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Prayers answered! Home from open heart surgery...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I know this has been a long time coming, but I have so little energy these days (pretty normal after heart surgery I’m told).

Surgery (replacement of aortic valve) went much smoother than my doc ever expected. No complications whatsoever! What great news! However, 2 days after surgery I had complications from the narcotics I was given, had a build up of carbon dioxide, etc., and was pretty much “out of it” for 5-6 days. No pain meds work for me, so I was screaming, moaning, talking nonsense, etc. I’m told I’m lucky I don’t remember any of this! There was a time when my docs and nurses wondered if I’d ever pull through. Finally, I turned the corner and made remarkable progress.

I was sent home 2 weeks ago, much quicker than ever expected. I’ve had many challenges being at home, but I’m managing okay. I see slight progress every day, and know it won’t be too long (probably 2 months) before I’m my old self again. The good news is that I’ve lost 21 lbs. since coming home. I’m only 1.7 lbs. from my lowest Spark weight! Hooray!

My heartfelt thanks goes out to my son who came up from GA to spend a week with me. He is a neurosurgical PA and made sure his mama had the best care! After he went home, he called at least 2-3 times a day for updates. I know how excited he was when I first called him. He knew his mama was back to her old self! My husband made the trip to & from the hospital (almost 3 hours) every single day. Most of the time I didn’t even know he was there. He fed me, etc. Since I’ve been home, my brother has been with me almost 24/7. If he hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t have been able to be at home. What a family I have!

I cannot thank enough each and every one of you who kept me in your thoughts and prayers, emailed or called my husband or son, posted messages on my Spark page, gave me numerous goodies, sent cards, etc. The outpouring of support and love was phenomenal! I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’ve always believed in the power of prayer. It certainly is a miracle that I am here today!
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  • DEBANNE1124
    Love it! Will use it as well! thanks for sharing and giving me a great idea!
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    Debbie
    3507 days ago
  • EMMABE1
    What great news - and how wonderfyul that tings are looking up for you
    I guess it will take time to fully recover - but I really hope you continue to improve daily!!
    Hugs
    3535 days ago
  • SEWSWITHHOTGLUE
    I hope you're feeling even stronger now! Happy spring!!! emoticon
    3553 days ago
  • JOANIEBUG46
    it is wonderful to hear of your recovery! I was drawn to your page by your picture -- your Siamese looks just like mine -- I did a double-take when I saw it!
    Just enjoy this healing time and concentrate on getting back to "normal", whatever that may be. You have the support of many other sparkers!!! emoticon emoticon
    3565 days ago
  • SDPARTON
    I have not stopped thinking about you and lifting you up in my daily prayers! I am so happy your home and everything with the surgery went as planned! Medicine....you do not want me to even go there after the last couple of weeks I have had :) I am glad you made it through everything and that you made it home earlier than expected! That is awesome! You are truly blessed with such great men in your life! What would we do without them! God has truly blessed me with four great young men! I know how proud you are to have them! I know just how proud they are to have you in there life as well! Thank you so much for the comment on my blog! My prayers and thoughts have been with you and your recovery! I am so proud your doing well! Congratulations on the weight loss too!
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    Stacy
    3574 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/14/2011 10:20:28 PM
  • GEORGIAGIRL26
    I am glad that you are hope safe and well.
    Have a very good night my friend! Holly
    3574 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Welcome back!! emoticon
    3575 days ago
  • GRAMTOTWO
    So glad you are feeling better with each passing day. Think of you often and keeping you in prayer.

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    3576 days ago
  • NADINEL
    I am so glad you are doing better. Happy Valentine's Day to you! emoticon
    3576 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    So happy you're back Willow, and doing well. You've certainly been missed. Continue to take care of yourself and enjoy the time with your family.
    3576 days ago
  • LADYGWEN25
    So glad to hear you're doing better!
    3577 days ago
  • BETTYAHE
    Willow, I am slowly catching up with Spark friends after being gone for six months being a caretaker. Sorry I had no idea what you had been through. So happy your surgery went well and you are recuperating! God Bless your family for helping you through it all!

