This is the new me. Can't wait for the glue to come off.
2 weeks post open heart surgery
Journal posted on February 15, 2017
Today is 2 weeks post op from my open heart mitral valve replacement. I am feeling pretty darn good. Still annoying pain on right side of chest, but it's tolerable. Yesterday was my last day of water pills so of course I am rattling quite a bit in my lungs, yea.
I am walking 3/4 of a mile each time wheather I feel like going or not. I am constantly blown away by how much better I feel. Compared to the first week, this second week was great, I am looking forward to the next week's to come.
If you are about to go in for surgery please know you are going to feel so much better, the first week is tough but, be patient and listen to your body and the doctors. Life is beautiful!
I have been lucky, I feel as if I am healing faster than I thought I would. Having said that I have developed a new pain, 3 days ago. It starts at my sternum and runs to my arm pit, under my right breast. Nothing makes it go away. I am gonna try to get in the surgeons office in the morning, just to put my mind at ease. Any of my fellow cracked chest people experience the same? Hurts to extend my right arm and sometimes I feel ribs shifting as I grab for a deep breath which also hurts. Pain while breathing is expected .
Hey. I am still a little loopy.please excuse my writing. Went in have mitral valve repair but when they got in they couldn't repair and replaced with a pig, oink. It's been almost 6 days and I hurt without meds at the incision site( open heart). I was in from Wednesday 1,2017 until February 6. It's scary, and you will hurt, just remember to breath. I remember waking from all the crazy dreams I was having,thinking i would be there forever or th inking this wasnt, couldn't be MY life. You have to get your ass up and walk. As soon as the chest tubes come out, which didn't hurt me, you will feel so much better. The chest tubes hurt in, not taking them out My legs were so tired even though I felt in good shape. You can do this my friends, not gonna lie, it hurts, don't give up please.
Tomorrow is my last day to prepare. I stayed busy todaycleaning,planting,grocery shopping and cooking. I feel like I am crawling out of my skin. I pray for peace of mind and health for all of us. I remember feeling this way in labor with my first child and how during the end stages wondering what the hell we had done. The prize was a beautiful new life, now we have 2. I can't wait to wake up to another beautiful new life. Thoughts and prayers for all!
So many emotions...I really can't wait to have this over and done. It's really wonderful to have this place to come to where I know others are dealing with or have dealt with the same feelings. I have family coming tomorrow, my parents. Can't wait to get a hug. Good luck to all of you going in soon, I hope you all have a fast recovery and wonderful results.