Bob Osmachenko posted a note for Gary that says:
Hey Gary, good write-up and a bit humorous. Kind of reminds me of that movie: Shawshank Redemption". Lots of life lessons there.
I am scheduled August 27th tentatively but it could get postponed due to emergencies. We don't get to pick our surgeons but are assured that they are the best in the land. Of course, it is much more than the surgeon. ICU and post ICU and then home play a large part. The Cath lab people did emphasize that it is team effort. What do I know anyways, I'm trying to learn from people like you so that we're not running around like chickens two weeks before surgery picking up supplies and making final plans.
Please keep writing and fill us in on the gory details.
firstname.lastname@example.org posted a note for Gary that says:
Congratulations to you Gary. I am told that my surgery is probably coming soon and the doctor I am hoping to have is Dr. Sarabu. I've heard wonderful things about him. So glad to read your story and see that you had a positive experience with him.
I am scared to death so knowing that there are good doctors out there at Vassar which is where I plan to go for the surgery, is nice to know.
Thank you for sharing your story. I hope you continue to recover without any complications.
Connie Jewell posted a note for Gary that says:
Gary glad to hear you're doing well after your surgery. Also glad to hear your pain in manageable with meds. I will be having my aortic valve replacement and aortic aneurysm repair/ Dacron graft in 26 days. When I booked the surgical date in mid-Feb. May seemed so far away but time has flown by.
Trying to prepare myself as much as I can for this. I've read Adam's book and looked at videos online as well as read people's journal postings. But my guess is all that can only do so much, everyone's experience is different and we won't know until it's our turn in pre-op, operating room, recovery, ICU and CCU unit rooms. I imagine everyone has rather similar fears going into this and most likely extremely relieved upon first awakening in post op. realizing, I made it through that part!
Hope the rest of your hostpial stay runs smoothly and you get to go home soon and the rest of your recovery goes well too.
Meredith Bray posted a note for Gary that says:
See you on the other side! Sending up prayers for you & your family tonight & tomorrow, as well as for the surgical team. Looking forward to eharing from you when you're ready.
Ruth Valenzuela posted a note for Gary that says:
I haven't had my operation yet but it's a coming... I pray for everyone that has had this operation or is facing it. I'll be putting you on my prayer chain.
Susan Smith posted a note for Gary that says:
Gary, I am right behind you in getting the surgery done. My date is 4/29/14 hinging on the last 2 test to be done and passed. I will have you in my prayers. You are going to do just great. Keep us posted and go for it!
Tom in KC posted a note for Gary that says:
I had my aorta valve and aorta replaced on Dec 27th. Glad it is done and now I can do pretty much anything. Worked in the yard today, clipping out dead branches from a tree and hreading them. Pretty good progress for 14 weeks.
The first few weeks were a pain (literally), but by 6 weeks I was feeling ready tp do many things. Still have 2 weeks of cardio rehab left. I got a bovine tissue valve, since I did not want to take blood thinners. I will be 57 the end of this month. Been back to work for 6 weeks.
Good luck on your surgery day. I know that God will be watching over you and the surgical team.
Rob Wigley posted a note for Gary that says:
I laughed at your dream, sorry! I'm sure it's one most of us have had. I questioned my anesthesiologist as he was putting the lines in my arm in pre-op about what he was going to give me, pretty much to find out if me and Michael Jackson were going to have anything in common. He thought I was concerned about waking up in the middle of surgery, which I WASN'T! (The itemized hospital bill showed me exactly what they gave me during surgery, there wasn't any way I was waking up!) The "relaxing shot" they gave me in pre-op conked me totally out, I don't remember anything after about 30 seconds, looking back at my wife trying to say "see you in a bit"......couldn't get the words out.
You'll be fine, you're got some professionals doing their best on you. Waiting is by far the hardest part. It will be fine.....
Sandei posted a note for Gary that says:
I remember when I had that 'aha' moment and also that I would be on bypass, glad I hadn't dreamed it. And really glad I have no memory/recollection of that. I actually got to experience it twice because I was bleeding (while still on the table) and they had to go back in. Four weeks post-op today and doing well.
Peter Willard posted a note for Gary that says:
Gary I had a bovine valve put in my aorta inFeb 2010 at 67 and they said it could last 15 to 20 yrs.I don't have any other problems.I'm 71 now and Gary I'm sure you'll do just fine.
Angela Creason posted a note for Gary that says:
I agree with Ernie and Susan, the journals give so much insight and the different scenarios prepare you for anything. I'm thankful to have had such a great experience and hope you do as well!
Ernie A.S. posted a note for Gary that says:
Don't worry. It's all going to go fine. Surgery is easy, recovery is a bear, but it's "bearable". Read plenty of journals, and check the learning center of the website or use the search function if you have questions. I was surprised at how routine heart valve surgery has become. I was totally prepared for surgery and wasn't too worried at all come time for the operation. Positive attitude goes a long way. Read my journal if you want some laughs.
Susan Smith posted a note for Gary that says:
Hi Gary and welcome to the community. Get some knowledge of what is to come as it will help you prepare for surgery. Read the journals. You will be fine. I will keep you in prayer.