It's been 11 days since my surgery and I finally was able to take my first shower (due to my pacemaker's incision heal time). It felt great washing the "blues" down the drain!
Recovery is going well. I now walk 3 times a day for 20 minutes each, and try to get out to a scenic spot for at least one walk. Fortunately, like Adam, I live in Southern California close to the ocean. Today my wife and I walked at Redondo Beach and had a picnic lunch in Palos Verdes.
Hope all of you who are on my similar path are recovering well, and wherever you live are enjoying some good weather. Sending warm wishes to everyone.
Exactly one week ago I was being wheeled from the OR to the ICU unit after successful aortic valve replacement and coronary bypass surgery. The hospital stay was uneventful except for a pacemaker implantation on the third day. Plenty of walking through the corridors of Cedars Sinai and lots of visits from the nursing staff for bloodwork and meds. I am home now, and this will be where the real recovery takes place.
Two weeks ago, I was working out at the gym for 45 minutes and feeling great. I have always been asymptomatic, and this has been the hardest part to deal with. Right now, I feel pretty banged up and just walking three times a day for 10 minutes is a chore. I know it will take time and fortunately I have plenty of that, and when I do get back to normal I’ll have a full life to live. So even though I am frustrated about my current health. I am very lucky.
Hmm..thought I'd posted this earlier but didn't see it in feed, so here's my update. Since my surgery on 10/1, they've been continually "pacing" my heart rhythm which was running pretty low. After consults with surgeon and heart rhythm specialist, my upper/lower heart chambers aren't "communicating" as they should and..I need a pacemaker. Awaiting pacemaker implant this afternoon. Good news is I was moved from ICU this am and in regular room now.
Some details on my surgery..aortic valve replaced, single coronary bypass graft and smalll benign tumor removed (was attached to valve). Still in ICU, at times feel like I got hit by a truck, but I will get stronger every day. Thanks for all the kind words.