Hi Jacky. I've just seen your posts and as I too am in the UK I thought I'd let you know about my experience. I had an AVR redo eight weeks ago. It's been quite ...Read more
Hi Jacky. I've just seen your posts and as I too am in the UK I thought I'd let you know about my experience. I had an AVR redo eight weeks ago. It's been quite a long haul for me as a redo is more complicated. However, I've finally turned the corner and getting back to a nearly normal life. I recovered far more quickly the first time - it was more straightforward and I was 12 years younger! I was in Glenfield, Leicester and the staff were so kind and caring. I'm sure you will find the same, and it really does help. As to the heart cushion, we weren't given one - you will find a rolled up towel on your bed when you come round and that serves the same purpose.
There are a few things I found helped me when I got home. I bought a V shaped pillow and slept with that supporting me for the first few nights. I still have it in the chair where I relax and it feels like my safe place. My daughters bought me a One Touch kettle as you are unable to pick up a kettle after the op. This meant I could make my own drink and be a bit independent. The other thing was mango. For some reason I craved mango (and still do). My daughter googled it and discovered that mango is good for your heart and helps healing. My body must have been telling me something! I need to mention my partner too - I don't know what I would have done without him! He's now trying to keep me on track and stops me trying to do too much. You need to take all the help you can get.
I hope everything goes well for you. I don't go on the site quite so much now but I've found it an enormous help. Any questions, please let me know.
All the best Andrea