Tom Huskisson posted a note for David that says:
You are in my prayers. I had a bicupsid aortic valve replaced, aortic aneurysm repaired and a triple bypass done in October 2014. I also had to have a pacemaker a week after the operation because of heart block. God is faithful and just as he carried you through the heart operation he will carry you through this.
Ruthie shepherd posted a note for David that says:
Dave and Ginger,
I'm so sorry to hear about this set-back!! I don't blame Dave, I'm sure he is just ready to get back to the races. Thank God for some music to give us words to help live our life as a prayer. Joshua 1:9
All our love, the Shepherds
Meredith Bray posted a note for David that says:
I found that a lot of my back and neck pain went away if I practiced standing up straight just for a few minutes at a time, and also that if I was sitting in my recliner that my head and neck were supported. Holding up a bowling-ball sized head on top of neck muscles will wear you out pretty quick. Rest that bowling ball! :) best of luck, keeping you in my prayers for recovery.
Ruthie posted a note for David that says:
So glad you guys posted again. Thank you!! Phew, I feel for you all. Really this must be quite the "storm!" Wow! More prayers going up! Prayers for healing,peace, and perseverance. Way to hang on to the Lord and hold on to His Hope! Oh, for that day when we have our heavenly bodies! God bless you guys!!
Susan B. posted a note for David that says:
I have been following your story and praying for you. My diagnosis is very similar to yours (bicuspid valve and aneurysm in the ascending aorta). Had my catheterization done the other day and they did find one 75% blockage that will be taken care of during the surgery which is scheduled for this Tuesday (4/22) at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Will most likely need my valve replaced with a recommended mechanical valve.
I hope your recovery is going well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. God is good! You are in good hands.
Jane Gray posted a note for David that says:
I will be having surgery to replace .my aeortic valve on the 22nd. In my research I came across your journal
& I am getting used to the idea a day at a time and your story is helping. Thanks.
Jane Gray, Sedalia, MO
Bonnie & David Wick posted a note for David that says:
Hi Dave ( & Ginger),
We r so thankful for the grace, mercy, & love God is extending to you! What a friend we have in Jesus. Thanks for posting updates so we can pray more specifically. Yikes on the breathing exercises, painful but not as painful as pneumonia. Love & prayers to you both.
Bonnie & David
Rock Southward posted a note for David that says:
Hi Dave, I had my aortic valve replacement operation in Nov. 2012. I have a biological tissue valve (porcine) which is supposed to last 12 years. I'm going to be 64 in July. I'm retired and I applied for disability. Hope you get well soon. Take it easy,
Tom in Kansas City posted a note for David that says:
Glad to hear your operation went well. I had the sme surgery on Dec 27 th. The 15 weeks have gone by pretty fast. I've been back to work for 7 weeks. That time has gone b really fast. I have 1 more week of cardio rehab left.
Meredith Bray posted a note for David that says:
I *HATED* the breathing part! It hurt, and I would much rather have been sleeping, or staring at a wall, or looking out the window. Anything but that! However, I wish I had been encouraged more to use the spirometer. Getting the fresh air moving through the lungs and the blood is one of the keys to feeling better sooner. Today was probably miserable for him (you too?), but tomorrow will be better, and the next.....even more better! LOL Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers!
Cindy Fale posted a note for David that says:
We were not aware that this was going on. You are all in our prayers. I will continue to get the updates. As you know, God is good all the time and you know the wonderful peace he provides to those who call him Savior.
~Dr. Jason Theobald posted a note for David that says:
Best wishes to you, Dave! Take your time in the healing process. As a type-A, business-oriented guy, myself, I'm sure you will be eager to get back to work and "contribute" earlier than you should. Look around and bask in the love and friendship you're surrounded by and truly allow yourself to heal. The work will be there when your body allows. I bid the patient patience!
Your sister, Debbie posted a note for David that says:
As the time gets closer when you have you surgery I think about you a lot and what you must be going through. I know your faith and the support of all that love you will get you through this. I pray that your surgery goes well. Take care. Love you.
Edwards Family posted a note for David that says:
Praying for you Dave, Ginger and kiddos...I am encouraged by the support for you, both spiritual and medical as I have read these posts! God knows our every need. He loves you all so much. Jeremy, the girls and I will be lifting you up this week especially!
