Hi Bill, I thought the recovery would be more dramatic too, especially reading others posts but I agree with Jim, it's gradual. Some parts of the day you'll feel great. Then another part of the same day you'll feel like crap. Then sometimes you'll forget about the pain and even forget to take your painkiller. I did that and that was awful. So, I learned to take the pain killer like clockwork, every 6 hours. Mitch Friedman mentioned to me that the recovery is not linear and I couldn't agree more. This took me a little by surprise. I have to say I do enjoy the luxury of taking a nap whenever it moved me. So, succumb to it if you can. Lily Cardlin
I hear what you're saying, but this recovery is a gradual thing. I'm 5.5 weeks post surgery, and have good days and not-so-good days interspersed. In my case, my docs think one reason that it's taking time is because I'm anemic. I was transfused with one unit right after surgery, and was borderline for a second unit, which was not given.
Take care -- it will get better - you can do this
Good information about not stopping pain meds too soon. You want to do good and cut back the med ASAP, but don't realize they build up in your system and work best when you take them as prescribed.
Funny how some people can come right off and some absolutely need to take them.
Hope recovery continues to progress well.
Hi Bill, Time sure has gone by fast. It doesnt seem like you have been 2 weeks. That is great. Keep up the good work. A lot of people here have said they had pain in back and shoulders but it will go away soon. Just keep doing great.
For the long haul
I'm not sure if you have discovered MedScape.com. It's one of the objective sources of information. There are some great articles in there. It supports what you have shared with me. Again, thank you.
I'll continue following your progress hoping only for GREAT updates!
Thank you so much -
Hi Bill, I haven't been exactly where you are but I want to wish you luck and prayers are out there. You will be fine and you can do it. Then you be over on the other side and recovering. Hope all goes of for you. Keep us posted.
For the long haul
Hi Bill, somehow I have missed your journal until today. Welcome to the HVJ site. I am scheduled for aortic valve replacement at Cleveland Clinic on March 13th. I have been waiting since November, and at first time went really slowly, now it doesn't want to slow down. It has been up and down as far as emotions go, but everyone on this site is just awesome, so encouraging. I don't know yet what type of valve I will get, I'm sort of borderline in age...63, so I believe my surgeon leans toward tissue, but I will find out on the 12th for sure. I'm not far from you, I live in Hartsville SC. Take care and keep us updated.
Your choice to do it immediately is a wise decision.
I had a blood clot after the cath. My surgery was oiginally scheduled for Jan 2. Had to start Coumadin so the surgery had to be postponed for a couple of months. Finally having surgery on Monday in Charlotte.
The waiting has been tough! That is probably worse than the surgery.
Hi Bill, My daughter had a St Judes valve put in 3 years ago on March 2. She was 29 at the time. I only thing she had a hard time getting use to was hearing herself tick.. Shes use to it now and hardly hears herself anymore but her kids like to check on the beating sometimes. If you want to know anything about it, let me know and I will have her get on.
For the long haul
HI Bill sounds like you and I are almost in the same boat so to speak, I just had my Cath done yesterday but my doctor is consulting with a surgeon first to see about doing a balloon procedure to buy me a little more time (I am 44). Best of luck to you and welcome to this site, I'm fairly new myself but already it has helped me so much to see so many other people like myself and to hear all of their success stories. You came to the right place! :)
Hi Bill. Great to see you are making progress. Yes, it is a little daunting, but you will do just fine. I am 47, tomorrow I will be 4 weeks post op. I went tissue and could not get a mini because I also needed a repair of my root. I walked close to 3 miles yesterday on my AM walk. So you are able to bounce back quickly if you take it easy and listen to your body.
As far as valve choice, the right choice is the one that makes you sleep best at night. Glad you have decided.
Hey Bill, Good luck to you. I haven't had that done yet. My doctor said not to worry its to early and to stop googling and that I am old (65) see you in 5 months for another echo.. I want to get it over with. I think he is going to run medicare broke. lol. Anyway good luck to you, hope all goes ok.
For the long haul
Hey Bill, I had my aortic valve replaced on Feb. 6th. I am feeling better each day. I now have an On-X mechanical valve. Having a good attitude as you have will make things better as you go through this new journey.The HVJ family is wonderful. Take care
Hi Bill, Like everyone else welcome to this web site. I am so glad that I found it and have just got a whole lot of new friends. They are great. I have found reading all the journals out there, that there is some one worse off than you. So that helps me cope cause it could be worse. But as everyone says, we can all be fixed and that is something to look forward to. Good luck to you and keep us all posted.
Until Later Linda H
Hi Bill, welcome to HVJ. I started on this site in mid-December after receiving news I needed AVR. I had my surgery on 2/2. I found this site to be a tremendous source of support and information. I encourage you to check out my journal. People have commented they have found it to be quite helpful. Good luck to you and your wife. Lean hard into this community and enjoy what comes back to you. It is amazing. We are all here for you.
Hi Bill, hope I caught you before the cath, but probably not. So by now, you know there's nothing to it, piece of cake. Welcome to our "club", heart valve problems aren't as rare as I would have thought. I also have aortic stenosis, however I am much older than you. I've known it for years, don't really have any symptoms, but it is now time to get it fixed. So I am scheduled for surgery on March 13th at Cleveland Clinic. This site is awesome, don't know how I would have gotten through the last few months (I've known about the surgery since November) without everyone's support. Put your questions out there and someone will answer it. So....keep us posted...we're all here to support each other.
Welcome Bill to one North Carolinian from another. I had my heart cath 2 weeks ago. More than likely you are there so early as you will be 1st and it takes a little prep time to get you all ready. Hope it goes well for you.
I am 38 and scheduled to have my aortic valve repaired or replaced next Monday 2/20. You will go through all kinds of emotions. Be open and people will support you any way they can.
Let me know if If you have any questions about anything.
Hi Bill, welcome to the site. You and your wife will gain comfort simply reading about other HJV'ers stories and jpournals as they will relate to your's. We all felt the same as we started our journeys and we have all managed to get through this chapter in our lives; some simpler than others. We won't downplay it but in no time, you'll be looking back at it and saying it really wasn't all that bad after all. Enjoy the ride.... Eric B.