First journal entry since last December. Today is the one year anniversary of my aortic valve replacement surgery. Hard to believe. Or maybe not....So much to be thankful for today. A brilliant surgeon ( Dr. James Mcpherson), a successful surgery, loving and supportive family and friends........I feel so much healthier. Going to the gym, 4 mile walks 4-5 times a week. And I am getting in shape to fulfill one of my life long dreams.....In January I will be in Tampa, Fl., attending NY Yankee Adult Fantasy Camp...Life is good.....
I am so looking forward to the new year. Since my last entry, I have been feeling great and walking 2 miles a day (weather permitting). I plan to add swimming and bike riding to me list of activities this coming January.
Many of you are aware that I was going to attend next month's New York Yankees Adult Fantasy Camp. I decided, even though my surgeon said I could still go, to postpone this until January 2012. As good as I have been feeling, imagine how much better I will feel next year at this time.
The big news this week is that I finally purchased the Temperpedic bed. I have to say that everything I heard about the Temperpedic bed was true. In just two nights of sleeping on this bed I can feel a huge difference. Thank you to those who recommended the Temperpedic.
Thanks again to all of you who have been so supportive during the past few months following my surgery. My wish for you and your family is for a most HEALTHY, happy and wonderful holiday season and New Year...
Surgeon told me today that everything looked great. He said I can resume ALL activities. This means driving for the first time since Oct. 4th. I can increase my physical activities. So, I can go the gym, travel, get massages etc....
Not bad for just 6 weeks after surgery. I'm very pleased to say the least. First on my list is purchasing my new Temperpedic bed. Thanks to those of your for your input re: the bed. It helped a lot.
Continuing to feel better each and every day. I see the surgeon again this Friday. I have several questions for him including when I can drive, attending cardio classes and increasing my physical activities.
Sleep is so much better now. I did go to check on the Temperpedic beds and found them to be amazing. My dilemma is which one to select. From soft to firm, with or without electronic remotes...Hoping to get one before the holidays.
Thanks again for the emails, phone calls and visits...It means a lot.....
Feeling a little stronger and better each day. Walking increased to about an hour daily. Appetite better too. Put on some of the weight lost after surgery. Sleeping in the bed again although the recliner was not that bad. A couple of friends have recommended that I check out the Temperpedic bed. So I will this week....
Another good week. Yesterday my valve turned 25 days old while the rest of me turned 62. Progressing nicely. Pain and discomfort are becoming more manageable. Still sleeping in the recliner but it's really not too bad. However, I do miss the bed. Walking 25-30 minutes twice a day. Life is good....Until next time.....
Had a pretty decent week. Saw my cardiologist and surgeon for the first time since the surgery. Both were pleased with progress over the first two weeks. Dr. McPherson (surgeon) showed me a photo of my valve. It was completely unrecognizable. He said it was the worst he had ever seen. I get that now. He also told me that he was part of the team that replaced Arnold Schwarzeneggar's valve 16 years ago....
Walking twice a day for twenty minutes. Feels good to be outside. Biggest challenge now is managing and staying ahead of the pain, especially at bed time. I am using my recliner a lot at night. Sleeping is a little easier that way.
Home for a full week. Not much to report. That's a good thing. After what started out as a rough first night, this first week home went better than expected. Besides managing the pain at the site of the incision, all else has gone well. I started walking a few blocks this week with no problems. Sleep has been interrupted a few times each night but I am easily able to fall back to sleep. Probably the best thing this week is being able to shower. I don't think I have ever appreciated cleanliness this much.
Two appointments this coming week with my cardiologist and surgeon. Much thanks to my son Kyle, my sister Gail and my friend Theresa for being with me this first week home. To those of you who have called, emailed and brought food, words alone cannot express my sincere love and appreciation.....Until next time......
