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, July 21, 2010

4 Weeks Post Op

So, four weeks have gone by.  Pretty amazing really.  I feel almost like myself again.  There are a few things that are still hard to do and I can tell when I did to much and need to rest. I also think goin up stairs is hard. But really I am amazed that I just had open heart surgery 4 weeks ago and I feel like this  :)

My incision is looking good.  Healing very nicely.  My drain holes are getting better and seem to be closing somewhat.  I think I finally got all the adhesive off me....honestly there was sooo much tape put on me.....ridiculous.  I kept finding more and more. 

I am only taking my pain med at night now.  My breathing is much better and I feel like I can take full breaths without much discomfort.  

I had my cardiology appt on Monday.  Went very well.  I have lost 8 pounds since seeing them prior to surgery.  She thought everything looked good.  She does not think I need to start a beta blocker YEAH!  So just an Aspirin a day right now.  My heart rate was 89 but she said that is a normal response to heart surgery and it takes time for the heart to heal and return to normal.  If it is still high at my 6 month (JAN 2011) appt she will rethink the beta blocker.  I have to go for an Echo in 3 weeks to get a baseline reading of my new valve.  I read on someone else's blog that getting that first echo was really painful because they have to push so hard with the wand and they make you turn on both sides.  She warned to take pain meds prior to that visit.....so I am doing just that.  My doctor also thought it would be fine to start driving in 6 weeks.  

The worst thing that happened to me this week was SNEEZING.  It has now happened 5 times to me and OH MY GOSH....it is the worse pain ever!!!!   I do not even know what is making me sneeze.  But I can feel it almost an hour later. 

But really, all in all, I am doing good.  Dan is keeping me up and busy.  We are shopping. I went out to dinner twice.  We even went to Lake Anna and I sat in the sun for a few hours (admittedly there where some rough points....and the steps almost killed me to get back to the car) but I loved it....even had a little picnic lunch on the beach.  We are planning to walk the mall on Sat morning.  So I really am up and about and doing lots.   I think I would be doing even more if we were not in a never ending heat wave.  Really I think it is 95 to 100 each day here. 


Carol said...

So glad to hear your recovery is coming along so well. You have been through quite an ordeal.
God bless
Aunt Carol Marie

Valerie Vallo-Karim said...

I just stumble upon your story, I myself had open heart surgery at the age of 48, due to a birth defect that went undetected..as I was reading your updates I swear you are telling my story..I am at 4 weeks today post op..and totally enjoying my time home with my family and friends..Thank You for your wonderful Blogs..

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