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Posted 2017-02-20T21:59:58Z

A whole lotta firsts!

Hello again! Friday I got the approval from Dr.Wunderly to run marathons or whatever I want. I don't need to see him until next year! Saturday I moved from the couch to a bed! Since I can't push/pull/lift/carry/hold, the couch was the best spot to sleep. Then I could sort of roll to a sitting position and transition to standing up. Took a shower all by myself! (Not that I minded sitting on a stool in the shower and having Kevin wash my hair everyday!) Then yesterday was so beautiful out I walked probably 1/2 mile! That's huge since I feel like I've been under house arrest! (And the surgeon hadn't released me to walking distances yet!) Today I saw the cardiac surgeon, Dr.Amin.   He released me from his care.(unless I have a problem) I get to start back to a some what normal life. I can't lift a lot of weight, still take naps and have to pace myself, but I get to drive and start cardiac rehab! It will take about 3-4 months for my sternum to completely heal, and it's still tender, but I'm healing right on time! (Total healing time about 1 year) Tuesday I get my pacemaker checked in PawPaw and Wednesday I have my first cardiac rehab appointment! Yea!! I know Kevin is happy also. Besides worrying about me, he will have more freedom!  I think the best part for him is the house temperature. I'm not freezing all the time anymore. A bit ago I had on my daily outfit, 2 insulated shirts, a fleece hoodie, fleece pants, socks and a blanket.  I felt good and warm. Then Kevin informed me the house was 79° inside! I suggested he put on his bathing suit but he wasn't excited about that. That's my update! Hope everyone's happy and healthy!! Hugs to all, Tracy

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Comments (6)

  • Gillian B Thommes
    Gillian B Thommes

    Tracy, So glad to hear you are healing well. What a long journey for you! So glad you got to walk outside and enjoy the weather. We are thinking about you!!! Gillian

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Johnson
    Laura Johnson

    Hi Tracy - wow, good for you! I bet it felt really great to get outside and go for a walk! Wasn't it beautiful out this week-end? We were out looking at roof replace our roof this spring. I think I even saw a robin! Hopefully it's going to be an early spring. Make sure you give yourself a lot of TLC and take your time (I had a co-worker who always advised "pleasant and positive thoughts"). Keep up the good work! - Laura

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Patrecia Smith-Daley
    Patrecia Smith-Daley

    I guess all that healthy living of yours paid off. Lol. So glad you are progressing as well as you are....See you soon.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Nancy Zimmer
    Nancy Zimmer

    So glad to hear this good news.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Halpert
    Mary Halpert

    GreT job, Tracy! Rick thought he made huge progress in cardiac rehab. The staff was great.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Linda Richards
    Linda Richards

    So happy you are doing so well. I know it's been a long process. You have such a good outlook. I look forward to your post. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see you again in the shop, but take it easy, enjoy your time off. Miss you lots!

    3 years ago · Reply