Thinking about you man.
Hoping your recovery is going well.
You are a true Heart Warrior!
Heart Warriors never give up, we never quit!
Hang in there champ.
Your fellow Heart Warrior, Jeremiah.
Linda Griffin posted a note for Brian that says:
I had minimally invasive mitral valve repair last month. I am in the process of starting cardiac rehab. I was out of the hospital in 3 days. I have deep faith and had a "peace that surpasses all understanding." The doctors and nurses felt I did great. My incision is under my arm and healing very well. I needed alot of support with cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, etc. because of fatigue and difficulty moving about but that was my only complaint. Each day gets better. I am a high energy person so I am learning to be patient. Minimal pain was controlled by Tylenol. My surgery was successful and yours will be too!
Adrianne Lane posted a note for Brian that says:
Well same with me I’ve had a heart murmur all my life like you, but I have a Bicuspid aortic Stenosis and now I’m going to be having heart surgery to be replacing my valve to a mechanical one . Hope to here from you and hope you are doing well good luck with your surgery as well. Adrianne!
Debbie Moriarty posted a note for Brian that says:
Hi Brian! We are 3 days out! How are ya feeling? I was sick over Thanksgiving so didn’t have time to get emotional. Seems like there is still so much to do!!
Dan Baltazor posted a note for Brian that says:
Brian, will be thinking of you and your wife over the next 5 days and hope you enjoy Thanksgiving without worry. Easier said than done, I know. Praying you find some Peace.
Steve posted a note for Brian that says:
Have confidence, Brian. It's scary as hell when you don't really know what to expect, but the success rates are incredibly high and with the incredible minimally invasive option your recovery should be pretty quick. I too suffered badly with the psychology.
Being fit at the start really helps; Being consistent with mobilisation then exercise afterwards will help even more; Eating a good diet will help the most.
Two things I did to help my mindset:
One was to make sure all my papers and passwords were sorted out and documented somewhere secure.
Then I made a recovery plan, itemising a number of targets to hit as I recovered.
They helped me a lot.
Alyssa Arrowsmith posted a note for Brian that says:
Hi Brian! I completely relate to everything you’re saying! I also don’t have symptoms but was told this summer it’s time for surgery. The mental part has definitely been the hardest thing for me as well. I am scheduled for surgery next Tuesday, the 27th also with Dr. Gillinov! Maybe I’ll see you in recovery!
Hope all is going well for you. This time next week, you will be on the road to recovery, your heart repaired at a top-notch facility by a top notch surgeon. Remember Adam Pick's five things to take to the hospital. That was very helpful for me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.