Ok, admitted to LGH with severe pain upper right quadrant and down right arm: Diagnosis: Gallstones. Good news is they completely checked out the heart again and all is well and operating normally. Surgery in the near future to remove gallbladder. I'm ready to be healthy again!!!!
I can't believe it has only been 3 months wince surgery. I feel so ...normal(?). I have lots of energy, and they have to slow me down in rehab. Don't like just sitting around, I want to get up and do things now that I couldn't 4 months ago. All is well....
So 4/2016 my TSH was 1.75 for my thyroid, after surgery 10/2017 it is now 12.23!!!
Is this common? Can It be fixed? What might have happened? I have tried to look up info and can't find much. I got the tests and will be seeing my doctor on the 15th of January. What questions should I ask?
Well, I go back to work on Tuesday after being off for two months... It is the end of the semester, so it will be two weeks of catching up with what the students have learned and expanding on that. Then on the 17th I will start the new semester with all (almost all) new students. Looking forward to getting back.
Update on health: Started Rehab this month - Started out with lifting 2 lbs and walking 4 minutes the first week TO lifting 8lbs for the first time today and walking 8,000 steps per day (got myself a fitbit charge 2) , even hit 12,000 one of those days. Feeling good, although still tired a lot. They tell me that's because of my one med that slows heart rate and lowers BP.
Overall, everyone, including me, finds it hard to believe that I had OHS just 9 weeks ago! Feeling good most days and looking forward to productive days once I return to work. Need that feelings of having things to do and places to go.
I have some pain, but its shallow, where the incision is... Normal? Other than that no chest pains and feeling great!
So I had my first session at Cardiac Rehab today...LOVIN' IT!! I walked, lifted 2 lb weights, treadmill, cross trainer, stretches for an hour. Nice to know what I'm ok to do even on my off days. I feel great! Looking forward to Monday - 8am!
5 weeks post op and I'm in my own home now! Off pain meds totally and just a little discomfort...prevents me from over doing it!
Cats are driving me nuts...following me and want me to sit and just hold them! LOL! I think they missed momma. Rehab starts next week. I feeling stronger each day and more energy then I have had ina long time!
Ok, so it was not my incision that hurt but the muscles and nerves on either side. My family doctor recommended getting a roll-on with Lidocaine in it. It worked! Pain has gone down greatly, along with taking the Tylenol 3x per day. I am using two different roll-ons: Salonpas (with lidocaine) and Biofreeze.
So, last night for the first time I managed to sleep laying down on my side all night! Night before last I tried my left side - NO GO! Felt my heart beating loudly and could not sleep. c-pap went up from 8 to 15.9 - difficult breathing. Ended up sitting up again to sleep. Last night I laid on my right side and finally got a peaceful night's sleep. Felt good to sleep through the night!
Ok, I was doing well, but today has been painful... I ate breakfast and took all my meds, but I couldn't remember if I took the Tylenol! I didn't want to double dose, so I tried to tough it out...didn't work! I ended up taking some oxy.. and sleeping it off until I could take the Tylenol. It's afternoon and the pain is starting to subside. Not sure why so much pain today, I've been good and not lifting. Can stress cause pain to feel worse??
Saw my surgeon today and I am released to start Rehab after Thanksgiving and I can drive after Thanksgiving!
Saw my cardiologist and all looks good! They don't need to see me until beginning of February!
Family Doctor said - "See you April"
Everyone said I look good and can't believe it has only been two weeks since my surgery! Only needed two pain pills today (Tylenol), will take before bed so I can sleep.
Picked up my loaner c-pap today that will vary the pressure and make it easier to breathe at night. 30 days and then they will read the chip and decide what they want to adjust my c-pap pressure to.
Went to Park City and walked for 30 minutes at a nice clip - No out-of-breath!
Ok, Monday was my follow-up with my family doctor, she said all looks good. Feet a little swollen, waiting to here form the Cardiologist. They will adjust my meds.
Today, Wednesday, Pulmonologist - Lungs looks good and clear. Going to try to get me a c-pap loaner that will self adjust, cause I am having trouble breathing with the pressure I have at night. Unless mine can be made self-adjusting until I am healed from surgery. Back in three months.
So, that just leaves the surgeon on Friday along with Cardiologist to assess how I'm doing.
Feeling Great! Some days - no pain and others, enough that I need my meds. But that's a whole lot better than pills every 4 to 6 hours!!! YAY!
Cardiac Rehab called and as soon as the surgeon releases me, I will start rehab to get back to better than before!
Ok, the server at the hospital would not let me post pics so here we go... Pre- surgery with my swollen eye due an allergic reaction to the antibiotic they gave me. Delayed surgery till it was under control...
Best Nap EVER!
Journal posted on November 4, 2017
So, I curled up on the sofa today after lunch and fell into a deep sleep with no pain! I slept for 3 hours and it felt so good! Even on the pain medication, I was still feeling pain it would just lessen it, but today I felt no pain for a whole 3 hours! What a wonderful feeling! When I woke up my son told me that I had been really out and they kept checking on me - Absolutely NO snoring, just breathing gently. Those who know me, know that that is a rare thing. I am usually on a c-pap to sleep due to my snoring and breathing.
