It has been a while since I blogged with all of you. But things have been very busy. Had my surgery on February 3rd. All went well. New valve-no noise could not be happier. Peter Knight and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital were wonderful. Especially the nurse I had for the last 3 nights of my stay. She became very protective of me and that is exactly what I needed. She went above and beyond the call of duty to try to make me comfortable. I will be writing Strong a nice long letter about her. Had my first appointment with my visiting nurse today and I asked her about this sharp stabbing pain I get certain ways I move. Did any of you have this. It feels like the two parts of the sterum are rubbing together. Let me know your experience. Secondly, to all you women out there, I found a bra that worked perfect for me after the surgery. The nurses at the hospital even commented on how nice they were. Go to www.contourmd.com. I ordered Style 620 A in one size larger than my normal size. They cost about $40.00 well worth the investment. Wore compression vest the first night, but once I was moved to the floor I changed and was able to stop the rubbing and chaffing. I have been wearing them ever since. Please let me know about the sternum.
I have a question for all of you who have a mechanical valve. I have heard they make a noise. Does this noise bother you and can anyone else hear it? Certainly I know it can be heard with a stethoscope, but I mean anyone standing next to you. Please let me know your experience. Thank you.
My surgery is now scheduled for February 3rd at Strong Memorial. So happy this is another thing checked off the list. I want to thank everyone who responded to my questions about lifetime blood thinners. It really was a help. I noticed a lot of you that are on blood thinners mentioned about eating broccoli and greens. Is there a reason if you are on blood thinners you cannot eat these foods. Just wondering.
Thanks again everyone.
My doctor has recommended a mechanical value due to my age. However, I am so afraid of lifetime blood. Can anyone who has had a mechanical value let me know how it is going being on the blood thinners. I have a fear because my uncle was on blood thinners, fell and bleed to death. However, the pig value only last 10 to 15 years and I am only 59 years old. Don't want to have to do this again. Let me know your experience. Thanks.
On January 8th, I met with my surgeon, Discussed all my options and signed all the paperwork to move forward with the surgery. Three more decisions out of the way. Surgeon Dr. Peter Knight, hospital Strong Memorial in Rochester, NY and I will be receiving a mechanical valve. Now I just have to wait for the doctor's office to call me with the date and time. Feel much more relaxed since talking to the surgeon. Ready to move forward and get this done.