Wow, its hard to keep track of time...some things are still a little foggy. This morning I did a 20 min. walk outside around the block twice. ..a. big improvement. Yesterday was my post op visit...lungs better and I've lost the 9 pounds of fluid..Yeah!! My I & R (blood thinness) did drop,..so have to increase my warfarin....prob too many salads. OK to fly back home to Colorado tomorrow. .......can't wait to get home....been in Ccleveland 3 weeks total. Nice city, but you sure don't hear anything about our Rockies...hee hee
I cannot believe the amazing improvement after ONLY two days out of hospital. Entire body seems to be getting back to normal......got my "smile" back in my walk, my voice back to normal, appetite back to normal, sleeping normal, breathing much, much better. Today I'm doing 2-15 min walks instead of 3 shorter walk. .plus, I am up and around all day. It is absolutely amazing.....Yahoo!!!!
Hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. Now , I know I need to watch my salt....but this was a must. My sister and I laughed ....our focus will be where and what to eat, and of course, our walks. It is very nice here in the atrium room in the lobby (where there is Wi Fi) sitting in front of the fireplace...no fire, but reminds me of home..Colorado.
I just got the good news. Blood tests are in therapeutic range and I dropped 2.5 pounds of fluid. My sister and I will stay at the guest house one week. Not quite ready to go dancing yet, but at least we can go somewhere fun...like Walmart te he. And maybe cacatch a movie or dinner out. Talk later
Looks like I'm not getting off parole for two more days. My coumadin level must be at 2.5 before discharge. Increased my walks to 8 .minutes 4 times a day. Trying to get rid of 8 .lbs of body fluid then my lungs will feel better and then I will go into high speed. Later.
Today I wil really get after the exercise and breathing since lungs are better. Walking is fun...especially fun seeing all the fashionable gowns. Possibility of being discharged tomorrow if lungs are good but certaintly wouldn't mind spending more time at the hospital if necessary. I continue to enjoy all your messages and comments. Love, Shirley
Shirley got her appetite back and loved her morning coffee. Doc gave her the ok for a Subway for dinner...healthy of course. The aspiration was unsuccesful because they couldn't get any fluid but, remarkably, the lungs are clear today. Still have a ways to go but much better today. Love hearing from everyone.
Yo! Maxine here. Shirley's feeling much better after the transfusion last night for anemia. They will asperate her lungs for excessive fluid today. A few minor setbacks...but then she should feel much much better.She walked a lot further and even put on a little makeup. She says hi to everyone and thanks for keeping in touch!
It's day 3 of recovery and all goes well. Shirley is still tired from lack of sleep. She has not taken any pain medication for over twenty hours. She is going on her walks three times a day. She will be in her room at least till Monday.
She got in trouble for trying to take away some old mans recliner chair in his room...... Lolol...... But she did get her own!!!! They love her here. All the nurses she has had throughout her stay here have made it a point to stop by to say hello.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.......she is always excited to see who has said what...
Shirley is doing better everyday! She is resting now, feels a little nausea. Hopefully this will pass soon. They did a pacemaker test this morning (made it go fast then slowed it down), went for a walk down the hall. She is ready for a good nap. One of the nurses ( her favorite) moved her to the "penthouse" room. Lolol. Great view!!!! We will post more soon. She is now in room j5
Hello everybody this is her grandson Dillon... She is still in the ICU recovering, she is awake and good... She will be moving in to her own room later this afternoon. We are all very glad she came out healthy, and livin it up... Thank you for your all of your prayers and keeping her in your thoughts. She really loves it...
Hey everyone! Mother is doing well today. They should be taking out her drainage tubes soon, hopefully they will move her out of icu today. She is alert and upbeat! Ready to get out! Thank you for all your prayers!!! She cannot wait to talk to everyone.
Hello all, This is Shirley's grand-daughter Jadyn.
This morning the nurses got Grandma bright and early and got her ready to go under at 6. We (Her two daughters Tina and Katrina, Dillon, and I) have been waiting in the family waiting room. At 8:34 we got a page from the doctors that said they made the incision. We got the second page at 10:30 that said she was in the major part of the surgery. Now, four hours later, we are waiting. We will keep in touch.
Thanks for yor prayers...
Send starbucks cards instead of flowers hehehe :) just kidding!
The nursing staff is just wonderful. They wear white...I like that. 3 days here and no mistakes In medication. Clean, shiney floors too. Good food. The kids brought up tacos from the restaurant---very good!
I get to spend another fun day with my kids and grandkids. ......oops maybe not.....they just dumped me to go to the mall! Oh well. Anyway, surgery changed because of Dr's schedule. Not a big deal. I'm continuing with my friend, Mr. Heparin.
I will. Write more tomorrow..even though I'm not sleeppy, I know. I'd better get some sleep. The nursing staff has been absolutely wonderful. They have me started on heparin. Dinner was delicious. I thought i'd miss supper so I bought a "backup" meal. But to my surprise, dinner came and I "snarfed" it down and ate my backup meal too. now ii feel fat and happy., i should sleep good! Till tomorrow........
