I'm Curious whether anyone has experienced more severe symptoms post surgery when catching a cold. The first time four months post surgery was the worse. Severe neck pain and soreness especially in the chest similar to the pain I felt a month after surgery. My general physician didn't show any concern. Now I am suffering again with a cold, fever, painful coughing and thinking of switching doctor for a second opinion if it doesn't go away. Would love to hear about others experiences.
I am waiting to hear the results of my stress test I had a couple days ago. I seem to handle it well. I was on the treadmill for 10 minutes and was going at a good clip. My heart rate was 130. The only thing that worried me was a slight "swoshing" sound. I am told that it's the sound of a leak. I read a post from Adam that it was common. Still can't help to dwell on it. I am curious if anyone has any experience with post valve repair leak?
Meeting with the Surgeon first time since surgery?
Journal posted on August 25, 2014
Anyone have any advice on questions to ask my surgeon when I meet with him post-op? It's been 5 weeks since the surgery and I haven't had cardio rehab yet. I don't feel ready to return to work. Still slightly confused as to who is in charge/responsible for my recovery? Any advice is appreciated
Some good notes are my Coumadin level is great and blood pressure is fine since the getting off the metoprolol. Bad news I get this quickly developing pains in my back and other random spots. Not like the soreness I would get from over-doing it.
My wife has commented as of late that my mood has worsen. I seem either down or grumpy or moody. She asked the nurse about my mood. Fortunately the nurse let her know recovery takes longer then a surgeon will tell you. The nurses have all been a godsend. They have the experience of dealing with cardiac patients post-surgery where as surgeon's expertise and focus is to repair and fix. Not to dismiss the work the doctors do, I am only trying to explain the focus of each.
The one thing I am slowly learning is how difficult this process is for the body to deal with. It's as though your body suffers from amnesia. Consciously, you are aware what has happened. Yet unconsciously, your brain is off battling windmills.
I'm getting a bit tired and should call it a night. Good luck to all
The cardiologist told me to stop taking the Metoprolol yesterday and to get some blood work done. I'm expecting a call back. Last night I started feeling soreness on my side where the incision was, my shoulder and general soreness lower chest when I took deep breaths. I took my pain med for the first time in several weeks.
Still didn't feel well in the morning playing "princesses" with my 2 year old daughter. At least she knows now I need a chair to sit on when we play. I felt a slight light-headed ness going to get bloodwork in the morning and still feel it now, although it's only a fading feeling.
Thank you to all for your words of advice and stories. It's easy to lose sight of your condition or second-guess yourself.
Low blood pressure and general tiredness on week 3
Journal posted on August 7, 2014
This week started out with a step back. Tuesday morning I felt exhausted in the morning. The visiting nurse came by and said my standing blood pressure was low. Temperature, pulse, O2 levels were ok. Wednesday felt better. Today the nurse came again and made a call to the surgeon and cardiologist about my low blood pressure. Unfortunately, both are on vacation. I am expecting a call back from another cardiologist at the practice. I don't feel terrible but certainly not as motivated as last week. I did begin feeling some soreness around the breast. I was told the anesthesia used during surgery takes quite some time to wear off and some nerves also take time to repair.
Last week I had the feeling that I would be back to normal in a month's time but now I'm not so sure
I met with my cardiologist a couple days ago and he scheduled a stress test / echocardiogram in three weeks. Seems like a long time from now. Can I start rehab before that or do I need permission from the cardiologist? I am curious what others' experiences.
I had my surgery 19 days ago. I went thorough minimal invasive mitral valve repair (Da Vinci / robotic) at Charlton in Fall River, MA. I had a smooth repair and a quick stay at the hospital. I've been home for 2 weeks. I am getting my energy back I trying to walk regularly. I'm up to 2 miles a day. My breathing is still not up to pre-surgery. Had a minor scare a week ago thinking I might have a hernia but it turned out to be a hematoma. I am learning to deal with not being able to do all that I could; not lifting is the hardest pill to swallow. I was always working through any illness I had and never took time of from work. Sometimes, I have to remind myself I had surgery.