Kenny Thomas posted a note for Leslie that says:
I got the itchy bumps as well. I think it's a reaction to the anesthesia or meds and will go away on it's own in a few days to a week or so. Or at least it did for me.
What I did for relief is brew some chamomile tea and let it cool. With a cotton ball or washcloth dab the itchy area with the cool tea and it helps soothe the itch. Good luck!
All the Best,
Deb Ziegler posted a note for Leslie that says:
I also got red itchy bumps along my incision, but it was after I used "Scar Away", so I quit and the bumps went away. That probably doesn't help you much!
Hi Leslie I am one day ahead of you . the shower was awesome!! my favorite part so far. I sucked down so many ice chips it wasn't funny. TOTALLY underestimated the thirsty part of this. I am going home today and cant wait.
I feel very humble signing this book, as my only traumatic heart experience to date is from the PTA (and maybe that time that guy in high school dumped me) - and those actually might qualify as "minor gut-wrenching" instead. But, you know my lack of experience never stops me from having strong opinions - and my opinion is that they are VERY lucky to have you as a patient! I hope they appreciate you and take great care of you! Good luck tomorrow!!! We miss you here! Christine
All the love in the world and blessings on your surgery on 10th. I am thinking slip on slippers so you dont have to bend down to go to the bathroom or if you can get socks with non slip grips on the soles.
I am 62 and had a mitral valve replaced with a cow valve just a month ago, I would strongly suggest bringing your own pajamas and your own pillow with a colored pillowcase. Hospital pillows are plastic for sanitary reasons and can make your head sweat. There is nothing like your own pillow. They will want you up walking the day after surgery and it is nice to have your back end covered and not in a hospital gown that one size fits nobody. If you have a ipad it is nice to have that too so family can update the website. You maybe riding in the back seat of the car for the first month after surgery to keep you away from. The airbag.
You can look up my journal.
I had my mitral and tricuspid valves repaired at CCF, and the most important thing I can tell you is that the waiting is truly the worst part of the whole ordeal. The pain wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be, and that really surprised me. You will be extremely fatigued for awhile, but the pain is very managable.
As for what to bring to the hospital, there were two things I was really glad I brought......Jammie's (you will need ones that button down the front) and my own down pillow from home. You will also want an iPad or laptop to help pass the time.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Stay strong.
Godspeed and good luck,
Leslie---My experience was very orthodox--AVR with full monte incision, tissue valve and some bypass work. My bias aside...I felt very confident with my surgeon, and I want you you to do the same. Second, the technology is changing...what is possible today MAY be old hat in the future. My vote: go with your surgeon of choice, and rely on the tremendous support of this network.
I would suggest looking into the Ross Procedure for someone your age. It allows you to NOT be on coumadin and also a high likelihood of not needing another surgery. Dr. Paul Stelzer in NYC is the top in the world at the procedure, but there is also Dr. John Brown at Indiana University Medical Center that is much closer to you.
I would consult with them to see if you would be a candidate for a Ross Procedure given your young age.