It's been a while since I posted. Tomorrow will be 5 weeks since the surgery! The recovery has been good, all things considered, and at my 10 day recheck I got permission to drive and dance :-) I started cardiac rehab a few weeks ago, but had to put that on hold last week when I came down with a fever and a nasty cold/cough. Chest x-rays showed minimal patchy pneumonia. I am glad I had a minimally invasive incision, as coughing was really not painful. Antibiotics have helped greatly, and I feel 90% back to normal (whatever that is).
The actual valve replacement experience has been “a piece of cake”, but have been tormented by persistent, dreadful nausea. It can be calmed, for a few hours, with Zofran (in addition to a couple of other meds, whose names I can not remember), but it invariably returns *before* I’m eligible for another dose. M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E!! If not for that, I would have trouble thinking of anything to complain about.
I’m dictating this to my husband, so don’t blame me for what finally comes out...
I’m still in ICU, but not for much longer - so they tell me. Chest tube just came out, and with it a significant amount of discomfort. Progress! So far, the whole process has gone smoothly, and I happily anticipate getting home, and back to normal very quickly. Inexpressible thanks to everyone for prayers and good wishes. More later.
Just finished up a day-long series of tests and appointments here at CC, and all the tests were fine - bloodwork is perfect and the CAT scan was fine (aorta is ok). So the last appointment was to meet with Dr. Johnston. He will be performing a mini-thoracotomy, and implanting an Inspiris Resilia valve (yay - that’s what I wanted!). Exciting! Don will post to the journal when I come out of surgery.
DH Don and I will be heading up to Cleveland this Sunday. We plan to go out to a nice breakfast, then visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. Sunday eve we'll check into the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic. All Monday will be taken up by pre-op appointments. Tuesday is V-Day!