Great to read your post-op update and see you are doing well. Thank you for doing that. We are the same age and I will be having AVR surgery Jan 10. Best wishes to you for a speedy uneventful recovery. Thanks again for all the info!
Hi Jan, praying for you tonight, for God's guidance for the surgeon and grace and peace to you! I know you will be fine, I'm still in the "waiting" stage, so I imagine you are at least somewhat relieved that soon you will be on the other side of the surgery and on the way to full recovery. God Bless and keep us posted.
I had OHS two weeks ago tomorrow. You will be very well taken care of while you are in the hospital. When you get home, you will see improvements every day. Just be patient. You will heal well.
I will have you in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow for an uneventful surgery and a speedy recovery.
Try to get some rest tomight.
Hey Jan...relax and do not stress too much. I had the exact same surgery you are going to have...you will do great. You will be home before you know it and recovering quickly.
Stay positive and I will be praying for you. You will get thru this just fine.
I had open heart surgery on Feb. 28th to repair my bicuspid aortic valve and to remove my aortic aneurysm and replace that part of the aorta. I will be 54 this month. I was very fortunate that my surgeon was able to repair my valve, which I have heard is not done often, but we discussed valves in case mine had needed to be replaced. My surgeon and I had agreed that a tissue valve would be the best option because of the dangers of taking blood thinners for the rest of my life. He told me that, if I had a tissue valve and it wore out, that by that time the procedure where they replace the AV by inserting a catheter will have been perfected. For me, this would have been the right choice. I was glad to hear that you chose a tissue over a mechanical valve.
As Terri said, using this site is great. You will find a wealth of information, and you will have support from so many people who are or have already gone through what you are.
I wish you all the best as you prepare for your surgery. For me, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. You do have to really take it easy, but it sounds like you will have lots of wonderful help from your family. Let them take care of you for as long as you need it. You will be in my prayers.
Jan...I had the exact same surgery 5 weeks ago. I had the same concerns/stress/questions you are having. All I tell you is that you will get thru the surgery just fine. You will be sore after surgery but it gets better very quickly.
Just try your best not to be too stressed and enjoy the holidays. You will do great!
Best wishes Jan. The sooner the better and you can begin your new healthy life. This blog site has been the best communication platform for me. So too all the you tube clips. My thoughts are with you.
Good luck with the heart cath. They did mine thru my wrist instead of my groin last time (sept) and it was a fast and easy recovery. Painless actually. But 2 years ago when they did the heart cath thru the artery in the groin that wasn't so bad either. The worst part was the shaving (they dry shaved me). I'll keep you in my prayers.
PS. Truly the worst part of all this is the anxiety of not knowing and inept home health care nurses. LOL
Janis...I had my AVR about a month ago, along with my ascending aorta replaced. I fully understand how you feel now. Just know that you will get thru this and will be on the road to recovery very quickly. I was amazed at how quickly I started feeling better after the surgery. You will do just fine and we are all praying for you. If there is ever anything you want to know, please just ask.
Thank you for signing my guestbook. Even though I have had OHS in the past, I have found this site very helpful. I found that I didn't really remember as much as I thought I did. For some reason it just helps to read everyone else's story to see that there are people who are going through the same things and feelings that I am. Good Luck on all of your test and your surgery. I look forward to following your progress! Take Care
I'm Eric from Milwaukee, 46 years old and just told I have to have my aortic valve replaced. You seem to be going through the same process I am; heart cath tomorrow morning then scheduling for surgery. I wish you the best of luck and God's peace. I'm sure we'll both come out better on the other end of all this.