It sounds like you are doing very well!
Having an appetite is a great sign (as is the impatience!!).
I wish you continued progress each day and hope you go home when it is best for you.
Is there any way you can get her to stay another day or so? In Adam's book he indicated that the people who stayed a bit longer had fewer problems when they got home. Just a suggestion. I know it's often up to the doctor and insurance company.
Wish her well and encourage her that it gets better all the time.
So glad to hear Joanne is doing well. Having been there, I can tell you the worst is over. Although recovery is not always smooth, the only truly awful part is the first day or two after the surgery. We all, those of us who have had valve surgery and our relatives) have a lot to be thankful for.
If she gets an awful backache, please tell her it's part of the normal process. It doesn't mean there's anything "wrong." We all get it, and it's often worse than the chest pain, so be prepared.
She's lucky to have you there.
When you're able to read this, I hope it puts a smile on your face. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts for the surgery and the healthy recovery. Keep on smiling and heal quickly so you can come back to work. We miss you already. I don't want to end up in mental ward, after mental ward after mental ward. :)
Just wanted to wish you all the best and assure you of my thoughts and prayers as you prepare for and take on your big day. The pericardium question (to sew or not to sew) is very interesting. I will have my procedure on the 30th, but at this point I will leave it up to the doc, but will ask him about his choice post-op, just so we all can at least compare notes. You, Linda, and Diane will have much to post about with each other during your recouperations and I look forward to congratulating all of you on your successes.
HVJ is a Godsend and I don't know what I would do without it!!!! The love of family and friends is amazing, but to have the support and input of so many caring others who have gone through or will be going through a similar experience is so empowering!!! THANKS TO ADAM!!!
Be strong snd have faith!
Best wishes for a perfect outcome--
Im a day ahead of you and having the surgery at Columbia Presbyterian in NY.
I hope you get some answers on your pericardium - Now you've given me something I never even thought of and I thought I had covered it all.
I had a full medial sternotomy--it's about 8" long and extends from the top of my chest to just below my breasts. I had no incision pain starting on day 4, but I did get back pain which happens to a lot of people no matter what kind of incision they have. So I don't think you have to worry about the length of the incision.
My pericardium was left unsewn. As a result I developed a slight case of pericarditis which is an inflammation treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (like ibuprofen and naprosen). It was a bit scary since it sort of felt like my heartbeat was out of control, but the cardiologist said not to worry, it would soon go away which it did.
Keep us posted. One thing I've learned from reading everyone's journal--you don't have to have a world-famous surgeon to have a good result. Everyone in my town was telling me to use surgeon X but my cardio sent me to surgeon Y, and the results were as good as those I heard about from the famous surgeon X.
Best of luck on your surgery. Too bad you have to go through this on Thanksgiving, but saving your life is more important.
Hi Joanne, nice to hear from you....what are you doing this last weekend before surgery???I got a new carpet in my bedroom so I can feel spiffy when I come home from the hosp.! Also have been cleaning out my husband's study (eeeewh he is a pack rat). Just doing all this stuff to try and think about Tuesday a little less. I guess it kind of works. I am first surgery of the day...what about you??? I just hope nothing happens to postpone, facing another countdown would be brutal!! talk to you on the other side.. Laurie C
You know how much you are loved and how much you mean to our family -- shoot, you ARE family. Know I'll be praying for you, and that Little Pauline will be watching over you. Patty and I are planning to come up and see you.
Thanks for signing my guestbook and welcome to the best place on the internet, HVJ. You will find lots of people who have gone through or are going through some kind of heart surgery. Its a wonderful place of information and friendship.
You will do just fine with your surgery. It really isn't as bad as you think. I was pleasantly surprised, because I imagined the worst. I found it to be a positive experience, even with my hiccups along the way. And to be honest, it was all worth it in the long run, because I feel 125% better then I did before surgery. If I can help you in any way to get through your journey, don't hesitate to ask away.
Welcome to HVJ. Sounds like your surgical date is fast approaching. I had my AVR surgery in May of this year via a median sternotomy, as there were two other procedures also being done that ruled out minimally invasive. I would have preferred minimally invasive, but my recovery was quick and without too much in the way of complications.
Make sure you are comforatable with your surgeon and your hospital and that will go along way to instilling confidence for you and your recovery. All in all, the surgery was not as bad (for me) as I thought it would be. Having seleceted a tissue valve that was comforting, as I woill likely need some form of replacement in 15-20 years.
I will also be having an aortic valve replacement the day after thanksgiving. as for info on your Dr. try doing a search on google for the Dr's name. i have done that and found a lot of good things about the doctor that i have choosen. if you don't find anything on one search engine try another. You may also try the heart valve surgeon data base at the top of the screen in black. easy to miss but it does have a lot of Dr's listed in there as well. Again Good Luck on your surgery prayers and thoughts will be with you.
I had a median sternotomy for mitral valve replacement in July '10. I too thought at first about going minimally invasive but am happy with my final decision. Even my incision is not that noticable since its within my cleavage and they used glue to close. Six days after surgery I felt too good and momentarily forgot about having had surgery and picked up my 13 lb. dog. Suprisingly it didn't hurt... My only worry afterward was whether or not I damaged the wire sutures on the inside (I didn't). Also, my cardiologist told me having the median sternotomy was akin to having a broken bone (for comparisson, if you've ever had one).
I can't offer anything about the hospital or surgeon you've chosen, but if after meeting with him, you're not 100% comfortable, please get a second opinion. Being at peace with your decisions will do you a world of good emotionally. Best of luck!
I am new to the journal and have been reading everyone's posts. I wanted to wish you all the best with your valve replacement and want you to know I will be praying for you and for your swift and complete recovery. Good luck and be well.....