Good morning my friends! It's hard to beleive i am 3 weeks and 2 days post op today. everything is going so smoothly, I truly believe I have an angel on my shoulder, guiding me through my days.
I had my 1st follow up visit to the surgeon yesterday, and they were amazed at how well i am progressing, I don't look like I just had open heart surgery! I go back again next week, and they will clear me to start seeing my cardiologist. My driving priveledges (still can't spell) return march 18th- next week, if i am comfortable with that.I'm not sure, I get a little concerned about the seatbelt and the incision . Any suggestions? still on coumadin, that will go on until may. and I am eating greens everyday and having my 4 oz plum wine! Doctor approved! Can't wait to see what my bloodwork says about that
next week...Thanks for all those who commented on that coumadin question last week---
Today I have cardio-rehab,and after that my sister and I are going to see the movie cinderella if we can beat the preschoolers to the door. We will definately be the tallest ones there.We will sit in the back. I know the seats are comfortable .It will be cute seeing all those little princesses running around! It feels so good just to do something normal, outside of the house, it is a big part of recovery, greeting the outside world with your little secret and your big smile! I'm so grateful!
My husband Randy has been amazing, he will do absolutely anything for me, he was SO happy after doctors visit yesterday, what a lift !
My sister Susie is making plans to go home to atlanta on monday, I will miss her everyday, but Randy and my son Ian, have this covered now , thanks to susie.
I continue to pray for all my heart brothers and sisters and their loved ones through their journeys. Every day in recovery is a gift , and a day closer to your re-newed Life! God bless you! love, joni
Hello everyone! Hope you are having some sunshine in your day ! I continue to move forward in recovery mode, I still tire easily, and lets just pretend I have no arms. My arms get tired so easily! I know i must be doing some "illegal" movements during the day, and I don"t always catch myself in time. My rehab will help me with that.Twinges of pain in the chest area, which I like to call healing pains, all those nerves and muscles knitting and mending themselves back to health !
I am having trouble with the groin incision , very sore and tender, these sutures have to go! My 1st follow up visit is thursday, I'll see if I can hold out until then.
My sister will stay with me through this week, and probably head home to atlanta over the weekend. I am so blessed to have her!
Continued prayers and positive thoughts to all my heart brothers and sisters , where ever you are in your heart journey-God Bless you ! joni
Good morning everyone! the house is quiet at this time 6:30 am. their is a gentle snow falling outside, we are only supposed to get 4 inches today, just enough for an inside snowday, which I still love, but I hope it is the last.
Just to keep up with my journal...I have already noticed my 1st little miracle of the day--Above my incision I had a huge lump, like half a golfball that was really noticable. I,m not sure what it is . but this morning I noticed it has shrunk down considerably...I,m happy to see that go! Didn't need 3 boobs !
I went to my 1st cardiac rehab app'T yesterday and it was wonderful! ! will try to schedual every mon, wed, and friday...I loved their approach to recovery, I only did 5 short exercises the 1st day and wow my arms were achy! They also help with diet, wound care, depression, and medications. these 2 girls know their stuff! I am going to love it there! The coumadin lab is right next door, so i will try to co-ordinate these two thing together on mondays.
I was put on a LOW SALT DIET, a real challenge, I hope this is not a lifetime thing. Also vitamin k and alcohol ( I miss my wine !) because of coumidan. Oh well, I got a brand new valve and it must be babied for awhile, this I can do!
If anyone has any tips on this restricted diet I'd love to hear from you!
Keep up the positive attitude you'all, it is your best friend! love, joni
Hello my heart brothers and sisters. I hope you are all having a Good day! I am on day 13 recovery , it,s 9:30 am. because I am sleeping in the living room, i do wake up with the house around 5am. My 2 little miracles for the day: I undressed, showered, and dressed myself with no help at all! Happy day! And I noticed my bruising, and my incision have a new look today, fading a little bit. Healing!
I forgot to mention I did get out for a bit yesterday, I went for coumadin bloodwork and then a walk through one of our local dept. stores. it was great to get out of the house! Susie and I sat in the restaurant and I drank a huge mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream---my reward!
we are going to the grocery store and library today, and will be home in time for the next snowfall this afternoon.
I continue my prayers and positive thoughts to all of you , wherever you are in your journey. Love to you all! joni
good afternoon everyone! so far its a very good day! I am extremely blessed to be recovering as smoothly as I am. I just realized I never wrote about my beautiful sister Susie who drove over 700 miles to come here and be my personal caregiver for the first few weeks of my recovery. she not only takes care of me, but makes meals and does laundry for my husband and son too! She watches over everything I do , and stops me when I,m about to do something I'm not supposed to.,like reaching for something or picking up something too heavy.she really has made our transition home so much smoother...I just love her and would do the same for her if she ever needed me.... and isn't that what the big picture is all about ? just being there for each other in whatever capacity we are able to give....Giving back is definatly in my future!
To keep my journal complete, day 9 was the firsy day I was really tired, I mean so tired at times I couldn"t lift my eyelids. so I rested, and slept. I suppose My mind is finally settled down into recovery mode.
today, day 10 , I feel good but still a little tired, I will rest all day and tonight Randy is making us a special dinner for his birthday celebration, and we will eat ice cream cake and watch a movie... ahhh life is good!
I hope you are all having a good day, I continue to pray for you all in recovery, and especually for all of you who are counting the days until your surgery day is here, which is the toughest part of this whole beast. Love to you all, joni
good morning to all! I want to thank all my new friends who have been supporting me and writing me notes over the past week, i can"t express how much I love hearing from you all,...and I am trying to get back to you , one day at a time. where I sit at my computer to do this is not a comfortable seat right now...5 min is my limit and I know as I recover More and more my time will increase and I will be able to write back to you all!
