Well its now 20 days since I had open heart surgery and a coronary triple bypass. The initial shock of the operation was horrific to be honest. I felt like I had been run over or at least sawed in two ( which of course I have been ) but you just can’t keep a good legal eagle down.
I came home on christmas eve and we had a family christmas with my parents and little girls but looking back it was pretty much a blur. I was taking a lot of medication for the pain and moving was difficult. My chest wound runs from my neck down to nearly the middle of my tummy and although the stiches are disolving underneath there is metal wires holding my chest together. My movements feel very artifical as I try to move about.
sleeping is difficult as I needed to sleep up right on at least 7 pillows and the first week I dozed for only 10 – 20 minutes at a time.
This week has been so much better. I managed to lose a few pillows and can just about turn on my side now so I am getting a bit more sleep.
When I first came out of hospital on christmas eve I couldnt bend down, dress myself or get into the bath without help from my mum. ( its been many years since ive needed my mum to get me dressed tee hee)
Over the course of the last week I have built up my activities to walking 20 minutes a day. It is easy walking and afterwards I always feel exhausted but I feel like I am making great progress.
I can now dress myself and get in and out of the bath myself.
The down side is that my hair is falling out in clumps at the back. My GP tells me that it is due to the stress of both the illness ( my heart not working properly ) and the trauma of the operation. Luckily the bald patch is at the back of my head and my longer hair covers it for now.
My apetite is coming back an I am enjoying the taste of food again.
I have had lots of visitors and have ventured out for short distances which have lifted my spirits.
All in all my scars are healing on my chest and my legs but I still have a collapsed lung which I am told should re-inflate over time.
I have only needed to take pain killers at dinner time and just before I retire for the night now .
My body is still quite bloated and I am on water tablets to get rid of the fluid and to be honest I dont really look my best but my spirits and determination are high.
I am very excited at recovering well and I am planning lots of activities for my girls and I this summer.
All is good.
Tonight I painted a small acrylic canvas and enjoyed it very much.
Law seems like a million miles away at the moment as my priority is getting fit and well.
Thank you for following my progress I will keep you updated.
Michelle L Hynes