Barbara Blackwell posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Hi Bonnie.....a few days late but thank you so very much for all the good tips!! The pashmina, facial wipes and socks (my fave to help me sleep) are all great ideas I hadn't thought of! Merry Christmas and continue to feel better every single day! xxx
judith monti posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Just returned from 12 days in Canada. Read your post re: wearing a med bracelet. Who said that it would be a good idea? Is it for the mitral valve ring? I carry my card but nothing else. I say the pic of the bracelet too but wasn't sure what was engraved or what it said. When you get a chance please let me know about this.
Hope you are well and enjoying summer. Unfortunately I came down with a bug on the 2nd day of our trip and still feel lousy. Last time we visited canada I had the same problem, came home sick. It also was when my heart problems were detected.
Vicki posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Thank you Bonnie, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I have been reading a lot of the journals on this site and along with your words, plus reading as much as I can, I feel a little more comfortable with the whole idea of surgery. I like to research, but sometimes knowing too much makes for more apprehension! As you did, I want to have the surgery before I start having symptoms and more stress on my heart. I get more hopeful for a successful outcome when I read of so many other's having success with their surgeries.
Vicki posted a note for Bonnie that says:
So encouraging to see your smiling face after a successful mitral valve surgery. I too am 69, healthy and diagnosed with the same as you. MVP was diagnosed 30 years ago and now a recent echo shows regurgitation in mitral is severe with some tricuspid regurg. It's imminent I need valve surgery. I go in for a TEE and heart cath this week to see if valve is repairable. I'm so scared to have open heart surgery! Any words of encouragement would be so appreciated. Wishing you the best for long term recovery! You are so brave.
Emily Rowley posted a note for Bonnie that says:
I see you've underwent heart surgery to repair your Mitral valve due to Mitral Regurgitation like me. How are you feeling at this early stage post-op? Wishing you the best of health to come your way 😊
Carmel Power posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Hi Bonnie. I have been following your heart journey and have been impressed by your positive and upbeat attitude! It all seeems to be going well. Would you mind telling me if you had any problems with heart enlargement? I am electing to have my mitral valve repaired even though I have few symptoms ( only have shortness of breath up a very steep hill), I have normal heart function but I do have a mild to moderately enlarged atrium. I’m afraid I will feel worse than I do now long term after surgery but I didn’t want my heart atrium to get worse. How different do you feel now you have had your surgery to before? Many thanks for answering these questions.
Linda posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Thanks for your reply Bonnie. No I have not had surgery yet,they have me in meds and doing another echo next month. I will have to have an aorta valve replacement at some point in the next while -scares me for sure. Glad all is going well for you - hope we can stay in touch
Jeffrey Jacobs posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Congratulations Bonnie! You do look great! Here's wishing you a continued great recovery and many decades of heart health! JW Jacobs Alexandria VA (aortic valve replacement June 2017)
Patrick Loy posted a note for Bonnie that says:
It’s a big deal no doubts about that , my wife did all the research, and the only advice I would give would be, get your head in the right place - try and stay away from too much emotion and focus - plenty of water and eat well few days before and try and be as calm as you can and you will be just fine - will keep an eye on your progress any help I can be - with a kind word here any there - it’s a given.
I am very happy - and my family are very happy - still abut sore here and there and the achey tired can get me here and there.
Will be thinking about over next few days.
Lisa Hunley posted a note for Bonnie that says:
I hope you're doing well. I've been thinking about you and wondered how you were doing. Are you still enjoying each day until your surgery? That's what I am trying to do. I'm a week behind you. I will be praying for you.
Idske Rienstra posted a note for Bonnie that says:
You know I am praying for an easy surgery and a great recovery
You know I will have the blog up all day Friday
What you don't know is that all day I will be sending positive thoughts your way so if you are still unconscious but you hear a voice saying "You hang in there my friend" That will be me
Michelle posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Thank you Bonnie for your answer. It sounds like things moved pretty fast for you once your condition was found out. That's good! No waiting around for things to get worse. Again, best of luck next week - hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one, spent with your loved ones.
Michelle E posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Bonnie best wishes and prayers for your surgery next week. How are you feeling overall? I don't have a firm date yet on my own procedure- not until Feb sometime. Have your doctors had you making a lot of pre-op appointments?
William posted a note for Bonnie that says:
Great attitude, this is small bump in the road like a speed bump at your local super market slow for it then proceed with caution for awhile then back on road and drive carefully. I had OHS 10/09/17 64 yrs old male at home in my 6th week walking is the biggest deal here and self monitoring. I'm at golf nut so I'm already hitting balls and putting carefully. I can sense you will be fine and it sounds like you have great support group around you.