I am a year and a half past my pulmonary valve replacement surgery (Jan 2015) and doing great in every way :)
I wanted to post here to see if anyone would anyone like to have my incision shield. I wasn't able to use it too much as it didn't really work for me but I think it is probably a very handy thing for someone to have.
I am happy to mail it to you if you would like to have it. Shoot me a message or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is 6 months post surgery from my pulmonary vale replacement surgery in January. I feel so great now that I truly forget how hard it was at first. It gets better everyday, just keep looking forward :)
Need some help with a silly post surgery project :)
Journal posted on April 22, 2015
I am celebrating 3 months Post Op and how far I have come since the surgery. I'm requesting some help with a silly project I am working on. Have a look at the link if you have any photoshop/drawing skills that you would like to dust off :)
All for the name of good fun and looking on the bright side of recovery!
I am celebrating 13 weeks post op! And I would like your help on this wonderful landmark of remembering how far I have come. To all of my computer and comedy savvy friends and readers, I would like to request that you download this image of the latest incarnation of my scar. And with the greatest, or least amount of precision, Photoshop/MSPaint/Draw/Ink Quill in whatever you might think tobe the most hilarious, ridiculous, remarkably, silly thing that might be ‘hiding’ behind my scar. Edit the photo and try not to get scarred in the process. (See what I did there? Yeah, me too.)
Hi Friends, I am almost 10 weeks after surgery. I am completely off beta blockers and all other meds. The doctors have given me the all clear to drink but I wondered if anyone has had any issues with the odd glass of wine here and there?
I am still doing cardio rehab and it is going really well :)
Having open-heart surgery is like applying the most luxurious, perfect coat of varnish to the floor, then realising that you have painted yourself into a corner and have to wait for it to fully dry before you can leave.
Recovery is slow. But I am seeing so much progress! So on the coattails of the fact that I am safely on the other side of the whole-stupid-heart-fixing-debacle, I have decided to share a few of the goals that I want to achieve in the next year.
I hope all of my heart brothers and sisters are doing well and enjoying or looking forward to enjoying speedy recoveries!
I am 5 weeks post op and the difference time makes in all the healing is remarkable. The power and grace of the human body to heal is truly a force of nature. This post has some pictures of my journey so far. Warning, the images are not for the squeamish!
It's crazy how time passes by even when you feel at times like nothing is progressing. The best and only way to see and feel progress during this journey is to compare your current state to how you felt yesterday or the day (week) before.
It's an uphill climb but I am getting there.
Keep on keepin' on, Heart Family.
Hi heart friends!
I was wondering how home recovery was for everyone in terms of getting in and out of bed? I am 36 and was in excellent shape before my surgery. I am a few days away from 2 weeks post op and we still have a rented recliner that I am using to sleep in, it goes back next week and I am excited to get back to bed when it does.
I still have a fair bit of mobility pain and was wondering if I should be able to get In and out of bed by myself at this stage of recovery. I have lots of home help I just wonder what I should and shouldn't be trying by myself.
I have been sleeping on a medical recliner that we rented for these first few weeks home from the hospital. It is fairly comfortable and is very easy to get up by myself during the night. But I would love to be able to lay down flat in bed soon. Does anyone have any tips or advise for sleeping flat in bed? How long should I wait? At this point I think I am just a bit more nervous of the process of lying down than anything else. Any tips?
Despite the silliness of my latest post (these are all the silly questions that run through my head) I was wondering if anyone had advise on renting a recliner to sleep in when I am home? I read in Adams book that it was very useful to help with the pain. Any tips?
My pre-op check in is this Thursday (Jan 8th) surgery is fast approaching next week on the 15th. The reality of everything is finally coming together. (I have known about the need to have surgery for nearly a year, so i guess i am just slow on the uptake.) This is the blog I have been keeping about it all to help save sanity :)