6 days post surgery. Feeling better every day. Have to say, the chest tube was the worst part. Keep up on your pains meds post op. I made the mistake of trying to go without one time, very bad idea. I really needed the pain meds every four hours. The chest tube removal was not as pleasant as they said either. I found that very painful. But a lot of my pain was gone once that was removed. Trying to keep up with my exercise program and drinking and eating. Thank goodness for my family and friends. They have been great.
Thank you all for your support here on the site.
Anyone have any thoughts on mechanical vs. tissue valve?? I am leaning towards tissue. My surgeon seemed to be in favor of it. Said more people are choosing that. Also, Coumadin scares the heck out of me.
I have AVR coming up and am wondering.... How do I tell my kids?? My son is 11 and my daughter is 8. I am very healthy and active other than this darn bicuspid aortic valve. It has never held me back. Until now and even now, I am still pretty active. My kids have no idea that anything is wrong. I just don't want to scare them but they need to know, especially since I will be gone for about 5 days then back at home but not normal. Any thoughts??