Glad you are doing so well. I signed up to get your posts, since I am a fellow Mt. Sinai Alumni. Your posts concerning the tasteless food, are hilarious! I too, enjoyed the jello and frozen sherbet. By the way, did you get your heart pillow? When I was there I had to ask for it a few times, because they had none in. It was important to me to go home with it, so they finally found one for me. Hope you are home soon,
Theresa C. Mitral Repair mt.Sinai Dr. Adams
They gave me a vitamin B12 shot today and I zoomed home and mowed the lawn! My car was filled with about 2 gallons of water from a leak somewhere, so I wet vacuumed it all out and put some duct tape in a suspicious spot on the windshield. It's supposed to rain again tonight. OY!
I can't wait to hang with you and watch movies! Did you listen to the mp3? It's so boring it will put you right to sleep! And relax you as well! Hugs and Kisses! Love, Lyn
Thanks for the link. Now I know what's really happening to you! Gotta go to Kingston now....I'll write more later. YOur heart just needs to get used to it's new rhythm. Breath a lot! Slow and easy! I have a relaxation mp3 I'll email it to you. It really works! Love, Lyn
You are cracking me up! At least you are getting some solid food. They kept me on liquids so long and kept trying to feed me "cream of mushroom" soup that was really dredged from a swamp somewhere. The only thing that kept me going was the raspberry jello!
Has your heart rhythm resolved itself? Sorry I don't know more about that. Mine beats fine but aches sometimes...
Jim had something called junctional rhythm for awhile post surgery--irregularity of the atrial ventricular node, I think, says Wikipedia. It resolved. The heart does some funny things while it's getting back to normal. It's amazing what they can do there; I remember Dr. Adam's PA telling us before surgery that they monitor you so closely there, watching for everything. It was very reassuring. I hear you about the coffee!! I'm a coffee addict. I get headaches if I suddenly quit. But it's probably good that you're not over-caffeinated right now, I guess.
Selma, Selma, you KNOW you need protein to heal, so eat some protein along with that fruit!!! Glad you are feeling well enough to complain. From what I know, A fib is much more common than V fib.... are you hooked to a temporary pacemaker? What is your heart-rate running? I'm sure they're watching you closely, it takes several days to get the heart back in shape! Each day will be better and soon you will be drinking caffeine again!
HI Selma, Sounds like you are having a good time. Possum and valves sounds yummy. But the fruit salad etc sounds a whole lot better, think I would take that instead. How is the hobbling to the bathroom doing?You take care. Maybe tomorrow you will get some other yummy little dish.lol
For the long haul
Selma, you're doing great if your biggest concern is your meal plan.
Ya, the food was lousy, but they made up for it with poor service. Lunch would arrive anywhere between 12:15 and 2 pm. Breakfast sometimes around 8, sometimes 9. Dinner time varied too. Often my roommate got his meal at least 1/2 hour before I did. The explanation I got was that the food department had just started a new "delivery system" (whatever that means, it wasn't working).
I usually had to harass people to get any food at all -- that diverted my attention from the food quality; hard to complain too much when you work so hard just to get something delivered.
I agree--the food looked awful; but Jim didn't have an appetite so he did what he could. Jeff Shebovsky who was in at the same time told us about Italian ices--have them bring you Italian ice--they will!
I work in a hospital...send the food back and ask for something else. They can make you a sandwich anytime of day. If they know you're not happy, they'll go out of their way to make it good...just like a restaurant.
All hospitals have to participate in a common survey program called Press Ganey. They will send you a survey and ask you all sorts of questions right down to the temperature of the food or if a complaint was rectified in an acceptable manner. Speak up if you don't like something! They'll go out of their way to not get a bad survey score!
Glad you're feeling well enough to complain about the food!
Hey I see thats the reason. They just don't want you to get compfy in bed. Thats their way to get you out and about. Guess I will be in trouble when that day comes cause I have these wings now for arms. It all just hangs there and I can't do anything about it yet. So maybe I will just start calling them my water bottles lol. Hang in there
For the long haul
Hi Selma, Hearing all this water stuff, now I know why the doctor wanted me to loose weight. lol He just didnt tell me that, so I guess I better keep going with it. Glad you are doing good.
For the long haul
Hey little blimp, lol, don't feel bad, I gained 17 pounds during surgery and I didn't even get chocolate!!! Don't worry, I lost it all before discharge and I bet you will too. It was quite a shock, but my face looked younger with some of the wrinkles gone!! Keep up the good work, the "real" recovery starts once all the drugs are out of your system, lol.
So glad you're baaaaaack....alive and in person. Your friend Pam did a great job with the updates, but we've all been waiting to her from you.
Getting out of ICU and into a regular room and eating and walking all sound good to me and you are making good progress. I do hope you can get a good nights sleep tonite too. When do you expect to get sprung?
My surgery date is about a month away and in NYC too, but oer at NYPresbyterian. That's if they don't try to change it again!!!!
Can't wait to hear more from you.....meanwhile I'm rooting for you!!!
Hopefully today you are without as many tubes, and up walking the hall! Keep those ice chips handy, and sit up in the chair. I knew you would do well, and will continue to do so! Soon you'll be home, but for now, rest as often as you can, and keep taking those deep breaths! It's over!!!!
Way to go! I'm so glad to hear that the surgery was a big success. Like you, Dr Adams also repaired my tricuspid valve, making the decision during the surgery. Take care. Today you'll leave ICU and make your was to Seven West, where I stayed and gradually got stronger, less cranky, and ready to go home.
- Jim Smith (surgery 3.13-2012)
Way to go Selma! You made it over your mountain. So happy to hear the good news, and sorry that you're going through some pain at the moment. But its temporary and soon you can focus on the recovery. With your personality and great attitude I am sure you'll be flying through rehab in no time.
I'm 5 days away myself now, and will be heading in when your posting away here on HVJ. Hoping to hear from you by then!