Five years ago (July 17, 2015), I had aortic valve replacement via open heart surgery (mini) at Cleveland Clinic. This was last week in West Virginia after hiking up a mountain—800 feet elevation gain and three miles round trip.
Back @ Cleveland Clinic for 6 week checkup. This Is at the Heart Surgery Checkin desk. Just visiting this time around.
Update posted on...
August 7, 2015
3 week to the day update. Biggest issue seems to be a return of night time low grade fever from build up in lungs. Have been told by all doctors to do breathing exercises. Don't know why this has returned 3 weeks post.
Not having a good day today (yesterday was two week anniversary). Last dose of diuretics was Wednesday and put on like 5-6 pounds. Got a little cough today as well. And the scar feels funny. Not pain just like something is poking there. Called Cleveland Clinic and they gave me more diuretics and have been urinating a lot today again. Leg pain woke me up at night last night--it was fine for several nights and then suddenly came back like a bad ex spouse. Went to primary care physician on Wednesday and was feeling great but not so much anymore. Ups and downs of cardiac surgery.
Home on Saturday 9 days after surgery. Still dealing with some complications. Right leg feels numb and vision has some white spots. Went to ophthalmologist today and he said he has seen this before where after heart surgery not enough oxygen got to certa