    Will pray for you to continue getting stronger each day! Hugs, Betty emoticon
    3577 days ago
  • 2CATS2LOVE1
    emoticon back! So glad you are home and on the mend! emoticon w/ the weight loss too!!
    3578 days ago
  • TRAVELNISTA
    emoticon back. I have thought of you often and you were in my daily prayers. I am so happy you are back and will go stronger every day. Pretty scary complication with the meds. Glad you don't remember any of it. emoticon emoticon
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    3579 days ago
  • R-U-JELLEN
    I am so happy that you are doing well and on the mend. How wonderful that you have such a loving, supporting family. Knowing you have someone there for all the everyday things we take for granted when we're healthy will give you the peace of mind that will make your healing go that much faster. Still thinking of you in prayer - Jo
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    3580 days ago
  • DAWNO64
    I'm so glad everything turned out OK in the end! Take it easy, get your rest, and enjoy the weight loss.
    3580 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    so great that you are recovering so well............
    wow 21 pounds gone too great side benefit!!!
    miracles happen every day and you are one!!!
    blessings and hugs................lita

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    3581 days ago
  • NATALIE1964
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    Sending lots of love and sushine your way !
    3581 days ago
  • NATALIE1964
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    Sending lots of love and sushine your way !
    3581 days ago
  • NATALIE1964
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    Sending lots of love and sushine your way !
    3581 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8557947
    You are the greatest! Glad you are on the mend! I am overwhelmed with happiness for your recovery! Take good care of yourself and keep us posted! Love to you, my dear! ~you know you will be in my thoughts every day! Hugs, K.
    3582 days ago
  • ~INDYGIRL
    Glad you are doing so well!
    3582 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I'm so glad to hear that you are on the mend. It took my dad a while to get back on his feet too but in 6 months he was doing great. You have a fantastic family and it sounds like wonderful care. Take care of your self. And congrats on the 21 pound weight loss!!
    3582 days ago
  • DKELLEY35
    It is great that you are now on the road to recovery. I'm sure that you are making great strides. Take care.
    3582 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1259906
    I'm so glad you are home and that our prayers were answered. Just don't over due it.

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    3582 days ago
  • TRUELOU
    Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers. So happy it was so successful:)
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    3582 days ago
  • DAISY238
    So glad you are doing well and that you are home. You are truly blessed.
    3582 days ago
  • HEIDIC75
    I am so happy that you are home and doing good you have been in my thoughts and prayers... emoticon
    3582 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7721644
    I'm so happy that your are on the road to recovery. I think you'll be up and around in no time.
    You are a lucky lady to have such a wonderful family.

    God Bless! emoticon
    3582 days ago
  • SHORTLY
    I had that surgery last August, Still kind of weak or not as strong as I had hoped but haven't exercised very good either. My husband passed away 2 weeks before I had my surgery and I only had my daughter for a week when I got home so have some down feelings I'm still dealing with. God bless and glad you did as good as you did, and glad we both have it behind us. Thanks for sharing.
    3582 days ago
  • DEBANNE1124
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    I'm so glad you are doing better. Keep getting stronger every day. You ahve been missed.
    blessings with you always.
    Debbie
    3582 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Glad that you're doing so well and are able to Spark with us again! You're right, the power of prayer is AWESOME! Bright blessings to you my friend. Congratulations for losing the weight... of course, there are better ways to lose it! LOL Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3582 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I am so happy that your doing so well! emoticon
    3582 days ago
  • 7777BEV
    I'm so sorry this has been such a tough time for you. What a lot to go through. I believe in the power of prayer as well and am glad God has given you this great progress and such a great family support system. I will pray for you and for continued healing and also for your spirits to stay positive. Take it easy and rest well. So glad you have that extra blessing of losing the weight!! May God comfort and bless you!!!!
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    3582 days ago
  • JENQUEENOFCHAOS
    You are so blessed to have such a supportive family - as I'm sure you realize every day.
    I wish you well on your recovery. Soon you'll be BETTER than your old self!
    Take care,
    Jen
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    3582 days ago
  • SHASTA11
    I am so glad you came through the surgery in such good shape. Those 5-6 days you were out of it were scary for, us, your friends, but you came through that too.

    I am ever so grateful for God and the way he wrapped you in his loving hands.

    I want to thank your son, too, for keeping me posted.

    21 lbs gone. How great. You just keep doing what you're doing to recover; naps, pt, etc.

    Can't wait til you're "running around the block".

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    3582 days ago
  • LORETTA24
    emoticon It is an awesome pleasure to know you are able to let us know how you are doing yourself. emoticon You are so blessed to have such a supportive family! I will continue to pray for you and those around you. Please continue to let your "Spark" family know how you are progressing. I am sending you love, hugs and blessings your way. emoticon Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon
    3582 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2011 3:47:34 PM
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