I remember those days of exhausting showers. The days I washed my hair were the worst, all that arm lifting. Also seemed that all the moist air made it harder to get a good breath, but then did find out about the fluid situation in my lungs. It will get better. It's great that you have the energy to get out. Keep it up, stay strong, remember week by week it's better.
Hi Joy~I just read your today's update, and am so relieved for you and Pete that things are going well and you enjoyed your lunch out with your husband (I've not met Pete, but it's so obvious how much he loves his Joy)... bottom line is, it probably DID help to get out a bit.
Just to see...I had to "down dog it" for a bit before I did realize that you shouldn't overdo that right now ;-)....I miss you so much...think it may be time for some chocolate (with sea salt) and a glass of wine. As it melts in my mouth very slowly...I'll put up a prayer that you are back on that fron mat ASAP...
SCTX Yoga Student
Thanks for signing my guestbook. You said your 2 weeks post op. I started feeling a turn around at about 5 - 6 weeks. Seems after that I reached a plateau and it just seemed to get better and better after that. No steps back. I'm amazed how wonderful I feel. You'll get there, too. And just wait........its wonderful!
Keep up the good work. Diana
Joya - Glad to hear that you're on the mend and feeling better. Pete's got to be the best nurse in the world (I think it's kind of romantic that he listens to you breathing at night). You're in the best of hands...you'll be downward dogging in no time!
Great to hear that your recovery is progressing so well. I agree with Pete that getting out of the house does help you. My wife had me to Costco about 4 days during my first week home and let me walk around the electronics department as much as I wanted without any hurrying me to the food area.
so good to hear the great news from your appointment with the surgeon. You are officially on the road to recovery and doing great. I am so happy for you...and pray all continues to go well. Keep us posted.
continue to recup but do get out as often as you feel. Being in the sun and seeing people if great! The more you see and do, the better you feel and can recuperate faster. (I knowfrom experience. You look good. Continue smiling...You are young yet and have much to look forward to. Kay
So glad to hear the great report from your surgeon. Sounds like you're on your way to a super, uneventful recovery. Glad you're sleeping better also. It's not easy to heal without good rest. My cardiologist hears a slight murmur on me and tells me that's normal post heart valve surgery, so I don't worry about it. Will see if it's still there at my 6 month check in September. keep healing.
I am so glad to hear you're doing so well. You were given a lot more info. at your post-op appt. than I got when I saw the physician's asst. yesterday. I will be starting rehab on 8/10 but won't see my cardiologist until late Aug. I have to ask... are you feeling really "bruised"? I just started feeling this way 2 days ago. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for your post in my guestbook. I'm really glad it brought encouragement to see me 6 months out. I actually ran 3 miles this morning. I had to use my heart rate monitor watch to keep the rate from getting too high. But it felt good to run that far again. Sounds like you are doing great and 6 months from now you'll be good as new, maybe better. I pray that you will have a smooth and simple recovery and that you will experience God's presence, healing, and peace, as did we.
You are making great progress. I'm happy to hear you sounding so well, and glad everyone is taking good care of you as you mend. Here's a great movie you can download and watch for free: http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/
Hi Joy -- so glad to read that you are doing well. Thanks so much for posting on mom's blog that feeling weak is NORMAL! So helpful! Mom's been asking about you and should have internet access soon since she's headed to rehab this afternoon. All the best. -- Colleen (Lee McAvinia's daughter).
Hi Joy, Glad you are home and on the road to recovery. Sounds like you are making good progress-must be the yoga and all the wonderful support.Im thinking of you and wish you the best for a speedy recovery. Take care,Nancy in MA
I've been thinking about you every day for the last week and sending you good wishes for speedy healing. I'm so glad to hear that you are up and around and able to walk a little bit.
It sounds like you are well taken care of meal wise. Please let me know if you need anything else. I wish you deep and easy sleep!
Thanks for the message in my guestbook. It's good to hear how well you are sounding. That's that yoga!
We're just back from holidays where internet access was quite limited and with my own computer having had some difficulty lately, I haven't been on the net too much. I do get the messages on my blackberry but it wasn't easy to pull it out when I was visiting with others and start typing. Anyway, I was still managing to follow your progress.
Welcome home! It is so good to hear that you are doing well. I love to read your journal entries. Thank you for keeping us updated. I can just picture you walking through the Farmers Market in your PJs. :)
Take care. You are in my thoughts.
