Hi Cathy, Welcome to the other side of the mountain. Take your time on the ride home. I had to go just an hour to get home and I was exhaused by the time I got home. So heres to a speedy recovery hope it goes good for you.
Mooing all over
Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
So happy to hear that all went well with your mom's surgery. Isn't Dr. Roselli awesome? He did my mitral valve repair on 5/29/12. Recovery is one day at a time and sometimes baby steps, but she will do great with all of her family around to support her.
Dear Kara & Family..
Thanks for sharing the great news about your mother! I have been on both sides of this surgery...one being the patient of a new aorta valve @ CC in July, and the other as being the daughter of the patient with a 4 bypass surgery. It was much easier being the patient! :) I know how difficult it is seeing your loved one with all those tubes & fighting the pain...but I also know, being the patient, how helpful it is to see your loved ones there supporting you as you struggle through those first few days (& remainder of recovery). Your mother will do great...she has a strong faith & loving family....the worst is behind you all....now on to healthier & better days!!!!. :) :)
Praying for all of you...
Cathy, try not to worry about missing on the minimally invasive. Lots of folks here on the journal have had the full incision and have done really well. A lot of the warnings and worries about it online are from years ago. Better, faster surgical procedures, and better post op care have significantly improved the procedure - minimal or not. You are in good hands and all will go well! Looking forward to hearing about your successful surgery and recovery! Sherry, AVS, surgery pending
You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. CCF is a great place and they will take good care of you. Don't worry about the sternotomy......that is really such a minor thing in the big picture. Dr. Rosselli is right.....most important thing is doing it right!
The worst (the wait!) is almost over. The rest is downhill!
Godspeed and God Bless,
I have a journal as well that has some of my recovery stuff. It is going pretty well. The insicion pain isn't bad at all. My biggest complaints were the chest tube while I was in the hospital (I got to keep it for five days) and then I had a lot of back and neck pain when I first came home. (The heating pad was my best friend for a few days.) I also had migranes for the first week after coming home but they have gone away now.
I am a month out now and have only been taking advil twice a day for pain. I am sleeping normal and have been walking outside or on the treadmil for a half a mile or so. My hemoglobin is still low so I get tired easily but I am doing more every day.
It is not fun but its not as bad as I imagined. You are going to do great!
A month ago Dr. Rosselli performed my aortic valve repair and placed a graft in my ascending aorta...he is wonderful. All the nurses and staff at the cc are the best..I can't say enough good things about the clinic. I was soo nervous before surgery but talking to the nurses made me feel so much more comfotable.
I had a Mitral Valve repair at CC on 05/29/12 and Dr. Roselli did my surgery. You will absolutely love him - he is very down to earth and easy to talk to. He put me at ease right away! Your faith will also help to see you through. Even though I did not sleep much the night before I went into surgery with a calm peace that could only have come from God. You will do great! The waiting is truly the hardest, and before you know it this will be behind you and you will be on the road to recovery!
You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Take care and tell Dr. Roselli that I said hello!
I had my AVR in July @ Cleveland Clinic.
I know by your journal that you have a strong faith. I can tell you first hand...you will feel His presence in that OR! A couple of the doctors commented how "calm" I was. I knew then, & I know now...the surgeon & his team did not save my life alone. You will do great Cathy. Pray for peace....He will not forsake you!
I will be praying for you &....watching you climb your mountain...you can do this! :)
Cathy...yes, it is a stressful/nervous time. Just know your big day will be here and over before you know it. You will do great and on the road to your full recovery very quickly. You can do this...you will be fixed...and you will be hiking the hills very soon.
Lean on the many wonderful people here that have walked your walk.
Hi Cathy, my prayers will be with you. I have just recently been told that I need surgery for mitral valve repair, actually all 4 of my valves are leaking I'm told. Today I spent the day doing research on this type of surgery--& the Cleveland Clinic sounds like a great place, also the Mount Sinai Hospital. But unfortunately I won't be going to either one. But I read alot about proceedures & felt very informed. Good luck to you. Lavina
I know you are scared . Have faith in God and your doctors. All will be over soon. Had my MVR last de 2011 in Pak. I am doing very good. At the moment am with my children in London. I look normal and act normal better then before. It is because of the blood circulation all over the body with a good valve. You will do good too. God will look after you.
Yes it is a scary journey but one that you will get through. This an amazing size that you will get more than you ever dreamed of getting. Don't be afraid to ask any question as you will get several responses.
I had my AVR on 2/20. I am doing wonderful and never felt better.