I hear you. What, if anything, could possibly prepare anyone for a procedure so complex? I, for one, experienced the lights. They are a form of a painless optical maingrain. I went to an excellent Optomologist who did some state- of- the- art tests and determened they are harmless. My pressure also was low in the hospital and then I had tachycardia for several weeks. Everything is finally back to normal for me however; my valve still leaks (mild.) You go through all of that only to be back where it all started. Go figure.
Yes, it was me. I think I am the only Fran. My cardiologist didn't tell me ahead of time (but he thought he did), that mitral surgery isn't very satisfactory. Basically it's because you're not always very symptomatic before the surgery and then the results are not always very dramatic. But your doctor is correct that if it isn't done, there will be major problems down the road. Glad you are more upbeat than your first entry seemed to show. Take care.
I reached the one year mark earlier this month (new tissue mitral valve and tricuspid repair). Where did you have your surgery? I'll tell you what, even if you had been better prepared, would it have changed anything? Blood loss (I had to get a unit of blood post op) can't always be predicted. Was not told that I could get fluid in my lungs although it can be a complication. Had to have the fluid drained twice. The bottom line is it's not really what occurs, but that they can be taken care of and there are lots of patients who have gone thru the same thing as evidenced by the eye issues. Cheer up, don't look backwards just forward and it will get better.