You are doing so well. Have you thought about buying a bed wedge for sleeping? There are a couple of Relax The back stores in Austin and I know they sell them. You put your pillow on it and it raises you and supports you for sleeping on your back. I napped exactly twice during my recovery although I would get in my recliner and relax. I am not a daytime sleeper but I thought I would be able to, post op. Glad you've been able to get out of the house for some of your walking. How do you like sitting in the back seat and being chaufered? Remember, measure your progress by the week, not the day. Your Pete sounds like mine, a sweetheart!! keep healing.
It's hard when you're healthy, healthy, healthy, and then you can't do hardly anything without feeling it. Go ahead and complain. Too bad you can't nap during the day. Sleep is a good escape and before you know it, you're well again. Sounds like you are well on your way. Just don't overdo it too soon.
Thinking of you.
It's difficult to believe it has been a week already since your surgery although to you it probably feels much longer. You have a wonderful support group, and I'm sure Pete appreciates help with the cooking. I know you must be feeling a little impatient since you have always been so independent and active and not one to sit around. As far as I'm concerned you are entitled to whine if you want!!
I think of you often, Joy, and always like to read your updates.
You are doing just fine. I think we all want everything to be back to normal. It will take time. I am sure you heard that before. It will happen and you will look back at this as "doing you're time." You are doing as much or more than I did a week after surgery.
The sleep was a problem for me as well. I never did use the recliner, just lots of pillows and sitting up with my back against the headboard. I am not a good sleeper to begin with. You might want to try NatureMade Sleep. It works for me and is all natural.
Keep up the good work. You will feel better as the time goes bye.
Thanks for the post. I find myself missing them if a day goes by and one has not been received since the surgery. It will be a good day when you are all well and have nothing to write about except the usual days activities.
Continue on. It sounds like you are doing great.
Hi Joy: I read all of your messages, and am pulling for you. Sorry you are still so uncomfortable. Surely that will pass soon. We are proud of you. One of these days it will be back to leaping over tall buildings in a single bound!
Philip and Tissa Baker
So glad you are home and doing well. That nausea you experienced had to be awful! Slowly your strength will come back - every day just gets better and better.
We had breakfast at the Country Roads in Kittredge on Sunday and I thought of you as we were right across from the Evergreen Nursery - which, unfortunately, is closed. A real loss to the area! I suspect our day was a lot cooler than you were experiencing.
After all your time of waiting, now it's all over and being home is the best medicine. Having read so many journals you know not to overdo and to rest when (or even before) you're fatigued. Use your spirometer, it really helps. Great news.
I have tears of joy foryou and the fortunate path that has led you to be part of my life. I will be so excited to see you in front ofthe yoga class doing some ofthe things you do best. So glad you are home and all went well. Take care of yourself and don't rush into anything. Pete is a great one to have by your side. Hugs, Kay L.
Joya - Glad to hear you're doing well. I've been thinking about you. I expect you'd slap me if I said home is where the heart is (sneaky, huh?), but I'll just say that home is where the love and healing is.
Hi Joy! I am glad to hear you're doing better and better with each passing day and hope to hear that you get out soon. I got out yesterday and my recovery has been pretty uneventful so far. I continue to keep you in my prayers.
Hi Joy and Pete
Every post is better and better. I never really had any nausea but so many others have and it can't be pleasant. Can't begin to heal if you can't eat, so glad that issue has been taken care of. You'll be home soon and you can regale us with the stories of your recovery which i pray is uneventful.
I am so happy you are up and about. Don't you just love this amazing 21st century medicine. We are all so blessed to have the miracle workers. I will continue to pray for the best and fastest recovery possible. Linda S.
A hello from the cool mountains of Colorado - sending you some great wishes for a speedy recovery. Sounds like surgery went well and was successful. I hope your next week is like mine has been. I had surgery a week ago and I feel really good. So much better than I EVER thought I would. Erik even called this morning as he was driving to work to remind me that I shouldn't overextend myself. I have a friend coming up to return a dog and I was going to take her out to lunch at Red Rocks park. I may have to reconsider. I feel well enough to do it but maybe it's not smart. And, God knows, I want to be SMART.
But my new reconditioned heart is wonderful. Everytime I hear it pumping, I just start to grin! Think on the happy side!
I'm happy to hear your surgery went well and it sounds like you're on the road to recovery. Don't worry about the lack of appetite . . . I didn't eat much in the hospital (the food didn't help!) and it took a few weeks to get my appetite back... Sadly, it's BAAACCCKKK! I need to lose the pounds I packed on in the year before surgery (why isn't rapid, unexplained weight LOSS???)
Take each day as it comes. You'll be feeling much better soon.