Day 7 of recovery was not a good day, I had overdone it with the arms on day 6 , and literally could not move my torso for a few hours after I woke up. I took 2 pain meds so I was able to shower, and then right back to the chair for the rest of the day. I had to change 2 things, innocent things that you wouldnt think is a big deal---My Water Glass was too heavy!! its a big one , and filled with ice and water, repeating lifting of that glass was pulling my shoulder muscles. so I downsized my glass. Much better!
We have a round end table that spins like a lazy susan, and I was using it next to my "station", just using one arm to turn it round and round---Its too heavy! So no more spinning-I consolidated all my stuff into one big clump and thats all I need for awhile...
Making those 2 changes is making my morning much better!!
Ive had a few sharp brief pains in my right breast this morning, and I beleive thats called healing, right? yipee!!! Have a wonderfull day my friends, love to you all, joni
hello everyone! Although I came home early on day 4 feeling on top of the world , I tried to sleep in my own bed on night 1 with a wedge pillow and all kind of pillow props around me-- I couldnt get out!!! I swear I strained my arms and chest and shoulders just trying to get into sitting position . I had to wake randy and he leaped into action and helped me with my shoulders . when I woke up in the am i felt like a truck had run over me, and then backed over me again!!! I learned my lesson, and so its back to the recliner lift chair for the next 2 weeks, at least....to any of you coming up on your surgery date please make sure you have one of these chairs...I rented mine for 175 $ from a surgical supply house and they delivered it. and its the electric one , not manual.. Today I go for blood work for coumadin and then straight home to my chair. I hope everyone is having a blessed day !
hello again to all my new brothers and sisters out there. I am home from the hospital on day 4 and doing extemely well , Almost pain free( i am still on meds) and in high spirits! To all those who are just out of surgery, yes this hurts like hell, but once that day comes when you get some sleep and open your eyes and you just KNOW you have turned the corner, everyone who took care of me told me just hang on it will get better, well I didnt beleive them but it does happen. I will start rehab in 2 weeks?
And I came home with a small pharmacy of pills to try to figure out , but I have pill organizer., makes it easier. Keep on coughing and use that incentive device as often as you can. that was the key for me to get out of hosp after everything else was good.I developed a low grade fever on day 2 and 3, and really concentrated on the breathing, and it improved. This website and all the support and prayers i received really saved me from going insane pre-op-- thank you all so much ! and my prayers continue for you all....
Hello my heart brothers and sisters---I hope everyone is having a GOOD day---it's been a busy day for me....waking at 3am again, but I didn't actually get UP until 5:30 or so, and just tried to keep real busy all day, spent a lovely morning having breakfast with our wonderfull Pastor( thank you Anja!), then errands , filling the car with gas, , etc. Then a much needed so relaxing massage (thank you jan!) Yes folks, I am pampered ....I felt so relaxed and tension free(almost) when I left there, but here i am 4 hours later a ball of nerves again, a little shaky again.
The cardiac nurse said it was alright if I had a small glass of wine to calm my nerves, but I don't know...any thoughts on this anybody? Darn! I knew I should have gone to that meditation class last summer! Well, thats all for today...Tomorrow I will be snowed in again, and I'll be here for you. god bless and have a good evening
3 days to go! I should be asleep right now but my mind is so BUSY, PRAYING FOR JIM AND ALL OTHERS WHO, BIG DAY IS TOMORROW!
you know how you plan your day , and it turns out to be nothing like that? Well that was my day, but a good one, I must say...everything I thought I needed to do didn't get touched, but i visited with 3 lovely families and learned a new card game, and sipped on some white wine, so a good day all and all! must behave myself tomorrow,no wine, funny, but all I want to eat is pasta every night! I am meeting and talking to new people everyday...Thank you adam !
Good morning friends! thank you for all who posted comments to me- it means so much! Yesterday We were at hospital 7am for pre-testing, and then a tour of the critical care unit and room where I'll be staying, I met the nurses, and my husband got to see the waiting room where he and family and friends can wait...It,s a new thing they are doing, and i thought it was wonderful, everyone was so helpful! we had breakfast in the deli on ground floor, then headed home. I kept busy the rest of the day, by 7:30 pm so exhausted I went to bed to read ! It,s amazing how this stress can ZAP your energy so quickly! So at 7 am after my prayers and devotions I am ready to go again! Prayers to all who are having surgery today....
I do have one question- I do not know much about coumadin verses aspirin therapy after surgery, has anyone gone the aspirin way? God bless you all!
Hello my friends! Every day is different, right? I went to bed too early, and woke up at 2:30 am, could not go back to sleep! Thank goodness for my kindle and Jesus calling book! It was a shaky day, but I did get out and rented an electric recliner lift chair to be delivered next week, which will make recovery at home much easier. I have pre-op testing tomorrow at 7am, and a tour of critical care unit with the nurses, and I'm looking forward to that along with my wonderful husband,Randy, and we are going to have breakfast together in the much talked about St joes cafateria on ground floor. Our Valentines date! Lenore, thank you for your kind words, Thank you too, jim kelly evans, ole bor, and nancy! Have a good night and God bless!
Hello fellow heart friends! My 1st entry is today, 10 days before aortic valve surgery. I was so excited to find this site, to know I am not alone..and to hear all of your amazing success stories-God bless you! This really is a roller coaster of emotions, one day strong, the next day I"m walking in circles with no direction! Focus on the lord, always,my heart says, but in the northeast when your snowed in all day, alone ,the mind wanders.....what if this? what if that?