Lori, TODAY will be the best day yet, because it is SHOWER DAY!!!! You'll feel like a new person! Remember healing is a process and 2 steps forward and 1 step back always makes you 1 step closer to where you want to be. Miss your smiling self! Hugs, Deb C :)
YES!!! we are winning 5-4. You served 2 points for us in the "Two steps forward" formation lol. Since you did the "one step back" formation you'll have to do the "1 FULL lap". When the game is over I'll treat you for a "Portillo's hot dogs". Lori you are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work. 2 thumbs up. ily DE
I had my aortic valve replaced last May and I'm very happy with the results. I feel great! But the recovery is a series of 2 steps forward, 1 step back . . . it's just the way it is. I had to learn to be a patient patient and keep a good attitude. It served me well and I'm sure you'll find the same thing.
Your heart and body have been through a trauma . . . it takes time for it to heal and start working at it's best. But it will happen! Take care of yourself, listen to your doctors and nurses, walk(!!), and you'll be feeling better soon.
Hi Hear me Saying hii with my loud laughter, Am I cheering you up now?? I know that you have some good or bad days there. Don't let your frustration get in your way, you can do it. Think of the happy singing in the shower today like you probably did watch the man singing in the shower ( Home Alone Movie). You will be fresh like new today. Keep smiling.. Deb K.
Two steps forward and one step back--- that's all right. Your friends and families are with you every step of the way. We will also continue to encourage you to step forward :-)
Hang in there, pal. I'm right beside you :-)
Hi, Lori,Makes sense that there will be some flip-flopping, but it sounds as if you are in very good hands all the way around. It's great that you=
are typing your own posts and walking and taking in some sustenance. Wereturn home Thurs. morning.Love, Barb
You are indeed a "walking" miracle once more again, just a few days after surgery! Yeah, saw that picture of you standing with IV wheelie, after your walk routes?! No wonder your heart is doing somersaults, grin! Hope your heart will behave and beat more rhythmically soon!
You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.... your students and co-workers miss ya! HUGS!! Rene'
Hang in there. My heart did the same thing. The doc walked into my room and said "congradulations, you are part of the 30% that experience this!" They kept me on anti fib meds for about 4 weeks. It never happened again.
I hope your experience is equally simple.
That is actually funny, Lor. I've never know you to flip-flop on anything. Now I know it can happen. In all honesty, that has to feel really strange. I will continue to pray that this new heart finds it's comfort zone soon.
You are in my prayers all day.
Love you, girl...
Don't worry. My heart did such violent flip-flops it felt like it was jumping around in my chest. Also, I couldn't lie on my left side for long because it felt like my heart was flopping into a hole in my rib cage. When I told the cardiologist, he explained that when the heart is operated on all sorts of things jiggle around. It DOES get better in a few weeks, and within a month, you'll have pretty much got it settled down. Don't agonize about it. Actually, it's sort of normal.
Very best of healing,
Keep up the good work, Lori! Looking forward to hearing about your continued progress. Al, now might be a good time to buy something cool that you've always wanted for yourself. How's she going to stop you?
So glad you are back on the 5th floor! And no more chest tube!! I'll be over to see you tomorrow. Good maneuvering to get over to the east side of the floor!! Just kidding but Shelly and I got to visit that side and the view is great! We got a history lesson as well. I'm praying for you daily and hope tomorrow is an even better day. Love,
I hope you had your Portillo's bites, yum! It's Monday night and I'm just getting ready for finals week to begin. We all miss you at school & many non-DHH staff have stopped me to ask how you are doing. My class wanted to say "HI" and on Friday were curious about how you were feeling. I shared some of updates to ease their curious minds.
Keep up with your cardio exercises and rest up! Talk to you soon!
I love reading your current levels and hearing about your progress toward your benchmarks. It's good to know they are progress monitoring for you on a regular basis. I cant wait to hear the report from your OT and PT. Next goal:
Given the support of a great medical team, an amazing family, and a terrific foundation of great friends, Lori will be able to motor to the gift shop and back without asking anyone for a hall pass with 100% enjoyment to be measured in smiles per mile (more like tile squares I guess, eh?) to be evaluated weekly using Sigma 10 assessment of levels of independence.
Miss you already.
Lori, i hope by now you're feeling a little better and al is not driving you to crazy.Al said the surgery went really well which is truly a blessing.Julia and i continue to pray for you and are looking forward on seeing you in the not to distant future.I know that God is with you and thru him he will heal your body and bring you back to normalcy in no time.Hang in there stay strong and will see you soon.Love, Keith
Good Morning..........Sure is hard being away but I know you are in good hands. Continue with your AMAZING strength, detrmination and will power. I have no doubt you will be back on 5th with the next move being home! Love you and miss you. I am sure Al and Susie are right there for you. Thanks guys........xoxoxoxo
Hi Lor Seems like things are going along pretty well Hope you are out of ICU after a short return. I love the current profile picture You are beaming You are truly surrounded by love
Love and prayers Kathy P
After reading today (1/16) blog- disregard the comment about watching the bears game, it may be too much for your heart. We don't know how the Bears will do anyway. A new recreation therapy for you today will be YOGA!
I am glad to see things went well for you. I am waiting for my surgery date and Im worried. Reading your journal has given me a bit of hope. I am worried about the pain from the cutting of the sternum bone. I am not very fond of pains med either but I am less fond of the pain. I will pray for you and may God keep you in his arms and walk you through this ordeal. Byron Cage
Hi Lori! I am so happy to read all the updates and hear about your great progress. Keep pushing on! I laugh as I read about how you want minimal pain meds, you are always so strong. Talk to u soon. Love Courtney
Hiya, Lori!!! Hope you feel better soon. I have a friend that had the same thing you have. Her name is Lorraine Schwander, 82. Get well soon & hurry back to school!!! Many Hugs from JULIE MARIE LONG!!!
You are totally amazing, Lor. I knew you would be an over achiever. I continue to pray for God's hand of healing. Take the pain meds and stay on top of the pain. No need to hurt. I will try to get up there early in the week to give you a gentle hug.
Luv you... Candy
Heart is winning 2-0. "Time out" ok you can "walk to the bathroom" but don't run :-)
Glad that you are making progress in your VB position lol...work on your serving "out" of the vb court (hospital) :-) DE
Hi Hi Sunshine, Wow I love this journal book.
You are one of the strongest people I know. You have the determination and strength to go on. You have alot of people behind you all the way. I bet doctors/nurses or other staff from the hospital enjoy you and love you too. Go rock the floor in the hallway today. Keep smiling!! Miss and Love you Deb Koll
I am very Thankful to here that you made it through your operation. I have been praying for you and will continue. You are a blessing and an amazing person. I will keep you in my prayers and ask God to watch over you and to guide you through your recovery and through anything else.