Gabi x - Gabrielle Stinson posted a note for Sarah that says:
Hi Go Go Grandma!! I am a 72 yr old Grandma and I had Mitral Valve surgery in July, this year! Truly the worst part is the waiting and not knowing. I used to be exhausted each day with just living and I had been very active like you, teaching a class of older women International folk dancing! Organising performances on stage at festivals and workshops. Now I no longer need to rest the fatigue has gone. I do have breathlessness ATM but that is something that I am dealing with and I am getting more stronger each day. Please advise us of your progress in finding a gr8 cardio and surgeon. All my very best.
I see you haven't entered anything in your journal for some time so was wondering if you have a surgery date yet. Hope all is well, other than the heart of course! Didn't want you to think you were being forgotten. Cheryl, Ontario
I was just reading through journals tonight and realized I'd missed yours and hadn't read it before. I wondered how this could be, because I thought I had read EVERY WORD of every journal here. These stories helped me so much as I prepared for surgery, and I hope my story can help others. I finally figured out that you posted while I was in the hospital - which explains how I missed your post until now.
Anyway, welcome to Heart Valve Journals. I hope you're doing well as you make the preparations for your valve surgery. We're all here to offer all the support we can.
Nice to meet you. You are in the right place if you want answers, ideas, information and support from those who really know what it is like to go through valve surgery. Most of us have been through similar testing so if you really want to know what it is going to be like, read and ask. I'm 5 weeks post-op and I'm still referring to Adam's book. He serves up a wealth of information for those who like to know. I'll be watching your progress. Cheryl, Ontario
Welcome to the "club", so to speak. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask. Everyone here has been so helpful to me pre-op and post-op. Two words of advice, 1. get and read Adam's book, it will give you a very good idea of what to expect & 2. ask any and all questions of your doctors and nurses, you have every right to know the answers. After all it is your body.