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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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One day home

I’ve been home about 24 hours – it’s going better than expected.

As long as I stick to my meds schedule I’m thinking this will be doable 😜

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Working on going home

Everyone has signed off on everything so at this point, we are waiting on the pharmacy. Once we get my medicines – we will head to the car and head home.

I believe this four day stay puts it at the same length as my second csection, and one day less than my first. Amazing!

Thanks for all of the continued prayers. I still have a long road to go.

I still have many weeks of restrictions on what I can do. And it will be a big adjustment, especially for the boys. Mommy is pretty fragile.

I am really looking forward to a few months from now when this really starts paying off – a more efficient heart means a less fatigued Debra.

This hospital stay has been one of my better hospital experiences, for which I am very thankful. 

As I’ve said many times before, no matter the situation or outcome, I know that in all things, God is Good.

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Good morning!

I’ve already walked down and gotten a chest x-Ray. Yes walked… Yesterday they wheeled me down and the day before, the came to me – so I’m making progress.

Just sitting here drinking an ensure, waiting for the kitchen to open (I’ll probably order a ham & cheese omelette), checking the results of the Mariners game. Seems fitting, last night they had their biggest come back in club history. Tonight the M’s play here – maybe I’ll watch some of the game.

Thanks for the continued prayers. I’ve been feeling better and walking more each day.

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Spoke with Z

We got a nice little FaceTime in with Z late today. It was great to see him having good time, pretty unflustered by mommy in a hospital bed.

Things are going well and I’m working hard to get out of here soon. On that note – I’m signing off to get some rest.

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Debra here

Making a little more progress.

I was able to do a little walking and finally am getting a chance to enjoy a little food.

It’s really nice to be not feeling the affects of a migraine, which really slowed me down yesterday.

Thanks for all the continued prayers. We have. Few more goals to hit and then we can start looking at discharge.

I’m a little pale, but then again, my makup foundation is called “translucent” 😉

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Green light (I think)

Headed to the hospital now. Surgery is on as far as we know – but we haven’t checked in yet. 🙂

Just a reminder, the plan is for Elizabeth to update this for me then next day or so.

Thanks for praying!

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