- Pain meds have not been necessary for some time now. Still a little stinging over the incision, but not much to speak of.
- I am leading a normal activity life, including shopping, cooking, dining out and going to the theater.
- Having exercised at home for a few weeks, I went to Gold's Gym for the first time today and picked up my weight training routines where I left them before the surgery; albeit with less weight. I'm also spending significant time on the treadmill.
Two weeks and three days since surgery. My pig aortic valve is flub/lubing along and I'm feeling fine.
I sleep a lot and can't run around the block yet, but I have been cooking lunch and dinner for the past week. In addition, my wife and I have dined out a few times.
I was able to climb our stairs from the first day home, albeit slowly. Now, I don't even think about it. I'm exercising a bit more each day.
Any severe pain has long since gone. I still have soreness and irritation over the incision and in the area of the surgery, but it's not a real big deal. In fact, for the past week, I have been weaning myself off of the hydrocodone pills. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are becoming sufficient to control the discomfort.
I have scheduled aortic heart valve replacement surgery for the 8th of February at Buffalo General Hospital.
Parenthetically, ceteris paribus,instead of splitting open the chest via the sternum from stem to, well, stern, as is usual, the surgeon will cut a three inch incision on my upper left chest, go through a rib, cut out the sclerotic (calcified) valve and sew in a pig valve.
For you Viceroy fans, the situation comes down to the fact that I have a "Heart Made of Stone". Doodiop, doodiop!
As for the pig valve, I have been assured that it will not cause me to "oink" during dinner. However, it may supress my insatiable appetite for Barbecued Pork Ribs.