Although my breathing is improving, I want it to improve even more. My visiting nurse said Cardiac Rehab is absolutely necessary. I reread the Adam Pick's chapter about when he really began to heal physically and emotionally. He owes it all to Cardiac Rehab. It's the last thing I want to do. My life is so busy, but after reading the book again, I realize I must sign up for the program. I also just got a note today from my Cardiologist saying that my stress test (which is mandatory to get into a rehab program) was very good and that I'm a good candidate. So I guess it's off I go for a 3 month commitment. I know I'll be breathing much better if I do it.
I'm 7 weeks post surgery and feeling very well. My upper chest area is still a little stiff and uncomfortable, but it's truly getting better daily. I'm driving now and put a folded soft towel under the strap over my chest just in case I have an accident and there is a deployment of the air bag..God forbid.
I take Atenalol to keep the "loud" beats quieter which the doctor says will diminish as the months go by. I have a bovine valve and feel so very grateful to my surgeon who saved my life.