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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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3 1/2 months Post Op

Life after open heart surgery has really gotten back to normal.  I only have a few times a week that I am reminded of even having surgery.  I still will get tenderness at my incision, a mild pain if I turn a certain way and it will get stiff if I sleep in the wrong positon too long. 

I go to Cardiac Rehab three times a week.  I find I can do more and it is a good feeling.  I still am not a exercise lover....but I can tell it is helping.  After exercising last week, my heart monitor (you have one placed on you the entire time you are there) showed 4 PVC's in a row.  This apparently is a problem.  I do remember not feeling that great after exercising but I was done and ready to go and did not mention it to anyone.  Well, it seems they need and want to know everything, so I promised to mention any weird feelings in the future.  I know it have happened since then.  I get this strange "aware" feeling and I have strong heartbeats out of the blue.  I think they may be PVC's.  My cardiologist was called and now I have to go in and see her in the next few weeks just to do a redo EKG with her.  This is not something I am to concerned about. 
 
Life is busy with kid related things....football games, homecoming dances and all county choir practices.
We are going on a trip to Las Vegas very soon and I am very excited about that.  Life is back to normal  :)

17 comments:

Bob said...

Thank you for all the information in your posts. I'm 4 weeks post op. for triple bypass and feeling good most days, not so good some days. I was pleased to read how upbeat you have been throughout your entire ordeal. I'm certain this was a huge help in your recovery. I too, am trying to stay positive.

Bob

David said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog. I am not sure where to comment, but I suppose this is as good as anyplace.

My situation is quite different than yours in many ways. I am male and older, at 58. Last week I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Although I had been a med (lab) tech in earlier years, I was suddenly thrust into the world of - heart issues, a world I did not know well. After 5 days of hospital stay marked by testing and a diagnosis, I have returned home. (I initially sought care because I could not breathe. Not fun..) So, in looking here and there online, I found your blog, read it, and though our problems are different, there is at least the minimal "heart" connection. I wish for you good health and a long life. May God bless you in every way.

David L.

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