9 days to go and I’m now officially nervous! My mitral valve repair and Maze procedure surgery is coming up on 4/24th and though I’ve been waiting since December and have been anxious to get it done , feel like , holy cow this is really happening! This week I’m having my pre op blood work and have started putting things aside to pack for the hospital but sometimes I still feel as if it’s happening to someone else. I have total confidence in my surgeon and am not afraid of the surgery as far as the actual procedures as he’s the best in my area, but I am afraid of the “controlled trauma “to my body which has to happen in order to fix the problems. There’s no way around it except to not have OHS which is not an option! Reading this blog is so helpful; God bless Adam for giving us a sanctuary of information and support for one another, and I’m so grateful to all of you for sharing your stories.
I finally got to speak with the RN at the surgeon’s office as my surgery is in 3 weeks. I’m having a mitral valve repair due to severe regurgitation and also a maze procedure. I was really hoping to have minimally invasive surgery but Dr Hashim feels the sternotomy is best for me. Sue, the RN, says that because the doctor is also concerned with the aesthetics of the procedure, the incision will not go all the way up to the top of the sternum so that patients can still wear V neck clothing, etc. It’s been a long wait for surgery, since December, so I’m happy it’s in 3 weeks now, but of course I’m feeling some anxiety as well. I have a lot of confidence in the surgeon, I’m told he’s a master of this procedure and his success rate is excellent so my nervousness is more because of the serious nature of OHS in general. I’m thinking of my fellow heart warriors who are in surgery today and this week, you are so brave and strong and my inspiration for my upcoming surgery!!