My brother had something similar to help his heart recover after a heart attack. I was amazed when I learned about it. It worked well for my brother and I am sure the balloon will give Chris's heart time to recover enough to resume pumping on its own.
Hey Chris and Nikki, Said prayers for you in church yesterday for a good day today. I know the stress level you are going thru as I had to do it with my daughter 3 years ago. Tomorrow will be a better day. Will be saying prayers for both of you. Thanks for the updates.Nikki get a good night sleep tonight so you will be strong tomorrow.
Niki, We've been thinking of and praying for Chris all day--still praying for you, Chris and your whole family…
Love in Christ,
Jim and Donna Smith
(Jim's having mitral valve re-replacement on March 13 at Mt. Sinai)
Yay!!!!!! Go Chris!!! Thanks Niki for the update. Breathe a little easier, Chris is getting ready to slide down the other side of this mountain he just climbed. Now the hardest part really is over. He is fixed!!!
Thanks again and keep us posted.
Hi niki - seems as tho everyone got up earlier that I did & got here before me - however the wishes are the same. You will be amazed at the recovery ! G - b. bless - and yes yes keep us posted.
Nancy Friedman. St Louis ( Mitch long lost cousin)
Almost there! A few more really long hours for Niki and family, then comes the call from the surgeon that all went well. Chris is doing his part, hang as strong as you can Niki. Then when that call does come, exhale, cry your eyes out, and start imagining your wonderful life again with a fixed Chris.
We are all thinking of you, Chris and your family.
Hi Niki, somehow I missed Chris's post last night, I wanted to "talk to him" before he went in, but I know he knows my prayers are with you all today. You try not to worry (I know, easier said than done) but Chris really is in great hands and I believe from reading Chris's posts about Dr. Stelzer, Jesus is really in the operating room with him, guiding his hands.
Thanks for taking over the duties for Chris. Please, please keep us updated. We have gotten really close to one another and are waiting with you, even though we are miles apart.
Breathe....he will be fine!!! And he will feel much, much better!!!
Chris. You'll probbkt get This after you are on the other side - so I wanna say WELCOME ! Praying & thinking of you as so many did for me & so many others.
Your family will pull you thru. I'm almost 3 weeks post & feel super. You will too ! Enjoy the ride & be well. Am re couping in fla keys - not too shabby! It only hurts when u sneeze. So don't sneeze! :).
You ARE ready Chris. As ready as anyone can be. Like I said I'll be praying for you and thinking of you every minute you are in there tomorrow. Remember, you are in the hands of a gifted surgeon and a special human being. Soon it'll be over, you'll be on the "other side", and on your way to a super recovery. Can't wait to hear all about it. Try to rest up tonight.
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. After reading a few posts it sounds like you've got your faith and trust in the right places; God and your doctor.
Mario (Your mother's favorite cousin)
You are ready my friend! I hope you had a great day. Tomorrow the hard work is up to your surgeon. And since he does so many of these, it will be just another day at the office for him. Probably won't even mention it at dinner tomorrow night.
I can't wait for you to be on the other side of surgery. Go for it! Grab the brass ring and start prepping for the rest of your fantastic life, sans symptoms.
My thoughts are with you, Niki and you family.
Chris, good luck tomorrow, you will do fine, after tomorrow you can start to put this behind you and get on the road to recovery. Weeks will go by fast and before you know it you will be back to your normal life. Take care, praying for you. GOD Bless. jim
Enjoy your day. Tomorrow it is out of your hands.
It is a good thing it is out of your hands and in the hands of a gifted surgeon.
You will walk in there ready and believe it or not calmer than you think. I will be thinking about you and looking forward to updates.
Remember I am very close by for you and family 914-723-6986
hi chris-its linda.figured id let yu know who it is before i finish my message and forget to sign it again-lol. well tomarrow is the big day to forever improve your life-quality of life that is!you will be fine. wonderful hospital. i was that 4 yr old tryin to escape from there 50 yrs ago,before my 1st surgery. take care and may god bless you and your family
I know we talk and text and email a lot outside of here but figured I would post also. Just wanted you, and everyone who reads your guestbook, to know what a great journey this has been. I am so glad we connected here at HVJ. I don't know how I could have done this without you and your support. I know our paths crossed for a reason and we, together, did our homework and wound up with the same procedure, same surgeon and same hospital 9 days apart. It is a special connection. I only wish we were having it two days apart so we can share that "dorm" room and call on the hot nurses together...would be like a college party :). In any case, when you go in there on Monday, know that a part of me is going in there with you.
All the best,
Hey Chris! Mike Lawler here. Barclay just gave me the Cliff's notes on what you're dealing with. I'm so sorry to hear that your family is having to go through this. If there is anything I can do, please please please don't hesitate to ask.
I know you must be scared, but if I learned anything from my mom's successful assassination of her pancreatic cancer, SPIRIT plays a huge roll in your health. Nobody is as funny as you are without a gifted spirit.
We'll be thinking of you and the family Monday. Good luck!!!
I just found this website today, and Isaw your story. Reading your journal brought back the butterflies that I had prior to my aortic valve replacement. I am now 38 years old. I had my surgery on 12-17-2004. I just want you to know I will be sending up prayers for you on Monday and for your recovery. God bless you!
I too was supposed to get a cadaver valve in the pulmonary position but they did not have one that was the correct size. Dr. Stelzer mentioned to me before the surgery that this was a possibilty.
In the Ross Procedure, my native pulmonary valve was moved to the aortic position and then the pulmonary was replaced with a Medtronic Freestyle valve (tissue valve from a pig). I too was born with a bicuspid aortic valve but it was also damaged when I had rheumatic fever when I was 14. I was 53 when it was replaced.