3.12.2007

Extreme Makeover - The Saga Continues

I have experienced some complications from my open heart surgery that landed me back in the hospital for several more days.

Shortly after returning home from my initial stay, I began to experience a rapid shortness of breath. I have been working with a visiting home nurse and a rehabilitation specialist. At first I thought I might have been taking things to quickly and pushing myself too much.

I was instructed to continue working with my respiration exercises to allow the lungs to open fully from the effects of my surgery. For several more days I did this but found I was becoming winded more and more easily. I could not lay down without experiencing greater breathing difficulty. I was forced to sleep in a sitting position and unable to sleep for more that a couple of hours at a time.

After a follow-up appointment with my cardiologist, I was readmitted to the hospital and a procedure called Thoracentesis was performed on each of my lungs to drain excess fluids that had collected from the initial surgery.

After another 4 days in the hospital, I was discharged today and am happy to report that I'm at home again and feeling 415% better.

Thanks to those that wished me well during this period. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me and my family. Thank you.

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Blogger Andrew said...

The Man is back! Dave, great news that you are feeling better. I was starting to wonder if you coming back to write on your blog. I look forward to reading your posts. Keep well but also take it easy!

Andrew Murphy

March 14, 2007  
Blogger Aaron Cook said...

Hey Dave,

So glad to hear you're home and feeling 415% better. Here's to a speedy recovery without further complications!

Shine on,
Aaron

March 15, 2007  

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