5 year anniversary - mitral valve "minimally invasive" OHS
Journal posted on December 16, 2019
Celebrating my 5 year anniversary of open heart surgery! Feel great! Thankful for the great doctors at Baylor Heart Hospital, Plano, TX! Also so thankful for the beautiful heart friends I've met through this site! Always open to conversation with those facing upcoming surgeries. If it hadn't been for this site and the encouragement I found here, plus my hope through Jesus Christ, I'm not sure I would have done so well. Blessings to you all - Merry Christmas!
In California at Edwards Lifescience conference Friday, Feb. 26, with my heart sisters from this site Maria W, Janet R., and Lilly B!
Update posted on...
December 16, 2015
Today is my one year anniversary from MVR surgery with Dr. Will Ryan at Heart Hospital Plano, TX. I feel great, exercised for 1.5 hours today! Still have some tightness/aches in my right side where the incision is, but overall just thankful this surgery, which I dreaded for 23 years, is behind me for now! I'm so thankful to God for His grace during the process, for my husband and rock and main care giver, and for all of you beautiful heart brothers & sisters I would not have met had it not been for our mutual heart issues. Thoughts & prayers to you with surgery before you! Merry Christmas!
What a great time at the Dallas American Heart Association Walk this morning with my heart sisters Emily & Kimberly! We missed you Nancy D & Kristen P. Next time! Didn't Emily do a great job designing the shirt?
Update posted on...
July 5, 2015
Dear heart family, please pray for two fellow Texans and friends having OHS tomorrow morning--one is a new friend I met on this site (Kristin-Ross Procedure at Heart Hospital Plano), and one is a very dear friend I've known for 30 years (who prayed me through my MVR in December) now having emergency MV replacement (Ernie at St. Lukes in Houston Medical Center). Thanks!
Well today my TEE & cardio-conversion were scheduled for 9 am and I did not sleep well. At 9:15 am the nurse let me know the doctor couldn't find an anesthesiologist, so they were moving it to 1 or 5 pm. I cried because just wanted to get it over with and not sit here thinking about it another day. At 10 am they told me I was "on" for 11 am. And then an excellent cardiologist, anesthesiologist, and nurse converted me out of afib. I am so thankful. Thanks for prayers! I get to go home tomorrow....monitoring me the rest of today and night to make sure I stay in rhythm.
Well I still have not converted out of afib, so cardio conversion is planned for about 9 am tomorrow. If it works, they will keep me to monitor for another 24 hours (into Day 7), to make sure I stay in it. If I don't convert, will probably send me home with blood thinners and I'll have to follow up with an electrophysiologist. Had another crying pity party when I go the news about 5 pm tonight...trying to regroup now and watch the Dallas Cowboys finish up their game. Thanks for all the support and prayers....it's nice to have a place to vent with people who understand.
Trying not to complain, and I'll go back and read other posts from you who did encounter the afib problem, but I have it. The've tried drugs to convert and it didn't work. Now they are trying no drugs to bring my heart rate up and see if that helps put back in regular sinus rhythm. They'll give me till Monday to convert this way, then if I'm still in afib, they will do a TEE then cardioconvert. I have to say when I heard the news today I just cried and had a big pity party. I am thankful for a newly repaired mitral valve and that I'm through the hardest days of recovery.....I think these are the "bumps" in the road mentioned. I know others are in worse shape than me, but would appreciate prayers for conversion on its own. Blessings everyone.
Wow...what a difference it makes! Got my chest tube and heart wires out about an hour ago (3:30 pm on Friday). I feel like a new woman. My heart is in a little afib they say although I can't feel it. Waiting for that to subside and my bm....then I should be heading home. Earliest is tomorrow, which would be Day 5. I do think looking back on everyone's explanations about what to expect & experience....you were all right on without sharing too many details. I get it! :) Can't wait to support the next heart brothers and sisters coming behind me/us! God is faithful to be with us during tough times!
Wow, what a huge difference the second day post up makes. They finally got me back into surgery Tuesday about 3 pm and finished about 6:30 pm. I have 2 new Chordae and a ring on my mitral valve, and no leakage! Had a little trouble coming off vent, but it's over. First full day was a bit rough, but they gave me an anti-inflammatory drug about 10 this morning and it made all the difference. 3 walks around the hall so far and many doses of spirometer! NOW I see what you guys all mean about recovery. To all who have supported and encouraged me on this journey-you are a blessing.
Don't think I'll get drain tubes out today....but hopefully tomorrow. Blessings everyone!
Cheryl made it through! Now let the healing begin. Just got up for the first time and sitting in a chair, eating a gourmet popsicle. Repair was successful, 2 new cords and a support ring. Doc says everything looks good, and "no leaking"! Cheryl will post more herself when fully awake. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts, kindness and prayers. IT helped her to get through, knowing y;all were with her.
-Peter (Cheryl's husband and now ice-spooner/server)
I'm at the hospital! Told to be here at 7 am....got here and told I was supposed to be told 9 am. Oh well. They went ahead and put me in my "get ready" room. This hospital is amazing so far. Love the staff and surroundings. Feel at peace. Ready to get this on! I'll probably hold here for at least 3 hours. Thanks for all our support and prayers.
I feel so supported from this site and all the well wishes and prayers. I am at a calmer place 2 nights out of my MV repair at Heart Hospital Baylor Plano Tuesday about noon. Thank you all. Will try to hold on to God's Word and that peace tomorrow as I wait one more day.
I'm one week out...get my mitral valve hopefully repaired next Tuesday at noonish. I"m the second case of the morning. Adam and everyone on this site have been a huge blessing as I''m preparing and trying not to worry too much. I'm just replaying all of your great advice, words of Scripture for peace and comfort, and words of encouragement. Reading concerns about the vent & pain...and I"m right there as well....as I"m a huge wimp.