I feel pretty well. Ran 4 miles today, averaged 12.5 minutes/mile, which is much slower than my before surgery average of 9 minutes/mile. My heart rate got up to 130 beats/minute. But, all in all, 2 months after major heart surgery, I cannot complain. My heart did not bother me during the run. My right chest is still a little numb and tender. I cannot do a regular push up. My right groin is still a bit sensitive, but much, much better than it was. My cardiologist and I think that I may not benefit from cardiac rehab because of my fitness level, not that great, but probably better than average. At work, I started working out again with a retired Marine friend. I am doing baby steps in getting back in shape again. Have been back to work for about a month. I don't seem to be as tired as I was before surgery. The 3 month wait for the surgery appointment seemed like it took forever, but the 2 months after surgery have really flown by. Prayers and best wishes for those preparing for surgery and for those who have begun the recovery step.
This is my 2nd week of work, feel pretty good. Ultrasound of my groin area did not reveal any problems, just taking awhile to heal. I see my cardiologist in 6 months with an echo before the visit. My personal physician is setting up cardio rehab for me; he would feel comfortable having a baseline of what my physical capabilities are. Still can't run. Walked 40 minutes on tread mill. My right chest is still sensitive to clothing and is stiff too, but I am regaining more right arm motion capability. Am very thankful to be as recovered as I am. Best wishes and prayers for those with upcoming surgeries and speedy recovery for those who recently had a surgery. Merry Christmas!
Met with my local cardiologist the other day. He was pleased with the way my heart was beating - no more clicking sound. My groin area is still sore. My doctor ordered an ultrasound of the area. He said everything was ok, just going to take time to heal. My right chest is sensitive from the incision, the robotic probes, and the shaved area. It still feels numb in the chest area. The doctor said that was just going to take time to heal too. Went back to work. The first day was very tiring. Second day was better, but the third day is tiring too. Still can't sleep on my right side. Not much excitement occurring. It's good to be back to work though and getting into a routine. Take care.
Sleeping better, started sleeping through the night on some nights. Can walk for 30 minutes, but afterwards am pretty tired. Trying to do more "normal" activities. Have not returned to work. Meeting with my local cardiologist on Monday. Hope to return to work 12/12. Thank you for support and prayers from everyone on the blog. My prayers are with everyone about to have surgery and who are recovering. Take care and God Bless.
I'm feeling pretty well, getting stronger each day, not back to work yet. Had a full day, walks, grocery shopping, etc. It was a beautiful day - temperature in the 60's which is unusual for this late in November. Still have some numbness in my chest and groin. Slept 5 hours straight last night and was thankful! Am off the pain meds, but I do take ibuprofen before bed and when I wake up during the night. It's hard to believe that I am 3 weeks out. Time flies! Wish the best and am praying for everyone with upcoming surgeries. Take care.
Didn't make the zipper club, but these are robotic scars at 2 weeks post op
2 week post op
Journal posted on November 22, 2016
Getting stronger each day. Can get in and out of bed easier. Am walking, trying to get to 30 minutes continuous, only about 1/2 way there. My weight is good and stable, even though I'm down 7 pounds from my release date. Heckuva way to lose weight! No problems with the heart so far, but my right chest, shoulder, and arm are sore. I guess it takes time to heal. Still not sleeping well. My primary care physician told me to stop taking naps during the day, I eliminated my afternoon nap, but I still take a morning nap. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!
Am recuperating with my daughter, who has been so helpful. It's great to be on the other side! Have some pain and stiffness. On a low sodium diet. Hard to find stuff to eat. Am a bit emotional - my daughter said that was a side effect. Not sleeping well. Wake up every 2-3 hours. Getting a little stronger each day. Am meeting with my personal physician tomorrow and then going out to eat with a friend and his wife. Am excited about that. Thanks for everyone's care, concern, and prayers!
Ashley and me after being released from CC at Holiday Inn
Journal posted on November 12, 2016
Thanks for everyone's prayers and support. This blog was fantastic with everyone's support and experiences. Visited fellow heart brother, Corey Sines. He is a fine young man. I am very fortunate to have the love and support during this difficult time. Am staying at Holiday Inn tonight. Leave for home in the morning. Cheers!
My dad wanted to keep everybody posted. He had the robotic heart valve repair and is doing well. He spent last night in the ICU and is being transferred to the step down unit right now. He is in good spirits and not a lot of pain. Thanks for all the well wishes!
Am a bit nervous and anxious, have been waiting and waiting and waiting, can't believe believe the surgery day is almost here. feel very fortunate to have such skilled professionals (surgeon, nurses, etc) to get me through this, am thankful for my daughter who will be by my side and support me through this, also am very thankful to everyone on this site who have shared their experiences to make this journey a little easier for me,take care, see you on the other side!