Wow. If that is your picture you sure don't look 75. Yeah. i don;t think too man of us really planned any of this surgery stuff. But be as it may, you will get a wealth of info just reading the journals. We are all different but still the same. Keep your chin up. The stuff they can do these days is incredible. I was diagnosed three years ago. They were not doing too many robotic MV repairs at that time. Now look at what they are doing with that Robot thing. Glad I waited the three year to get in on the new technology. Three weeks later an I am walking 4 miles per day already. Keep on reading and keep up the faith.
Pray Hope and Dont Worry......those are the words of Padre Pio that I reppeated to myself for the three months leading up to my surgery and when I was placed on the operating table.
I am 47 and last May 5 I heard the words 'Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm" for the first time. I was petrified, in fact I passed out and had to be taken to urgent care for immediate testing.
Its a lot to absorb. ADAM's book and the HVJ community really helped me understand what I was facing. It also let me know I was not alone and this surgery is done daily with a high success rate.
So I urge you to read the book completely.
I can also tell you that the anxiety and uncertainty PRIOR to the surgery was the worst part. Your emotional state becomes fragile as you try to understand "why me"..
The post surgery recovery is NOT EASY but it goes fast.
I have known people on the HVJ that have been in ICU for 36 hours after surgery, and people like myself that were there for 9 days. The doctors know how to deal with every challenge that you will face. Have great faith in them.
Please feel free to cantact me with any questions, I would be happy to answer the best I can.
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Looks like you are having the same feelings as the rest of us. Vulnerability, apprehension, dare I say it -- fear.
I hope you will get from this website what I got -- knowledge, comfort, reassurance, and the belief that I would come out on the other side and I could choose to come out stronger than I went in. It works!!
Post your questions and read others' journal entries. You'll be amazed at the answers and encouragement you'll find.
Hi Bradley, Welcome to HVJ. This is such an amazing place to be. You will find a wealth of info and a lot of new friends here. I am 65 years old and have always been healthy all of my life. Now I feel like a walking time bomb. Its not fun. I have aortic stenosis/regrugitation and anuersym. I am just in the waiting for it to get a little worse. Right now I am going to get a second opinion as see what happens with that. There is a lot of info here read a lot of journals it will help a lot. At least you are lucky and know when. Best of luck to you.
Oh and congrats on the new marriage. Have many happy years together.