Getting ready to leave for the hospital soon. Nervous and anxious at the same time. Leaving the kids will be difficult today.
This site has been helpful for me over the last few months. Thanks to everyone who shared thoughts. I look forward to sharing recovery journals soon!
So I'm 4 days away from surgery and I feel good about everything. I can't say I'm 100% worry free, but reading everyone's journals has been very helpful.
My 9 year old seems to be asking a lot of questions and I sense some worry on his part - how did you all deal with questions from your children? I want to be honest, but don't want to worry them. I know there is no "right answer" and it is frustrating.
As for recovery I have a list of things I want to catch up on but don't know when I'll feel up to it. Just know I want to leave the hospital as soon as I can. Any tips for making the hospital stay better? I'm all ears.
Thanks everyone - onto Monday!
Well, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I am 8 days away from surgery and am feeling more confident every day. These last 2 days have been rough though. Feel like I'm snapping at people because I am still either angry, scared or both!. Just can't wait to return to a normal life. Toughest thing so far was telling the kids, but I think they understand that I must get this done and have no choice. Anyway, this journal has been fantastic and I look forward to being able to pay it forward when I am successfully recovering in my house!
Hi everyone. Thank you to all who took the time to write to me. Your thoughts and comments mean more than you know. I'm still a bit fearful, but am in a much better place than I was just a few weeks back. My feelings are now more of acceptance as I know I must have this done.
I am trying to prepare myself for what comes after and wonder how long it'll take to start feeling better and going about my normal routine. I know this is different for everyone, but your thoughts are appreciated. Just want to pick up the kids, play with them and throw a ball around, but I know this will take a while.
Again, thank you all for your thoughts. I'll keep you posted!
First post. I'm having surgery May 19th to correct an ascending aortic aneurysm. At the same time my surgeon is going to attempt to repair a bicuspid aortic valve. I've had so much time to think about this, but the fear has not subsided. I'm 37 and completely healthy otherwise, but still worry about the procedure. I'm sure this is normal, but how have you all coped with the anticipation. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.