As of yesterday, it’s been 5 weeks since I've had the operation. I still continue to be amazed at how quickly I've been recovering. It's almost like it never happened. I have a little pain in the sternum area, and still get a bit short of breath after walking up stairs or hills, but other than that I'm feeling great. I've just started to be able to pick up the guitar again, and will be resuming lessons in mid-September. I've also been getting out a lot lately and am even going to the Giants game tomorrow and will try to catch both games of the doubleheader. Before the operation, my cardiologist said he didn’t want me going back to work until I was three months post-op, but when I see him in a couple of weeks, I will see how he feels about me going back in about a month. Hopefully he will also take me of all the medications I'm on and will also clear me to start driving me again. Slowly but surely I feel like I'm starting to get my life back!
I’ve gotta say I’m feeling pretty damn good, considering that I am only 8 days post-op. I still have no appetite, am only sleeping 3 hrs a night, and still feel like I’m a bit “drugged”, but other than that life is grand! I guess I have to remember what my body just went through, and that it is going to take ALOT of time to recover. I have a tendency to push myself a little to hard sometimes, so I’m going to have to force myself to just take it easy and relax. Anyways, I’ve put some pictures up, so check them out if you can. Just click on each one for an explanation.
I'm finally back at home, and I'm doing well. I can’t believe how good I feel considering I’m only 1 week post-operation. I'm still kind of out of it from all the medications I'm on right now, so I'm going to keep this short, but I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you to all of you for all the kind words, thoughts, emails, cards, gifts, phone calls, and posts. They were VERY much appreciated! I will post again in a day or two. Thanks again!
Ray is still making progress, but his heart rate has been a bit erratic. His doctors have him on beta blockers, and as a backup precaution they have added a temporary pacemaker. During the heart surgery, the surgeons placed cables inside him that protrude out in order to make it easier to attach the pacemaker if need be. The doctors will monitor his heart rate over the next day or so. Hopefully he will be released from the hospital once his heart rate is better regulated. The doctors said that this arrhythmia happens to about 20-30% of all patients who have this type of surgery.
The doctors appeared to be confident that his arrhythmia could be corrected with medication or the pacemaker. So we'll see what happens in the next few days.
Ray's heart rate has been lowered and his erratic heart rhythm has been normalized. His cardiologist, Dr. Shafton, stopped by to check on Ray on Friday night. Ray informed him that earlier that day, two doctors at UCSF gave him an EKG and found the abnormal rhythm and elevated heart beat.
Dr. Shafton worked his magic on Ray, and his heart rate seemed to normalize a few hours later. As a result, Ray had a much better day on Saturday. He had more energy and seemed to be better rested. He also managed to take three laps around the ward as well.
I can tell that Ray is getting better because he's starting to get feisty again. He was joking around like his old self. Michelle and Jateen stopped by on Saturday.
His hunger has also returned, so that's a good sign. He even joked that he wanted a burrito from Gordo's.
I took some pics of Ray in his hospital bed, and I'll post those soon.
Ray continues to make more progress every day. On Thursday night Scott, Melinda, and Jateen stopped by for a visit. Ray really enjoyed seeing them. It almost seemed like a regular Thursday night with the jokes and jabs flying left and right.
Ray took four laps around the hospital ward today, and even spotted Pam Ling, who appeared on the San Francisco "Real World." Well, now she's Dr. Pam Ling, Assistant Professor In Residence, General Internal Medicine at UCSF.
I just left Ray's hospital room. He's doing well, and eating solid foods now. He even walked around the floor that he's on. I told him that the nurses should organize a patient race and have them run around, haha. I'm amazed at his positive attitude and how well he's doing. Some of his friends should be stopping by tonight after work, so that should entertain him for awhile.
His heart rate has been elevated (around 137 bpm), but he's on medication to lower that. Apparently, it's fairly common for him to have either an elevated or irregular heartbeat following his surgery. There's still no word on when he comes home from the hospital.
Ray has finally moved from the ICU to his own private room. He's got a great view looking out over San Francisco from UCSF.
He's been making loads of progress. All the tubes and IVs have been removed, and he's no longer on oxygen. He has walked around on his own, and his appetite is getting better. He's even starting to get bored, so that's a good sign that he's getting better. His mom Pat and I can only entertain him for so long. Since he's in his own room, he can control the TV, so hopefully that will take his mind off of things for awhile.
The nurses haven't said when he'll be discharged. We're hoping in a few more days. It's amazing that someone who had open heart surgery a few days ago is doing so well. But Ray is truly fortunate that he's young and in good health.