Fran is out of the OR and in ICU. She has a new Mitral valve and a repaired Tricuspid valve and a MAZE procedure all done very successfully by Dr Gillinov. I'll be seeing her in about an hour (2:30P). Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. She should be in the step down unit tomorrow afternoon.
Dr Gillinov and the Cleveland Clinic are awesome, am sure I'm at the right place. Coronary arteries are clear, but found out from the good doctor that he will replace 2 valves but will also repair the tricuspid. So, a 3-fer! Plus the MAZE proceedure. I'll be good for another 30 years after this and will take me to 100!!!Need to be at the hospital at 5:15am and have my hubby and daughters with me. Am feeling calm and ready to go. Thank all of you for your love, prayers and support.
Love and God bless
Well, Fran's getting all her lab and tests done this morning. Arrived early on a rainy dreary day in Cleveland. It's in the 40's with a promise of warmer weather to come. Not sure about sunshine. Waiting to get her some food after the CAT scan and then move on to the rest of the morning's tests. I'm sure fran will have more later today.
Well, we're packed. Wish I could say we were going on a beautiful sailing trip in the BVI, but maybe another time. We fly early tomorrow for OH and start with testing on Monday. Capt'n Bill will be there roughly at the same time, so we're looking forward to seeing each other "face to face". Will post again before my surgery on the 18th. In the meantime thank you to all of my heart buddies, family and friends who have written in my journal and given me their love, prayers and good wishes.
Well, after waiting since January 3rd there's not much longer to wait! Trying to stay calm but busy, so it will pass easily. Thanks to all of you who gave me info treating post surgical scars. What a wonderful resource we are for each other. Here's the list in no particular order:
Burt's Bees ResQ Ointment
Looking forward to meeting Capt'n Bill and his lovely bride in person at the Cleveland Clinic. Thanks to all who have sent me messages.
I know, am already thinking ahead since my surgery isn't till the 18th. What did you use to minimize your surgical scar after surgery? Have heard Mederma and Vitamin E. I know for you men, it's probably a badge of honor. I think for we women it's a lot of curiosity. Thanks in advance, my HVJ friends.
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to write in my journal. I've received encouragement and love. I have lots of good info on what to take to the hospital and what to expect. It's been a long wait since January 4th till the 18th of March. That time has taught me patience and allowed me to meet so many others who've been down the path before me and have been so generous in sharing the ups (and a few downs) of their recoveries. Just imagine I'm going to be in the hospital as the same time as Capt'n Bill, he'll make me laugh! Will write again before leaving for Cleveland. Thanks again.
Have been listening to the relaxation/meditation tapes from the Cleveland Clinic. Just wish I could keep those ear buds in during all my waking hours. As soon as I turn the calender page to March, the enormity of it all will probably hit. Have been surrounded with people who love me and are praying for me. Also, so many wonderful "friends" I have met thru this journal. More later. xoxoxo
Had my pre-op dental visit last week and "look, Mom, no cavities". Got my clearance for a healthy mouth. Have not heard anyone but Capt'n Bill and myself mention dental check ups prior to surgery. We are both going to the Cleveland Clinic. Did any of you have to have this done? Wishing only the best of outcomes to the ladies having their surgeries this week.
Just came back from spending a few days on the east coast of FL. Visited with my sister and 3 of my 4 brothers (and their spouses).Sort of a mini reunion. Have a niece getting married in MA a few weeks after my surgery and won't be able to attend, so this family time was very special. Lots of story telling, laughter and love.
For those of you on medicare, was there any difficulty getting medicare to pay for your rehab post-op? Heard a rumor that they will pay for bypass surgery and not for valve surgery. Hope this is not true. Thanks.
As a future patient of the Cleveland Clinic, they have made available to me their "guided imagery program" which I have downloaded and begun to use daily. They have been very helpful as I await my March surgery. I believe there are lots of meditation, etc available for use for those who want to use it.
Last week I received in the mail the most wonderful gift. It is a prayer quilt that was made by a dear friend (of 45 years). The quilt is knotted to hold it together and with each knot my friend tied, she said a prayer for me! How special is that? I have already started to use and will continue to do so before and after surgery next month. Plan to take it to the hospital with me also. Family and friends are irreplaceable.
Got up early this morning to learn how our friend Duane is doing and there was no post yet. We are all praying he does well and makes a full recovery from his stroke and surgery. Those of us who still have our surgery ahead of us,we must remember to remain strong and positive.
If any of you have had the Maze procedure as part of your surgery would you please let me know if it was successful and were you in sinus rhythm when you were discharged? Had you been on coumadin prior to surgery and how long (if at all) did you remain on it after surgery? Were you put on any anti clotting drugs? I know my surgeon will answer these question but I know all of you who have been through it would give me maybe more insight.
Jan. 19th, received large packet of info from Cleveland Clinic with my schedule of 3 days of testing before my surgery on March 18th. Less than 2 months to go, hope it goes by quickly.Working at getting more fit, diet, walking, etc.Figure it will all benefit me in my recovery.