Eleanor R posted a note for Liidia that says:
Hi, Liidia. We had surgery for aortic valve replacement just about the same time. Mine was July 14th, planned but not by much.. I found out I had aortic stenosis in March and it was a steady stream of doctors visits and tests, finally culminating in referral to a surgeon. I did have time to research where and who would do the surgery. We have a good regional heart and valvular institute near my home, so I went there (Fairfax, VA) and selected a senior surgeon, without too much referral. He turned out to be excellent and I had a good outcome. Your story is very compelling, so much happening so quickly, you must have been very frightened, thinking "I thought I was fine! What in the world is going on?". At last now hopefully you have resolved the problem and are on the path to full recovery. I started cardiac rehab this past week. I could possibly have done it on my own, but I don't trust my own resolve, so I signed up for the hospital's program, which medicare and my supplemental insurance will cover. I feel great without all those pesky symptoms which I erroneously had attributed to aging. No more shortness of breath climbing stairs or walking distances, no weird dry cough, no more mysterious midnight "indigestion", no more twinges with exertion or just being tired all the time. All gone with the old valve which was not allowing my body to receive an adequate supply of oxygen and blood. Glad they are all gone, and glad the surgery is over, for me and for you. We can congratulate ourselves for sure. Best wishes to you. Eleanor
Michael Poe posted a note for Liidia that says:
hi Liidia, so glad to hear that you are ok now. I know it was such a scare for you. The day you joined our little community I was in surgery for Aortic Stenosis valve replacement. I had a mechanical valve put in. I am post 2 weeks surgery and feeling great. I have been almost virtually pain free. I do take an occasional extra strength Tylenol for pain. Yes my prognosis was rushed too. I had all told less than one month from diagnosis to surgery, it went fast.
Gary posted a note for Liidia that says:
Hi just wanted to let you know from one old school to another I had exactly the same feelings at about four weeks, they me completely by surprise as I have always just sucked it up and moved on. As it turns out these feelings gave me the opportunity for some self reflections and have continued to allow me the explore parts of myself that I have long ignored . I am six months out and doing well, hang in there you really will someday be able to sneeze without being in agony!
Cornish Mary posted a note for Liidia that says:
Hi Liidia - my story similar to yours. born with bicuspid aortic valve and totally unaware until last year at age 65 diagnosed. i too thought i was slowing down mentall and physically despite still lifting weights at the gym but havent been able to do aerobic exercise for years because couldnt breath previous docs put down to stress. but now post surgery i can breath easily again. yes i too have down days/moments when tears well up and i just cant shake them off. everyone keeps telling me how well i look or am recovering but i have noticed something different in my personality, almost a quieter more patient person.i believe its the trauma we have undertaken to our body and the internal changes that have affect our moods. so hang in there but if you do find yourself getting too depressed check things out with your doctor. after all life is now good and we have a lot to look forward too.