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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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

I was released from the hospital yesterday.  I came home and rested.  I woke up this morning feeling very good.  The twins were coming at noon so I decided to wash and blow dry my hair (huge accomplishment when you can't lift anything or bend arms very well) and get dressed in normal clothes.  They were so happy to see me looking so normal.  I did take a long nap in afternoon but we planned to take boys to fireworks tonight.  We decided to try Quantico.  I have to admit I was very concerned about having to walk a long distance or uphill in woods or something because we were headed to a lake on base.  We had my handicap placard and we hoped that would get me closer to the lake.  It all worked out just perfect.  The handicap parking area was right next to the front.  We literally walked 25 steps and picked a spot for our chairs.  The boys ran off to find some fair food for dinner.  There was a live band and tons of people.  The fireworks were great and I am so glad I went.  The boys had a fun time too.  Pretty good for 11 days post op.

3 comments:

Carol said...

Robin
You are do amazingly well, keep up the good work but don't overdo.
Aunt Carol Marie

Carol said...

Robin
You are do amazingly well, keep up the good work but don't overdo.
Aunt Carol Marie

July 6, 2010 2:15 PM

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