Pete, thank you so much for the update on Joy's surgery. I have been praying for her a lot and was so glad to hear that all went well. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Sometimes it is hard when you are caring for someone you love to even think about yourself. Even for you, "Mr. Amazing". You both mean so much to me and I am just so glad that things went well. I will be anxiously awaiting further updates.
Thanks for the update on Joy's surgery. I'm glad to know she's going to be fine and that everything went well. Get some sleep because tomorrow is going to be another big day. Wishing her well and keeping you both in my prayers.
Pete - thank you so much for keeping us updated on Joy ! YAHOOOOOO SOOOOO very very happy that she got through it with flying colors. I am continuing to pray for you as well as her - please give her a high-five from me. With love ~ Christine from Sun City Yoga
I've been thinking about you all day today as you enter this final waiting period and just want to wish you good luck. I'll be keeping you in my prayers and will be looking forward to a positing letting us know you are okay. God bless.
Praying for a successful surgery and recovery, Joy. As they wheel you into surgery, think the most pleasant thoughts you can and when you wake up you will also feel that peace. Will wait to hear that all is well from Pete (my hubby is also Pete).
I know you have your pre-op this morning and your surgery tomorrow and I just wanted to wish you well and tell you I will be praying for your successful surgery and quick recovery. Danny,my son, who had AVR surgery on 7/1, had his first post-op appointment yesterday, and is doing AWESOME. I hope this gives you some confidence about your own surgery being equally successful. He is only 19 days post op and is out shopping and going out to dinner and just about everything (except playing basketball). I've been thinking about you and wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely Mary James
My thoughts and prayers will be with you, Pete, your parents, and in-laws this week. May God be with the surgeons, nurses and medical staff that will be caring for you. May He grant you strength and encouragement during your recuperation. Namaste'. Lyn
Joy, I will be thinking of you on the 21st....I hear that they only do the most beautiful women's Aortic valve surgery on the 7/21 !!!!!
That's you and I.....At this point I'm very nervous. I go into the hospital on Monday for
a test, if that's okay then I will be admitted
on Tuesday for surgery on the 21st. My surgery
could be postponed if I have another bladder infection...Keep in touch...Lee
Good luck to both you and Pete. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. As a previous caregiver, I know you will be in good hands with Pete - it really is wonderful to be able to help your life partner and be there for them. Nancy Wright
I am sure you are going to be fine. You have such a positive attitude. I too, have been very emotional lately as the reality of my condition continues to escalate. I will pray for you to have a flawless surgery and speedy recovery. God Bless. Linda Stahl
I'm 5 weeks post-op today and starting to feel almost normal! It has really gone so fast and I can't believe I'm here already. My surgery experience was not as bad as I thought; the most difficult thing for me has been having the patience to heal. I think you will surprise yourself at how well you do throughout the surgery and recovery. You seem like you have a really good attitude and that makes all the difference. We will all be with you and cheering you on!!
I'm sending you my best wishes and prayers for a very successful surgery. The week before my son's surgery, Danny, on July 1rst, I was a basket case, too. He was very nervous, anxious, angry and frustrated with his situation, too. Especially at 19 years old, it is a lot to handle. Hang in there. You are a strong woman and have a good husband so you are very blessed. I will keep you in my prayers and can't wait to hear about your successful surgery and speedy recovery. Dan is just 2 weeks post op and we went out to dinner and shopping today. It was great fun and he is doing super. I hope the best for you, too. Mary James
When I read your journal it gave me the shivers just reflecting back on how I felt about this time. I'm sending you a big cyber hug and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You are a real trooper and I wish you the best. Just keep thinking about when it's over and you are beginning recovery. Keep up your brave front, you might just begin to believe it! God bless.
have been thinking of you as you near your date. Hope the next several days go by quickly for you. Not having to fly to the hospital must make it a little easier. I assume hubby will be able to go home at night and then return to see you. You are focused and well prepared and I know you will do well. A week from now it will all be behind you and you will be on your way to recovery. I will pray for peace for you as you near your surgery and for an excellent outcome.
Dear Joy, Pete's perspective is a lot like I tell people about my surgeries several years back--I went in for a "complete overhaul". Afterward, I was better than I haad been in many years! I am sure that you will do well, too. Your doctor sounds great and it is good to know that you will be in such good hands. I think of you and pray for you every day. You are always in my heart.
Thank you so much for writing to me. I am so glad I signed up for this extra support. I will also be praying for you and waiting to heart all is okay. If there is anything I can do to help you through this process please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for your kind words in my journal. I wish you only the best as you begin your preparations for surgery. I will say a prayer for you .....and will be waiting to hear all is ok.
Seems like such a long time ago when you first logged into the HVJ. What a great idea to read all of the journals because like you say, you can always pick up some bit of advice that hasn't been mentioned recently. You just can't prepare yourself enough. I can't help but think how well you should manage with your yoga background. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
My name is Mary James and my son, Danny, who is only 19 years old, had the same surgery that you are facing. He is now only 5 days post op and he and I took a walk to the end of our street and back tonight. The human body is AMAZING. I would have NEVER dreamed that he would handle the surgery so well. I understand your anxiety as the date fast approaches, as they had to reschedule Danny's surgical date two times. I know you will do well and I will pray for you. My son was able to leave the hospital only three days after the surgery. I was very nervous about Danny's surgery, too, however all of the people on this site were able to give me the advice I needed to confidently prepare for his surgery. You will do Great, too. Best wishes and I will be praying for you. Mary
Know what you mean about the reality of it all. You've had a bit of wait for your surgery. I waited from January till March and I remember when I turned the calendar page to March, I took a big swallow and felt like a relief but also some tension. How exciting to see that exhibit in Austin. You are well prepared emotionally, I believe, and that will make all the difference.
We are thinking of you and Pete as you continue to prepare for your surgery. I spoke with Betty this morning and she mentioned how you are wishing the time for the surgery would already be over. That is certainly understandable. We hope the two of you had a great 4th of July and imagine you are looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Take care and you will be very close in our thoughts.
Melinda and Dave
I really appreciate your feedback on the second opinion. I have always been one to fix things when they are broken and I am thinking positively about the entire process. It is really great to hear your descriptions of procedures and tests you have in preparation for your surgery. Did the doctor say how long you might be in the hospital following the surgery?
Just thinking of you and hope you are doing well as you get down to the final weeks before your surgery. Here in my part of FL we are also getting the mid 90's that you're getting, but we have humidity with a capital H. You may find it difficult to do your post op walking outside. When we lived in Westlake Hills, I walked in the morning, 6am. After surgery I walked inside my home a couple of times a day.Nice to read your encouraging notes to others.