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, September 15, 2010

12 weeks

Ok, so today I am 12 weeks post op.....and I feel really good.  There are times now that I completely forget about my incision and feel 100% like I did 4 months before surgery.  I do sometimes feel a twinge of pain if I turn wrong and in the evenings after cardiac rehab I will get a stiff feeling after sitting awhile in a chair...like I need to stretch that area alittle before it becomes comfortable again.  I do still feel very out of breath coming up long flights of stairs....especially if I am carry alot  but I am hoping that will get better.  Not really sure what that is all about.  My heart seems to be working so well.  I will have one PVC here and there.  I only notice if I am quiet and laying down.  My hair is falling out.....this started about 3 weeks go and has not become any better yet.  I really would say I have lost 1/3 of my hair if not more.  I use to have very very thick hair....even my ponytails looked thick....no more.  I read online about it being caused from the anesthesia and the shock to your body of the heart lung machine and so on....but really if I had not started out with so much hair, I would be frantic. Hopefully it will level off soon :(    I am now completely off all pain meds, day and night.  The weather outside is still pretty muggy and humid but we did have some nice cool days and Dan and I went to Great Falls and walked around.  I feel like I did great.  Maybe walked around 4 miles...maybe more.  We actually did 2 walks and here are some pretty pictures of our day....the falls are so pretty.


My little blog is getting some attention on Google searches now .....which means more than just family and friends are reading my posts.  I am so happy for that....because not only did I do this for my family and friends, I also wanted to help alleviate some fears and hopefully answer some questions for people who may be facing this surgery in their futures.  I gained so much knowledge from other's blogs and forum posts that I hoped one day this little blog might help someone else  :)  If you have any questions please either comment me with them or send me an note.

4 comments:

Heart Surgery said...

getting attention ha ha :)

David Beckham said...

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Anna said...

nice post.

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