A week ago today I was terrified of Monday. All done, 1 week down. I don't even renenber them putting me under. I remember taking a deep breath, and saying all is well, and it was. I woke up 12 hours later in SICU. Eventually all the tubes came out. My pain was well managed, I moved to stepdown. I got an extra 15 pounds of fluid in my lungs, but is gone now. Hopefully going home tomorrow. Gonna take my time recovering. Take is slow. Good luck to all still facing it. It isn't that bad, and it is doable. ❤️
I have a general question about symptoms. It sounds weird, but I get the most horrible Charlie horses, leg cramps. In fact I get muscle spasms in my back, my stomach, just about everywhere. I had my thyroid removed years ago, and I attributed it to low thyroxine levels, or the running around I do for 12 hours in the maternity ward. I wonder if these symptoms could be from lack of oxygen because of poor circulation, related to my heart. I've had to take muscle relaxers for it. I just wonder if anyone has experienced this, and I can look forward to these going away after my surgery. Thanks! ❤️
This is my doctor, and a little about where I work, and where my open heart surgery will be. I'm in great hands. Really in God's hands. He gave my surgeon the knowledge and skill, to do what he does, and I thank him for that! ❤️ http://youtu.be/rRWpzePT4Xo
My husband Bill, and our two "babies". Boston Terriers Ralph and Alice (Allie).
The Countdown Starts Now!
Journal posted on October 2, 2015
Done working now, until I am done with surgery and recovered. I only cried once when thinking about my heart stopping, and the heart/lung bypass machine. Joked with my friends that I hope someone has charged the battery for my kickstart. They all laughed, said I'd be fine, said they would be praying and they would visit me. Gave me a beautiful card with all their sentiments, and money they had collected. Some donated vacation hours. This is scary, yes. But I've decided I'm very lucky. I have amazing friends who care about me, my family loves me, and will rally around me, despite any squabbles they've had. Family is family. As a nurse, I'm usually the caregiver, been my whole life. Took care of my mom until her death. Raised two beautiful girls, after my divorce. Finally met the "right" guy 13 years ago, and got married 3 years ago. I've taken care of everyone else. Now I have to let them take care of me, and be good to myself, and take care of me. I have a few last minute chores to complete, but I'm ready. I have faith that I will be fine. I have more to do in my life. This will be a rebirth. A second chance. And if for some reason God has a different plan, I'm okay with it. I've lived a good life, and I'd be going to an awesome place. 🙏🏻😇💕
I'm new to this site. I am a Registered Nurse. I work in OB, but know enough to be really scared. Like everything that can go wrong. I need an Aortic Valve Replacement. It's scheduled for 10/05/15. I discovered a tumor in my Parotid Gland. A needle biopsy cannot rule out malignancy. My heart needs to be fixed first. It should have been replaced a year ago. My insurance said I wasn't sick enough. I work in a very demanding job. I've had shortness of breath, tightening in my chest for over a year. In Januaty, I fell at work and broke 5 ribs. It's been a rough year. My husband is retired, I'm the sole support of the family. I don't know how we will survive with me off work another 3+ months! Everyone tells me I'll be fine. I'm terrified at the idea of stopping my heart. In truth, I will be glad to have it behind me, and start to feel better. I'm sick and tired, of feeling sick and tired. I can't tell anyone that I am scared. They all say don't worry. I've always been the strong one that everyone has depended on. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks!