Marshall Rader posted a note for Kathy that says:
Hello Kathy 💜. Wishing you the very BEST 💜 I'm 60 and physically active eg hike all over the White Mountain 🏔️ s !! Question if I may ? I'm leaning towards mechanical valve, and wonder your choice since you're way more active than I 👍👍👍
James posted a note for Kathy that says:
The worst part for me was this drug...amiodorone (sp) that I had to take for 6 weeks to control afib. It gave me hallucinations at night. Also I developed a heavy mucus that made me feel like I was choaking when lying down. I fould a recliner chair with a massage function on display in a Sam's club and it shook that stuff loose, so I became a regular at that store for a couple of weeks and just sat in that chair. It was too large for our house so I could'nt buy one. No one ever said anything btw. Good luck with your journey.
Dawn VanDenBosch posted a note for Kathy that says:
Hi Kathy! I had my aortic valve replaced in 2016 and felt I recovered quickly. I was walking around the nurses station the next day after the open heart surgery. I was so grateful for the surgery. Before that, I could barely walk 40 feet without being winded and tired.
You are going to be fine! It is a little scary going in to this, but just know you will come out of the surgery just fine. I don't remember having pain at all! Just a slight discomfort with the tubes and all. Barely had to use my 'pillow' when coughing.
Hang in there, kiddo! You got this! Such good news that your husband will be able to be with you!!
Lynn Loudermilk posted a note for Kathy that says:
Hey Kathy, you have a great outlook. I was lucky my hubby could be there and see me while in there., it had changed 2 weeks before my surgery. I had mine done March 9th. Been home since Saturday. My prayers go with you.
Marie Myers posted a note for Kathy that says:
Welcome to the site,Kathy. You will find lots of good information and support here.
I had a similar story to yours, with an added bonus of ascending aneurysm and aortic root aneurysm for me. I am still working as a nurse anesthetist, and I can truly say it is better to give anesthesia than to get anesthesia, LOL! I am coming up on my 4th anniversary this March. As you come up with questions, feel free to ask. Lots of experienced heart surgery warriors here.