Two Week Update

It’s been just over two weeks since I came home after my valve job, and my recovery seems to be moving along fairly well. I did have an episode of atrial fibrillation over the weekend, but my cardiologist adjusted one of my prescriptions, and all seems to be well on that front again.

I’ve been doing a lot of walking; most days, I take three or four long walks which add up to somewhere around six miles, though I walked a bit over 12 miles on Tuesday. Since I still can’t drive, most of the walks have to start and end at my house – that limits the variety substantially.

I’ve been lucky so far, and haven’t had any coughing or sneezing spells – when I do cough or sneeze, it’s an unpleasant experience! And I’ve been slowly reducing my use of pain medication – I’m down to two or three doses of acetaminophen daily.

Sleeping is still a bit of a challenge; it would be nice if I could sleep through the night, because getting in and out of bed is a hassle (I have to be sure not to use my arms).

And I’m bored. I’m beginning to think that it might be time to get serious about my résumé, even though I am officially not allowed to work for another month or so.

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3 Responses to Two Week Update

  1. Karyn says:

    Hey you,
    Glad your valve job went well. I haven’t yet gotten serious about my resume. I think one has to get clear on what one wants to do first and then the resume is easy. I did rework it in a form suggested by Right Mgmt but I really don’t like it and I don’t feel like the amazing person that I am when I use that one that was their idea. Shout if you ever want to have a little brainstorming session.

    Cheers,
    K

  2. epc says:

    May drop the dogs off with you when I get out there in March!

    Great to hear you’re doing well. I walked all over SF on Monday (all over means 20,000 steps or so as measured by my fitbit, which was probably at most 6 miles). Not quite sure I could keep pace with you (ok, I could never keep pace with you at Almaden ;-).

    How are you tracking distance? Pedometer? Runkeeper?

  3. David says:

    No need to drop the dogs off here — I’ll find something to keep me amused by then!

    I’m using Motion-X GPS on my iPhone to track my walks; I could post them as Google Earth tracks, but that seems excessive.