One of those pill compartment thingies is very useful with all the pills you have to take early on. Be aware, though, that you have to know what you're taking. Read up on them and on the side effects. If you don't feel right, discuss the pills with your doctor. they gave me something to control my blood pressure, but I've never had a bp problem and it made me dizzy so I had to stop taking that after 2 weeks. Also, I had to go off Coumadin after 3 weeks and went to aspirin because I had so much blood in the urine. Now all I take is digoxin in addition to the meds I've taken for years (diabetis and thyroid). If you don't feel like you're improving, discuss it with the doctor. They usually can tell you which of the pills is causing the problem. The dr said taking the digoxin is just for 6 months until they're sure the heart has its normal rhythm.
Best of healing--from my repaired heart to yours.
Sorry I missed you Thurs. I went to the hospital, but you had just been discharged I was told. Take care and oh by the way I very much would like to borrow that sexy hat of your in the picture. Get well.
Lori, I think of you every day and am so glad your home and starting the recovery period. You have always been such a blessing with those around you at work and home. I miss your smile and cheerfulness. I pray God will continue to bless you with a speedy recovery and give you many happy moments during your healing process.
Will you have tgo stay on the coumadin long term or is it just something for the transition period? I know w/ that you do have to be monitored regularly. Glad that you had a souper day w/ Candy. Hopefully in the spring or summer we can all get together again & have a group "souper" day! Grace
Hey Wakat! Hope that you are going to watch the Bears play the Packers today! They really need the most positive person I know rooting them on! Courtney and Brad will be there, she is crazy excited! Just so you know I am not recovering from heart surgery and I didn't go outside yesterday. BURRRR!!!! Glad you are doing what you are suppose to be doing! Keep at it! Hugs, Deb aka Wakat's sub :)
Lori this is Dawn, I read your blog everyday
You really make it sounds like its a piece of cake. You sounds like your spirts are up more and more everyday. You help remind me of somethings taken for granite.
Please contnue you the good postitive living your doing, your are an inspiration to us all.
Glad to know you are home once again. Bet that felt so good to be back in your own space. I laughed when you had Portillo's! Every time I am in town, I pretty much make sure to eat at Portillo's at least once. Or twice! ;) Comfort food.. yummy! T'care!!
So glad to hear everything is going well and they have the Afib under control. I didn't have Afib, but I did have a racing heartbeat afterward. Can you blame the poor little heart after all its been through? It needs rest, good food and happy thoughts!
I'm glad your home and things are going well I hope they continue. How good it must feel to be home and finally shower and have some peace of mind. Thank you for all you do you are a blessing to know and a blessing to others I will keep you in my prayers and wish you well.
Gosh, Lor, you amaze me! You are in my prayers and heartfelt thoughts! You have always been one who never slowed down...please get the rest you need! You are loved by many, including me. Take care Lori. Jeanne
Lor, So glad that you are at home and feeling comfortable. Another shower, nothing better than feeling clean! I do hope Ryan got in alright from Colorado and you are enjoying some time with him. Looking forward to seeing you! Hugs! Deb C :)
Just take it one day at a time. You're doing great! I admire your attitude & courage. Yes, I said courage because it's true. Actually, it's a miracle that you're home in just one week's time. Love, Grace
I don't know you, but we have mutual friends (Lin Francois). I too had open heart surgery - mine was April 9 - mitral valve replacement. 5 hours surgery as they tried to fix it first, then realized time would not allow a full repair, so the replacement took place.
I'm glad you've heard of Adam Pick and his book. It was not only helpful for me, but also my caregiver (mom)! I also was out of hospital in 1 week - I'm sure you're glad to be home!
Don't rush your recovery. I'm told mine will be 12-18 months before 100% recovery. It's helped me keep things in perspective. Also, I'd highly recommend any rehab that can be done - both at home first with nurse/doc..., then at hospital for 36 weeks (assuming insurance covers this for you). It provided great connections with other patients that were encouraging! Though I was in a different hospital situation (Mercy Center, Aurora, IL), I'd imagine those things are available to you.
Lastly, I also recommend a support group called "Mended Hearts". It's a support group for those who have had heart surgery. Ours meets at Mercy Center usually the last Wed PM of the month (7pm - 8:30pm). Not everyone wants to join, which is fine, but it's neat to hear stories of others who are dealing with similar issues and ask pertinent questions. For more info - contact Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.
God bless you & your recovery!
You're in my thoughts & prayers,
PS I've actually put together an article of things I'm learning from open heart surgery. Alot of it is based on Bible verses that have taken on new meaning since the surgery. If you are interested, let me know and maybe via Lin I can email it or something.
I can't tell you how happy I am to know that you are home, Lori. As you get better, you will become restless and want to do more...please be careful about how much more you do, each day. Do not rush this.
Everybody at HSHS is thinking of you, and for those who pray, they're praying!
Glad that Al gets to have some rest now, and Sue, too. What fine "watch dogs" you have.
Congratulations on arriving home! And applause for your husband and sister. Sometimes, this sort of hospital stay is just as hard on the support team. I hope your recovery continues on the "I can't believe she is doing so well so fast!" path. Pat Dragisic
Lori - Glad to hear that you're home and doing well. Remember to take it easy when you watch the football game on Sunday. Just cheer loud when the Bears do something good. Smile politely when the Packers goof up.
*If, by some fluke, you're a Packers fan, then I hope your cable goes out on Sunday and you sleep through the game.
You are so strong and have an amazing support network.
I am jealous, I love Portillos hot dogs (I grew up in Chicago/Schaumburg).
I had horrible sweating after surgery. I made my father walk the streets of Boston to buy me a small fan. I donated it to my room mate when I left who was experiencing the same.
You will be home soon.
Ah, nothing like a Portillo's dog and a chocolate shake. The great American meal.
I asked my friend, Dave, to drop you a line about his heart valve replacement a few months ago. He's a great guy and I am sure will have encouraging words.
You may think it's a case of two steps forward, three steps back, but remember that God has given us a tremendous ability to heal. Ps 139:14 "I give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Hey Aunt Lori...I hear today was a rather good day (with Portillos and all). I am so happy to hear you are going home soon. Like I said before I left, the next time I see you..you will be at home :). Stay strong and I will see you very soon. I love you
I miss you!! :) So, two step foward and one step back eh? why does it have to be two foward and one back? Isn't this leaps and bounds foward now that you have a healthy heart? :) NASA had to go through several shuttles before Neil Armstrong made that first step on the moon and that was ONE step! :) YOu can do it, but take your time!!! Recover, but recover completely!!! We have faith in you! HUGS!!!!!
Happy to hear things are going well for you! I lost the email with this link and finally found it this morning. Have said many prayers for you. I had a girlfriend that was supposed to go in Tuesday for cancer surgery and it was postponed. Death in surgeon's family. We had an emotional weekend with her surgery and another close family death. Rollercoaster! Say hi to Sue for me. Keep taking those baby steps. We never realize just how traumatized our body can get from something like this, but then it reminds us just how remarkable the human body is! Take Care...Cheryl O'B
Just remember that many of us, when we post online, want everyone to think we're doing absoulutely fabulously and we frequently don't post the 1-step backward events. We all have them. Next week will be 4 months for me, and I went through exactly what you're going through (except heart rate at 180), and here I am fit as a fiddle. You will be, too.