The grandkids andi i have had two fun days in cleveland. I was admitted this afternoon to cleveland cliniic. It was great to finally met my surgeon, dr. Sabik. They will start me on heparin today--surgery is Monday. I am having the mitral valve replaced and the tricuspid valve repaired. Wow! I'll feel like a. new spring chicken in a few months.........watch out everyone!!
Yes, time does fly, expecially if you're having fun!! Every day has been special in one way or another. Another week gone by...reminds me of the a line from one of Willy Nelson's songs..."ain't it funny how time slips away." Wait, I'll humm you a few bars..Hmmmm...tee hee!! I was also thinking about one of my favorite Bible verses--Ecclesiastes 3:1-8-- about "time." The Carpenter's sang some of the words in a song a few years ago (I'm showing my age). You all remember it..."There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven"....ect.ect. Sometimes it's nice to have 'time" to just sit and think..I don't do it often enough!! Some people would say I don't do it at all!! :-) I have really enjoyed all the "special times" I've spent with all my friends and family the last few months. Until this "time" next "time!"
Keep smiling. :-) Shirley
Thanks AC--Papa Moose--you've been through alot more than I have and you're still smiling, laughing and giving encouragement to everyone else!! Dillon will be journaling for me for a few days after surgery--I told him he'd better not take any pictures!! I know he'll be in for a shock when he sees me after surgery--NO makeup--pale, tubes everywhere--oh no--what a SHOCK!!! He took a video of me while I was 'going under' after the valium and whatever else they gave me for my catherization--it was soooo funny--I acted like goofy drunk!!
It is so good to hear from friends who are supportive and caring!! Thanks Maggie, my hero and the best dancer and instructor in Denver. I know how busy you are--thanks for the inspiration. I can visualize you dancing (especially the West Coast Swing--so fun), and that is enough to make me want to get over all this and get back on the dance floor!!
WOW--I'm crossing things off quickly on my "bucket list!" Just had a wonderful camping trip with my life-long friend Diana--the electrical storm was scarey, but we had a GREAT time otherwise. So much fun, we hated to to home! Also, cross off car races. Now that was fun--very exciting--really gets your blood pumping!! Lunch with my brother who I don't see very often--he's so sweet--he teases me as if we were still kids!! Went on the most fun scooter ride EVER--and that wasn't even on my list. I feel like a kid at Christmas!!
Only 8 days left until I leave for Cleveland Clinic. I'd better get started packing!! I have always been an "over-packer!" It comes from being a girl-scout leader--"Always be prepared"--and I usually am. My wonderful 18 year-old grandson Dillon will accompany me on the plane from Denver and my two daughters, Tina and Katrina will fly in the day before the surgery, which is July 25th. Dillon and I plan to have fun all day July 20th, before I start my pre-op testing on the 21st. We will keep in close touch with my son, David, who is unable to come--but he will be close to my heart. (literally)! The surgery is finally a REALITY--I am a bit emotion, but I've read that this is normal. I plan on getting in, getting up and about, getting out, and getting back home. I have people to see and alot more things to do in life!! (68 is not as OLD as it sounds-tee hee!
I know alot of people have kept me in their prayers--thank you all so much. I believe in the power of prayer.
Hello out there!!
I cant believe the time has gone so quickly and I still have a whole list of things to do before I leave for Cleveland in 2 weeks. I made a "bucket list" and am really struggling to stay organized so that I can do some of the fun things on my bucket list. It's been fun spending more time with the grandkids while they are on summer break, and it's been wonderful spending special times with my friends. It's so funny that the things that I want to do seem to be very simple things like riding a ferris wheel, driving to the mountains, camping, going to the car races, out to lunch with family and friends, going to movies--but the "real deal" is doing them with the people you love and want to be with.
I hope I am doing this right and you are able to read this Robert. Thank you for sharing, and I am so glad your recovery is going well. You are an inspiration. I'm not sure yet which procedure the doctor will use to replace my mitral valve. My cardiologist said it will probably NOT be the non-invasive procedure. I have a St. Judes mechanical aotic valve and have been on blood thinners for 13 years now with no problems, I am thinking that mitral valve replacement will likewise be a mechanical valve and I will have a full thoractomy. It sounds like I meet and talk to the sugeon the day I am admitted to the hospital which is three days before the sugery (because of being on the blood thinner). I have to go off the oral blood thinner and they start me on Heparin I.V. three days before the actual surgery). Surgery is scheduled July 25th.
Thank you Emilyrae for sharing your story with me. I have 7 grandchildren so I understand what you are saying. They don't understand what is happening. I feel great most of the time, but get very short of breath after a fast dance or an uphill walk. It takes only a couple of minutes to recover and I get a little cough, then I'm ok. Your surgery is before mine...I will pray for you and look forward to hearing about your recovery. Mine is scheduled July 25th.
This is very exciting--to be able to communicate not only with family and friends, but also with other people who have had similiar experiences. I'm looking forward to hearing from anyone and everyone as I begin my 6 week countdown until surgery...so much to do to get ready!! I am still very active and busy--working part-time and dancing 3-4 times a week for exercise, and getting all my "ducks in a row" before surgery. And,....I talk alot!!