Best of luck Peej! Please keep us posted on how things go.Time is flying by and my departure date is next Tuesday
I've been so busy between work and moving I haven't had much time to think about surgery - btw I absolutely don't recommend doing the moving part right before surgery!
Got my dental clearance signed off and faxed to CC about 2 weeks ago
Received some paperwork from insurance basically saying everything CC has submitted has been approved; one of the documents listed my inpatient dates of 9/9 (surgery) to 9/13 and thought hmm that seems short
From the time my surgery was initially scheduled, they have changed their visitor policy to allow 2 people now
Thanks for sharing the details and positive outlook Herb!OK, Peej, it's showtime. Your head is in the right place. Keep your sense of humor. Hit the red button to keep ahead of the pain. Be a squeaky wheel if you need to be. Follow the walking/breathing protocol. Repeat.
The first few days will be, well, probably not as bad as you are expecting but not the most fun in your life. Weeks and months later they will become a haze because you kept hitting the red button. Prepare to be amazed at how your body heals. There is no getting around: The uncoated potassium pills suck. The daily pin pricks to check your blood sugar become nonevents.
FWIW, I slept very poorly. TV at 2 am. sucks. But every time I hear the Ozempic commercials - annoyingly catchy rip off of a 70s song I never liked - I have fond memories of early mornings, sitting alone in my recliner, like a zombie, in Cleveland.
In the step-down unit, Day One I was assigned to a nurse I really didn't like. Zero personality/downer from the high-energy fantastic nurses in the ICU. I mentioned it to my surgeon's PA. Presto, I wound up fantastic nurses from that point on. Oh, and like a lot of folks, it wasn't my chest that hurt; instead, it was my back. My surgeon's holistic nurse performed reiki on me. I was dubious, the pain mostly disappeared. I just went with it.
Keep us posted.
Can't wait to be at that pointThat dental clearance form was a real worry for me due to limited scheduling for a cleaning -- of course I got it done - and then Cleveland Clinic never asked to see the form or anything about it. Peej, best of luck, try your best to stay calm and positive. You are going to do great there and then get ready for a rocket ride of a recovery! I am only 2-1/2 months out and am beginning to tear it up in the treadmill and the trails. This new valve thing is fun! Keep us posted!
Thanks very much for the welcome update Peej, sounds like it generally went very well for you!Thanks all
A bit more about the experience so far for me….
I got out of the ICU Thursday afternoon
The breathing tube was not a good experience; I was waking up and felt it triggering my gag reflex
The nurses kept telling me to be calm
I vomited with the tube in (and again after)
Hey Bill, thanks!Great to hear fellow On-X'er and soon-to-be CC alum! Breathing tube reaction must have been brutal knowing the condition you were in as you were waking up, sorry. My INR also took a bit to rally, am guessing you'll be released tomorrow. It's going to be a bit of grind initially, hang in there and get ready to walk the elevated walkways and outside sidewalk loops. Oh - and only so many hospital food meals left for you. I really enjoyed having food with taste again when I got out - my favorites being the Starbucks egg-white sandwiches and nice late lunches at the Crile Food Emporium. Keep us posted and continued best wishes!