You should be able to take something. Call your Dr and they can tell you what to take. But I had an approved list that I can home over the counter stuff I could take if needed. I just can't remember them at this very moment.
You will do great tomorrow. I'm 12 days out and close to your age (39). I can say it was much, much easier than the worry.
Once you wake up the hospital stay will go fast- trust the doctors and nurses they do this everyday.
I will be thinking of you and looking forward to your updates.
I agree with Ruth about the tightness being a problem, and a front closure is definitely easier. If you are small you are probably better off with no bra for awhile. If you are larger and do need one, it should be loose. Sports bras are too tight- I had pain in my chest muscles 2 weeks post-op and put one on for support, and it caused the incision to break open, so don't do that! I had mitral vavle repair June 2011 so I will be thinking of you and looking for your updates. You are in God's hands now, and that's a good place to be.
I've done a lot of bra research and have come up with the following:
The very best, most comfortable bra I've found is the GENIE bra. You can buy it on QVC, HSN or just Google it online. Order it one size larger. They come in Sm, Med. and Large. They run a little small and you will find that anything too tight around your chest bothers you. I had two surgeries requiring both a full sternotomy and entry through the right side of my right breast.The breast incisions were far more painful than the sternotomy incision, making wearing a bra very difficult and uncomfortable. Athletic bras were way too constricting and felt too tight around my chest. The AHHH bra was ok until I found the Genie bra. I wish I had discovered it sooner as I would have slept in it. You may or may not want to wear a bra at all after your surgery, depending on how large you are. I hope this helps. Ruth Howell, Maine
Tracey, Here is the web site for the surgical bra that the hospital put on me and sent me home with. MartiEraDesigns.com I am a 36DD and was put in an XL. I wore it for the 1st 4 weeks 24/7 as they told me too. I then bought the Rhonda Shear. I bought the ones she sells at Target, drug stores BUT it is shorter in length than the style she has on HSN.COM I had to return the store ones and buy the one online because I needed the extra length. Go up a size to allow for any swelling. I hope this helps. Janis Kielbasa
I used a sports bra that zipped up the front. It worked really well. I got it at JC Penny. I had to wear one 24/7 as well and it took longer then the 8 weeks to be able to wear a regular bra without discomfort. Good Luck!!
Tracey, the bra sold in Rite-Aid is not a knock off, it is the original Rhonda Shear bra, I'm looking at it right now. You can also get from her website if you need to. www.ahhbra.com.
I got a zip on the front one. Works good. But in a short time went to regular Bra. Mine too was a non issue. Did not wake up with one on. Really could have gone weeks without one. Must depend on boob size
Good luck. Nancy Friedman. St Louis. (2-9-12)
Bra was crucial for me. I'm bigger busted, DD and needed one 24/7. I woke up after surgery with hospital surgical bra on. I asked nurse for 2nd one to take home. I then tried all kinds for post recovery and finally found the HSN.COM Rhonda Shear bra worked great. The knock offs are not as good as hers. I tried them all. Its great if you are larger busted, support without wires, perfect for recovery and comfy to sleep in.
I wore a cami to begin with. then a soft sports bra and finally my own by the 3rd or 4th week.
It was not an issue. I thought it would be more of a problem than it was.
Jane, 13 weeks out
Hi Tracey...I don't know...haven't gotten that far yet, but I hear the "Ahhh" bra is good. I bought one at Rite-Aid in the "As Seen on TV" section. Think the lady's name is Rhonda Shearer or something like that. It has no hooks, just slips over your head or you can pull it up. Little sturdier than hosiery. I also am told that at some places you may wake up with a surgical bra on. Will let you know more after V-day, lol.
How soon is your surgery? Mine is tomorrow. I'm getting some butterflies in my stomach, but more in anticipation than dread. I'm ready to get this done. But I went through a different major surgery last year that was more complicated, riskier and far more rare. I had complications afterwards, but all was resolved. I've had about 6 months to reconcile myself to open heart surgery and by the time my cardio said, "It's time," I knew it was and that I was tired of being tired. I know God has me in the palm of his hand and whatever comes to me is in his plan.
Hi Tracey, welcome to the HVJ site. Nervousness is expected, we all have to deal with it. You do have lots of time to get prepared. There are many of us here anxious to help in any way we can. Just remember, knowledge is power and you can do this! I will be having surgery on March 13th to replace my aortic valve, so by the time you go, I should be home and ready to tell you "it's true...waiting is the hardest part!!"
It's hard not to be but I just had my surgery on 2/20. I am 38 and I did great. Was out of the ICU in less than 24 hrs. I was walking laps 1 day post op. I am up to walking a mile a day now and I have so much energy.
Ask any question you want on here and people will help you. This is a big family of support and encouragement.