We are now on the other side of surgery, in the recovery process, and doing well! Kent is getting stronger each day, and I know he will be able to tell a big difference once he's fully recovered. To see his journey, go to 'search journals' at the top of this site, and type in Kent Kersey. He got a mechanical St. Jude valve, and if it's VERY quiet in the room he sounds like a little like a timex watch! It's actually quite a comforting sound! Best wishes to you as you continue to explore your options. I hope you will begin to sleep a little better!
:-) Terri Kersey
Jennifer, I had my first open heart surgery at 40 for a hole in my heart. I am now 68 and having OHS for mitral regurgitation which they think came from years of a-fib scheduled for 12 July. Heart Surgery has come such a long way in 28 years, but I must admit the anxiety is the same. Another post referred to us a survivors and that we are. For me, doing my homework, finding the best hospital and doctor and Adam's book and this blog has helped that anxiety ....and my faith and knowing that others are praying for me keeps me going. GOD is our refuge and strength, a very presence in our time of need. You will be in my prayers, along with all the others on HVJ. Emilyrae Helfen .
Hi Jennifer. I had OHS in April. I clobbered by anxiety by learning as much as I could, finding the best doctors I could, and making the best decisions I could. Then I knew I was on the best possible course and to worry was no point. Best wishes to you and may you find peace on your journey, -- DVB
Welcome to the HVJ! My husband, Kent Kersey, (his HVJ is on here), is scheduled to have his Aortic Valve and a portion of his aorta replaced on Thursday, June 30. After a 48 years of monitoring, he'd finally reached the point where the "some day" became now. We totally know how you feel at this point-a roller coaster of emotion and fear. We've found that knowledge helps to alleviate some of that. The support found here on this site from others who've paved the way and give advice and encouragement is also a godsend. With the HVJ, our faith, and the support from our family and friends, we are feeling much more at ease about what will take place, and are even anxious to get it underway. I think the waiting is the most difficult part. Take advantage of this community of fellow survivors, and take care of yourself. You will be in our prayers.
:-) Terri Kersey