Obviously, having a valve that ticks means I am through surgery. I had a couple of false-starts but eventually a date became available when my Surgeon was working and the Intensive Care beds were available. This time 3 weeks ago I lost a day; according to my husband I was incredibly sleepy. The staff needed to be firm in order for me to give a verbal response to their questions. I must have satisfied their targets because they let me go back to the Cardio-thoracic ward. Two days after surgery I was out of bed and sitting in a chair. However, I wasn't really with it and didn't want to eat.
Three weeks on I am 'back to normal' (in terms of consciousness!), eating lots and walking upto 20 minutes at a time. As far as I can tell from the Medical Personnel I have seen all is going well. I regularly attend the INR clinic to have my Warfarin levels checked, have a phone number to arrange my Cardio Rehab and await a 6 week post-op check.
I thank God for the steps so far. Each day is a miracle and looks very much the same but I don't mind. I got through Open Heart Surgery and I am in the recovery stage. A typical day for me at the moment is:
- Wake up and get out of bed.
- Read my Bible Devotional and book of Hymns.
- Eat breakfast and take some tablets.
- Surf the net.
- Walk; now the they are longer I can have a purpose (eg: go to the shops to buy something.) Next week I will go for the walks by myself.
- Sit and read my book. Or do some puzzles.
- Have some lunch.
- Sleep for at least an hour.
- Read some more. Spend time with any visitors.
- Dinner (some of them are being provided by Church friends.)
- Evening snuggle routine with the family.
- After the girls have gone to bed we watch one of our TV series.