Gerald Poulton posted a note for Nancy that says:
Almost 4 years post op and life is good ! I was fortunate also to have been born with a bicuspid aortic valve. I say fortunate because most people find out they have heart problems when they are laying on the floor with a heart attach, at least we had warning and the opportunity to resolve the problem without heart damage.
By the time I was as close as you are to my operation, Yes I was nervous but I was just so ready to be on the recovery side of life. Remember this is one of the most performed surgeries and these doctors have lots f practice and technology and you are in expert hands.
The operation and recovery was WAY WAY easier or better than I ever imagined and time goes by quickly. Feel free to read my story if you wish but just know, you can do this and your life will be better for it. My mooooo valve has done great so far, just had my 4 year check up and no leakage at all and pressures are great.
All the best 🙏
David Smith posted a note for Nancy that says:
Welcome Nancy! Glad you found this site! We are all here to help. I am 9 weeks post op now and it was the best decision to get it done. I’m getting used to my valve (onx from cryolife - mechanical). I have a lot more energy and stamina now. Feel free to read my story. It might give you some inspiration. I hope the best for you and your sister!
Cheryl Mann posted a note for Nancy that says:
Welcome Nancy! I just read your story - nice to meet another fellow nurse. It is hard for the tables to turn and become the patient rather than the caregiver.... I hope you find this community as helpful as I have.
Marie Myers posted a note for Nancy that says:
Hi Nancy- My mom and dad lived in Citrus Springs for many years, not very far from Hernando from what I remember. Welcome to the site, and if you have any questions, we have lots of people who can help you find the answers you seek.
Deena Elani posted a note for Nancy that says:
Welcome Nancy. Ask any questions! We are here to help. Some of us, like me, recently finished with surgery, some are approaching it, and many others are in recovery and beyond. Lots of lessons learned.