next day when the energy levels drop considerably. I thought I was doing so well yesterday - until this morning. However the one thing the journal has done is to give us a marker as to how far we have come. I did notice you mentioned not drinking much. I haven't been game to drink anything. I don't even want to - even my diet coke addition has got the flick. I don't need anything to give me energy anymore. (-:
Thanks for the comment on my guest book, I really enjoyed reading about your experience. One question though, was your surgery minimally invasive, or was it the traditional open chest?
Good Luck with your first work day! I can't ever imagine getting to the point where I can work all day. Still each week makes a difference I guess. I'd be interested to see how you manage day two. I notice the aches and pain get much worse as I push myself.
Take it easy (if you can).
It has been very good to be able to follow your progress week by week. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you at work again, even if you need to make it part time for a while. Seems like a good excuse to come in late and leave early!
I am one month behind you. Its interesting to read that at two months you are still struggling between the heart saying go go go and the body saying no no no. I love the part where you said you were driving the car. Does it hurt to drive?
It was an honor to involved in you care before during and after your surgery. i enjoyed your motivated spirit and think it definitely affectected your outcome. Consider teaching a class to other patients on recovery through Mended Hearts or Cardiac Rehab.
Becky Bruer RN
John Lund was a native Knoxvillian who played at UT after old Knoxville High. He died young and left a namesake little kid and I don't know what happened to that family. Blew me away when he'd come out with game balls and scuff them up in the street. That's why I remember thim; lotsa water under that bridge. I remember when UF had NEVER won a conference championship in football; we all spend our time in the barrel. UT is worst I've seen since '58 or so. We will be back - afraid y'all will too. GL
Well, sorry for the mistake, but glad for the reply. If you ever run into that branch of your family, you will be in great company! I will still play football with you though whether you're the same John or not! LOL, best. S Brandau
Saw your entrance on friend Curtis Holmes' page. If you're who I think you are I'd love a chat. The Lund's and the Brandau's were best of family friends; you used to bring your dad's old game balls out and want me to play with you when you were at your Grandma's house on Wilder back in the late 50's. She and my mom, Dorothy Brandau, were good friends and I've always wondered what happened to the rest of ya. Get well soon and best from our family, Alex (Sonny) Brandau
Sounds like you are doing well John! It was so nice to read your comments from your doctor too! I went to the Argentine Tango lesson today and danced for several hours so I need to rest my toes..One day we will dance the Cha Cha..
It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your family. It has also been a pleasure caring for you. I really enjoyed reading all your comments and seeing the pictures (especially the pictures)! Keep up the good work!!
Looking forward to you being back on the dance floor....You will be missed at this Friday's Halloween contest! Maybe you can come dressed as a patient and just watch! So glad to hear about your positive progress health wise and family wise; you deserve it! Take Care, Trish
I am sorry you lack energy, but happy to know that all is going as expected. I mean, it WAS heart surgery, so it may take a little bit more time to get "back up to speed"! I am sooooo happy that you have been blessed by your children and that your relationship with them has grown. It sounds to me that you have great neighbors to keep you worry free about the maintanence of your home. I am looking forward to seeing you back on the dance floor; I am sure that once you get the doctor's ok, there will be no stopping you! You have been missed! Take care my sweet friend! (Trish Reed)