4 weeks post op and follow up appointment with Surgeon and E
Journal posted on October 3, 2014
Good to go! I received permission yesterday from the CT Surgeon to travel to Florida with my husband ( he needs the vacation more than I), drive a car and swim. My incision is completely closed and I am having very little discomfort in my chest (just when I reach or bend over).
I went to the audiologist this week and my hearing is not getting any better in the left ear. We talked about hearing aids as an option, but with the amount of loss I have, the typical hearing aid will not help. I would need some type of surgical implant and I am not ready for that when I have perfectly good hearing in the right ear. The ENT tried another steroid injection in the ear yesterday and hopes I can regain some of my hearing. I will keep my fingers crossed.
WOW, what a change! I woke up 2 days ago and noticed it was light out. I was able to sleep 8 hours. I felt great. I went and had my hair cut, took a rest and then went into work to visit my coworkers. I had my hearing checked while I was there and still no improvement.
Yesterday we went out to dinner, a very quiet restaurant.
Today I went to church!
I will have my cardiac rehab evaluation tomorrow at the cardiologist.
Thank you all for being so supportive!
I had surgery 3 weeks ago today and came home two weeks ago. I get stronger everyday. I had 3 fifteen minute walks today and I even helped with dinner. I continue to have issues with my hearing (loss and ringing) and had a steroid injection (transtympanic) on Monday. It may take up to 7 days to see any results. I continue to be optimistic. My other issue is sleep or lack of. I get about 4-5 hours/night and try not to nap during the day. I am usually get at least 6-7 hours/night. I just can't seem to get comfortable after I wake up.
At home, very little pain, but not sleeping well. I get about 4-5 hours of sleep with Ambien and tylenol. I have tried every position except stomach. I get an hour nap in during the day. I am surprised I am not more tired. I wonder if I should walk more during the day or skip nap completely?
I was discharged today from the hospital. I am so happy to be home with my recliner and husband of course. I am going to try to sleep in my own bed tonight with him, we will see how that goes. Tylenol is holding the pain, but I continue to have ringing/ difficult hearing in left ear (annoying more than anything else).
I had the angio today and I am scheduled for an aortic valve replacement and a dacron graft tomorrow at Rochester General in Rochester, NY. I am feeling pretty good about it. I was scheduled to have the surgery over a year ago, but I got a second opinion that said I should wait. I am still not symtomatic but the cardiologist feels the pressure coming through the valve are getting too high. I have the recliner chair coming on Saturday, the cardiac wedge is ready, the dog at sitters and the bills are paid. Now just sit and wait until tomorrow. I am 1st case and hope the surgeon doesn't have to do a Bentall (praying for root sparing). Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.
I am in the process of getting a second opinion. I am a Iittle nervous about my situation with the valve plus aneurysm.
I am scheduled for angiogram on April 1st and have a second opinion in Chicago on March 27th. I am pretty sure I want the surgery to be done here in Rochester for convenience of the family. My husband also works at the hospital where my surgery is scheduled.
I am doing a lot of reading about how to prepare my home for my return from hospital (do I need the electric recliner chair?) and what to expect during my recovery.
I continue to do my normal activities of walking dog, skiing and pilates. I am hoping by keeping in good shape, my recovery will be quicker.
Any tips on home prep or valve replacement plus aneurysm repair would be greatly appreciated.