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We spent almost the entire day out of our house. 

Somewhere around 9-10 showings today with a few more scheduled in the next few days. There is also an open house tomorrow. Hooray!

Please pray for wisdom in accepting the right offer, should any be made.

Please also pray for wisdom as we start looking at homes. 

It’s a sellers market. Easier to sell than buy. We are on both sides of this market.

On a completely different note: I got a complimentary ID card from the company that made my heart valve. It has my doctor’s name and surgery date as well as the serial number of the valve. I’m not sure why, but this cracks me up. I have a serial number inside me! (Hope there is never a recall!)

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9 weeks post op

I’m looking forward to being pain free :-/

I did think the pain would be gone by now but it’s lingering… It’s not terrible, mostly just disappointing.

We also list our house in 3 days. Pretty excited about that.

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Insurance

Wow. Insurance.
We still extremely dislike Obamacare… Cadillac coverage premiums for plans that are only catastrophic. By Cadillac coverage premiums, I mean that our monthly premiums are more than our mortgage. (Worth it this year since we had a “catastrophic” issue I suppose.) However, that’s not what this post is about.
 
Get this… I think everything has gone through without a hitch for my Heart Surgery.
The small exception being Hospital A required a down payment before surgery. But then we met our deductible before we actually had surgery, so we have a credit. We need the credit back in order to pay Hospital B. We owe Hospital B because they are the ones that ran all of the pre-op tests, which was before (what caused us to) met the deductible. But that’s just a timing thing. Not a big deal. Money from Hospital A will pay the bill from Hospital B with a little extra to spare.
PRAISE THE LORD!!!
 
Also — This part is CRAZY to me. Heart surgery is going to cost out of pocket LESS than each of our two kids being born. (Because when you have a child, mommy has an individual deductible, and baby also has an individual deductible.) 

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5 weeks

Yesterday was five weeks since surgery.

I’m down to just taking a children’s aspirin once a day. This will be for the rest of my life so I’m glad they are chewable and cherry flavored. My only other medicine is pre-antiboitics anytime I need dental care. But that’s like 2000mgs an hour before an appointment, so not something I need to worry about on a daily basis.

I had my last surgery follow up today with my cardiologist. Everything looks great! She said I’m the “poster child” for how they want it all to go.

“Next up” is my regularly scheduled appointment with her and the proceeding MRI. Because I had my last “typical/annual cardiology” visit with her last fall, I’m already on the books to see her end of October. 

From here on out (for hopefully the next 10-15, maybe 20, years), I’ll be back to seeing her once a year with a corresponding MRI or Echo.

As far as my restrictions, I’m less than a week away from having those lifted (July 12th). My mom will be here a few more days after that as I transition back to doing everything.

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Second post op appointment

I went to my cardiologist today – everything went well!

She thinks I have just a little more fluid being retained so I’m to continue my lasix meds.

I have one little skin wound that is taking its sweet time healing so they want to see me in two weeks to check on that.

They also want me to wear a 24 hour heart monitor to make sure the palpitations I feel on occasion are “harmless” PVCs and not dangerous V-tach. (This is not a huge concern, just a precaution at this point. I had a few V-Tach beats in the ICU, but to my knowledge, I haven’t felt anymore like that.)

Other than that – she said I should eat some steak (red meat – good healing food!). Not something one typically hears from their cardiologist. 😜 So my mom and I got out of the house (sans kids) and had a nice steak lunch. 

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A week +

I cannot believe heart surgery was a week ago yesterday!

I have to say – the people at Dallas Children’s are amazing. I could never be a nurse – but all of you nurses – hats off to you. I’ll probably miss a few names, miss spell and leave people out completely by accident (I was a *little* drugged… but here is my best attempt…

Tiffany, Taelor, and Caitlin…my ICU nurses. Amazing. Helped me when I couldn’t move, were compassionate and treated me with dignity. Thank you as well to the various techs and other nurses who occasionally popped in because a dead-weight, woozie Debra is a difficult thing to move.

On CH8 – Thank you to Lauren, Mary, Brooklyn, Sarah, and Anna. Again – so thankful for all of you ladies. I don’t know how you do it everyday, especially since most of your patients are crying, sick little babies. These nurses were also assisted by several techs. They helped with various tasks like wheeling me down to xrays and other, yuckier tasks. Thanks for making me smile and not feel dumb.

And I don’t want to leave out the floor PA’s Amy & Caitlin – thank you!

I’m obvious thankful for Dr. G (surgeon) and Dr. Turner (anesthesiologist) as well as their teams. They literally (which is often used to mean figuratively, but not in this case) had my life in their hands.

I was in and out of the hospital so fast, Z never had a chance to visit! I’m looking forward to going back on Friday for a post op visit and showing him around – to the important people. It’s hard to find the words to really say thank you. Thank you for keeping this momma alive and improving my heart heart health so that I can be there and keep up with Z & E as they grow.

And also – I’m excited to show Z the “train room”.

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Feeling better

My migraine has eased a little – hallelujah! I wasn’t sure if my scheduled pain medicine for my heart surgery would also assist the migraine. It appears it did.

For me migraines mean nausea, which stinks when one is trying to take medicine. Nothing worse than throwing up meds before they have a chance to help. Thankfully my Tylenol stayed down and my head as well as the rest of me seems to have pain under control. Thank you God.

I hope to be able to post a little more the next few days on my hospital experience. I have so much (and so many people) to be thankful for.

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