1 Year Anniversary (of second Mitral Valve Repair)
Journal posted on May 14, 2019
I don't even know where the time has gone, but 1 year ago today I had surgery to re-repair my mitral valve. So far, so good! I had a routine physical at my family doctor in March and he couldn't hear a murmur, although my cardiologist in February (the one with bionic ears) said it was "soft". It does help me relax a bit that this repair will hold up, though. My next ECHO is in August (15 months post-op) which is at about the same time as I found out the first repair had failed. If that ECHO is good, it will be a relief! I am doing well and I am so thankful that my recovery went so well. I still check in here at this site regularly to see how everyone is doing and I am amazed how many others share their stories here . It sure helps to know we're not alone and to have the support of others that care and understand! I'm thankful for all of you and wish you all the best with your surgery and recovery.
Actually, a little over 9 months, but I just saw the cardiologist this week. So thankful that he didn't hear anything that concerned him and hoping it stays that way! After the first surgery, I never expected having to have a second surgery, so that is always in my thoughts. I feel fine and have been back to all my normal activities for over 6 months now, but I was doing those right up until the day before both of my surgeries. I have another appointment in August and he will do an ECHO then. He plans on doing an ECHO annually. I meant to ask him about getting off the metoprolol in May and totally forgot, so I'll call later about that.
It is so hard to believe that it's been 6 months since my second mitral valve repair and nearly 2 years from the first repair. I've been back to all my normal activities since about 8 weeks. Aside from the occasional dizziness from still being on the metoprolol, I can't complain. (My cardiologist wants me to stay on it for 1 year.) I saw my cardiologist in August and he was satisfied with everything. I do not have to see him again until February and I'm hoping for no surprises then!
So much to be thankful for! I have learned so much from this site and I enjoy keeping tabs on everyone's progress.
I have been going to cardiac rehab 3 times a week now right after work for nearly 6 weeks. After 8 weeks post-op I was released from the rest of the arm restrictions and allowed to do the arm bike and the rower. I also played racquetball and went kayaking on my own. I did take it easier than normal and was a little sore afterwards from both. I am thinking about calling my cardiologist about discontinuing the rehab. He originally ordered 36 visits, but I really don't feel that I need that many. I was active before surgery and will continue to be active. Other than getting my HR up a little over the range they set, and my BP being on the low side, I have really had no issues during rehab. Rehab has been valuable in that they explained what I was allowed to do so that I didn't overdo it. Since I have already met my maximum out of pocket for the year, I don't even have to pay a co-pay. Have others also felt this way before completing all their rehab visits?
I can hardly believe it has been 6 weeks already and I returned to work today! I do not have a physically demanding job and work on a computer most of the day. I started cardiac rehab on 6/15 and had my 5th session today and started working the arms a little since some of the restrictions are lifted now. Definitely lost some arm strength that I need to work on. Nice to read all the success stories on this site! Wishing all the best to those of you facing surgery soon! The waiting is the hardest part and then the focus is on the recovery phase which is way less stressful.
It is hard to believe that 4 weeks have passed since surgery. I saw my cardiologist last week and he released me to drive today. Cardiac Rehab orientation is this Friday so I'll see what that is all about. I didn't do it after my first surgery because it fell the next year and everything was out of pocket until I met the deductible again. I'm doing a lot of walking, riding the recumbent bike for 30 minutes a day, walking my dog with the leash attached to my waist and still sleeping on my back (except when I accidentally end up on my side while asleep). The incision is healing nicely, but I can still feel it with certain motions or when I do a little too much. I'm definitely not back to where I was before the surgery, but I'm headed in the right direction! I should be back to work in 2 more weeks!
Feeling thankful and blessed! Had surgery on May 14th and was discharged around noon today. Everything went very well and he was able to re-repair the mitral valve by fixing the leak from where the annuoplasty ring had torn away and then repairing the leaflets and chordae some more. The care I received at Cleveland Clinic was amazing, but it sure feels great to be at home! Mostly just tired and a little sore. To all of you facing upcoming surgeries, it really is not as bad as you imagine.