I thought it might be good to write an update on how things are three months after having my ascending aorta and arch replaced with with Dacron.
- Had my first check-up with a cardiologist a month ago. He was impressed, but revealed that the angle of the valve where it meets the repair means I have some aortic regurgitation. He's treating it with medication for now, but warned it will need to be watched; but he also pointed out that it was emergency unplanned surgery, and that I'm just fortunate to be alive.
- Not allowed to drive yet, and told not to push my activity too hard. But I do walk the perimeter of the park opposite my home (20 mins), shopping malls etc. Still can't lift stuff...but maybe I should start to do more?
- BP averages around 106/64 and seems very stable (but taking beta blockers, ACE inhibitor and a diuretic. My resting pulse is coming down - used to be around 100, now in the 80s.
- Anemia clearly much better, and I'm feeling much better. But I still tire easily. Need to rest on the bed for about 30 mins once a day at least. Energy levels fluctuate.
- The feeling that I'm breathing someone else's lungs has pretty much gone (it felt like that when I first left hospital), but I'm still a bit short of breath some of the time. Coughing is still a bit weird, and clearing phlegm isn't like it used to be.
- No painkillers for over a month, but there are still twinges and occasional pulling around my chest scar, half of which has now virtually vanished. I can bend down much more easily if I drop something, and move across the bed without wincing.
- Appetite back to normal, but am still managing to lose weight - 20lbs now since surgery - about the same to go to get where I want to be. And I seem to be sleeping normally.
- The nerve damage to my right hand during surgery seems to be healing...slowly...but it is healing. My little finger isn't screaming all the time any more!
- In my head I'm fine, and now feeling frustrated that the same isn't entirely true for the rest of me, which is probably a good sign!
Comments and comparisons with your experience welcome!