Welcome to my day to day journal of having open heart surgery.

When I started this blog I was not sure if I would need surgery but after many tests and doctors visits I had valve replacement surgery on June 23, 2010. I was born with a congenital heart defect, a bicuspid aortic valve. My blog reads backwards (like all blogs)....not like a story in chronological order...so go all the way to the beginning (here) to read about my history and how this all got started.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One week ago today.....

A week ago this time I was coming out of surgery and was in ICU.   I am now home and really doing very good today.  I think managing the pain has been hard.  I just hate the lightheaded and dizzy feeling I have on narcotics.  So after a few phone calls and a really bad few hours last night because of Lasix I changed my meds around and at this moment I have gotten down to just 3 regular strength Tylenol.  No more major pills for me unless things get bad again.  I am in pain but the trade off for getting back my concentration and no headache is worth it.    My incision does hurt alittle...mostly way deep inside.  I slept all night in bed last night...flat.  This is a huge accomplishment.  I cannot turn or move at all but at least I'm in bed and not in a recliner.  Baby steps  :)

I have to go get a chest x-ray on Friday and my follow up is on Tuesday.  My parents are going home tomorrow and will be back to take care of me on Tuesday.  Dan took Friday off and with monday being a holiday...it should all work out well.  I am really able to do so much more for myself....but there are moments (coughing, reaching) when I do need help.

I will post a few pictures tomorrow.....

1 comment:

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