Hi Connie... I'm the one who wrote you about those midnight hours & we should keep each other awake at that time but forgot to sign it. I've been following your progress with interest but not writing.... stressfull time for me trying to get referral to surgeon nailed down....hope today will be a good one for you. That numbness must be difficult to deal with!! Nice for you to hear from others who have experienced it too.
I am thirteen months post surgery, and unfortunately, I still have numbess/pain in my breast. They told me the same thing about the nerves and when they healed it would be better. I have come to accept that this is probably a life long side effect of the surgery. The doctors say everything is fine...no explanations.
Hi Connie, I had my surgery on July 19th, and I am starting to get some feeling back in my incision. Due to that I am having more pain than before. There is also some numbness around the incision and some sharp pain in my breasts. I do not have any numbness in the breast however, just next to the incision. But, yours could be due to nerve endings that reach into your breasts. I don't think it is anything to worry about. I just read your journal today and thought I would ease your mind a bit. I have just started cardiac rehab also, and I am really happy with it. Have a good recovery. Inge Colby
I know you are nervous, and ready to get this over with. I am trying to pick my surgery date and keep pushing it later and later. We will feel so much better when it's over. I pray that your surgery goes well and for you to be on a quick road to recovery.
I will read your journal to keep updated on your status.
I too have to schedule sugery for aortic valve replacement. What type of valve are you getting and why that choice? I am having a very difficult time with this decision. I will be praying for you.
Connie, tomorrow will be 3 weeks from my surgry at Cleveland Clinic for a mitral valve repair and the completion of a maze procedure. I had to have open heart because I have previously had OHS in 1984 for a VSD repair.
The surgery was a success and I am making good progress. I am spending 30 mintues on the treadmill twice a day at 1.5 miles a hr - but I'm 68 years old so I must work my way back up.
You are in my prayers. Prayers is what got me though and to where I am today.
Hi Connie.... I had to laugh about the midnight hours thing.... i was laying awake a long time last night thinking about all this .... had I known you were up, we could have kept each other awake!! lol!! I signed up to receive your updates too.
Hi Connie.... I just found this site last week & am learning a lot & the responses form others has been so encouraging. I have a leaky mitral valve & also a leaking tricuspid along with the a-fib, so I can empathize with your fatigue . I am also very short of breath. The doctor said I need repair & possibly a maze for the a-fib. I will be following your story too. Sunny
Hi Connie! Stay in tune with this journal site! I continue to learn things daily from reading stories. I had my mitral and aortic valves replaced this past June. Words of wisdom from others helped a great deal! :)