Thanks for your updates. I am following your progress to learn more of what to expect for my March surgery where I will get aortic and mitral valves, both tissue. Dr Gillinov's nurse tells me when I need replacements, years from now, they will be done as you said, without heart surgery, yeah. Guess what I've learned from everyone is rest, rest, rest!! Keep posting.
Did they tell you not to eat salt? re: swelling? also no hidden salt i.e. canned soup etc
Still it sounds really reassuring. Re: fatigue- I remember the surgeon telling me- you can get up, get showered, get dressed and suddenly feel like you have to lie down- "do it", he said, "pushing yourself just makes recovery slower". All us Type A's - it's hard to just rest- but rest when you need to and push when you feel like it is the motto of the day.
Am so glad to read that you're home. Leave it to you to go to Australia with that DX- Oy!
I've been thinking about you and look forward to these updates.
Again if you need anything done here please let me know and I'll share this with the group= have al;so sent them all the link
All good thoughts
We know you are a chronic overachiever, but we think Cheryl from Ontario had some good advice for you Saturday – slow and steady. We are so glad to have seen you, and to have seen you in such remarkable condition under these circumstances! Although the ride home Saturday may have been an exception, or at least the several minutes directly thereafter, we still think you are the poster child for valve replacement recovery. Keep up the great work! We’re only a phone call or quick flight away if you need anything.
Hi Joe, you don't know me but I was reading your journal. Thanks for posting the journal and I'm glad things are going good for you.
I'm facing similiar surgery in the next couple of years as my bi-cuspid aortic valve is starting to fail. U of P is probably where I'll be going. Can you post how you choose the Dr to do your replacement from there or was one just assigned to your case. What DR did your valve replacement, from the sounds of things he did a good job.
Welcome home! You'll be back on your feet in no time with your Ma's good cooking! Make sure you listen to both the doc and your folks! Can't beleive only a few days after surgery and you're home!
Thank your Dad for us all! He may have just started himself a new career..!
WestPoint Jean :)
Welcome back - you were hardly gone though - what a fast recovery! Look forward to the more intimate details although your Dad did a vital job in keeping the journal going, thank you!
Double therapy, eh? So how did that work for you? Take some well-spent time and read some of these journals to see what most of us are saying - slow and steady. This recovery thing takes time so be careful to not do yourself damage by trying to do too much too fast. Enjoy being home and let yourself be pampered a little. Really happy to see you have been sprung. Keep in touch. Cheryl, Ontario
Glad to hear from you and be able to participate in your recovery progress. You are making progress and doing good, hope you get to go home tomorrow! Take care and take it easy and fill us in when you feel up to it.
Still progressing--great news. But, tell me, how do you adjust your breathing? What do you have to do? And what does your body signal you? The whole idea that you can change how you breathe intrigues me.
I hope you are able to go home tomorrow--What kind of bad behavior could you get into anyhow.
It seems to me your recovery has been remarkably fast. That is really terrific.
See you soon,
Another day passes as you inch your way through recovery. Your surgery was a little more complex so your recovery naturally would be a little slower. Just try and keep your thoughts positive ones. There's a certain amount of mental as well as physical adjustment that seems to come with heart surgery. There are new feelings inside to adjust to. At least I found it that way. It takes time to relax with how you are ticking now as opposed to how you beat (I was going to say, ticked but that didn't flow right!) before. How's the food? Are you eating yet? Cheryl, Ontario
Good to hear of your improvements. I didn't find the removal of the tubes bothersome at all. I'm surprised they said anything. The freedom of getting rid of the gadgets is worth it. Hang in there. Cheryl, Ontario
Look at all the incredible snow that is greeting your successful surgery! The angels are jumping so much with joy, they musta lost all their feathers.... :)
Thanks for keeping 'us' all updated.
Good Morning Joe,
Glad you are better,but don't tell the doctors and nurses what to do. Just heard New York is having a blizzard. Aren't you glad your in Phili with just a storm.At least I get a day off. Hang in there, and you will get well.
Great news. I don't believe any of the others have written that the ventilator was in so long. Couldn't have been pleasant. We appreciate your assistant keeping us informed. Take care. Cheryl, Ontario
You can't stay away from the computer can you! Auntie could not believe you were back on the computer until I showed her you entries. She said to tell you she will be up with you recivery basket. Who knows what that will be. Worrying is over time to move forward with your life.
Love, Auntie & Uncle Bob
Wow Joe, super fast recovery and back at your keyboard - I am so impressed. You must have great jeans - oops should be genes!! It is such a relief to read about you and Barbara, after the complications that Duane and Richard had. You have lifted my gloomy pre op cloud, thank you!
Joe, good choice in valve replacement. I had AVR on 12/01/09 with a Carpentier-Edwards bovine pericardial aortic valve as replacement. The doctors at the Cleveland Clinin tell me the valve should last between 15 and 20 years,
An excellent choice on the heart valve. When you wrote "life time of taking blood thinners" I figured you'd opt for the alternative. Sound like you're doing very well. Looking forward to talking to you when you feel up to it.