Day 3 post surgery and I've just taken a whole mountain of drugs and shuffled 100m (or as I like to call it, doing a Justin Gatlin). I'm surprised how much it took out of me but it feels like progress.
I survived the op! The first 24 hours were hideous. I'm now two and a half days out and feeling a bit more human. The valve ticks like crazy but I will get used to it in time, and will hopefully find a sleeping position where it's quiet. I'm hoping to get home before the weekend 🙂
I've finally made my way to the top of the upcoming surgeries list! I am being admitted tomorrow afternoon for final tests etc. with the big event on Saturday morning. My wedding anniversary is in two weeks and my new baby is due in a month - I'm keeping my fingers crossed I get to experience both of them (and preferably not in hospital)! I am spending my last day of freedom going for a jog in the sunshine, having lunch with my wife and getting baby things out of the attic.
Thanks to this community for its support over the last couple of months. I shall let you know if I'm still ticking next week!
Just over two week to go before my operation (hopefully). I had a minor surgery for something unrelated a month ago so the date depends on getting the first doc's agreement that I have healed well enough. I swing between being mildly positive about the whole thing to thinking "why on earth am I signing up for this?".
The recovery doesn't faze me too much, but the risks of the procedure itself do. This has been more of an emotional rollercoaster than the first 10 minutes of the film Up!
It has been helpful reading lots of success stories on here though and seeing so many inspirational people go on similar journeys and come out smiling. I am spending my last few days playing with my daughter and trying to prepare as best I can. Good luck to everybody whose surgery dates are coming up and to those on the other side. We can do this!!
Hi folks. I'm due to have AVR in the next two months and I'm pretty terrified. I'm 34 and for the last 20 years or so have been in excellent health. My passion is athletics and until December I was pretty good at it (1hr19 HM, 16:09 5k). My decline over the last 6 months has been breath taking (pun intended).
To complicate matters, my wife and I are expecting a new baby a month after surgery. The thought of dying in theatre and never meeting my son/daughter is hideous! I also get depressed looking at the impact this surgery seems to have on life expectancy for younger people (although I've seen the research that suggests this is less of a problem for bicuspid valves). All in all I feel like my life is falling apart! How do you guys deal with the anxiety?