I thought I would give you an update on
We spoke a few minutes ago and she was so excited!
She is now off all of the surgery related meds she was taking!
She saw the cardiologist yesterday who has released her for 30minute walks and stairs
She also booked her first visit at the cardiac rehab center at kaiser on the 17th of September to being her hard core rehab and start training for next years half marathon!
All of her vitals appear to be normal and she is hoping her fatigue problem will greatly improve now that she is off the cast diac meds!
She was off with Gerry for a 30 minute walk in golden gate park!
We will keep out fingers crossed that she can make it up our stairs on Sunday for the 49er season opener!!!!
Keep trucking mom!
I spoke with yesterday right after her second 10 minute walk around her neighborhood!
Fresh air was marvelous and she she happy to be outdoors
Her stamina is still limited but these little physical, incremental additions will tire her out right now......we know it will prove slowly
Is eating a little bit better
Her spirits though are good
Keep plugging mom!
We know you are recovering!
Spoke to mom this afternoon
She's doing so well!
Went for two 8 minute walks and even walked outside to get some fresh air!
Planing another walk this afternoon!
She is using her spirometer to keep her lungs clear increasing the air volume to her lungs
She is eating better as her nausea seems to be dissipating yeah!
Mom still has a lack of energy which bugs her but we all know that is to be expected and will also improve
Her spirits are good today as she finds more things to do like getting dressed!
Her recent lab results have her in a normal range and her platelets are also back in a normal range
All in all I hear nothing but good things and lots of improvement!
Dear Gary, Was so glad to hear from you and delighted to hear that Terri is up in her chair. Let me know how she is feeling. I know surgery went well and hope she is feeling well cared for and as comfortable as possible. I have not been as active in this blog as I could have been, but one of the things that I noticed after getting home is that my mind is a little scattered. Difficult to focus, which has been disconcerting. Anything that anyone can offer me on that issue would be greatly appreciated. I have to give my Terry another 👍's for once again filling in for me and for everything else she has done. Husband Gerry has been my rock. Couldn't have done this without him. All my family and friends, how can you actually differentiate, have been my the concrete foundation on which this new house of health is developing. Luv u all!
I'm helping mom out right now. Still in a bit of an "anthesia fog". She is so glad to be home and is really doing well, in my opinion.
She has experienced some " electrical" like chest pains which are appear to be spontaneous and don't last very long. She trying to get more sleep. Sleep has always been an issue with her anyway.
She is using pain meds when she feels she needs them but not that often as she isn't having a lot of pain.
There has been a steady stream of visitors which was nice.
Still having bouts with nausea but is definitely eating more and more.
She has been taking seven minute walks so far and hopes to add one minute each day?
Her therapist is recommending to take it slow and steady.
It's really miraculous that she is home and doing so well.
Her spirits are good.
Hopefully she will feel more up to posting in a day or two.
Thanks for checking in!
I know she appreciates it very much!
Well, we are home. With bags and bags of medicines, instructions, my heart pillow and all my beautiful cards and flowers...thank you all for your prayers, good wishes, and support. Every word was appreciated and all advise taken to "heart". I especially want to thank my beautiful
Terry Ann for forging onward with this journal in my absence and for keeping all of you informed. I am weak, still very nauseous but not hurting badly, so I guess I can stumble through. I cannot say enough about my wonderful husband who has stood beside me every step of the way. His support, concern, help and Guidance has been my rock. I will need him more and more in the coming weeks, but he assures me he isn't going anywhere. Whew! I am closing for now, but will return tomorrow with an update. God bless you all.
Mom called at 9:30 this morning with the happy news that she would be released from the hospital this morning!!!!!!
Gerry will be bringing her home and we will get to visit at home instead!
So....thanks for your support
I'm sure mom will take over from here with her journal and keep you all informed of her recovery journey
Spoke with mom around noon today
She was doing her laps around the hospital floor when we first spoke!
The pacemaker was removed today and they like to monitor the patient for at least 24 hours post removal before discharging them from the hospital
Her platlett count is still lower than the doctor would prefer so they are still monitoring that as well
She is in great spirits and sounded once again even stronger today! Yeah!
Her appetite is gradually increasing but could be better I think
I'm sure it will improve shortly
It appears an estimated release date from the hospital is Thursday or Friday
My bet is on Friday!
But maybe tomorrow
Overall, she sounds really good and ready to go home!
Keep your fingers crossed!
