13 months post-op. Feeling GREAT. Praying for all my medical staff every day for the wonderful job they did on me. If you are scheduled for surgery just think ahead, pray, be positive. You are not the first, yes it's a hard road to travel, but the journey is good. God bless you.
Lingering cough. I have a cough feels like from my lungs, every since my surgery. It's not all day but a few times a day I have a strong cough lasts for only a few seconds. Seven months after surgery I had a chest X-ray and doctor said everything is OK, but I still have the cough 11 months after surgery. Anyone else have this experience? Otherwise I feel great. P.S. I had mitral valve repair.
Just wondering, I have a sore right shoulder after my surgery. Didn't think much of it until I was visiting a friend today and he mentioned that he had bruises on his arms he thinks are from the surgery also. He said that they tie your arms down while being operated on. Makes sense because they don't want you moving your arms or trying to take the tubes out that they just put in. Now I ask you, do you also have any soreness in your arms or and black and blue marks?
Before and after surgery, April 28th, 2015. about 17 weeks post-op. Feeling 99% back to normal. PTL
Here's my newest picture!
July 22, 2015
picture taken 2005
9 weeks post op update
Journal posted on July 2, 2015
Feeling great most days, but some days I feel very tired, I guess at 72 it takes a while to get back to "normal".
It's nice to be able to sneeze without pain and sleep on my stomach. I must remember to not life anything heavy for a few more weeks and rest whenever I need it. Scar looking good. I'm happy 95% of the time but had a few moments where I wasn't, I guess that's normal.
Funny, every day is different, some better than others, most are very good. Walking ten minutes twice daily. Taking pictures again, sternum still tender but all else is great. Final visit with Surgeon is next week, hoping to get the OK to drive. It's hard to restrict my activities as I am a doer but I guess I can be good for another few weeks. Very thankful for the GREAT team that worked on me. Surgeon, Dr. Michael Argenziano and Anesthesiologist Dr. Jack Shanewise, ICU nurses were extraordinary. Hospital was New York Presbyterian.
23 days post op, and feeling better then ever. Sleeping better too, not like pre op but I'll rate it as good with some deep sleep. Walking 8 minutes at normal pace twice a day. Now I must be careful that I don't try to do things that I'm not ready for. Praise the Lord!
Energy increasing rapidly, sleeping like pre-op, good quality and plenty of it. Day 13 post-op I slept on my side part of the night. Completely off pain meds, feeling like the old boy I used to be. Walking 7 minutes twice a day, going to increase to 10 tomorrow. Overall very happy with my progress.
Big mistake trying to get off pain meds early. I'm back to feeling zero pain now. PTL. Recliner wins again for sleep but only after having good sleep in bed for half the night. Problem is I'm restricted in positions I can use. 100% on my back, whereas in the recliner I can make adjustments to distribute my weight to find a comfortable position. At 6 AM I'm feeling great.
Nine days post-op. Sleeping better, but still short hours 2-3 at a time, made my own breakfast today, eggs fried potatoes and two slices of tomato and my homemade bread toasted. Ahhhhhh.
When my wife got up I made her breakfast also. That's enough for today. Did my morning walk and had a nice shower, feeling more normal every day. but tire quickly. Thanking the good Lord for small blessings.
My day Nurse in ICU, Justin Paton. Fantastic man, he just couldn't do enough for me.
Surgery update 5.5.2015
Journal posted on May 5, 2015
This time last week I was being operated on. I'm so glad it's behind me.
Walking and increasing time and distance, sleeping better but still only 2 or 3 hours at a time, but it's good sleep so I'm happy. Like my dear heart sisters and brothers told me, the recliner is king, but I did sleep for 3 hours in bed, first night home, and am pleased that I can get into and out of bed by myself without pain. Same for the recliner, so I feel I'm ahead of schedule in this area. Not so for the lungs. I had some fluid when released but am taking pills to correct this. X-ray next week will reveal how much good it did. I am using the spirometer but not coughing a lot. Appetite still not back to normal, but my taste buds are. That's good. So overall I'm improving every day, I'm so glad I have a nice backyard where my bird friends come and visit. My spelling has taken a bit of a downgrade, thank God for spell-check. More later. Thanks so much dear friends for all the good wishes and prayers.
Home at last, I thank God and all my dear friends for they'r
Journal posted on May 4, 2015
May 4, 2015 I'm home. Thank you thank you than you all you dear people for your good thoughts and prayers. I will admit, it was NOT a piece of cake, but we did it. What a great staff I had at "New York-Presbyterian", aka, Columbia Presbyterian, and my Surgeon Dr. Michael Argencizno. Everything went just as they said it would. I'll be posting more each day as I'm feeling better.
#13 You don't have to go to work for a few weeks.
#12 You are happy to go back to work after a few weeks.
#11 You get a checkup on life, what's really important and what is not.
#10 You get to meet new friends on the Open Heart Valve Surgery website.
#9 If you are late getting to the hospital, they will wait for you. They will not start surgery without you.
#8 You have witnesses to testify you really do have a heart.
#7 You have never been this clean in your life.
#6 You don't have to shave yourself, at least for the first day.
#5 When getting escorted to the potty is an upgrade.
#4 When nutrition comes on a plate.
#3 You get breakfast in bed, and lunch and dinner too.
#2 You are the center of attention, at least for the first 4-6 hours.
And the #1 best thing about Open Heart Surgery, you get to know who really cares and loves you.
Today I had a visit with my surgeon, Dr. Michael Argenziano Chief of adult cardiac surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He said that it looks like there is a 99% chance he'll do a "repair" and not a replacement valve to my Mitral Valve.
This is a big difference all around, much better to keep my own valve and it will last longer then a bovine replacement, less meds.
I'm feeling better already. I did all the pre op tests today also, so I don't have to make the trip again until the surgery.
Keep me in your prayers. Thanks again for your support.