Week 3 is the time when my surgeon warned me that emotions and feelings of depression might begin to set in, becoming their worst next week. However, I seem to be avoiding that particular side-effect of the surgery. Thank goodness for that! Pain levels continue to decrease, although after trying to stop my Tylenol I found that I still need some help with pain control. At least only two doses of Tylenol a day work nicely for me. Sleeping at night is improving somewhat as well. I am getting one session of about 3 hours, and another of about 4 hours. I found that a pillow under my knees along with the wedge helps my back feel so much better. Rolling onto my side is still too painful, but my back is starting to do better. On an encouraging note, I got a full 7 hours sleep last night for the first time. So lets hope that trend continues.
My medications seem to be doing their job pretty well now. The Warfarin, a blood thinner, is testing out at precisely the levels the doctors want to see and is holding steady. I hope I can stop going in for blood draws for this soon. Those are a real pain to schedule around my wife's work schedule. Since I am still on a driving restriction, I am dependent on others to get me places I cannot walk to. This is a bummer, but probably only two more weeks to go at this point. Can't wait for that.
Today, I have to call over to the folks who will be working with me on the Cardiac Rehab process. There are 14 sessions with them, as soon as I am cleared to start that process. I just need to set up the schedule in advance so they can fit me into their schedule. I'm not sure what all that involves, but at least it will be out of the house doing something. Anyway, That is about it for week three. Things are going well. I will be back in touch here next week with how things go during week 4. Thanks for visiting.