Susan posted a note for Susan that says:
Susan, How are you doing? I am 62 and need mitral valve repair and am in the process of getting a surgeon etc. Would love to have more updates from you as I too am alone. I too have read Adam's book. Hope your operation was a sucess and hope your recovery is going well.
Bert posted a note for Susan that says:
You'll do great Susan. It can be scary to think about but you'll be amazed how quickly you'll be back on your feet.
I'd say make sure you have comfortable things to wear at the hospital, like a robe. Otherwise you're stuck with that terrible hospital gown they give you. Also things to read or occupy your mind for the days after surgery are good to have on hand. If possible have a loved one around especially post-op in case nurses or doctors whisk in and out saying important things that you can't grasp because of the meds you'll be on or because you're tired or whatever. My wife and my mother were there for me to take notes and they remembered far more detail than I could.
Marie Mancini posted a note for Susan that says:
Since you live alone, you might want to have some important information written down concerning at least your most important affairs. Things that would need to be taken care of for a short time by someone you would trust if you needed a little more time to recover. Like if you couldn't do some things like pay your bills on-line for example, or get groceries or you don't feel well and need to get a script refilled. These are just some things/ideas I though that might help you. I am married, and when I went in for my MVR it never dawned on me to write down my info.for my accounts that I took care of on-line myself for my husband in case he had to help me with them.
Also get yourself some simple snacks that are healthy to eat when your home.Things like raisins,nuts/seeds protein bars, peanut butter and my staple even now, bananas.
Once I read your story and journal and how soon your surgery is I had to do this. Well hope something I wrote helps you in some way. Most of all, I'll be praying for you too that God will be with you through your surgery and recovery. God Bless.