Is the pain back? Yes, but I think I am learning to manage it and not let it get ahead of me. The pain pills will not be forever, just to get me to the better side of health!
After everything that has gone on this month, my son is being proactive and getting checked out by my cardiologist. We want to make sure he is healthy. He is the father of a newborn baby and only 30 years old. Praying for a clean bill of health!
One week ago today I was on the operating table getting my new heart valve. WOW! What a difference a week makes...Even though I hurt and I'm on pain meds, when they kick in I have more energy than I have had in MONTHS! Good thing I am with my son and family, because they won't let me do to much and over do it, which I probably would if I were home alone.
Next week is filled with doctor's visits to check up on how I'm doing. Each day is brighter and better than the last. Thank you for traveling this journey with me. Thank you Lord for loving me and getting a second chance at life. Thank you friends and family who are looking out for me. LOVE YOU ALL!
On Tuesday, October 31 I lost my 31 year old nephew to an aortic arch aneurysm. No symptoms prior, it just ruptured. My life was saved, but his was lost, no words can express my sadness. I have notified both my children that they will need to get a heart check-up. This is a family thing...Prayers for all involved please...Thank you!
WOW! Felt so good to take my first shower since last Thursday. Also exhausting, going to go rest and then do my stretching exercises the doctor ordered and walk my 10 minutes for today. This has been a good full first day at home. No, I am not overdoing it. Watched two movies this morning on the Hallmark channel, then had lunch and shower, now rest.
Doctor's office called on me to see how I was doing this morning, answered a few questions and I will see them on Monday.
Two days since surgery and things are looking good. Doctor said we got to this just in time. Valve was so calcified he couldn't tell if it was a bicuspid or tricuspid. It wouldn't have lasted much longer. Scary thought. All went well and I'm recuperating nicely.A fewm glitches along the way...allergic to antibiotic, eye swelled shut, pre-surgery..ill write more later...tired...
Wow! Never saw doctors move so fast that weren't in the ER! Appointment with surgeon on Wednesday at 2pm (today) swabbed, and blood tests done. C. T. Scan and Carotid study tomorrow. Surgery Friday!!!! I have to be there at 5:30 am.
I really like this guy. He sat down and explained everything in detail and when he saw that I had 'the book', he went into even more detail. He likes that I did my homework up front and we talked about everything.
When I asked when? he said "How about this Friday?" Ok, and off we went for tests and scheduled more tests tomorrow, if need be I will be admitted tomorrow night to get everything done for surgery on Friday.
The concern is the constant ache in my left chest. Sooner is better than later!
Seems strange to read about all of the surgeries and how everyone knew well in advance of the problem. This has been a wild roller-coaster for me. The only health problem I had before 10/4/2017 was that I was overweight. All blood tests, EKG's and Echo's were all normal up to now. All of a sudden my aortic valve is severely stenotic and I'm having it replaced ASAP. See surgeon on Wednesday for date. They told me I'm on the "Fast track". WOW!
So, today I started out with a list of three tests: EGD, TEE and Cardiac Cath. EGD went well, however they found some ridging on the Esophagus and the doctor took a biopsy to determine what is going on. Possible allergies - I knew I had food allergies, but didn't know that it could cause this type of inflamation. I will be hearing from them when the results come in.
So, because of the ridging, they could not do the TEE. He was afraid it might tear the esophagus. On to the Cardiac Cath.
Cardiac Cath went well. He told me my arteries were "crystal clear" for someone my age. Guess my diet and clean eating is paying off! So it will just be the valve replacement.
Now the bad news, the valve is almost non-functioning. This puts me on the fast track for surgery. I see the surgeon on Wednesday afternoon to discuss my options.
Better news, he said they might be able to do a "mini". Small incision in the chest to repair the valve.
Today's EGD canceled because the anesthesiologist was uncomfortable doing it due to my condition. Delayed til tomorrow and will be done along with TEE and Cardiac Cath in the Heart and Vascular Institute at LGH.
EGD canceled for today...but I'm not supposed to eat because there is a chance they might do the Cardiac Cath today. Waiting for a call... Of course, they may decide to do everything tomorrow, which is what the doctor wanted in the first place! So no eating today or tomorrow...guess I'll lose a few pounds!
Can we say FRUSTRATED! Just got a call from the EGD nurse that I shouldn't have it before the Cardiac Cath. They want to do the CC first then the EGD , then the TEE. Why didn't they know this last week when they scheduled all this! Haven't eaten since 9:30pm last night and can't eat til they get this figured out. They'll call me they said... And I was feeling so good about this, until now...
Chest X-rays today and blood work: Got the blood work results and everything looks good. All ranges within normal. Next step: Thursday Endoscopic exam to prepare for Friday's TEE and Cardiac Cath to check and make sure there will be no surprises when they go in the replace the valve. After that: surgeon and schedule surgery...