Will update you again tomorrow!
Spoke with mom this afternoon
She was moved out of ICU yesterday afternoon to a regular room
Took 3 laps around the floor and visited with the cardiac doctor and well as the PT specialist
It appears that she is growing stronger each day and is having more solid food
Mom's playlet count is a bit low which is common for post surgical patients
It is rising slowly however but the staff want it in an optimum range before commuting to a hospital release date
At the moment, she may able released as soon as Thursday or Friday which is within the norm
We will keep our fingers crossed! She is looking forward to going home!
As is the case with my mom, she was well informed with her status and chatty.
That's my mom!!!!!😉
Thanks again for all the support
She loves it!
Saw mom this afternoon
She is looking greT!
She was actually taking a lap around ICU!
Her third for the day so far!
She then sat in her room chair to visit with her guests!
Her color looked good and her nurse remove another drain around her neck area
Starting to eat a little bit
Had a morning muffin and a few grapes, a bit of soup for lunch so she is starting to get some solid food in her!
There is some discussion that she may be released from the hospital tomorrow although she is still a bit unsteady.
might benefit from one additional day to regain more strength
Not taking a lot of pain meds as she does not feel and need for them!
We will keep out fingers crossed that she continues to progress this well each day!
Half marathon 2015 here she comes!!!!!!
Thanks to everyone for their love and support as I know she is so grateful to have you all in her corner!
You never know, mom might be writing tomorrow's post!
Mom is looking great!
As usual she is befriending the nursing staff who love her!
The staff here has been exemplary! Top notch! Couldn't a Ask for better!
She is using her spirometer every hour on the hour to keep her lungs clear
She insisted on taking two laps around the ICU unit this morning! Huge!
Plenty of visitors have been coming and going which is awesome!
As I write this, her stomach tubes which are bothering g her are being removed!
One step at a time
Pain is tolerable at occasionally a five
Continues to be takiing the meds as she needs them and the staff has found a pain med at also alleviates nausea so hopefully mom will start with some solid food
Mom is chatty looks great to me!
So far so good!
Talk to you tomorrow
Spoke with Gerry this morning
Mom is progressively improving
So far today not taking a lot of pain meds
She reported her pain level last night at about a 3 on a scale of 1-10 10 being the worse
Did sit up with a smile!
Has not had solid food yet due to nausea but that will continue to improve
Still hydrating her thru IV
The nurses will be getting her up for a short walk latter today
Will update you as more info comes in!
Mom is off the ventilator and breathing on her own!!!!!!
She is having a few ice chips slow and steady!
Will remain in ICU tonight and possibly into tomorrow.
Should be transferred to a hospital room within the next 24 hours.
Mom is out of surgery
The procedure took 2 1/2 hours with no complications
No transfusions were needed and she is currently "sleeping off the anesthesia"!
Will update you as things change!
So far so good!
Mom went into pre surgery at 7:00.
She was in great spirits due to the "cocktail" and was chatting up the staff which one who knows her would expect!
Surgery to begin around 8:00 and all was on schedule
Will update you this afternoon when she gets into ICU
Tomorrow will be the grand opening and we are ready to go. Hospital called this afternoon to confirm our 7:00 surgical time. My support team is set to go as am I. Thank you all for you good wishes, your prayers and your love. I am very positive and looking forward to this next step In My return to health.
Dear Family and Friends,
I thought that this might be a good time to update you all with our progress. I have been undergoing a series of three iron infusions over the last week. It was discovered that I was "iron deficient" so these infusions were ordered by my doctor. The,purpose is to boost my iron levels, and hopefully avoid the necessity of a post surgical transfusion. Kaiser has a policy of determining a problem, solving it, then moving on. My last infusion will be tomorrow, then a pre surgical appointment on Tuesday during which I will undergo all last minute testing, examinations, discussions and reviews. I want you all to know that I do not think that I could be in better hands than this wonderful team of medical professionals that we are working with. The main event has been scheduled for Friday, 7:00 a.m. I will let you know if there is any change. In the meantime, I thank each and every one of you for your support, your prayers and good wishes. My love to you all. Mary
Just to advise you all, surgery has been scheduled for 8/15, 7:00 a.m. Is the time. This will be at the kaiser hospital, Geary blvd., Dr. Melikian is the surgeon. I am so happy that the date has been set, and we will be able to move forward. Let me know if you have any questions. I think I questioned everyone concerned et nauseaum. Luv Ya!