Overall I am doing quite well, except for a sore throat had pre August 31 surgery. BUT I have a sort if bubbling/crackling sound sometimes in my upper chest when resting at an angle and opening my mouth. Anyone else had anything like that.I did not notice until I got OUT of hospital 4 days after surgery. I was afraid I would have to go back in. A Duke intern said in was normal and from the by pass. Dr. Hugh's nurse said she has no idea except maybe something to do with tubes down throat. Hmmmm? Anyone else with that and did it go away?
Otherwise I am happy to be "home" at my daughter's. I walked Duke Gardens, maybe 2 miles ( gardens inspire me!) Today we walked about 1 1/2 miles. Felt good. Somewhat tired, low hemoglobin. So grateful surgery is past and I had such a great surgeon and my risk of rupture is gone. A doctor came from Cleveland Clinic to be present during my surgery. He made rounds with my doctor and saw me on the week-end before my discharge with the other surgeon. The Nurse Practioners were all very resposive and sweet.
Surgery was 3 days ago, August 31. surgery went well, only 4 hours wheat and hemi-arch,. Andrew and Adam, two of the surgical team, came in and said I could go home tomorrow! Getting drain tube out today! Was in a bunch of pain, somewhat better now. Have not walked without assistance with fancy walker.
My valve, wheat and hemiarch arch surgery is scheduled at Duke University with Dr. Hughes on August 31. I wondered why I could not enter his name and Duke here. Thanks for responses with that. Duke is listed number 6 by U.S. News and Dr. Hughes has only 1% deaths with his surgeries. Starting to get some jitters! Lots of prep since flying end on month from Oregon. Will stay with daughter in N.C. Trying to keep the faith!
My valve, wheat and hemiarch arch surgery is scheduled at Duke University with Dr. Hughes on August 31. Starting to get some jitters! Lots of prep since flying end on month from Oregon. Will stay with daughter in N.C.