I had my appointment with the surgeon yesterday and don't go back to see him for a year! Everything is fine, and I can drive and resume activities again! Yay!! However, I wish I had a do-over for that appointment since I forgot to ask several questions. Fortunately, they have a website for patients where we can send and receive messages, pay bills, and see reports. So I asked the questions that way.
When I drive, the seat belt is uncomfortable enough that I'm going to put a little pillow between it and my chest. The incision/scar is sensitive but doesn't bother me. The skin on either side of it for about 6" at best feels very sensitive when my clothes touch it and at worst burns. That's the best way to describe it - a burning feeling. Then sometimes there is a shooting pain like a nerve is firing across my chest. I'm recovering from what was done to my heart just fine but sawing through my sternum is taking a while. For some reason under my arm aches and burns and so does my back under my shoulder blade sometimes. Odd and uncomfortable but will get better eventually.
I called the local hospital about cardiac rehab that I'll go to now after my post-surgery appointment. I have been walking on the treadmill at the gym when I could get a ride and got up to a mile in 32 minutes - so not that fast but better than I did before surgery. I also didn't get out of breath and could have done more but my knee was bothering me. (I'm old.) So the nurse told me they have to get an order from my cardiologist for a treadmill test to see if I'm able to do the rehab. I think so.
What an energetic, inspiring convention! I'm loving it! So many excellent speeches (Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton especially) and enthusiastic delegates! Bill Clinton explains things so well and makes it easy to understand. I wish everyone would listen to him with an open mind and pay attention.
I'm really worried about this election and won't be able to stand it if Obama isn't re-elected for many reasons.
I'm tired of my chest hurting. I know it's just been three weeks, but it's been three weeks! From what I hear and read, it takes about six weeks for the sternum to heal, so I should be about halfway through it. I'm ready to be finished with all this and to be able to lie down and get out of bed without getting into positions the PT people taught me. I've done well recovering from this surgery better than I expected. Just want to fast forward through the rest of it. That's all. Just needed to complain. This, too, shall pass.
I've had company all week. My college roommate Barb was here from Sunday through Wednesday and drove me to a couple of appointments I had. She also vacuumed, dusted, and did some things I am not supposed to do yet. We had a great time visiting and catching up. She brought potato and beef vegetable soup, and we ate out for other meals except breakfast. We had Mexican, Japanese, and American.
Then my daughter Kathy came Wednesday through Friday. She drove me to my regular appointment with my internal medicine doctor. Excellent report! I've lost 14 lbs. since my last appointment with him three months ago with most of it lost while I was on the hospital food diet and the no-appetite diet once I got home. That has changed now, but I am still trying to lose more. All my numbers were good, and I want to keep them that way.
Once my chest quits hurting and the sternum is healed, I can exercise and do more. I won't start cardiac rehab until after I see the surgeon September 20. That should make a difference in my energy level, which is already better now that my heart is working correctly. Recovery is going better than I expected. I can get out and do things as long as someone else drives and have to be careful about lifting, pushing, and pulling. Otherwise, I can do most things. Good news!