Leatherberry posted a note for David that says:
We are praying for you all. So nice that they have sites like these. We used caring bridge for Karson. Easy way to keep everyone updated. Hang in there. Have peace knowing that God has the plan already laid out. ~Tyler and Karalee
Kirchner family posted a note for David that says:
So grateful to be life's journey with your family.. You are being upheld in prayer daily by so many people. We love you guys!
Michael, Heather, Libbey, Remington & Tater ;)
Pastor Dave Hutchens posted a note for David that says:
Dave...these are great posts...very encouraging. I have a similar site I can frequent for the ladies and gentlemen of Transplantopia. Note the wisdom, confidence and accumulated knowledge with which they write. Lord willing, that will soon be you brother. I appreciate the manner in which you've stayed active and your willingness to be openly transparent about your condition and concerns. I'm proud of you.
Meredith Bray posted a note for David that says:
I'm 42 and had my AVR (mechanical) 30 days ago. I'm ready to start cardiac rehab. The few days before and after the surgery were the worst - waiting and getting rid of the painkillers. Seriously, it's mostly a blur now. Selective memory is a beautiful thing. My husband and I got through this on our faith, knowing full well that we had no control over anything, and willingly let God lead.. Granted, it took us about a month to come to that realization, but in the end, everything worked out. We will keep you and your family in our prayers!
Angela Creason posted a note for David that says:
I had my bicuspid aortic valve replaced with a mechanical a little over 3 weeks ago. I'm 33, and my surgeon and cardiologist highly urged me to go mechanical because of my age. Coumadin hasn't been a drag, my INR goal is 1.8-2.5, so it's a nice lower range. I will miss running, I ran my first half 2 years ago, but I now have an ICD due to cardiac arrest in Jan.
Everything will go great! You'll be out of the hospital in no time.
Best wishes - from a lifelong Vikings fan, too (we're not all mean to Packers fans, my best friend is a proud Cheesehead!) :)
Carol Jackson posted a note for David that says:
I had the same diagnosis. I had surgery at Mayo -Rochester on Oct. 8, 2013 where they repaired my aneurysm. The surgeon felt that by fixing the aneurysm it would help my aortic valve. He said I would need my valve replaced in 15-20 years. We decided that during surgery if he thought they needed to replace the valve he would do it with a tissue(biological ) valve, but he didn't have to. The echo after surgery showed my valve was working better than it ever had. I am doing great and have so much more energy. If you want you can read my journal. I have lived with this for many years before I had to have surgery. I am so happy to be on the other side of surgery. You will do fine. Read Adam's book, rent a motorized recliner for sleeping right after surgery, be prepared to have family help you after surgery and walk, walk, walk around the hospital hallways and later walk, walk ,walk, around the block.
David posted a note for David that says:
David, in response to your question. They call it a "Biological valve here in Virginia. It is a Freestyle (PIG) valve. I went back and forth for over two months trying to decide on either the tissue valve or mechanical valve. I decided on the tissue valve because I did not want to be on blood thinners for the rest of my life. Just my personal choice. I am 61 years old and do a lot of camping and hiking and did not want any problems out in remote areas. This is just my choice and if I have to have another surgery down the road, well.....I will cross that bridge when it gets here. Both types of valves are better than the one I had so I am sure whatever you decide will be the best choice for you. Again, the surgery and recovery was not as bad as I thought it would be. I do recommend you get a nice recliner chair to sleep in the first couple of weeks instead of the bed. This really helped me. Good luck, I know it will work out great for you.
David Connor posted a note for David that says:
Had the same surgery January 23rd, 2014 and doing great after two months. They replaced my bicuspid aortic value and repaired my aorta aneurysm. Not as bad as I thought it would be. I went the other way with the biological value. Just get the surgery over with and you will be glad that this is one less thing to worry about.
