I haven't posted here since I was told I needed another operation as I've not been on best form. For the record, my lump was about the size of a golfball implanted a little way under the skin.
Anyway I had the operation on Monday and now feel that I'm recovering well. The surgeon told me that there was a small hole on the back of the pulmonary artery and he was surprised how big the swelling was once he opened me up. The op took about 2 hours and when I came around I had to lie flat on my back for 24 hours. I couldn't sit up or roll over. I certainly couldn't get out of bed. After the first 4 hours they raised the head of the bed. In all, the op took longer than the ablation and the recovery so far has been harder.
I got up the following morning and was allowed to do a few brief walks around the ward each day. I think I raised a few eyebrows as everybody else on the ward was much older and stumbled around in traditional pyjamas and zimmer frames, whilst I had on a bright yellow marathon top and shorts.
I was discharged on Wednesday afternoon and have spent the rest of the week lying on the sofa.
I'm planning to start back gently on the turbo trainer next week and probably won't run for another couple of weeks.
However, overall I feel good and woke up on the Tuesday with a real feeling of 'well I'm over this now'. I spent a lot of time when I was flat on my back thinking about a big event to celebrate towards the end of the year and fancy a multi day cycle tour.
Hi helzbelz (is that an AC/DC reference ? ? ), don't worry too much at the moment, but check your heart rate to see if it's stable. You're bound to feel weak as your heart is still recovering. There's a lot of internal scarring and swelling after the op.
I was very impatient for the first few weeks and went walking 2 - 3 miles per day every day for the first week and then worried why I felt so bad a week after the op. I actually went back to see the surgeon who made the comment that everybody underestimates how serious the surgery is 'because we don't open your chest with a saw'.
I did nothing from the second week until the 6'th week. I was told absolutely no running or cycling for 6 weeks, so don't try and do anything too soon. I asked if I could at least go for a gentle jog before then and he looked at me like i was stupid and just repeated absolutely no running or cycling for 6 weeks.
I'm feeling much better now, but can still only manage around 6 miles at one minute per mile slower than my marathon pace, but I think that's because I'm only doing 1 or max 2 runs per week, so need to ramp up,
I have a question for everybody else. I still have numbness along the back of my right thigh, downstream from the incision to pretty much the back of my knee. I also have a hard swelling in my groin (oh, err Matron), around the incision.
Did anybody else have this ? I'm not sure if it's normal or not. The swelling creeps me out as it's so odd.
I'm back to see the surgeon on Tuesday so will ask him, but thought I'd ask everybody here first.
Thanks Michael, I'm hoping that this is about as bad as it gets and now that I'm back training it will all sort itself out again. My only concern is that I can't do the volumes that I was doing previously, but I hope that this will start to ramp.
I suppose part of the issue is that until I see the surgeon again, I don't really know what I can set as a target and so no races on the calendar for the first time in 10 years +.
The surgeon did say that I was to do no more marathons ever again , but my regular consultant did make a comment to me before that about how it wasn't his job to prevent us doing things, but it was his job to enable us to do things that we aren't able to do. Hopefully this means that he will reverse the surgeon's (who he recommended and is a close friend) decision.
Happy Birthday Michael, glad to hear it went well.
Sorry Howard that it's not going well. Hopefully it will all get sorted soon.
Good to see everybody back, it had all gone very quiet for a while. To expand on what Dustboy was saying, my RHR has gone up from around 45 to 60, but seems to respond well to exercise. I was monitoring it on the turbo this week and I seemed able to get it to stabilise at the correct level.
I'm still struggling with running, but was able to run 5 1/2 miles on Thursday at a 9 min 20 sec pace, which is the furthest and fastest I've managed since it all started over Christmas.
Cycling seems easier than running, but I don't know if that's down to fitness, the op or weight gain.
I have a follow up with the surgeon in a couple of weeks so I'll see what he has to say.