Hello everyone... I am so glad to be home and able to write my first journal entry since surgery last Tuesday. Kyle picked me up from the hospital on Sunday and I was at home at 4pm. I did not get lots of sleep in the hospital and was so anxious to be back in my own bed. After dinner and a little TV it was time to get some sleep. But instead I started coughing and had a fever. After 3+ hours I finally fell asleep.
Since awaking around 10 am on Monday I have had no fever and the coughing has cut down significantly. The last 36 hours I have felt pretty good. I am tired a lot of the time but expected to be so I can deal with that. Tomorrow I see my cardiologist for my first post-op appt. She'll let me know how the valve is working.
I want to thank all of you for the love and support you have shown my family and me. It is truly overwhelming.
The doctors decided to have Steve stay another day to try to get his oxygen and blood gas levels elevated. He looks very good (thanks, in part, to a No Rinse shampoo and a lovely styling by yours truly) but he is anxious to find the cause of the low levels so he can get the hell out of Dodge and back into his own bed. Tomorrow, hopefully, that will happen. Thanks again, for all your love and support....but I am going to play the bad cop right now....please, if you wish to visit him when he gets home, call him first to make sure he is up to it. Your visits will be of great benefit to him but first, and foremost, he needs his rest. We all know what a social butterfly the man is and how hard it is for him to say no to his friends. Thanks, Gail
Today I found my brother a bit tired which is to be expected. He has had many visitors which is good for his spirits. But he does need to get his rest which is not that possible in a hospital environment. He may be going home on Saturday so he will be able to get some peace and quite. No prodding or poking there unless Kyle decides to become a nurse. All in all I think he is doing very well for four days out of surgery. Hopefully he will be making his own journal entries from this point on. I am very proud of my big brother. Keep up the good work, Steven Jay.
Visited my brother today and found him being wheeled into his private room. Out of ICU and on to recovery. He is doing very well and hopes to be home by the end of the weekend. As always, a great sense of humor and still ticked off that the hospital does not have TBS for him to watch the Yankees. At least the team had the decency to win for him.
You can reach him on his cell phone but try to keep the calls short...we don't want him to get to worn out and you know how much he likes to chat.
I never would have expected a recovery like this! ...this fast! My dad is the man!!! In less than 3 hours after his surgery he was joking with nurses and family (Morphine may have had a lot to do with that:) Today, went well. He is standing on his own and eating just fine. He is in great spirits and ready to tackle this road to recovery. Thank you for the continued support from friends and family!! We love and appreciate you all. -Kyle
This is Steve's sister, Gail, again. I had difficulty getting on the site last night and posted on Steve's guestbook instead. For those of you who did not see that, here is a brief recap. Steve went into surgery Tuesday around 8:30 and was in there til around 1PM or so. We had a couple of updates that all was going as expected. He went to recovery and then quickly to ICU. The doctor checked in with those of us in the waiting room and told us that Steve had a very severely damaged aortic valve and that it was a good thing that it was replaced at this time. He expects Steve to make a full recovery and said he could even go to his Yankee Fantasy Baseball camp in January.
Day Two: I arrived at the hospital around 1:30 and found my brother sitting upright in a chair next to his bed. His color was good and he was in great spirits. He is in a bit of discomfort where his incision is but that is to be expected. He was told that he would spend one more night in ICU and then, most likely, he will be moved into a private room sometime tomorrow (Thursday). Visitors are welcome (as long as you are cold-free). I left him around 4PM waiting for Kyle to come back with a radio and headset to listen the Yankee playoff game since Little Company of Mary does not carry TBS on it's in house cable system. You know that he would not miss a Yankee game. :)
Well, it's almost time. Surgery is set for tomorrow morning. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30. Scheduled for the first surgery of the day. I hear that's a good time....If this journal works out, either my sister Gail or my son Kyle will post an update on the surgery. After I get home I will occasionally post updates as well. I want to thank those of you for all the love and support I have been given since I found out I needed this surgery. Until next time...Steve