1 Month After Surgery -
Today was the one month mark from my January 13th surgery to replace my Aortic Valve. Everything is going well.
On January 30th I hiked 2 miles, including some inclines. On February 8th, we hiked 6 miles in Ojai, this time with more incline. I feel great while walking and doing chores around the house.
Still taking Tylenol every day and stronger stuff to sleep. Trying to reduce amount of pain meds each day.
Today I started an antibiotic as two of my incisions have small surface infections. Hope the meds help and it doesn't spread inside further. I think the warm weather and my activity may have caused abrasion on the remaining healing scar and inflamed the area.
My INR is doing well and I haven't had any bleeding issues.
I still have some anxiety about returning to work in March and a fear of going out of the house alone. I will try to get more walking in when I am alone next week. The fresh air and exercise really seems to help.
My heart rate is still running high, at about 100-110 beats per minute. I hope this reduces soon, as I sometimes feel like I am having a panic attack but I know it is just my heart rushing.
Still fighting pain in neck and shoulders and hope that as I can sleep in a more regular position, some of this pain and tension reduces.
Overall doing better than I had expected and hope everyone else is also doing well.
Anyone have any suggestions as to items to bring along to the hospital for surgery? I have the basics and have even made my own hospital gowns. Any items you wished you had brought along or had requested post-op?
Thanks for any suggestions. Having about two months to go is both a blessing and a curse. Too much planning and thinking going on here. :)
Mountain biking on our honeymoon at Mammoth Mountain, 2012.
Staying Active - But Scared
Journal posted on September 29, 2014
I was told by my surgeon to avoid anything strenuous until after my surgery, nothing more than brisk walking. No biking, no running and no heavy lifting. I love to be outdoors and now I am scared about doing anything that might land me in the hospital before my surgery. After a few years of doing things like the Insanity Workout and mountain biking with a bunch of healthy guys, I realize I may have pushed myself to a point that is not sustainable. I want to listen to my body but I think I may be a poor judge about my limits and am having a hard time. I know I need to slow down, but it is hard to do.
Just met my cardiac surgeon, Dr. Kochumba at Kaiser LA. Advised to have surgery sooner than later, next 3-6 months. Debate is now on for the type of valve to choose. I am 33, almost 34 years old, and he advised that a mechanical was the best choice. I love to snowboard and mountain bike and would hate to give either of these up. I wonder if anyone else has down these activities while on anti coagulates?
Hiking in Yosemite! We hit the top of the falls that day and watched my friend Andy propose to my friend Leslie!
Update posted on...
September 21, 2014
I also just read the book in about two days and am thinking about making a list of "to-dos" before surgery. Has anyone else done this and if so, what were the main items you listed to prepare for surgery and recovery?
This is my Chase when he was a little guy. Now 6, he is so much fun! That is me in the background.
Journal posted on August 23, 2014
The reason I started posting on this website is to become more reassured about the path I am heading down now. In life, usually I have guided my decisions based on goals and personal desires. I have had few major issues that have restricted my choices and none of them really medically based either.
These choices I have made, like going to college, choosing a major, falling in love, and having a family have all been positive choices and things that I appreciate everyday. I hope to focus on all of the positive things in my life that I have achieved and created and hope to enjoy for the rest of my long life.
One of these and at the top of that list is my son Chase. He is six years old and a first grader. He is smart, cute and loving and I love him so much. Never really planning to have children, he was a surprise pregnancy, and has helped to create a bond between my then boyfriend and now husband Chris. I share his picture to remind me and others of why we make these tough decisions to improve our own bodies, so we can be around a long time for the other people in our lives.