Wanda Blackwood posted a note for Melissa that says:
Hey Melissa, I was reading your journal and saw you have the On-X valve. I was wondering if you hear any ticking sounds from it and if so is it very bothersome?
Lori Phillips posted a note for Melissa that says:
Melissa! You're here at the Cleveland Clinic? We both should have worn a yellow rose or something so we could detect or another better! Ha Ha! I'm so glad you have Dr. Najm and his team. He is awesome! Did you come in for pre-op labs, or are you and inpatient? (I noticed your surgery date wasn't until May 23,17) Tomorrow is my last visit - for awhile anyway! I've got a dark blue walker with a seat. At 50, the red in my longish hair is fading. If you're there, we may bump into you!
God bless you Melissa as you go into surgery. You have an awesome surgeon, team and you are at the best place! All is well, my dear! My thoughts go out to you! ~ Lori
Ruth Ann posted a note for Melissa that says:
I'm on week 3 post AVR for bicuspid valve. I'm doing pretty well. I do have some tips though. Do purchase a large wedge for your bed. I use that with two pillows and it helps alot. I put things on the third self in fridge as it is difficult to reach up. My tee shirts are all oversized and soft cotton for ease of putting them over head. A rolling table or light weight TV tray is very helpful too. Rest in the thought that your surgical team will do their work then your work begins post surgery. I prayed Psalm 23 all the way to the OR .My Lord gets all the glory. He carried me then until now. I absolutely believe He is in charge of this entire situation and yours too. Your outcome will be awesome and you can do this. Peace and blessings to you and all who await surgery.
Bridget Feeney posted a note for Melissa that says:
My name is Bridget and I am a 21 year old college student. I had an aortic valve replacement at age 15 with a bioprosthetic valve(that was my 3rd OHS) and now have severe stenosis again. I am going to get a mechanical valve in May. I also struggled with the decision between the Ross procedure and a mechanical valve. I do want to have children someday, but know each time I go through this the risks are higher, so I am hoping that I am able to get an Onx valve and that this will be my last surgery.
Civita Fahey posted a note for Melissa that says:
hi Melissa.. I read your story and it looks like a month ahead of you for surgery.. Mine is April 24th.. how are you holding out with the anxiety.. I do ok some days and others I can't stop thinking about it.. hope all goes well for you.. hopefully you will be reading about my successful surgery right ahead of yours.. civita
Hello Melissa, I have a leaky Aortic Valve and I too have chosen the On-X Mech Valve for my replacement. I am hoping to ride this Open Heart roller coaster just once if possible. I wish you much luck on your journey to feeling better. God Bless and Take Care.