Tom Stahlhut posted a note for David that says:
My name is Tom. I'm from Greenwood, IN (suburb of Indianapolis) and 55 years old. Reading your entry could have easily been my own (except for the mention of running half marathons). I had no symptoms. No shortness of breath. My genetic bicuspid valve and resulting aortic aneurism were detected during a routine physical when my family physician heard a worsening murmur (Doctors had raised their eyebrows since I was a little boy when the stethoscope was used.). An echocardiogram revealed the problem I had and surgery was performed Aug 26, 2014 to install a mechanical valve and prosthetic aortic arch. Now, 7 months later, I'm feeling great! I'm more routine than ever in aerobic exercise thanks to cardiac rehab (I walk the treadmill every other day for 40 min. ) My only reminder is a loud ticking that is heard by my wife and me in the quietness of our house. My cardiologist told me call him if I
Stop hearing it. He's a comedian. Oh, felt absolutely calm on the morning of Aug 26 due to the hundreds of comforting scriptures I read prior to the operation. I had many supporters who took the time at my wife's suggestion to write their favorite scripture on a 3X5 card. Great peace! God bless. Good
John L. posted a note for David that says:
Dave, Had the exact same surgery 1/27/2014 Mount Sinai Hospital the hardest part is the waiting,I had a tissue valve equine(horse) didnt really want to be on blood thinners,just my individual choice I'm 51 now I'm back at the gym feeling good as new, my thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.
Susan and Rich posted a note for David that says:
Hi--We are cheesehead too and "accidentally" learned of a heart murmur which turned out to be his aortic valve. Further testing revealed the need for a triple bypass. My husband is very healthy and we were quite surprised which turned into cheerfulness that he went into the surgery strong and not post-heart attack. He is 77 and 2 months after great care at UNIVERSITY Hospital he's doing well. A big part of recovery is dealing with the news that you had a problem! Best wishes
Peter C. posted a note for David that says:
Had my surgery Jan 17 2009-the day Obama was sworn into office.. I had an aneurysm removed from above my heart & replaced w/a mesh 'tube'.. and also had a bicusped aortic valve replaced w/a bovine valve. The operation was SO much easier than I had imagined. Discomfort? Yes, but nothing like I had conjured up in my brain...
Hang in there, and this will all seem like a weird dream 5 yrs from now... WISH U THE BEST...
PETER C. IN LOS ANGELES
Rob Wigley posted a note for David that says:
Same as Clare below (first post) I had the identical issues, all resolved and in rehab now. I went with a horse valve instead of mechanical due to my age (56), and not wanting to be on blood thinners the rest of my life (I ski a lot, never know when a tree might jump in front of me). Awesome that you found these issues and are taking care of them now, I wish you the best with your surgery and recovery!
DIANE L posted a note for David that says:
David I know you must be feeling pretty
anxious about know. I'm just curious how come this was never detected before? You will be in my thoughts and prayers. If their is anything I can do for you and your family let me know!!!!!
I love you guys!
Jeremy and Marcy Drexler posted a note for David that says:
Guess who loves you? Your neighbors. That's who. We are praying for you and if there is anything your or Ginger or the kids need, we are here.
Hurry up, get better, summer is coming... campfires, beer and lots of fun!!!
Dale and Jill posted a note for David that says:
I know how hard the waiting can. The emotions can be very frustating. Don.t be afraid to reach to friends and family for support. Try and be patient with one another because the one closest to you will usually get the brunt of your frustration. Love and prayers are with you little brother,
Susan Smith posted a note for David that says:
David, like you I just had the cath done last Thursday and I go to the cardiologist next Friday. I am seeking a surgeon at this time. Who is your surgeon? what hospital? You will do just great.
Deb Ziegler posted a note for David that says:
Welcome to the heart valve journals! I'm sure you are overwhelmed with emotions as you head toward your surgery date, but try to stay positive and know that all will be well. Waiting is truly the worst part! The rest isverydoable, and it won't be nearly as bad as you are imagining.
Godspeed and God bless,
P. Dave posted a note for David that says:
This journal is a great way to keep caring and praying friends updated. The good Lord has given you an opportunity through trouble...I know that you will seize it in faith. God bless you good brother.
Clare Auten posted a note for David that says:
Welcome to the site. My story is very similar. My surgery was Jan 9, 2014. Recovery is going well. This site is wonderful for reading others experiences. Best of luck.