Monday was a very long and anxious day but Blake’s surgery went perfectly. He was awake by Monday night and they had him sitting in a chair yesterday- today he took his first walk around the halls. He is definitely in some pain but I’m amazed at his progress. They think he can be discharged on Friday so hopefully he stays on track and we can all be home by this weekend. Thank you all for the messages. I know he still has a long road ahead of him but the information and support on this site gives me some peace of mind that he will be ok.
Hello all! I’m Cynthia- My husband, Blake, was diagnosed with Bicuspid Aortic Valve with Ascending Aorta Dilation right before Christmas and is scheduled for the Bentall procedure next Monday. We had no idea he had this condition until a murmur was heard at a routine physical for his job. To say we are nervous is an understatement- I am terrified, but I am also encouraged by so many success stories for this condition- not to mention blessed that it was caught and is fixable! If anyone is willing to share their post op experience it would be greatly appreciated- we are unsure of what to expect in the time immediately following surgery as far as length of hospital stay and pain levels. He is 38, very active and healthy other than this condition and had no signs or symptoms other than the murmur. He’s worried about how long it could take to get back to “normal” and how much his lifestyle will be affected by the blood thinners. We have a 2 year old son who is a tiny tornado and I worry that he will not understand that dad has a “boo boo” and can’t play with him for awhile. Any advice on how to navigate parenting small children while taking care of your spouse in this situation is also appreciated. Thank you for reading :o)