Carole Charbonnier posted a note for Ron that says:
Well done Ron! Isn't it amazing to get back to being athletic again. I can totally relate. I still think it is pretty cool to hear my valve ticking away!
So glad to hear that you are on track with your recovery.Remember,"slow and steady wins the race".I'm right behind you in this journey and your posts are most helpful to me....
Al Zebal AVR( mech.),Maze, 1/17/13
How is it being on Coumadin ? I am having surgery next Tuesday flying from Denver to Duke medical center. I just talked with Dr Glower today on the pros and cons of mech vs tissue. I am still undecided just when I thought I had my mind made up on tissue Dr Glower brought up a lot of things I need to consider at 38. Thank you for any advice and good luck to you.
I am really the luckiest woman on the planet to have been with my best friend and love of my life over 34 years and counting. I am so sorry you have to go through this but we are with you along the way. Your strength is amazing and am so blessed. I love you more than words and am looking forward to a beautiful day ! S
Good Luck with your surgery! I know you will do great! I had my critical Aorta Bicuspid Valve replaced in July, and I know first hand...it is very doable :). Your strong faith in God, and supportive family will get you through the tough days. In a few short months you will be asking yourself.."did I really have open heart surgery"??? :)
I will keep you and your family in my prayers...and look forward to your updates.
Ron, all those feelings are natural in the face of this type of surgery. I just want to encourage you, as I was encouraged, that this is something that you go through once, but the professionals handle every day. They have seem all the weird issues crop up and know what to do. God has you in His hands and has prepared these professionals for your care. The first day or two will likely be a complete loss to you with only some spot memories. By the time you are more alert, you are well on the way to full recovery. You and your family are in my prayers and looking forward to hearing about your recovery! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23.
You will be fine, and like the rest of us, you will experience a variety of emotions throughout the process. Faith, family and a good surgeon are nice to have in your corner! Sounds like you have that covered. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and look forward to reading about your progress.
I have a St. Jude too.