Cardiologist came in to see me after the echo and said there was something near the aorta root that wasn’t on my followup echo 3 weeks prior. He also said the bacteria cultures were back and didn’t show any sign of infection. What he did see from the echo was fluid surrounding the heart and my symptoms suggested that. He wanted to verify the mass on the aorta so I had a transesophageal echo this morning. It ended up that some scar tissue had formed where the new valve was sutured in. So I’m on some anti-inflammatory meds and was discharged. So happy it wasn’t an infection. Thanks all for the support.
So almost 7 weeks post op, I’ve been feeling great until today. I woke up with a sore left rib cage and by noon, I was starting to have trouble with deep breaths in my left lung. Pain started to flow to my shoulder and shoulder blade as well. Went to the ER and they admitted me and are treating me for endocarditis. They are still waiting for the bacterial cultures to come back and I’ll have an echo Sunday morning. Glad I didn’t ignore the symptoms. I’ll update once I hear the test results.
Post Op 3 Weeks
Back home from my recovery retreat up in the mountains. Glad to be home and to be with my fur babies who haven’t left my side. Had a great virtual checkup with my cardiologist and most of the surgical glue has flaked off and the
How long does heart valve take regrow into the sutured area
Journal posted on October 16, 2020
Reason I’m asking is I had to make a trip today to check on my animals and pick up a few things I forgot for my initial recovery time.
I was in the back seat of a big F350 and the truck took some big bumps (railroad track). I was under the seat belt
And I had my heart pillow between me And the seat belt but I was tussled pretty rough and complained to my friend to slow it down.
It immediately got me thinking did I disrupt anything with the sutures either in the valve or the aorta. What should I be on the lookout for that may indicate an issue?
Definitely not going driving with him for a while anymore.
I know I myself and my friend need to be a lot more careful.
Overall, recovery is going better than I expected. A few new things have crept in but nothing too big.
I’m up on a large hillside so I don’t have the typical neighborhood to walk around in. I’ve been doing loops around the parking pad but today ventured down the driveway about 200 feet downhill (not terribly steep) to look at the goats at my friends ranch. I let my breath catch up and then made the climb back up. Grant you I was huffing and puffing by the time I got back to the parking pad and I’m a big guy at 350lbs but overall it was a great feeling.
I’ve seen in several posts that this little lingering cough will persist fir a few weeks. Definitely breathing has improved but guess it takes a while to fully reinflate the lungs.
Other that the chest soreness, last night I did discover the sides of my ribs started barking. I guess that’s tissue inflammation from the ribs being pushed apart and toward the back.
No other updates on my side. Blessed to be in the position I am and hopefully this will continue over the next several weeks.
Left the hospital at 1pm PST. Feeling good but know there’s still a long road to recovery ahead of me.
Made it to my friends place up in the Sierra foothills where I’ll recover fir a couple weeks. The 3 hour drive wasn’t too bad on my body, although by 9pm I was definitely tired from the days activities.
As I got ready for bed, I finished unpacking my giant bag of prescriptions and sorted those out between the new ones, the ones I continue and the ones to discontinue.
As I gathered up a few more essentials for bed such as my CPAP, I did overreach a couple of times and that click of the breastbone definitely hurt. I noticed too as I’m a bit more active, I’m feeling and hearing the breastbone shift or something.
Got about 5 hours of sleep. Hopefully that can increase as I get used to my new surroundings and actually be able to sleep without nurses checking in and taking vitals every 4 hours. Lol
Well today has been interesting. First off and I’m sure if depends on each person but I started having breathing problems. Shortness of breath with ever inhale. I’ve been using my spirometer but haven’t had that cough just yet until I went fir a walk. Still I was just not getting good enough breaths. When the nurse looked up my info she noted that I missed my pain meds and it has been 10 hours. After taking that and resting, I was able to breath easier. So keep on top of your pain meds.
I did get the drain lines taken out and hopefully the lead wires tomorrow.
One area of concerned is my temp has increased today from 98 I’m the am, to 99 at lunch and 100 just now at about 4pm pst.
Didn’t sleep well at all the night after surgery, mostly because the nurses were constantly checking vitals every hour. Was nice hanging them there though. Been a great experience so far. Yesterday I was able to get up 3 times no sit in the chair. Additionally I made two rounds of walking around the ward and then got transferred to the patient ward yesterday afternoon. Went to bed around 7pm mind didn’t have too many disruptions. They did remove the incision bandage and the next me arterial lines. This morning woke up at 5am and have been sitting in my chair ever since. Still have the drainage lines coming from the chest but that seems to be slowing down so hopefully they will get removed today. A little bit of wheezing when I breathe from the diaphragm so waiting to,hear what the doctor wants to do. Feeling great and ready to go for a walk once breakfast arrives.
Thanks to everyone for the continued encouragement.
This week I had a pre-op video visits and today went to get my nasal cavity tickled for Covid testing. I did have to have some additional lab work and also an abdominal ultrasound to ensure there weren’t any kidney issues. They saw a bit of blood in my urine from my labs last week. Fortunately everything came back clear so no delays for the surgery. Just waiting on the covid test and this weekend will be spent packing and just relaxing.
Although the surgery date is fast approaching, I’m not feeling too anxious. This site has provided a great source of knowledge to help me understand what to expect during surgery and the recovery. Also very thankful to see and hear from others going through the same thing and learn from past experiences. Thanks to everyone that’s part of this site and for building such a welcoming community.
Had my video visits with the anesthesiologist and nurses this morning. Everything seems lined up and ready to go but the sad news I found out is even on surgery day, I cannot have have anyone waiting at the hospital or any visitation either in the ICU or regular patient ward during my hospital stay.
Kaiser is being very strict with keeping Covid away from the patients and while I understand it's for my protection, it will be lonely waiting up in the ICU with no one there. Guess I'll be having video chats with friends and family.