Whoops, put the wrong day for my last post, should have been 12th, not 11th. Must be the drugs!!
So far, so good after being home for 9 days, have stopped all pain meds as I didn't need them, so just on amiodorine and warfarin. Have been for quite a few walks in the sunshine on a nice quiet dead end road beside us, just a little puffing going up a slight rise but getting better as time goes on.
Nice to have a little nap during the day to get a boost, but I missed it yesterday, a little tired towards evening. My scar is healing nicely and I am happy. This time last month I never thought I would be looking forward so much to spending Xmas with family and friends.
A very Merry Xmas and all the best for a great New Year in 2019.
Hi and thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my road to recovery. To all that are close behind me, I hope I have helped put your mind at rest and let you know that if I can do it, you can. Honestly the worst is the waiting.
Today is my second day from discharge and I am taking a rest. Yesterday, day after discharge was feeling really good so after getting bloods done, we went for a lovely lunch and then Xmas shopping followed by grocery shopping. Must have done a few kilometres, although was pushed around grocery shop in a wheelchair which was kinda cute. So, arrived home pretty knackered and slept well last night!
I am on Warfarin tablets and need to get bloods taken on a fairly regular basis so I don't clot or bleed. Can anyone tell me how long they were on Warfarin after discharge?
This time last week I was waiting to go into theatre and now today, following Monday, waiting for discharge from the hospital. Isn't life a waiting game?
Had pacing wires out yesterday and wasn't a problem, maybe just felt a little twinge on the last one, but not hurtful.
Looking forward to going home today. Had a lovely stay in the hospital with amazing views across Auckland city to the harbour with the big ocean liners coming in. But I do miss the green grass and my 4 legged furry friends at home.
Hopefully my other half will be able to pick up some groceries on way home, as I am sure he has depleted the stocks over the past week.
So good go be going the other side of the fence, it's all been worth it, the waiting and the emotional roller coaster we go through.
Hi fellow warriors, I am now post op day 5 and feeling good considering what the body goes through. The only attachment I have at the moment is the pacing wires. My HR came down to 35bpm so I have a pacing box (my little black box) which has a setting so it doesn't come below 40bpm, my HR is now in the 60's so looking good to get pacing wires out. What's it like getting them out as mine have been in for a few days now. Nurses tell me they keep us lying down for an hour afterwards and that it can make you feel a bit funny when they come out, but they haven't had it done to them. Can anyone enlighten me on this.
Glad to now be part of the warrior clan. Post op day 3 and feeling pretty good, although a bit wozzie yesterday afternoon so had bloods to keep haemoglobin up and HR a little low. All in all haven't got any complaints, just happy to be on the side. Sending my wishes and speedy recovery to all the other warriors and the ones waiting for surgery.
Surgery early this afternoon. In hospital since last night getting last minute tests. Can't complain, all nurses, doctors and staff are really wonderful and making me feel comfortable. Had a pretty good sleep last night with the help of a sleeping pill! Just had a cup of tea, then will have second disinfectant shower and surgery here we come. All the best for other patients having their surgeries today 😍
Me and my other half with our mustangs doing a wedding run for friends
Friday 30 November
Journal posted on November 29, 2018
Only 2 more sleeps at home before I go to hospital on Sunday afternoon in preparation for my OHS Monday morning. It's almost a 2 hour trip to the hospital. One thing about looking at this, is that I will be almost ready to come home in about a weeks time from now. The only recurring thing I keep thinking about is waking up after surgery with the ventilator tube down my throat, how scary is that. Don't want to choke or gag on it as I've been told it probably needs to stay in for 4-6 hours! Definitely not looking forward to that. Can anyone enlighten me on how they coped with it. Since I'm in New Zealand I am almost a day ahead of most of you, by the time you wake up on Monday morning I will be in my first recovery day, how's that. Looking forward to getting back on my pony again and going cycling soon, I hope. We have amazing cycle trails nearby. Look up www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz.
Wow, time flies on by. This time next week I will have had my OHS. Going in on Sunday 2nd December to hospital and having surgery Monday morning. Have been trying to keep busy in the meantime to focus on everything but. It's like being on a roller coaster, on a high and then too many thoughts bring me crashing down. Any helpful hints from anyone coming up for OHS or from the Warriors who have been through it.
Yes, surgery scheduled for 3 December. Mitral valve and tricuspid valve repair, otherwise mitral valve replacement if necessary with a cow prosthetic valve, fingers crossed we won't go there. Surgeon needed to know before hand just in case. My partner and I run a drystock farm and he suggested we supply the cow!! Funny faces all round 😁
Off to meet my surgeon today. Looking forward to meeting him and maybe some members of his team. Have jotted down a listful of questions to ask, hopefully the right ones. May have a surgery date when we leave, hope so! Anyone got helpful questions I should be asking.
Had a call from surgeons secretary this morning to make an appointment to go and meet surgeon and team on Monday. So, looking good for surgery before Xmas at this stage. Be really good to get over and done and back home before Xmas.
Has anyone got questions I should be asking surgeon or any of his team. Would be really helpful.
Thanks from New Zealand 😎
Pretty happy, had angiogram on Monday evening and arteries all clear of any blockages. Hoping surgery not too far away, don't really want to be in hospital over Xmas. Can anyone please let me know how long they had to wait after the angiogram. Would appreciate, thanks.