We saw my cardiologist, the fabulous Dr. Blincoe this AM. He gave me a big hug. He said I'm doing great!!!! He let me and Dennis listen to my heart with his stethoscope! It's kind of like I've had and old rusted chevy truck and now I'm driving a hot red mustang!!!!! My heart sounds so young!!!!! (now only to keep the rest of the body young)! Ha!!! The really significant pulse in my neck is normal. Soon, my body will calm down and adjust to new valves doing their jobs.
Coumidin level this AM was normal. I have to have it checked once a week for next 6 weeks and then once a month.
We did a lot of walking at the hospital just now. Good for me!!!
Good morning everyone. We will meet with my cardiologist this morning. I will also have my coumidin level checked.
Since surgery, the last 2 days I noticed, I'm not tired at all. This is truly bizarre for me. I have a very strong pulse that I can even see in my. neck. I've never felt my heart pump like this ever.
I just wish I could get my stomach back to normal. I have a desire to eat- but lack of space I guess. I had sinus surgery a couple of years ago and the same thing happened. I'm surey tummy will go back to
I'm eager to see things get back to normal. I continue to receive God's awesome blessings. Life is good and I am so happy to be a part of it!!!
Hello everyone! Daily I am blown away by the love and compassion of our family and friends!!! Many thanks again to my mother for taking such awesome care of Matty! Many thanks for the meals from Kathryn and Leslie!!!!! I hope to return this awesome love very soon.
Today, it was a good day. I helped make breakfast, sponge bath, time on the sofa, lunch and then more time on the sofa. I walked around the house some. We will go to a mall tomorrow and walk a good bit. I was walking the hospital halls a lot before leaving.
I watched Dennis cut the back yard this AM. I got a little sad- I love to do yard work!!! Weird, I know!!! He cried too! Ha!
I continue to work on my breathing machine! Wahoo!!! Dennis continues to be a fabulous nurse. What a man! He painted my toe nails last night.... Did I mention that already?
Next doc visit is with cardiologist this Friday for coumadin check.
I'm home!!!!!!! I'm so thankful to my husband, my family, sweet Mother for taking care of Matty, the visitors, the calls, the cards and flowers. Our church discilpeship class is providing meals for a while. I am so very blown away by everyone's compassion!!!! Everyone I've come into contact with regarding my heart had rocked my world! I love you all!!! Thank you and God bless you all so much! I am forever grateful!!!! God is good!
When I return home, will a recliner work best for sleeping at night? The hospital bed has done a number on my poor back. Ricki mentioned it was probably the angle they had me during surgery. I'm afraid to turn on my sides.
So for you all, what did you find where you had more comfortable nights? With the recliner or tons of pillows with you in bed? Just don't want to be in any pain. Ouch!
Thanks again for your continued support and awesome advice!
Hello everyone! You know, I read more and more of all of your kind messages each day! I'm blown away by your kindness and love!!!! Your prayers and love have kept me going strong! I want to also give credit to Adam Pick and this amazing webblog that he established! Knowledge is power!!!! I learned so much from webblog buddies! I wish that my hospital's class had a copy of his book in our cardiac class!!!! Boy howdy!!! For those of you beginning the journey, do not be afraid! Read the book, embrace all webblog buds' advice and embrace all help offered from family and friends!!!!!! And by golly, if you don't have a relationship with the good Lord yet, get one!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!
I love you all!!!!
Christy from the ATL!!!! Going for another lap! Going to Barry on the Mtn world!!!!! Ha!
Hi guys!!! I had another great morning this AM, walking around the nurses station and Dennis helping me with my birdie bath! Nothing like that clean feeling!!!! Matt continues to have a blast with Mama!!!!!!!! I miss him so much!!!!!!!!!
I do worry about my tomatoe plants, especially the squash one since Dennis hates squash!!!! Ha!!!!!
Thank you all again for your love and prayers!!!!! They keep me going over here on the 3rd floor of the best hospital in GA!!!!!
Matt, if you are reading with GMA, I LOVE reading your notes o my journal!!!!! Please write each day to me!!!!!
Christy is still making fabulous progress. She is getting a little stir crazy in the hospital. A nurse told me today that day 3 is usually the worse as far as going crazy. This proving to be true. That being said, her progress is pretty amazing. She got two of her drainage bulbs out today so all that is left is one more bulb. They are watching her blood count very closely hoping that she will not have to have a transfusion. I thought she might be able to come tomorrow but it is looking more like Sunday or Monday at this time.
She has walked a lot each day and continues to work on the spirometer. She went throughout the "recovering from heart surgery" class today. It seems like we are getting closer to going home but we are working on hospital time. Piedmont has been an outstanding place to be. We are so thankful to the staff for making this experience a great one!!
Not much more to tell you right now. Just keep praying that she gets to come home soon. Have a good night everyone!!!
Hi everyone!!!!! Your kindness overwhelms me!!!! Thank you to my family and friends that waited thru the surgery and then had the courage to see me in ICU! Thank you to my dear sweet Mama who iis takng care of Matty this week and next! Thank to my sweet husband for making several trips a day to the hospital!!! Thank you all for visiting and my dear sweet Uncal for driving over from Birmingham!!! Words cannot express my overflowing, mechanical heart!!!!! I love you all!!!!
Christy had a great day today! Most of the tubing was removed from her around 5:00 this morning. When I saw her for the first time time today she was sitting up and very alert. We began talking followed by joking with each other...........in other words she was like her old self.
She showed me her incision which is around 8 inches long. Today she is experiencing more discomfort around that area.
She is being moved out of ICU as a I write this post. I am certain she will be reading some of your entries in the next couple of hours. The ICU nurses stated that she is one of the best patients ever. She has also been referred to as a rock star down there.
