Wow, You have alot to deal with and be in recovery also. I hope asking your son for things very directly will give you the assistance you need. Try not to over do it.
Your body will tell you what you are not ready for. I developed A-fib 3 weeks after my surgery. It was not a big deal, but I wasn't expecting it.
I wish you a smooth recovery.
Jane (surgery 12/5)
Deborah, you will be in my thoughts and prayers Monday as you have your surgery and begin your recovery. I'm glad you did not have to wait too long. Isn't it good to be so prepared with the knowledge provided by those who have gone before us? I will be leaving on Thursday to travel to Cleveland for my surgery next Tuesday, the 13th. You will probably already be home by then.
Take care and please keep us updated on your progress.
Hi Deborah, Welcome to HVJ site I think you will find what a blessing it is to connect with so many others have or are going through the same thing as you. Helps us to not feel so alone. :) I pray that all will go well for you on Monday and glad you have not had to wait.
Hi Deborah, welcome ot HVJ. This site and the people on it are truly amazing. I found them to be a huge source of comfort and support. I encourage you to read some journals, it can be quite helpful. Also, keep posting, asking questions and putting it out there. You will be amazed at what you get back.
Hi Deborah, Welcome to our family of HVJ. It is the best sight ever. I have meant so many new friends here, I just love them all. Im sure you will find it as well. We are all here for you. It sounds like you are here. This sight will give you a lot of answers and info that will be valuable to you.
I was told 5 years ago, I had a heart murmur, and when we moved south thats when my life changed. Exactly on my 65th birthday I was told I had aortic stenosis. Meeting my cardio doctor it got more involved. It is aortic stenosis/regurgatation and thoriac anuersym. It is moderate right now so I am here for the long haul. Just wondering where my life is going and want to get better and back to my normal self. I think the worse of it for me is my Dad had an adonomal anuersym and my daughter had crucial aortic stenosis and I was there for both.
Remember we all are here for you. You take care and good luck to you. You have already been thru a lot. Talk to ya later.
For the long haul
I also have severe aortic stenosis .8 Ao I believe. I live in Big Lake Mn. I have a consult setup Monday at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. I am also trying to get in at Mayo but an still waiting. I have thought about Abbott but have not heard many good things about even though there are rated high in heart surgery. I had open heart (Aortic repair) in 1977 in Fargo ND at the age of 13. I do not look forward to them cracking my chest again. Have they said anything about minimal surgery to you? I was told with a previous surgery I was not a canidate for the robotic precedure. If you would like to email me my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope all goes well with you. Tim
Hi Deborah...welcome to the "club" and welcome to the HVJ site. You have definitely come to the right place. Everyone here has either already gone through surgery or is in some stage of waiting. I am up March 13th, also severe/critical aortic stenosis and aneurysm.
It is a somewhat scarey place to be, but the guys and gals on this site have the absolute best and most reliable advice...they have actually lived it. As someone else said recently, we are here (on the site) because we want to be, not because we have to be. Each person is here to share their experience in hopes that it will make someone else's easier.
If you have questions or just want to "talk", but it out there, you will find friends crawling out of the woodwork, lol.
Keep us updated, let us know when you have a surgery date etc.