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My Cardiac Surgery Journal - News Update #4

4th Update:

I am still in the hospital one day after my angiogram which showed two severe blockged arteries and one partially blocked, No wohder the slightesr exertion had become so exhausting. They moved my surgery up to tomorrow, Friday, May 6th. It's worrisome and reassurng at the same time.

 

My children are texting me and emailing photos, and that is wonderful. Cecily has been in and out when she is not teaching, and she brought my laptop when it was decided to kep me here.

 

Thanks again for all your supportive cmments and prayers. I really appreciate you all. I am feeling good and I am watching the patients who have been here a while, post-op, doing their ten walks per hour as their recovery exercises.

 

Yesteday they had me do a lung capacity test for a baeline. I hit the brass bell at the top of the tube. That will be my baseline to monitor my recovery. I have a 95% chance of recovering. Baruch HaShem!

 

Mise à Jour 4:

Je suis toujours à l'hôpital un jour après mon angiographie qui montre deux graves artères blockged et un partiellement bloqués, n wohder l'effort slightesr était devenue tellement épuisant. Ils ont déménagé mon opération jusqu'à demain, le vendredi 6 mai. C'est inquiétant et reassurng en même temps.

 

Mes enfants me textos et des courriels des photos, et c'est merveilleux. Cécile a été dans et hors quand elle n'est pas l'enseignement, et elle a apporté mon ordinateur portable quand il a été décidé de me kep ici.

 

Merci encore pour tous vos cmments de soutien et les prières. J'apprécie vraiment que vous tous. Je me sens bien et je regarde les patients qui sont ici depuis un certain temps, post-op, faire de leurs dix promenades à l'heure que leur guérison exercices.

 

Hier, ils m'avaient faire un test de capacité pulmonaire pour un baeline. J'ai frappé la cloche de cuivre au sommet du tube. Ce sera ma base pour le suivi mon rétablissement. J'ai 95% de chance de récupérer. Baroukh Hachem!

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3rd Update:

Thank you all, for your comments, inquiries, and good wishes... To answer your questions. This is making me feel a bit embarrassed. It makes me seem so self centered. Oh well, so what? And, you don't have to read it...;)) smile smile..

 

On the other hand, it is a novel and interesting (to me anyway) way to keep a journal. Which I would not do otherwise. Another thought: My feelings of nervousness and anxiety are probably not unique to me, so it may help others... I remember my dear Flickr friend Nancy talking about her husband's upcoming operation. It gave me a chance to pray for them, and it seemed to help them to know that friends were thinking about them.

Enough of this preamble...

 

I am easily exhausted, and I have chronic chest pain again... I suspect some of it is now due to mental processes...

On Wednesday I will go to the hospital for my angiogram. That is a procedure in which a fluorescence sensor is inserted through the groin, with an iodine tracer, that looks for blockages in my arteries. If there are any, they can be bypassed in the same surgery in a few weeks to repair my Mitral valve.

I am nervous, but happy. Shabbat Shalom... Good Shabbos..

 

troisième mise à jour:

Merci à vous tous, pour vos commentaires, questions, et souhaits ...

 

Je suis facilement épuisé, et j'ai des douleurs thoraciques chroniques à nouveau ...Je soupçonne certaines d'entre elles est maintenant en raison de processus mentaux ...

Mercredi, je vais à l'hôpital pour mon angiographie. C'est une fluorescence capteur inséré dans l'aine, avec un traceur d'iode, qui cherche des blocages dans mes artères. Si y en a, ils peuvent être contournés dans le même temps opératoire dans quelques semaines pour réparer ma valve mitrale.

Je suis nerveux, mais heureux.

Shalom Shabbat ... Chabbath Bon ..

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2nd Update:

Miss Cecily, Raf, and I attended a one hour class today at Carondelet Heart And Vascular Institute about the operation, pre, during, and post. They gave us quite a presentation, with viewgraphs projected on the screen. The hospital stay for the Mitral valve repair is 4 to 7 days. Then there is a 4 to 6 week recovery at home, with home care staff... I must not lift more than 5 pounds, somewhat less than 2 kilo. A gallon of water almost twice that.

 

Also no coughing and no lifting arms above my chest. I have to hold a pillow against my chest doing many things to prevent tearing apart the wired together breast bones. this sounds very worrisome. I have to deal with that.

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1st Update: I can have the heart surgery to repair my very leaky Mitral Valve in as little as two weeks. However, ny family are recommending doing it after school graduations and performances so they can help during my post-op recovery.

 

That makes sense. Many friends are telling us that the recovery period is quite long. At services last night, a member of my Shul (his wife's wedding gown is in the Jewish Museum set) said it took him a year to recover from the same surgery.

 

Miss Cecily, Raf, and I will be attending a one hour class today at Carondelet Heart And Vascular Institute about the operation, pre, during, and post.

 

First Visit To My Heart Surgeon to see if I am a candidate for a Mitral Valve repair operation, and to find out what's inolved.

 

Mise à jour : je peux avoir la chirurgie cardiaque pour réparer ma très fuite valve mitrale en aussi peu que deux semaines. Toutefois, la famille ny recommandons de le faire après l'école et graduations performances afin qu'ils puissent aider lors de ma convalescence post-op.

C'est logique. Beaucoup d'amis nous disent que la période de récupération est très longue. La nuit dernière des services, un membre de ma Shul (robe de mariée de sa femme est dans l'ensemble Musée juif) a dit qu'il lui a fallu un an pour récupérer de la même intervention chirurgicale.

Miss Cecily, Raf, et je participerai à une classe une heures aujourd'hui à Carondelet Heart and Vascular Institute de l'opération, avant, pendant et après.

 

Close-up of Mitral Valve Prolapse (Click-Murmer Syndrome) The ultrasound tests showed that my mitral valve prolapse is getting worse. The valve leaks "A LOT" of blood.

 

My Cardiologist asked about my exercising. I said i can't even walk a few blocks with others without getting exhausted. He said this leakage is why that happens. After the surgery to repair the valve, i will be able to really exercise and not get so tired!! He said "It will change your life!" I am definitely looking forward to that!

   

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