You are a making it very difficult to send you something. Get your butt out of ICU, so they will let me send something from the gift shop.
I hope the blood has made you less tired. You must have felt exhausted between the low blood pressure and the need for additional blood. I hope this gives you a little more energy. You need a Peter Luger steak.
If good wishes help, I could not possible send you more. Thinking about you so much.
Hey Mitch, hope the blood makes you feel stronger. I think it's fairly common to get transfused after OHS, bypass really dilutes the go juice! Just know I'm pulling for you, hope you get out of jail (oops...icu) soon. Behave yourself and hang tough!
Hi Mitch, Glad to hear you are getting back to normal, but I do have to say you're to funny. I think you are in Dr. Oz's hospital, if you see him tell him I said hey, watch him all the time. Just continue to improve and Im with you with the Giants hope they win tonightl, but I was hoping for the Broncos. Until Later Linda H
So happy to hear your surgery went well. My blood pressure was very low after surgery. They almost kept me in ICU and extra day but after about 30 hours there, they transferred me to step-down. My pressure stayed low throughout my hospital stay (I can't remember exactly what it was but it was something like 55 over 45.) It did start to climb by the time I was discharged 6 days after surgery and in time (can't remember how long - probably a few weeks) it was back to normal.
The only time since that I had blood pressure problems was when I was in rehab. When I arrived it was normal - but it shot up as I walked my warm-up laps. The cause? Fox News on all the TVs ringing the walking track. (Wish I was kidding!)
Hey Mitch!!!!!! So good to finally hear from 'da man himself!!! I know what your problem is...you were working out so hard before you went in for surgery that your heart, said ..."what the heck???" when they stopped it! And now it's telling you "make up your mind already!! First you work me to death, then you slam on brakes and NOW you want me to play nice???"
I wish I could have been there to hear your "drug talk". You are just too funny. I know your girls were excited and relieved to talk to daddy.
I had to work yesterday and today for a few hours. Supposed to be retired, but hey...giving me something to do other than worry about heart surgery, plus the extra money is nice. Gonna have to spend it on heart surgery stuff, though, lol.
Anyway, take care, behave (if that is possible) and I still have you in my prayers.
I am glad you are on your way to recovery. I had same problrm with low blood pressurr while in ICU. It. Turned out at the end my surgon was upset that they kept me there for 3 days and gave me lots of medications trying to elevate it and every time they stop it would go back down. At the end he got me out of ICU and off meds. My pressure is still on low side but that is better than having it on higher end. Perhaps talk to dr. On call and ask about just letting it be. I had bad reactions on those meds after i was less dizzy. But you are doing great and it will all fix itself in time. The worst is over:)
Each day will get better and you are moving in the right direction. I'm sure your girls loved talking to their daddy as much as he loved talking to them. Soon, this will be behind you and you will be at home recovering. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Janis Kielbasa
Its good to hear things are moving in the right direction. We're thinking of you, bro. Since we don't really have a dog in this fight, we'll cheer for the Giants tonight on your behalf. (My Lions don't actually play in a league that allows them to go to the Superbowl...oh, wait, yes they do!)
It will get better as time goes on, there are always some little setbacks for mostly everyone, I remember when I opened my eyes, in CICU I said "Yes I am alive" then I said a prayer Thanking GOD and my surgeon and his staff. Oh by the way
Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery! I had my aortic valve and root replaced in march with dr Stewart. I'm 28 and very active so I could really relate to pretty much everything you posted, But the kicker for me was that the night before mt surgery I too loaded up at Elios! Good luck with the recovery. You will be back to yourself in no time. You are in great hands and seem to have tons of support form family and people from this site, but if you have any questions about recovery or what not don't hesitate to email me.
Great news Larry! Thanks for the update. Tell Mitch I said hello and "hang in there". Can't wait to hear all the details (good and bad). You are a good friend for doing this for him (and for us...so we don't worry). Take good care of him!
Please tell Mitch that I developed A-fib also, but after I was at home. Beta-Blockers and Coumadin were prescribed and did the trick. I know it is a scary feeling even though it was anticipated. Thinking of you a lot these days.
I have been following your progress since surgery glad to hear all went well, even with the little set back last night. I have been keeping in touch with Larry so as soon as I am allowed will come visit. Beth
Bummer! Well....they say about 1/3 or patients who have heart surgery develope Afib temporarily. Sorry you had to be one of them, but hopefully it will resolve itself. Don't be discouraged, okay? Just when you thought it was going to be a piece of cake, huh?? I am thinking of you and praying this is just a teeny tiny little bump in the road.
Thanks for the update Larry.
You're doing great, Mitch! Many, if not most, of us had afib. I certainly did. Also, keep in mind recovery is not a consistent upward trajectory. It is up and down. You will not feel better every minute of every day. As long as the overall trajectory is upward, you're doing fine!
Mtch, we did it! Sounds like you are doing great kepp it up young man :) ive had a final minor problems but nothing major and nothing i havent had with previous surgeries of differnet natures so i wasnt surprised when these arose. Surgery itself went great and a success and ive been walking 4 times a day around the ward today and yesterday and sitting up is actually more comfortable for me then laying down. Its so nice to hear that thngs went well for you i will look for your posts and see how ots all going. Take care claire tunmore
MITCH! So glad you are up and around. Been thinking about you ALL WEEK. I so happy that the pictures show you looking fine; in fact so much BETTER than pictures from the bus during our Europe MBA trip. Much love & laughter, Dee Cullinan
You look great, now a big burden is lifted off you shoulders, Yahoo. I know you would do excellent, Cardiac Surgeons are the best in the business, now the next part is getting through the hospital stay. Keep walking everyday, before you know it you will be home. Things will go slow at first but once you are feeling better, time will go by fast. I have one more week (12 weeks) before I go back to work, I could get use to this semi retired bit, LOL take care I will continue to lift you up in prayer everyday, be well my friend. Jim
Hi Mitch this is Jeff Shebovsky's mom... been pulling for you ......you look great ! I am delighted to see that everything went well and you are doing so TERRIFIC, Wishing you continued health and well being.
Okay...who's lying??? NO WAY!!! No way I believe he had open heart surgery 24 hours ago!!! Is this a joke Mitch???
Wow...I am amazed and impressed and HAPPY!!!! You look wonderful! So...you loving that heart pillow, huh?
You are really setting the bar high there, my friend. I feel the pressure!!!
Just read Adam's blog...now I know why I'm having to wait so long...Dr. Gillinov wrote a book and is doing book signings this month, lol!
Take care my friend, keep up the great work, but don't overdo, give the nurses a break, lol!