I found these recent x-ray’s interesting of the closure of my sternotomy (cracking of the chest/sternum for my open heart procedure)
The stainless steel wires, which to me look like bread ties, will stay in my chest permanently as the bone grows around them. I wonder if I’ll set off the TSA alarms at the airport?
For those adept at reading x-rays these show a pleural effusion, which is a fluid buildup around the lungs. I’m told more on my left side than right. It’s fairly typical at this stage of my recovery.
(note the images incorrectly state a triple bypass when it was a quadruple)
I am glad to hear from you. I have been thinking of you. Rest up.
Wow! It really is amazing what they did to you! Are you feeling better? Able to get around easier yet? Thanks so much for the update – I’ve got the kids praying for you! Oh, and I am too!
Yes, I’m improving regularly. Chest is still pretty sore, it’s all muscoskeletal aches on both sides of the chest. I started cardiac rehab this past week and am really enjoying it. While I feel my progress has plateaued the past couple weeks I think I’m going to start seeing massive improvement. I’m only a couple weeks away from the weight restrictions being lifted and once the chest pain is down I’ll be pretty good.
Way to go Captain Mike!