First I have to say how much I love your sheltie puppies! How adorable! (One of my best friends has 3 shelties . . . great dogs!)
Ok, on to you! What a story you have. I can certainly understand your nervousness and disappointment having to postpone your surgery. It sounds like there are so many factors to consider; your case is certainly far more complicated that most peoples'. You might want to get a second opinion from a major heart center - I had my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic but there are other places closer to you - Stanford or UCLA come instantly to mind.
I wish you all the best as you work your way through this.
Judith...wow...wow, that's a lot of stuff!!! You make me feel like a weenie...I don't have any other health issues and I am stressing while waiting for surgery. I will pray that this team of doctors will come to the decision that is truly best for you! I'm so sorry you are carrying such a heavy load.
The good news is...in my opinion, this journal site is very therapeutic. Continue to "put it out there" and you will receive amazing support. Thank you for sharing with us. Please keep us updated.
Hi Judith, welcome to the HVJ site. I have read your journal and I would just like to say "God bless you" and I will be praying for everything to go perfectly during your surgery and recovery. Everyone says it makes a huge difference in your life. I have aortic valve stenosis and am having replacement on March 13th. I am looking forward to having it all behind me. I am the adult child of an alcoholic mother and so I know of some of the things you speak.
Hope this site brings you some support, people are so supportive, it has been a great help to me as I wait for surgery.
Good luck with your preparations for surgery and please keep us updated.