I am so happy to be able to write today. I miss communication and my computer at home has been disabled. It seems that time begins to fly when you return to work! I have been feeling pretty good though. I must say that I have NEVER felt this good before. I have always had trouble breathing, for as long as I can remember, and this feeling is just great! I can exercise like I never have. I can talk and exercise! I just get so filled up because I could never do these things before. If I knew the feeling of being able BEFORE my surgery I would still be floored....but I just can not explain how it feels to have lived for 44 years short of breath, tired, and then to be able to breath freely. WOW!!! I love you guys =O) Thank you so much for everything.
I am happy to say that I have beat the nausea. The cause is still unknown but I have not felt the nausea in a couple of weeks. So many of you talked about the pain being so that you only have to take Tylenol. Well, praise be to God that is the case for me. My providers are still trying to get my Coumadin intake constant, but it keep going from 1.7 one time to 2.8 and my range is 2.5-3.0. It will get better. I can drive now and exercise some too (other than my walking). I was given some arm exercises to do when I left the hospital. For now all is well and I am praying for those to come and for those who have already been. I really love you guys and again thank you so much! Take care....Victoria
I just wanted to give an update on my progress. Since I last posted, I have had some ups and downs...with nausea. My providers and I are still trying to get to the root of it, though I believe it may be the medicine. I do not know which one because I am currently taking Amioderone and Coumadin, and 81mg Aspirin. I stopped taking the pain meds because I thought that it may be them because the worse was after taking them. But, I am still having nausea even now. Anyway, I am feeling waaaaay better today that I have for some days now and just wanted to say hi. I will post as soon as they find out what the cause for nausea is. I want to help however I can. Someone else may be suffering. Love you all, Victoria =O)
I just want to give an update on my progress. I had my surgery on 02/04/2010 planned this time. My surgery went well and I was up walking on 02/05/2010. I had to stay in ICU though because we had a huge snowstorm which made it hard for folk to get home from the hospital. I left Johns Hopkins on 02/12/2010 and WOW, the amount of snow was just breath-taking. From my room I was only able to see two streets which led to the hospital so I only had a glimpse of it. Since being home I have noticed that a lot of what my journal buddies have shared holds true forme as well. I feel better using 2 hands instead of one to go into fridge, sleeping can be difficult (finding a comfortable position), and that sometimes you may only need minimal pain meds. Now, I tried the minimal thing while in the hospital and boy did I have a rude awakening (ended up having to get oral and IV meds-will NEVER do that again). Nut since I have been home I am taking meds like 5-6 hours instead of 3 hours apart. The greatest thing was that I would be a mess had I not had the support of my friends on this very website. I love you all....thanks for all of your help brfore my surgery and also during my recovery. I have never been so prepared for anything in my life. God sent me to where I would get the most help....you guys!
I finally have my date.....again =O)I will be having AVR on February 4th @Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. I spoke with my surgeon's secretary about Adam's book and to my surprise she had never heard of it. So, I decided that since I have read it twice it was time to pass the blessing. I am donating it to the office so that others can learn more about the patient's side of heart surgery. Have a blessed day everyone. Gotta go...doing pre-op =O)
I apologize for not writing sooner. I have not had my surgery yet. I am due to schedule some time next week. I must say that even though I have been postponed a few times, I am looking forward to feeling better as so many of you are doing so well. You all are my inspiration and to those who have reservations...normal. Me too. But here's to feeling better afterward. Love you all...Victoria
P.S. Thank you again for the support