Laura Hansen posted a note for Shelby that says:
Scardie: Do not worry yourself about addiction just get as many pain pills as they will give you, if possible get the pain pump for the first couple of days so you can dose yourself.
My advice: Have someone you trust (family, friend) with you in the hospital as much of the time as possible. The hospital staff are really busy and sometimes you need help right away.
Think positive because you will heal faster and eat meat. I needed transfusions because I was a vegetarian and then iron pills etc. Good nutrition now will help you.
Susan Smith posted a note for Shelby that says:
Shelby welcome to the community. I am not on the post-operative side. My surgery is set for 4/29/14 so I can't really tell you about the recovery other than what I read and my community friends have shared. You wil do find. read the journals and much information can be gleaned from them.
Ernie A.S. posted a note for Shelby that says:
Read journals of people who have been through this and you'll good idea what to expect. You're young, so you'll heal quicker, but you have to be careful not to do too much too soon. Gotta be patient and let yourself heal. My journal has a bit of humor in it. I'm the only Ernie on here if you do a patient search. Good luck.
jeffo posted a note for Shelby that says:
Not a walk in the park, but no where as bad as I expected. Hardest part, waiting for surgery. If you are worried about getting addicted to the pain killers you won't. As I felt better it was easy to taper off the pain meds. But you need to take they for a while because they let you move around, walking and taking full breaths, which help prevent problems and help you heal. I'm about 8 months post surgery and feeling fine.
Healing was slow at first. But once I hit 4 weeks I was a lot better. I did reinjure my chest due to my own stupidity. When I started to feel better I constantly did too much and hurt myself. Made my chest sore but did no permanent damage. Again nothing bad, mostly just scared myself.
Meredith posted a note for Shelby that says:
I'll echo what Cami said! I had a mechanical valve put in 2 days after her surgery - almost 8 weeks ago. I was off narcotics while still in the hospital, and only on naproxin (anit-inflammatory) for another few weeks. Yes, heart surgery is a big deal. Do what the doctors adn nurses ask you to do and you'll recover quickly and safely. It might seem dark and painful and never-ending the first few days after, but each day you'll feel better. Breathe, walk, sleep, & eat. Ask questions of your healthcare providers if you are unsure about ANYTHING! You can DO this!
Cami Munk posted a note for Shelby that says:
I had aortic stenosis too and I am 8 weeks out from surgery.
I was off of pain meds within 7-10 days, then used regular Tylenol. Healing from this surgery, barring any complications, is just like healing from a broken bone.
You'll be tired for sure, I still get tired easy. As long as you follow your doctor's instructions, use common sense, rest and WALK, you'll do great!
Use this website frequently, you'll get lots of support from all over the place. I found this site to be a lifesaver.
My best advice for the next few days is to try not to worry so much. Remember - when you're done with this surgery, you will feel better than you have in a long time. It is remarkable how much better I feel today as opposed to 9 weeks ago!
And remember, walk, walk, walk, as soon as they tell you to do so. That makes a major difference.
Clare Auten posted a note for Shelby that says:
Welcome to the site. I only used pain meds for about a week and then switched to regular Tylonal. No big deal.
I am 46. My surgery was in January. I feel better all the time.
You have been through so much already, you can do this.