It has been five weeks since my surgery , feeling stronger every day . Had a minor setback with a staph infection at the top of my incision which caused a short stay in hospital . Besides carrying around a Picc line , I feel really good.
It feels great to be somewhat back in my role as a Mom and wife. I never realized how much I would miss the simple things like cooking meals for my family . Now that I am feeling better , I am anxious to get back behind the wheel and drive the kids to all their activities.
I always worried a little about " overdoing" , but its amazing how your body tells you it's time to rest .
I am able to walk 30-40 min before I start experiencing some shortness of breath and heart pounding. Went to the gym to walk on the treadmill for the first time last night because it is so cold outside. It felt great to be amongst healthy , vibrant people !
This site has been immensely helpful ! Looking forward to reading the rest of Rachel's success story!! She is one tough cookie!
Happy to be home after an 11 hr successful surgery, even better I came home Christmas Day!
I have to say to all of you that have had valve surgery that I truly didn't realize how much work the healing involves.
My hardest obstacle is eating due to chest spasms. Every time I swallowed even water I instantly would have severe pain . Having said that though it has improved alot. Being patient is key. Knowing the next day will be better.
Dr . Chu was able to repair the aneurysm and Ross procedure leaving a beautiful , much smaller scar than I imagined.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for my eating difficulties? Or suggestions for loosening up all the tightness? I am faithfully doing my walks and post op exercises and I've also had a trip to my chiropractor which helps a little too.
Feeling relieved now that my surgery date has been booked. ON December 17th I will receive the greatest gift. Lots to do between now and then for christmas. THE next best thing would be coming home.before Christmas.
Everyone of you who have posted here has helped someone in some way. SO thank-you Adam for building this wonderful site!
I AM sure many of you can relate to having up and down days! YESTERDAY I was feeling good. Tonight though I was the crabby mom in the house! A nice walk and a few words of encouragement from some very lovely patients here has brought the " more positive mom" back home.
I STILL MISS RUNNING THOUGH!!
For some reason I am feeling quite confident the last few days. I have a lot of faith in my surgeon and am ready to get this over with and be one step closer to my normal activity!
This past week I have been quite short of breath with chest pain with stairs and walking. Today I had quite s few palpitations after my hour stroll. But otherwise I felt really good.
My family is amazing! They are cleaning my house so i dont have to worry about it when i get home from work. I am getting pretty spoiled!
My sister had to be readmitted to the hospital this week with an infection after her valve surgery which was so hard . I was so worried that they would have to reopen her incision but it looks like the antibiotics and vac dressing are healing it! This is good news!!!
AFTER seeing my surgeon last week we discovered some new information. Looks like my CT shows the aorta Aneurysm is in the ascending part as well as part. Of the arch. Which involves some higher risks from what I understand.
I wondered if Adam or perhaps anyone else could give me any advice as to whether the Ross procedure is still a wise choice?
Its been two weeks since I spoke with my surgeon. Waiting for my preop spot and a second CT that Dr.Chu
The hardest part for me is feeling like not being able to do the things I love. Mostly running! I was registered for Detroit halfmarathon next week and now I get to sit on the sidelines and cheer on my friends. Some days I am thankful for my surgeon and other days I am angry and bitter. Have to stay positive . My younger sister is seeinv her surgeon next week ( Jennifer Padbury). At least we can vent to one another!