You inspire me to have a successful surgery and recovery :) I hope I am as lucky as you have been. If you don't hear from me, it will be because my surgery is on the 31st and I will be on my way to recovery real soon too!
oh i ached when I read you had to go to the ER while on your way home. Man that's rough. I remember my day to go home they were taking out the pic line and it got stuck and took an extra hour. That extra hour was hell and they even said i might have to "go downstairs" to have a surgeon do a special procedure to remove it....i though OH MY GOSH WHY ME!! so close to going home! The extra hour felt like an eternity. In the end it came out but wow that must have really sucked to be on the way home then change of plans to the ER.
I can totally identify with the T-shirt touching the incision thing. I could not let anything tough my incision area for weeks, It was a strange combination of discomfort and pain when anything did. I walked around with a pinch of my Tshirt in my hand, pulling it off my chest wherever i went. Even having bedsheets on it creeped me out till the 3rd week.
Welcome to the ex-regurgitator club. From experience, take your recovery slowly. Remember there is no need to push too hard too early. You have effectively been hit by Mac Truck so let your body recover and allow your heart to remodel. Time will feel as if it is dragging and the next thing you know, weeks and months will have flown by, it just does not feel like it at the time. so enjoy the ride.
All the very best for an uncomplicated recovery.
Paul R (ex-regurgitator and zipper club member, MV repair 13 July 2012)
I am glad to hear everything is going well now. I 100% agree that it is important not to fall behind on the pain meds. My nurses were nice enough to keep checking on my pain every hour on case I was not the type of person to ask for pain meds on my own. After the fact, my fact gets a good chuckle out of all the pain meds I took.
Great to read about another recovery getting off to a good start! Much of what you describe matches my experience last month. The norco helped get me to sleep but caused hallucinations and body jerks. Continued good wishes for Anthony's recovery! I'm 4 weeks post-op (also had to get a permanent pacemaker and 6 weeks of IV antibiotics, so a little more complicated) but I already walked over a mile to the local 7-Eleven. What I am trying to convey is that, before you know it, surgery will seem almost unreal as he gets back to normal!
It is wonderful to hear about Anthony's recovery! It gives us continued encouragement for what we have to face in the near future Thank you also for posting such great entries. You are doing a great job!
I am glad to hear that Anthony is on the mend and he was able to contact you when he was in need. When I made it to ICU I remember asking family to stay with me as my advocate since I did not fully trust a specific ICU nurse. It made a world of difference to have family and friends at my side all night who knew my nonverbal a and acted as my advocate and communicator.
I looked forward to reading more entries as Anthony recovers.
Everyone at the office sends their Best Wishes! We are all relieved that the surgery is over :) The journal is great, thanks Steph for doing this. The guys were asking this morning how it went and it is great to get the information!
Hey bro, just wanted to let you know our thoughts are with you and we are so glad every thing went well. keep hanging tough my friend. Steph thanks for the text update today I really appreciate it Anthony is blessed to have you at his side (and he knows it ). I will keep the crew updated as well. Jack & Lucy
Good luck tomorrow! You will be in my thoughts allllll day. You've picked a very experienced surgeon so you are in great hands. Hope you have a smooth surgery and a relaxing, restful recovery afterwards.
Hi Guys! Just want you to know that we will be praying for you, Anthony. Praying you have peace tonight and in the morning as you wait. Praying also for the doctors and that surgery would be precise and a total success! We love you and see you soon :) xoxo.
Luv, Greg & Karen
Tomorrow is your day buddy. I also had to mine that early too. The full body shave wasn't soo bad. They put these comfy socks with sticky rubber on the bottom, on your feet so you dont slip. You get your gown then you see your surgeon and they wheel you in!
You're going to do great. I'll be following closely on the journal and praying for a smooth stay for you at the hospital.
Hi Anthony, Sounds like you and I have similar stories and dates! I, too, was diagnosed with mv prolapse/regurgitation in November 2011. Went in in April and again in Nov, 2012 for follow up echos. Totally asymptomatic. We are in a "wait and see" mode. I'm a decade older than you but healthy and exercise so very disconcerting (to put it mildly) to think about heart surgery. Good luck.
Hi Anthony. Welcome to the journals. Smart idea to get your surgery done sooner rather than later. Check out my latest journal entry (Oct 28, 2012) for an idea that may further reduce your risk. Best to you -- Dave Van Buren (DVB)