It has been 3 weeks since my 4th open heart surgery. I am doing pretty well. I have had my sister and at least 1 friend say they can tell the difference already in how I look and how I sound. My sister said that she could tell almost immediately how much better the color in my nails looked once I got out of surgery.
So how am I feeling now? Well my body decided to go ahead and get a cold. Not just any cold, but a pretty bad one. I am doing better today then I have the last 2 days, but I am still feeling pretty sick. At moments I feel like I am wheezing. It is not a feeling I have felt often. I am seeing my cardiologist on Tuesday. I am sure that he'll listen to my lungs then. I did call him and he didn't feel I needed to go in unless my symptoms got worse.
The pain of the surgery is starting to get better. I'm not hurting quite so much. There are still moments where the pain is pretty bad. I had bad pain day the other day. It was also the beginning of this cold. I am having a little more pain now because of coughing so much.
I am so thankful that the way they do the surgeries has gotten better. I am thankful for not being so drugged up this past recovery. The day after my surgery they wanted me sitting up in a chair, 3 times a day for an hour each time. They did this around meal time. It was so hard to sit there. I did end up sleeping in the chair, which was what they expected. During the lunch time sit, I couldn't make it the full hour.
The next day was a little better. I sat up more. Oh another thing that I loved was that once they took the catheter out, they had a commode that I could have next to my bed, no bed pans! hehe that was nice.