How are you doing? I've been fortunate not to have any colds or sinus problems. I do sneeze frequently and in the last week, the discomfort with sneezing has eased. I often fold my arms over my chest when I sneeze, but lately, there has been no need to do so. I guess that's progress. I just got back from a 5 day trip to Utah, Colorado and Arizona. Walking around National Parks in the 7000 foot range and I felt no shortness of breath!! To me, that is real progress.
I see you have had a echo. I think I better remind my doctor about that for me. I have returned to my general MD, as I have no confidence in my cardiologist any longer.
It really sounds like you are doing well!! Keep up the good work.
It's ironic that I was just about to post a question about the pain associated w colds after surgery.It has been three months and two-weeks since my surgery and I ahd a great three-month Echo. My heart is functioning as if I had never had AV problems and I was taken off of all medication i.e.Toprol. I have had several sinus infections which cause inflamation and my ribs ache so badly that I went to the doctor, He mentioned that this is a condition for post-Op AVR and prescribed Mobic.
I try to just take X-Strength Tylenol but the Mobic really helped. Made me a little dizzy so I stopped taking it.
I am still pre op so I read your article to see if you were fit enough to be back in the work force. I can imagine that it will take a long time for everything to click back in place. There is such a lot of repair going on.
Best wishes - my father used to say that it takes 12 months to get over any major surgery!
The denial of access to Cardio Rehab must be related to your insurance coverage/contract.You and I have the same status " No pre-exisitng conditions or diseases; no complications from surgery yet I was approved for 12 weeks of CR. In fact my CR is in the Wellness Center of my hospital.
I know you need to move on but you may want to read your contract.
The real benefit of the CR is the monitoring of while I exercise. Thus far all has gone really well.
Regarding cardiac rehab..... I think it depends on your insurance company and your coverage. With letters from your doctors and a lot of arguing with the ins. co. I'm sure youc an get it approved. Good luck. It is very whorthwhile. Ruth Howell
Hi Sheila, yes I was also refused by my insurance company for cardiac rehab. In fact. they refused everything I claimed; from the Heart Hugger Sternum Support Harness, to the cost of my surgeon completing the Attending Physician's Report, to the hospital bed rental. I had to make noise (squeaky wheel) but within a day, they approved everything. Don't settle for less. Good luck... Eric B.
You should make another request for Cardiac Rehab from the Ins Company. I have BC/BS and had no prexisting health problems before the AHV replacement. I was approved for 12 weeks of CR and it it very helpful. The most important thing is the monitoring during supervised exercise. Having a group of people that have a similar experience w Heart surgery is also helpful.
Hi Sheila. Sorry I didn't have earlier words for you on the interval training. How is it going with your lung? I think a lot of mild cases resolve themselves so I fervently hope you are on that boat. -- DVB
Hey Sheila...nice to hear from you. I would love a reunion. Where are you located again? I read about your set back. I have to honestly say that I desperately want to run but am totally nervous of causing some reactionary problem even though I feel all is good and everything will be alright. I know how big of a surgery we all went through.
Many Hugs and Take Care!
Follow Your Heart!
I also experienced unusual and painful intervals of limited lung capacity. This was after pretty intense Cardio Rehab and then I went to a wedding last Sat and danced like mad. I had AVR surgery on June 24 and had been doing great but then the reality of what my body has been through confronted me. I saw my primary doctor and he gave me a prescription for chest therapy. I start this later this week and will see how it goes. Some days I dread sneezing, coughing or laughing.I was given Mobic for the pain.
Looking forward to reading more about a reunion in 2012 even if it is in the virtual i.e.skype.
Hi Sheila! This is Wade Clark's wife, Natalie. I just got on his valve journal to see if anyone had posted... first time in a couple of months. I saw your post and remembered Wade had told me about your surgery. Sounds like you are doing great! I know how wonderful it is to have this BEHIND you. :) I'm so glad for the blessings in your recovery... I'll keep your continued recovery in my prayers. :)
I think we are the same in the scar factor, the upper is hard to see but the lower is wider and tender, I can't stand to wear a tee shirt so I have cut a couple of my tee shirts down the front so it is not rubbing the scar, Told my daughter its my evening attire! LOL
Yeah Shelia! I know what you mean about the incision. Whil I was at the hositpal and on monday a Nurse who had open heart surgery 5yrs ago sat and talked with me for about an hour and told me to use Vitamin E cream and it has really helped alot.
Hello my name is Marina and I am so glad to hear that you are doing great after surgery. I have a few questions for you, I work in a dementia unit ( assisted living) I don't lift the residents, I just have to walk the to the bathroom. I was wondering if I can come back to work after 7 or 8 weeks after surgery? this is my part time job, my full time is customer service. please reply to my e-mail.
Hi Sheila. That drug did the same to me and I was much happier once drug free. Was able to take it to the next level. So am waiting to hear where you take it to next! Did my first mile swim of the year the other day, usually that happens in the Spring, but well, this year stuff happened. You too stay strong, live long -- DVB
Glad you are continuing to do well. I was wondering if you are still having problems with your INR level? What seems to get it off track? I have my AVR surgery set for 9/8 and very nervous and still asking questions.
That sounds like fun! I'm not a runner...so I vote beach. Plus its too hot in Dallas in the summer...or I would say come see me. Keep me posted. My job is crazy in the summer but if I plan it in advance, it shouldn't be a problem. So glad you are doing so well.
Wow Sheila... 4 miles a day of walking and or jogging is amazing!! I guess having my twins I don't seem to have the time to get out that much and for that length of time. I am however, going to join the gym this week. Yeah!!!
Yes...God does pick the right people to take care of his children. I must say that God did give me my boys to take care of their mother. They are sooo good to me Sheila and I am so blessed to have them.
Funny story...When I was pregnant I found out that I have a split uterus and both boys were on just my right half. So...essentially I carried both boys with half a uterus. My doctors were expecting me to go only 27 weeks or less. I started reading and discovered that at 27 weeks it would be very bad to deliver....many complications and just way too early. I got nervous but then had this sense of calm out of the blue and what I thought was a voice in my head tell me... "I didn't give them to you to take them away." I knew right then that my boys were going to be fine and were given to me as a special gift. It was a defining moment in my life...kind of like making it through OHS.
Take Care and keep up the good work....Hugs!!
Follow Your Heart
Hi Sheila. Had my mv repair surgery 26 April this year at UCLA. Don't have a journal, just lurk in the guestbooks. Too much red tape. Kayaking: I've enjoyed the Kern for a number of years, worked up to Class IV. But prefer to play in lower classes where I can be more graceful and not so upside down! Haven't gone a day yet without reminder of surgery, but it isn't nearly as 'present' as it used to be. Now more matter of fact. Stay strong -- DVB
Hey Sheila... 4 weeks goes by fast. I just celebrated my second 4 week chunk. I can't believe how good I feel. I saw your comment about running to try and make yourself out of breath but it doesn't happen. I totally know what you are talking about. Crazy huh? I didn't realize what I was missing until recently.
It is so encouraging to hear that you are doing so well. I actually haven't gotten the courage to paddle in our kayak yet but I guess that should come sometime soon. :)
Hi Sheila. Glad to hear you were back on the water. Isn't it amazing a few weeks or months ago it seemed so far away? Just did a little flat water myself and it felt great. Now I need to find some moving water and play a little in it. Keep inspiring us by living life to its fullest! -- DVB
I too am having my ups and downs with the meds. I wonder if it will ever level out? Hope so. I'm really getting tired of taking it easy. But I know I'm not ready to return to the hard work I was doing before surgery.