Adam Pick posted a note for Mike that says:
Hi Mike, I just saw that you're heading in for surgery with Dr. Barnhart next. Great job finding him. He's a great guy and an excellent surgeon. Strangely enough, I coincidentally sat next to Dr. Barnhart on a airplane flight. Small world. You're going to do great! For those not familiar with Dr. Barnhart in Seattle, here's some more info about him - http://www.heart-valve-surgery.com/surgeons/dr-Glenn-Barnhart-Seattle-Washington.php.
Meredith Bray posted a note for Mike that says:
Hey Mike, I was 42 when I got my mechanical aortic valve. Looking back through my journal, the worst part truly was the waiting. I tried to keep as busy as possible, and still... the few moments I was alone were disastrous. I had mashed potatoes for brains and felt I had to write down EVERYTHING. You won't be able to pick up your kids for a couple of months, but you'll sure be able to snuggle with them. Don't get me wrong, recovery from surgery ain't easy. But it's easier than the waiting, in my opinion. Between now & your surgery, you'll find a source of calm that will just pervade everything you do. Things will fall in to place, and you'll be prepared. I thought the hardest part would be standing and sitting without using my arms. It's not difficult - go ahead and try it now!
What other questions do you have?
Erin Hannum posted a note for Mike that says:
Like you, I'm in my 40's with three children. I had open heart surgery on February 10th, 2016 for the same reasons you are. Since I had six weeks to wait for the surgery date, I scared myself into panic attacks for the first time in my life. Please don't overthink this - it is severe, but the risk is so low and the surgeons are brilliant! You are young, healthy, vibrant, you will bounce out of it in no time - but don't push it. (Personally, I don't mind people bringing over dinner!)
Best of luck and prayers for you. Everything will find a way to work out although you and others have to make adjustments for a time being.
Wanda Mroz posted a note for Mike that says:
Welcome Mike... This is the place to come for questions, and some comfort. We've all been through OHS or are in the wings. It is normal to be scared, nervous and downright terrified. I was and I worried endlessly. Wonderful people on here. You'll get through this and you'll be on the other side giving advice! Ask questions, voice concerns, get advice and support!