I have to say that her recovery has bee nothing short of phenomenal. She is such a fighter and seemed so ready for this process that it will certainly make her recovery go quicker. She has been doing the breathing exercises and she says that they are very painful. She is determined to get better at them.
One of us will return later with another report once she ins settled into her room.
It is 11:00pm. This will be my last post for today as I am exhausted. I had my final visit with Christy this evening around 8:30. Each time I have seen her today she looked better and better. The nurses and doctor's remain pleased with her progress so far. She seems to be in a little bit of pain mostly in her back. They increased some of her pain meds so that she could get some rest tonight.
As I close this evening I want to be sure and thank all of our family members and friends who were there today. Christy appreciated it and so did I. As I was preparing to leave this evening, our associate pastor from our church came in to pray with Christy and myself. It was a fitting end to this day.
Thank you to the many members of our circle of friends who have taken the time to follow us through our journey today. Your prayers an good wishes have meant the world to us. I hope the information has been helpful. We will continue to update this sight so you can track her progress. She is a tenacious person who is determined to get back on her feet as soon a she can.
I am also very thankful to my kids who helped with our 6 year old today. He doesn't really know what is going on just that mommy is getting fixed at the hospital.
This community of people has been wonderful. I cannot thank you enough for helping to put our anxieties at ease. As I reflect on this day I realize that my anxieties were minimized by the love of our families, the staff of Piedmont hospital and a surgeon who loves 80'srock!!!
Just spoke to Christy in the ICU. She is doing well and thanks everyone for their support. She is expected to be moved to a regular room tomorrow around noon. Gotta run back to the hospital to see her again. I was trying to upload some pics and apparently the file is too big. I will try figure it out later!!!!
All of the family members and friends that were here had an opportunity to visit with Christy just a few minutes ago. She looks great for coming out of surgery so recently. For any of our heart patient friends I have to say WOW................that is a lot of tubing!!!! Christy had prepared me for the fact that there would be many tubes coming out of her body at the end of surgery but wow!!!!!
She responded to the nurse by squeezing her hand and wiggling her feet. Her color was very good and was better than I expected. We are all so relieved that the surgical part is over. I know she will be excited to start the recovery process.
I will continue to update as we know more. I am visiting again at 3:00. I will return home to be with the kids for dinner and then try to revisit again at 8:30.
I know everyone who has been through the heart surgery process either as a patient or a family member can sympathize when I express to you the relief that the surgical part is over and successful. Thank you for sharing this process with us.
We just had our consult with Dr. Kauten. Christy did very well with the surgery. The aortic valve ended up being a severe insufficiency calling for replacement of the valve. The mitral valve was also heavily calcified. We have to wait another hour or so before we can see her. We are relieved that the surgical part of this journey is over. Now we can begin the recovery process.
We arrived this morning at 5:45. Things moved very quickly as Christy was put into a pre- op room number 19. We were asked to leave the room at 6:30 as they were going to start sedating her and putting the arterial lines in. We were told that she reported to the operating room at 6:53am. Now the waiting game has begun. I will check back in once we get our first report. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I will be back in a little while.
Hi everyone!!!! I have 2 more days to go until I'm a new woman!!!!!! WAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I have the greatest family and friends in the world! I'm one blessed gal! Keep your great stories coming! My mother needs to see them!!!!
Hi everyone! I have 9 more days until surgery. My husband and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this week at Tybee Island! I'm trying my best to get things done around the house. Each day that passes, I feel more and more anxious. I'm hoping the beach will calm me down a bit. I am so very grateful to all of you for sharing your stories! I still have no idea how to tell my 6 year old son (he's on the autism spectrum). Other than that, I'm ready...
This is Dennis Naughton. I will posting entries on Christy's behalf as she goes through this experience. Feel free to sign the guestbook as we get closer to the surgery. She will be having the surgery on June 14. She had her heart cath last Monday and everything was about as expected. She will definitely be getting mitral valve replacement and there is a 50/50 chance of the aortic valve being replaced as well.
We have heard many stories of how much better people have felt after the surgery. Is there anyone who didn't experience much change? Her cardiologist stated that he could not guarantee that she will feel a ton better after the surgery. I am just curious. Thank you for your support of Christy.
Hi everyone! I'm looking at mitral replacement on June 14th. I'm a middle school band director and would have preplanning during my 7th week of recovery. My surgeon may possibly replace my aortic valve too. Said he may have to wait until he's in there to make that call.
Can this be done? Have your bodies been ready that early? I will see my students the 8th week of recovery.
How many of you have had success? I'm really nervous. Words of wisdom??
For those of you that already had the surgery, would you say that you feel more energetic? I wonder if I will feel any differently. I'm hoping I will!!!! Wonder if I've been battling fatigue for so long, that it just felt like part of life for me... I don't know. Ready to rip off this band aid!!!
Lasix question. I'm on 80 mg a day of lasix. Have any of you taken lasix and suffered any side effects? (feeling as if you're going to pass out?) I felt REALLY weird this AM driving to work. I almost pulled the car over to the side of the road several times. I know I need to call my doctor if it happens again. I became really dizzy last fall...my blood pressure dropped too low. I drank water and felt better. I had 2 cups of water, OJ, and a full b-fast before leaving the house this morning. I don't get it!
My blood results last week were good. My echo was ok, not much had changed. It has to be the lasix. But, if I don't take the lasix, my hands and feet get so swollen, they THROB! GRRRRRR!!!!!
I don't know. I was just wondering if any of you had issues with lasix too.
I'm hoping after surgery, I won't have the swelling/coughing issues!!! Goodness!!!!!