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.