Gabrielle Stinson posted a note for Patricia that says:
Welcome to the site Patricia! Yes scary stuff open heart surgery I told my family I am having a procedure!! Not so freaky! Just settle into the knowledge that everything happens for the best and get as much info as you can. Keep writing in this journal it help to express your feelings and we are all in this together. So we can have a good HEART to HEART! lol
Suzanne posted a note for Patricia that says:
Patricia: I had my bicuspid aortic valve replaced and my aorta repaired on June 6 with Dr Castro at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. I spent 4 nights in the hospital and head back to my desk job part time tomorrow.
Everyone is different and some people experience lots of bumps on the road to recovery. My road was fairly straight forward, but took a lot of effort on my part.
I was lucky that I had few symptoms prior to my surgery.
Talk to your cardiologist and surgeon. They should give you a good idea what you can expect.
Best wishes on your procedure and your recovery.
M posted a note for Patricia that says:
After almost a 3 yr anniversary coming due this November, I still have a difficult time accepting that I am now labeled a heart patient. Yes, to hear "open heart surgery" is scary. I have just found this website about 3 weeks ago & yes continue to look for others that can understand the ups & downs. If your path takes you to have surgery your Dr's most likely will tell you depression is common and not to be shy in asking for help.
Look forward if you need to talk, M
Natalie Uebelacker posted a note for Patricia that says:
Try not to worry. Everything happens for a reason and in God's timing. The positive side is that are so many medical professionals and procedures available today for you to consider. I highly recommend getting at least 3 CT Surgeon opinions. Best of luck and write if u need anything.
Lynn Ennis posted a note for Patricia that says:
It is indeed quite a shock! I also recently received the exact same news...it seems impossible to accept at first. Don't freak out....this surgery is very common. You have lots of company on this road!