My two loves, daughter Leah and French Bulldog Layla
3 months post !
Journal posted on June 23, 2015
I have all my energy back, appetite back, building muscle mass, and feeling fine.
Just one problem , I hear a clicking sound with my heart beats. I know it's common with a mechanical valve, but I choose pig valve. Does anyone else experience a "clicking" sound ?
Start Cardio Rehab Monday. Excited to get back into shape and do exercises to help my muscle mass return.
Feeling pretty good, some irregular heart beats, but they will monitor in Cardio Rehab. Getting stronger every day. Want to let people who are ready or near for surgery, that you will survive , and recover !! God is good, God is great.
I need some feedback from my heart brother's and sister's. Today is 4 weeks since Aortic Valve Replacement. My incision is healing beautiful , and because I got a mini, the incision is only 3 inches. My sternum is healing, cause I can lay on my side without pain. That's all good. But, my hemoglobin is still low, I feel a little weak, and my heart rhythm just won't run smooth. I get lots of PVC's. I really expected after surgery, that my new valve would give me lots of new oxygen , and heart would beat smooth. but that's not the case.
I can't wait to start Cardio Rehab. I hope to start next week. And hopefully I will be cleared to drive again . I miss my freedom.
My question, when do you finally feel everything is running great again ? Is 6 weeks the golden week? Or after Cardio Rehab? I know everyone recovers different. But for my own sanity, when will I feel "normal " again ?
Well, it's now 3 weeks since Aortic Valve Surgery, and last Friday I saw my Cardiologists. He says the incision is healing fine, sternum still sore, pain is intense, especially in morning. He asked me about ill regular heart beats or A-Fib. No, thank God.
But spoke to soon, over the weekend, I had 2 episodes of A-Fib, really fast heart rate. Took over an hour each time to return to normal rhythm . Scared the hell otta me !
Since then, no fast heart rate, but lots and lots of PVC's. Also, they look a blood test and my hemoglobin is low. That's why I've been feeling weak.
I'm feeling low. Is this common ? Doctor seems to think so
Guess what guys ! I get to go home today !!!
It's been 6 days since AVR, with some ups and downs, but it's an actual miracle , that I can go home to my much appreciated life, home, garden, doggie, and homemade food.
It's the little things in life that matter. I'm really emotional. Last week because of fear, today because how much I appreciate being out of critical Aortic Stenosis , healing, and healthy again.
All of you out there, ready to have your surgery, don't be scared, embrace it, it's all good. You will be a changed person, for the better. Your family will mean more to you, you will be more positive, and everything in nature will fascinate you.
It's good to be alive.
I'll write later about the excellent care of Dr. Castro and his team here at Sequoia Hospital !
Just finished pre-op testing, and tomorrow is the big day. I'm part Irish , so " the luck of the Irish to me".
Very nervious , but expected. I know I will survive the surgery , but what plays with your mind , is the possible complications that could arise after.
You all have been great supporter's , and I love ya all.
God is good, God is great.
One more week till surgery , and my anxiety level is raising. Any suggestions to keep busy these last days? It's going to be hard to say goodbye to my doggie. She is staying with friends, but were so bonded, she will have a tough time. Plus when I get home, she can't sleep with me for awhile , which will confuse her. Listen to me, worried more about my dog, then myself.
So I have questions for those who have gone through surgery. Is it really that hard to sleep after?
Is it because of the pain, discomfort ? I'm a side sleeper , is that out of the question ?
How do you keep your mind occupied while recovering? Since I'm so use to being active around the house, it will be difficult to stare at something that needs to be picked up, ect.
How long until you can get some things done ? I guess everyone's recovery is different . Just hope I don't get the blues.
Whew !! Finally set date, March 18th. I still can't believe I'm having open heart surgery ! It just blows my mind , to use a term of my generation.
After interviewing surgeon's , I have choose Dr. Luis Castro, of Redwood City, Ca.
Highly recommended , and his team and Hospital is top notch. I will be in excellent hands, the best.
Now that a date has been set, and after months of fear and anxiety , I have a calmness about me.
I hope it lasts, cause I'm so sick of being afraid .
So glad I was introduced to this website , for support , information , and meeting new friends.
Still trying to accept without fear , my upcoming Aortic Valve Surgery. With help from "my Angel" Sandy, I joined this wonderful link for support and to meet new friends in the same boat as me. Lets go "gently down the stream " together, cause life is but a dream. A dream we all want to stay in for a long long time!