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Graylight907, September 10,  2019  11:36am EST

3 weeks after Aortic Aneurism surgery

We I have posted a couple of times with questions and concerns about this procedure. Now I am hoping to share my expereince. Over all, the surgery, pain level, and expereince that I had makes me say, it was just not that horrible. In fact I had my right rotation cuff and AC joint rebuilt ten years ago and that far far more painful that this. I'll admit the first couple of days were uncomfortable but not unmangable. I quit taking narcotic pain medication 4 days after surgery and was released on that day. I did put fluid on  and have to be readmitted and put on diaretic to get the water out. Now my weight is more or less stable and I am pain free. The good, first of all, I am glad to be alive! Second is I had no idea how dedicated and skilled nurses were. I have not been hospitiized overnight before, to see them patiently and professionally do their job was impressive.  My sense of smell is enhanced to a point where I smell everything, all the time. My insision is healed and the scar doesn't look too bad. The not so good......I am still on a battery of medicaions to keep my heart rhythim stable and to keep me from gaining water weight. they make me feel crappy for a couple of hour a day. I am still slow and tired after I do anything. At week three I am starting to get the desire to move around more than I can. Ill be patient and keep walking and peeing. I am hope full to be off the medicine when I follow up with my cardiologist in a week and starting physical therepy will help give me something more to do. Hope this gives someone, peace before they go in to surgery. 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, September 11,  2019  9:33am EST

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Glad you are on the road to recovery and doing so well! Best Katie

  • AmbassadorB
    AmbassadorB, September 13,  2019  12:47pm EST

    That's great news!    Like you, I was tired and easily slowed down following surgery.   But, following Dr's. orders and becoming an honest participant in physical therapy - an ongoing thing with me, I soon regained my strength and overall good condition.   The result, of course, is a good quality of life!  The point, Graylight 907, Stay the Course!

    All the best!

    Ambassador B  (Bernie)

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