Today marks my three weeks post OHS! Grateful for so many things. Just got back from a short walk and of course my heart is pounding but I'm feeling good and that's the main thing. Quick questions, how long before the big bump at the top of my Sternum goes away. My nurse said something about it being fat that collects underneath that area and it will go down in a few months. UGG it's so ugly!
Hi Heart Family,
I wanted to let you know that everything went really well with my OHS. I ended up having my bicuspid aortic valve replaced with a tissue valve on April 25th. The doc said I lost alot of blood during the surgery and they really wanted to do a blood transfusion before I left the hospital but I ended up not having to. Also the nurse told my Mom that it takes three months to replenish the top half of your body with blood. Who knew? I've been pretty exhausted every since I got home but each day I'm making progress. Sleep is still tough and sleeping in a recliner is not fun either. But I'm able to get myself out of any chair now and walk around by myself. When did you all start sleeping in a bed? I think I'm getting close. Also, my scar looks so good. I'm really happy with the job that they did. All for now.
So my surgery got postponed until tomorrow. Can you believe it??? I guess two emergency surgeries came up and they asked me if I minded if we do it tomorrow or at midnight tonight. I'm happy to let someone that's in an emergency go before me. So I'm home relaxing as it's a beautiful, hot day here and I get to enjoy my family before I have this tomorrow. So not all bad. Stay tuned.....
Good morning Heart Sisters and Brothers,
At last my surgery day is here! I'm leaving for the hospital soon this am. Pre Op went well yesterday. I was more concerned with my phone that I lost for about three hours in downtown. Anyways, I'm ready, I've said my prayers and I've decided to move forward anyways.......I'll be in touch after my surgery. Thank you all so much for your support. Prayers are much appreciated for me, my surgeon and his team and my family. Xo
Hello Heart Sisters and Brothers,
I would love any and all advice on what I need to pack for the hospital and what I need at home for recovery. So far I have just ordered bras from Amazon and I'm looking into renting a recliner to sleep in. I've heard boxers, heating pad, shoes/slippers to walk the halls of the hospital. What do you wear to go home in? I'm a planner so I will be ready you can count on it when the day of April 24th rolls around. I'm sure grateful for all of you and the support this community offers. Been telling all my friends about you wonderful people and they just think it's great to have such a place where I can get this kind of help. Thank you all so much!!!! And of course to Adam for starting this supportive/caring community. xo
Just a quick question, I have tingling in my right hand. I think this might because of my angiogram as it's been going on since then. It feels like there is a cuff around my elbow area and super tight. I really think it's muscular related as my nurse could not get my IV in and I started to get nervous and tensed up bc it hurt! Could be nerve damage too. I'm two weeks out before my surgery and want to make sure this is nothing before I have my procedure. Should I call my doctor?
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones and allow each soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us! May today there be peace within.
Hi there! I'm new to this community but so grateful for it. My surgeon gave me Adam's book at my last appointment. So many things on my mind but the BIGGEST is the decision is what valve to go with. All three surgeons that I've talked to have said OnX if it were them but ultimately my decision and my surgeon said he will do whatever I decide. Can those who have the OnX valve tell me about it and if they hear the clicking noise at all. Also anyone that is around my age which is 53 tell me if they got a tissue valve and what their experience has been. THANK YOU so much. So much anxiety around all these decisions.