Second day in Step Down Unit with beautiful private room. Slept great the last 2 nights — not even much coughing last night.
Should get the last tube out of my chest today.
My surgeon, Dr. Johnston, not only did a great job, but has actually come to visit me in my room each of the past two days and explained more about my surgery and the need for a redo on one of my bypasses.
Cleveland Clinic is fantastic.
There is a remote possibility that I will be discharged today and a better chance for tomorrow.
We’re both looking forward to getting home to our new adjustable bed — thanks Jim and Janet for overseeing the delivery and installation.
Anne here, Rex is doing well today. He had a very quiet day in ICU yesterday and slept almost all day. They decided to keep him in ICU overnight for second night because of blood pressure issues. He is more alert, off the pain pump and happily watching the PGA today. He is ready to have 2 of the chest tubes removed and move out of ICU when they have a bed available. He is in Afib and they are adjusting his meds. Looking firward to the move to a private room. By tomorrow.
We are done with all of the pre-surgery meetings and surgery is scheduled for 7 AM tomorrow and expected to take about 5 hours. It will be full open heart with replacement of the valve with a bovine valve but not the rapid deployment one used last year. Expected hospital stay is 5 days with expected return to Florida 3 or so days later. A less invasive procedure was not an option.
They do not know the reason for the previous valve failure but there will be a pathology done on the old valve.
Surgeon indicated risk was similar to original surgery. Surgeon and staff made us feel comfortable with surgery and expectations for good outcome. We feel Rex is in very good hands. Rex’s son Travis is in Cleveland and will be with Anne tomorrow.
Tonight the 3 of us are going on a dinner cruise.
Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers, Next update after surgery tomorrow.
Full day of tests and appointments at Cleveland Clinic today. We met with his assigned cardiologist who provided a little more information. 1 if the 3 sutures holding the valve in has come apart and allowing the leakage of the aortic valve.
His symptoms have been getting worse over the last few months. The cardiologist confirmed that there is not an opportunity for a simple plug of the hole. It will need to be. Open heart surgery. He is having cardiac catheterization procedure tomorrow to determine if there are any blockages in the arteries.
He will meet with surgeon Thursday to discuss the surgery,
I have checked in at the Cleveland Clinic and will be undergoing lab and echo tests today with cathertization procedure tomorrow and meet with the surgeon and surgical team on Thursday for preparation for surgery on Friday, August 10th. I will post updates about the procedure and my status here.
Anne and I will be going to Cleveland Clinic on August 6th with expected surgery to replace the aortic valve that was put in a year ago on August 10th. I will fill in additional information when we are at Cleveland Clinic.
I had open heart surgery 11 months ago (double bypass and Aortic valve replacement - bovine) and I was just diagnosed with Paravalvular Leak. Has anyone had this condition? How did it get fixed? Any help is appreciated -- I'm scared to death.
I'm doing great! Blood pressure, pulse and heart rhythm are under control now and I'm walking most days. No pain from wounds or heart even when I cough.
We took a bunch of folks over to Fort Myers Beach in our boat yesterday for a lovely lunch at Parrot Key and, while it was a stressful day for me, I recovered nicely. Going to another wine tasting event tomorrow that I am looking forward to -- and I may even swallow some of the wines this time.
The Physical Therapist was here today for his 2nd-to-last visit and I see the surgeon tomorrow for my final sign-off with him. I should be starting the cardio rehab program in a week or so.
All in all, I'm doing very well and looking forward to our August trip to Canada to visit with my sons and their families including our two grandchildren.
Sunday 7/9/17 and I am doing much much better. I walked over a mile today without any heart rate issues so I think I am really over the hump now. My recall for a 4th CardioVersion on Friday was a setback but I'm back in normal Sinus Rhythm now and feeling great.
We went to our Wine Tasting group last night and I tasted (but spit out) all 10 Syrah/Shiraz wines and enjoyed good food and good times with good friends.
We're going to see Stringtown again tonight at Micelli's and I'm hoping to last through the whole evening this time.
Thanks again for all the prayers and best wishes -- they have been much appreciated.
Have certainly been up and down in recovery from aortic valve replacement and double bypass 2 weeks ago. Feeling good one day and then bad the next with AFIB and racing pulse. Had cardioversion to get back to normal rhythm. What a difference! Now I feel like I am on the mend.
My BP is very normal now and my pulse is holding nicely under 100. I did my full exercise routine today including 4 laps of my indoor racetrack. I'm slowly getting my strength and wind back and all is good. No pain pills needed now and I'm sleeping through the night soundly.
I made it to Micelli's on Sunday but pooped out early due to heat. Had a delightful dinner at RumRunners last night with Jim and Janet but again I may have been pushing the envelope.
I should make it to Wally and Shirley's wine tasting and be able to sip my first post-surgical wines. I am really looking forward to that!
All in all, I'm doing great and excited to getting back to full strength.
Back home 6/28, 5 days post surgery with my emotional service dog, Buffy.
Day 4 post op
Journal posted on June 27, 2017
Day 4 post op and all the tubes are out of my chest.
I'm walking pretty well (with a walker) and there's a good chance I'lol be going home tomorrow.
Rex here. Doing much better today. Final tube out and walking a little with walker. Hope to be going home tomorrow. Thanks to all for your support for both Anne and me during this difficult period. Thanks again everyone.
A lot of sleeping and hopefully healing today - 2 days post
Journal posted on June 25, 2017
Anne here again. Rex slept most of the day, except for times when medical staff probed and pricked him. They did pull out some of the tubes today but still some to go. I think they kept him mostly knocked out because of the work they did. Not really eating yet. Yesterday was all liquids and today's food looked good, but was barely touched. I am hoping he will be feeling a little better tomorrow.
Rex is not up to responding or updating the journal but has asked me to thank everybody for their well wishes and prayers. I am hoping he will be doing better tomorrow. So far, he has not been interested in picking up his phone or iPad.
Getting packed up for surgery and upcoming hospital stay. Will find out later today what time Anne and I need to be at the hospital in the a.m. Sometime between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. Friday. Anne will update the journal on the day of surgery. Operation is expected to take 2 to 4 hours and I should be first one on docket. I will be transferred to ICU after surgery.