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Finally Had Bypass

MichaelJH
MichaelJHHeart Star

Finally Had Bypass

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the angiogram that indicated I needed treatment (stents or bypassing) and eight days on from multiple bypasses. I was in theatre for over eight hours. Having gone down early afternoon I am not sure if I came around late that day or early the next – only that I felt like Big Daddy had bounced me around the ring and fishnet off with a Daddy Splash. The following two days (ICU/HDC) are rather a blur as I was quite poorly (had required a transfusion) and was running a slight fever. Despite eating virtually nothing (not really nauseous just zero appetite) I returned to the ward a staggering (to me) to me 9kg heavier.

Back on the ward the various cannulas were removed and I started to feel slightly more normal. One thing that was noticeable was no angina or breathlessness. I am back home now, starting to eat a bit more and walking a bit further each day. The main problems are that I am shatteringly tired and have a slight problem with my right hand where a cannula in the radial artery seems to have caused some nerve damage (hopefully temporary).

There have been huge changes in my medication; no mononitrate reduced lisinopril but bisoprolol added (which I had previously been told was unsuitable form those on insulin). I am also of a relatively high dose diuretic but have at least lost 5kg. Because of the tiredness and the hand I will only be on site occasionally for the moment. Best wished to one and all.

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Wishing you a speedy recovery

Glad that you’re back online at least for a short while and that you’re on the road to recovery. Wishing you continuing recovery. Take care. Zena x

Really pleased to hear you feel "normal" now, it is still quite a long road to recovery.

I always remember that from the time I woke up in ICU I knew things were for the better as there was no breathlessness and felt quite perky. Even now I have little feeling in 3 of my LH fingers - was told at the time once they have you on the table they may just treat you as a side of beef.

Things can only get better.

MichaelJH
MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to shopman

Thanks. Trying to do some simple exercises as fingers making a few things awkward.

Glad to hear that your wait is now over and you have come through surgery relatively unscathed - always a bonus. My first two weeks, post AVR, were a write - off with no appetite, zero energy and little indication of the promised benefits but then things began to improve. Keep hydrated, commit to the daily walking and good nutrition now you've regained your appetite but accept that your body decides the rate of healing , so relinquish any illusion that the healing can be scheduled. It will happen with the elapse of time and not every day will be a good one. But sounds like the next phase of your journey has started well. Good luck with your healing, Michael.

MichaelJH
MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to IanGordon

I am listening to my body and doing little chores/walking when I feel I have the energy. If I feel very tired then I think a nap is better than a stumble/fall!

Hi glad you have had surgery and home now on the road to recovery. Best wishes x

I am sure you will go from strength to strength now. Will you do cardio rehab? I am finding it a great support. The very best to you.

MichaelJH
MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to gunnerred67

Told will be offered it in six weeks and will chase it up a week or two before. I was limited by PAD before but hope the improved "feed" will help.

Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery! 😍x

wish you speedy recovery.now you are taking 3 medicines for BP , insulin and beta blocker .No angina .. good going .. keep it up

Hi there Michael JH pleased to hear you're now back home and recovering.. looking forward to hearing about your progress..hugs

Good Luck in your recovery Mike.

Wishing you well with your recovery - I know you've been a real help to other folk on here!

I hope you end up like my husband - 8 months on and he's feeling fitter and healthier than he has done in years.

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