It seems like it will be a little longer before I find out if I have been accepted to the cardiac rehab program near Mt. Sinai hospital. Has anyone here that did not go to a cardiac rehab do anything on their own? I would like to start walking on the tredmil at home but not sure what would be the appropriate time that I should stay on the tredmil without doing any damage. Any suggestions?
Good evening my fellow valve brothers and sisters! It's been a few weeks since my last journal entry. I have been reading some of your post and for everyone that is having surgery this week, I'm praying for a speedy recovery after your surgery.
Things are going well with me. It has been about 2 weeks now that I left my parents house and have been home on my own and I'm doing well. I have two cousins that live in the same building as I do which is awesome because I asked them to keep me in mind whenever they're going out to run errands so that I can go with them and not develop cabin fever. Lol, This winter has been brutal and because of all the snow I have not been able to go out for my daily walks that I was planning on taking with my dog.
I sometimes, not often but once in a while might still struggle with the "what ifs" but with prayer I just place all of my anxieties with God and that gets me through.
Have a wonderful evening and try to stay warm. Blessings to all!
Good evening everyone. It's been a few days since my last post. Recovery is going well. Went to see the cardiologist on Friday and he said "for someone that just had surgery 11 days ago, you look really good." He also said, see you in 6 months. That made me feel really good. I still have to set up an appointment to see my surgeon. However, that won't be for a few more weeks.
I'm still staying at my parents. I get anxiety when I think of going to my apartment and staying home alone with no one to talk to. I hope this too goes away soon because I need to go back home eventually. Otherwise, everything is good. I still struggle from time to time with the negative "what ifs" that pop in and out of my head.
Have a great evening
I noticed that when I fall asleep, since I'm not used to sleeping upright at all, im jumpy at night. Just now I woke up as if I had a night mare and my heart was racing. I'm ok now but I get so nervous thinking something is going to happen. Did anyone experience this Soon after surgery?
I'm so glad to have found this page where I can discuss a topic that many others like myself have gone through. If it wasn't for you guys and of course my surgeon and his amazing staff, I dont how I could have remained so positive. There are times when it's quiet and I start thinking about what I just went through, I feel like crying and get a little anxiety. However with your support and the support of my family, and of course reading all of the posts from here, I try to remain positive. I just want to say, thank you to all of you, for helping throughout this time.
Surgery went well. They removed me from ICU on Tuesday afternoon. The pain medication is really helpful. I have a slight cough (tickle in my throat) which is not helping. I'm drinking tea and halls. When I cough, I actually feel the valve. Has anyone else experienced that?
I have kept myself busy in order not to think about the surgery tomorrow. Church was great this morning, ran a few errands after that. Making sure I have everything I need for the hospital and the days after that. Today has been a whirlwind of emotions. Lots of friends:family calling, dinner with friends, etc. now I'm home trying to get everything ready and I feel as if my whole body wants to shake uncontrollably. However, I trust in God and now that he will pull me through this. I guess a cup of camomile tea will be good right now.
Since finding out that I need a bicuspid valve transplant I have been so paranoid. Any little pain I feel in my chest scares me into thinking that I could be having a heart attack. Last night I woke up with what seems like a gas pain but because the pain was in my chest, I was thinking that maybe something is going wrong and that I had to take myself to the emergency room. Has anyone gone through this?
New Years Eve was awesome yesterday. We all gathered at my parents house to ring in the new year. Once the ball dropped and we were celebrating 2015, I couldn't help but get a little emotional and scared knowing that my surgery is a few days away.