well it has been a busy 1 1/2 months! i started cardiac rehab and have been doing well. i go w/a group of men all about 20 years or older than me! they are lots of fun at 6am! i have been feeling stronger and trying to get back to work.
i had my resting echo last week and that was a tad hurtful as part of it they have to put a device directly on your scar to look at heart-ouch! my apptment w/cardiologist was monday and he says i am doing great! the valve looks perfect! he has released me to go to gym and back to rehab and do more! but to make sure i don't overdo it all at once! he is also weaning me off all meds! says i don't need them all my numbers are great! but i need to be weaned off meds and if i feel strange to just take meds again (strange advice i think?)
i returned to cardiac rehab this am at 6am(god awful hour) and i didn't have to wear my heart monitor! and i was able to do a bit more! it feels great. i can't wait to see what i can do on friday. I keep trying to go harder and faster on machine to see my limits, it is very strange. you have to realize i had been going to the gym before surgery but could not do much (apparently) my speed on treadmill would average a 3.3 or 3.4 with a 1.0 incline, now i'm at 3.4 with a 3.0 incline and i am not huffing andpuffing like i was before it truly is amazinG!
i need to see cardiologist again in 4 months, if all is clear again (which i really hope it is) then i think i go on yearly visits! yippee!
It's 7 weeks tmw! i am feeling better, still incision tenderness/soreness. kids go back to school tmw and i am waiting for cardiac rehab. hopefully they'll call on tuesday. i am going to try maderma on the scar to see if it will reduce the look of it. i am feeling healthier and can't wait to get going on some kind of cardio regime so i can get back into life and the gym-very slowly, i know.
i am more energetic but still the sleep is elusive for me. 4 hours and then i awaken. last night i was very sore at night, maybe i did too much during the day, i'll have to wait and see!
wow, 5 weeks already! i visited the surgeon and now i am allowed to drive! i still can't go far. he said i shouldn't have to ever see him, he predicts, unless i choose to socially :) i am feeling much better, of course not 100 percent but much better than 5 weeks ago, every week is better i notice. i still am limited to no lifting over 5 pounds for 3 more weeks and then he said i can go back to work slowly. i am supposed to start cardiac rehab after xmas, i'm not sure how many visits yet. but i am now allowed to walk as much as i want.
i am still not sleeping through the night but it is better! i am sure in 3 weeks i may be able to sleep on my side, as now i can now move to my side but i get pains in my neck. the muscles are still very tender.
but i am looking forward to a low key xmas and new year! i can't wait to start the year!
good nights, bad nights. i am getting used to them, not a good thing. i had slept through the night night before last it felt so good, then last night i slept but woke up a little achey, i'm thinking I must have moved around a little too much during my sleep. My incision looks very good and I feel I am getting stronger day by day. I can now dry my hair and dress myself almost normally, which is great! I can now open a cabinet but still can't reach many things. A little at a time I say. Its hard to just stay seated and do nothing. I have a apptment on dec 18th with my surgeon and then i'll see if i get the okay to drive. and then i go to rehab right after xmas-my cardiologist doesn't feel i really need it with my age but i told him i prefer being told i what I can do and cannot do in a safe environment.
I'm also told I will start feeling better around xmas so I am focussing on the dates!
I am still not sleeping through the night. it's been rough. i mostly feel the weakness from the muscles in my chest, i guess slow healing. i'm not taking pain pills as much, just when i overdo it. it does hurt my chest when i laugh or cough, it is painful. i'm just looking towards next week, that i will feel better every week.
What a difference a day makes. Today I felt good upon awakening. I took the sleeping pill last night and was Able to sleep much longer, still not straight thru. I walked and stayed up without napping all day keeping busy with family visiting. My day just flew by! I hope tonight I'll sleep even better!
I went to see the cardiologist today. Everything is going well, he took me off some of the heart meds-amiriodone, but did prescribe a sleeping pill as I am not sleeping. I had another bad night last night, I just can't get comfortable to sleep in bed. I took my first walk today outside and it felt good. walked about 5 blocks and then back, slow but steady progress. says i get to go to cardiac rehab after xmas. He told me to just keep plugging along, a week at a time I'll notice a difference. It felt good to be out of my pjs today, albeit tough to get clothes on. I am trying to relax as much as possible. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Wow I am moving very very slowly. Sleep was every hour anblast night I actually got 3 consecutive hours! Getting out of bed is the worst for me. I am sleeping with many pillows and it is sooo painful to get up. My cut seems to b abt 2 inches long. I try to remember every day it will get better. I really don't tAke too many pain pills but if I let them go too long in between wow it makes a difference. Thanks for all your good thoughts!
If I could get a full nights sleep I would b so grateful. Slowly but Arely. I am not on to many pain pills which is good. My scar should b abt 2 inches not bad. I am feeling pulsating on my neck apparently somethng I will get accustomed to. Now that my carotids are getting full blood flow, wow what a difference. I am takin my walks up and down the halls still slowly. Andbi am the youngest patient on the floor! Thanks to everyone for the happy thoughts I have a ways to go
hola todos, estoy lliendo bien y espero irme mañana o pasado a la cads me muebo muy despacio pero cada dia mejorando
wow, my day flew by today, kept everything normal and busy with my 2 girls, made our prayers at church. not it is just waiting, waiting...that's the worst. hopefully i will have someone post something on here once we know how it goes! I'm told to expect to stay in hospital a week, don't be surprised if i stay earlier or later-i am told. just depends how i respond. here we go....i'm ready to start my new healthy life again...
manana es el operacion y me quedo en hospital una semana, minimo. recen que este you bien
Okay, its friday and monday we are set for surgery at 7:30 am. i have to be there by 6a, as long as i don't get sick with cough or cold, flu... i am told he booked or for 2 hours, i really hope that's all he needs and less! but that don't be surprised if i don't awaken til 3p i am told.
hola, todo bien el lunes at las 7:30 es la operacion.
well, i am healing, but boy do i have a large, and i mean large bruise on my thigh/groin area. apparently it is not uncommon but not common? tenderness is almost gone but boy is it ugly. countdown to surgery day begins!
estoy lliendo bien, saludos a todos. estoy esperando el dia y acciendo mis sitas con los doctores para chekeos.
I am home from my catherization. I had no blockage so I am ready to go for surgery. The stay was ok I knew a few nurses which I believe helped. Laying on my back for over three hours was I think miserable but necessary. I am recouping at home and need to take it easy for two days.
Gracias a todos estoy bien en la casa. Esperando el dia de operacion
okay, tmw is the first step, i think. i am going to get a catherization done tmw, if they find nothing, yippee then my date of surgery stays, if they find something and they need to fix it, then they do so there and all other plans are on hold because i have to spend the night. we won't know til tmw! thanks for all the good thoughts.
Well, i had a great talk with a gentleman last night i met who had the surgery 2 weeks ago with the same team i am going to have doing my surgery! coincidence that i knew his daughter. i feel much better about the day, he was very honest, which is what i wanted. he is on no pain meds and is doing fine, showed me his incision. i have my cath on tuesday and then from there i can really focus on getting better!
well, i am now 16 days away from surgery. i go in for cardiac catherization on tuesday to see if everything is ok before suregery. i am told they don't expect to see anything but just in case, if they find something then they will repair/fix it and then i will postpone my surgery. with my luck that's the outcome but i am trying to remain positive. i think i am mentally feelilng better about having the surgery, still it is scary....