Hey Michael, I am also 55yrs. old. My surgery was Feb.6th and I am getting better every day. I have the On-X Life mechanical valve. It feels great to be able to not have shortness of breath and being fatigued. I thank God that there are people so willing to go the extra mile to help others and invent these mechanical valves to give us quality of life. Support from family and friends keeps us positive and makes us stronger each day. The HVJ friends has helped me to understand that I am not alone in this chapter of our lives. Glad to here that you are doing great Michael!! Take care.
Great to hear that you're doing so well. And what could be cooler than having the surgery on Valentine's Day. I'm scheduled for March 13 (a week from tomorrow). I need to investigate whether there's anything cool about that day. So far, all I've experienced is a number of people saying, "well, I bet you're glad it isn't Friday the 13th." Keep up the good work on your rehab. Take care.
- Jim Smith