After a mammoth couple of months where I went from what I thought was a relatively healthy 47 year old who's lived clean and stayed pretty active to a 47 year old with CAD and now 2 bypass grafts I'm happy to be home. I've posted a few times and have been very grateful for the feedback from the more experienced here! So after about 28 days in hospital in total, including 11 days in Papworth for the operation/post operation recovery and another 3.5 days last week due to some irregularities I have now been home 5 days!
I'd like to say it's all been plain sailing but it hasn't really. The lead up to the operation involved numerous ambulance trips and nights in hospital. The operation itself apparently went very well, about 5.5 hours in length and a double mammary artery bypass which will according to the doctors give me an excellent long term health prospect.
But the operation recovery has been a bit hit and miss. I was pretty sick for 3 or 4 days after the operation. I had a couple of unresponsive episodes on day 3 and a plethora of scans and x-rays unfortunately. My heart rate refused to drop to sensible levels although my rhythm was pretty normal on the whole, so on top of the Diltiazem I was already on they added Ivabradine which seems to have dropped the HR down and my BP. The problem is I did get some weird visual side effects, flashing, ghosting etc.. but that's eased off.
So 3 weeks post op how am I? Grateful to be here of course, but not feeling great in myself. I'm lucky if I get 2 to 3 hours sleep at night and simply can't get comfortable. On top of this the reason I was admitted to hospital again last week for 3.5 days is that I've had some chest discomfort and more annoying, a fair number of ectopic beats and flurries of palpitations. The result of the hospital visit was they "suspected" the discomfort was Pericarditis and should settle and the irregular heart beats were something to do with the operation! (I think I'd worked that out!) They weren't concerned as there were no signs of AF but it doesn't make me a lot happier having to deal with them still.
Added to this is the fact that I just don't fancy much in the way of food. My taste buds are either dulled by the operation of medication and things I loved, like a cup of tea, I simply can't face. I'm now almost a stone lighter than before the operation and almost 2 stone lighter than a couple of months ago. Even when I do eat I don't feel great, my head feels a bit funny, my jaw aches, my neck feels tired... it's all a bit odd.
On a similar line, although I'm keeping up my short walks etc.. I am getting aching in my legs and arms all day and night. It's not excruciating but it's a bit painful. I've since read that statins can cause muscle pains and I'm wondering if the 40mg Atorvastatin might be the culprit. I'm already trying to recover from an adverse reaction to Ciprofloxacin I had 2 years ago that left me with all sorts of mobility issues and from what I've read Ciprofloxacin and Statins aren't a good partnership.
So all in all, I feel pretty crap and hope that improves but I'm glad to be alive. I have lots of concerns especially about medication and what I will and won't have to carry on taking and also if these skipped beats etc.. will ever stop!