Linda H and Elsie posted a note for Rhonda that says:
Hi Rhonda, Congrats on 2 years. I am coming up on two years as well on the 19th. Hard to believe its that long already. We sure have been blessed. Here is to many more years of good health.
Hi Rhonda, glad to know your up walking around and in good spirits. Did you get the mechanical or bovine aortic valve? I live in Fort Worth; what hospital and Dr. did you use? My surgery is scheduled for the 19th at Baylor Heart Center in Plano; Dr. Ryan. Please stay in touch. Don
Hey Rhonda, Glad you are back and welcome to the other side of the mountain. Your story was a little scary but glad it all turned out good. So here is to a speedy recovery.Hope that goes good for you. I will be joinging you on this mountain in 10 days. Cant believe it getting there after so long in waiting. Good luck to you
Mooving on up
Rhonda, I'm new to this site. My thoughts and Prayers are with you. Noticed where you live which is not far from me. What hospital, doctor & valve are they using? My scheduled surgery is on the 19th in Plano; at this time the cow valve. Stay in touch and keep us posted. Don
Hi Rhonda, Been thinking about you. I knew it was very soon. Time does fly. Just want to wish you the very best. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. You will do amazing, with the best of doctors. I just found out today that my surgery is set for 9/19. So I will be looking for you on the other side of the mountain. Cant wait.
Good luck to you
Mooving on up
Hey Rhonda, Welcome to HVJ. I am like you in the waiting. On tues I think I will be hearing something for the cutrain call to go up. We just might be in this race together as my doctor said asap.So on Tues is when I meet the surgeon. Like you in June I found out it was severe also. I will just be glad to get this all other with as I am sure you are too. But remember we can do it. This site has been such a blessing to me just stay on it, it will help you. I will keep watching over you. Good luck
This is the first opportunity I have had to welcome you to this wonderful site!
You will find so much support, understanding, and just a wealth of information to help you prepare and recover from your surgery!
I know you are nervous. This is a big, ole serious surgery. But as others have said so many times....the waiting is the tough part. Recovery is not a cake walk. But I think you will be surprised how good you actually feel...just a few short weeks post-op. Stay strong....you have many supporters here....willing and able to answer any questions......You are going to do great!! Your HVJ family is here cheering you on as you "climb your mountain"......my suggestion to help you truly prepare for this surgery......is to read, read, and read these journals..... there are so many wonderful success stories....you will gain so much strength and determination here......you too will become filled with "I will fight like a girl" attitude that I had when they wheeled me into that OR! I was never afraid.....I had a strong faith in God....and a determination to climb my "Good Golly Mountain" . I know you will find your "zone" too.......just read...ask questions.....and mentally prepare.....You can do this! :-)
Thinking & praying for you!
I had a heart murmur for many years, but was never told what caused it or what it could lead to. Earlier this year I became sympomatic and was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse with (mild) regurgitation. I was going to be monitored by echo again this month! Well in April/May I got real sick and tired and upon going to the ER was told I was in severe congestive heart failure. My condition had changed to severe and I was told I needed OHS sooner rather than later, within the month or else...scary, but what was the other option? I am a 45 year old with an 11 yr old son. I am now 8 wks post op, attend cardiac rehab and have been back to work for 6-7 hrs/day for the last two weeks. They were able to repair my valve, but I had chosen a biological valve in the event they could not. I'll look forward to your updates. Karen Campo
It's great that your surgery is only a little over a month away. Like you, I've found this site very helpful and encouraging. It sounds like you've done your homework and are deciding on the bio valve or mechanical.
I chose the sternotomy versus the robotic for my mitral repair. My surgeon said I was a candidate for robotic, but I preferred the sternotomy so he can have full access to my heart. I believe more complex operations are not done using the robot.
Hi Rhonda and welcome to HVJ.
Sounds like you're being very proactive and I think that is smart!
I am scheduled for the Ross Procedure for aortic stenosis on August 2 in Austin, TX.
I am nervous but so ready to have it behind me.
I have found this website to be so helpful. What I always hear is to be very confident and comfortable with your surgeon and then move forward.
I will keep you in my prayers.