Happy to sea that it was smooth saling for you. I wanted to play in the fountain but my wife would not let me. I had Dr, G fix my broken heart on St Patricks day, it has been rough seas at times, but man it was worth it. I feel great thanks to Dr Gillinov and his awsome staff at Cleveland Clinic. Be sure and walk even if you dont want to!!!
Loved the pictures. Goes to show that they can't keep a good guy down. Must be because you're a Sox fan and have lots to look forward to. Teresa, you are the best. Prayers continue.
The Santa Claus family
Richard, I was so glad to see your pictures...I knew you would recover fast...nothing is going to keep a good guy down...love your Aunt's comments....Teresa, you're a good wife...I'm so glad that we met at the games. Take care and God Bless..Marikay
Sounds like you are doing tremendously so keep up the work. The more you do, walking-breathing-moving about the quicker you will recover.
Like Cheryl said, it look s like from your pic you ended up with a median sternotomy. I did as well. I thought my recovery would be more difficult, but it was not. I was back at work at 6 weeks, and playing golf at 9 weeks. Just avoid the lifitng and cushion yourself wehn sneezing and you will heal quickly.
I loved seeing your upbeat words on the screen, it is like I can hear you saying them. Teh pitures are great too - you look amazing for just having surgery! I am so glad that you so brave to take this journey with your family and doctors - we need more Richard love in this world!
I wish you speedy recovery! We love you.
Love Cousin Elana, Matt and Micah!
It was really hard to leave today. But we came home to Chicago with that good warm tummy feeling. Richard is doing better than great and Teresa has barely left his side. I am grateful for these blessings. And btw, you have not lived until you've seen Richard walking the CC halls in a hospital gown and his "cape." Love to Mr and Mrs Volpe xoxo Auntie Cori
Richard. I love being able to check your progress. It was really cool to see the pictures too (once I figured out all I had to do is click on "my photos" duh. Only took but a minute but still "duh"! You are looking splendid to say the least. Stu and Cori looking good too. When do you get to go home? Looking forward to talking to you once you are home. Love you......Judy
VERY happy that all went GREAT!! We all had faith that all would go well and Im glad all our prayers were heard! Like I said b4 you have a few angels up there, watching over you and protecting you, we all love you and cant wait til you come home!!
xoxo, Mrs.T, Cathy, Jill, Breanna, Meghan, Jim, Maria, Mia, Bella, Kelly, Matthew, Marissa and of course R.I.P. Mr. T. aka "The Legend"
The best is yet to come! It seems like everything is right on schedule for a quick recovery.
It has been three weeks since I was in CICU at CC and I can't believe how good I feel. There really isn't much I don't feel capable of doing - except those forbidden things like picking up heavy stuff and racing up stairs. I sometime wonder if, indeed, Dr. Mihaljevic really did something. I feel far less fatigue but it just doesn't seem right that I am this energetic.
If I HAD to go to work on Monday, I am very positive I would be capable of doing it. Fortunately, I have been retired for four years and I am VERY good at being retired.
In no time you will be back at your son's baseball games. With your positive attitude, everything will be fine in short order!
Good to hear from you...you will soon be back in Illinois doing what you do best. I know Teresa is a big help to you...make sure you give her a big kiss for taking good care of you! Your Wisconsin Italian Friend-leo
I'm so glad to hear that you're on the mend so quickly, although it probably seems like a lifetime to you when you're going through it. I hope to talk to you sometime soon. Maybe Teresa can supply a phone number when you are able to talk. Love,
Marla and family.
Richard, we have been keeping up on your progress. We are so glad this is behind you and you are well on your road to recovery. You have a great support system! We continue to send our well wishes to you and your family.
We visited Richard last night on day one of surgery. He felt well enough to offer a dinner suggestion, which we followed. If you want to consume three days' worth of calories in a single meal, do what we did and visit Melt Grilled. In honor of my nephew's heritage, I ordered the GODFATHER, a lasagna sandwich on two inch white bread. Fries and cole slaw "come with." Richard, even under your post op fog, you know how to eat. I love you xoxo Aunti Cori
HEY NUMBER 1 SOX FAN GLAD TO HEAR YOU DOING GOOD AND THAT SURGERY WENT GOOD. GET WELL SOON DUDE THE SOX NEED YOUR SUPER SUPPORT.
BEST WISHES TO YOU RICHARD AND YOUR FAMILY AND GLAD YOU DOING OK
DOUGIE DOG SEE YOU SOON I BE IN CHICAGO WHEN YOU ARE HOME.
We visited Richard this evening and he looked great.If one eliminated the tubes, he looked like nothing was done. In fact, I wonder if he was faking all this just to get a little attention. They did not do the sex change operation, but he will still always be my niece Rene'. Seriously, he looked an sounded great. I got him laughing which may not have been the smartest thing to do as it hurt when he laughed. If Joey was here we probably would be banned from the hospital. I feel good and relieved that all went well and he looked as good as he did. Uncle Stu and Aunt Cori