That's fascinating, I've never heard of anything like that. Has it been controlling your pain? It certainly does look like the catheter is super thin, so it should come out easily. Let us know how it goes.
So glad to hear your surgery went well.
What type of incision did you have?
Did they place an annular ring and/or repair the leaflets?
My surgeon thinks I'll only need an annular ring, no leaflet repair. That's why I'm asking.
If you had the minithoracotomy....how's the incision with wearing a bra?
Thank you for the update. Kerry is in all of our prayers. We will keep watching the site to celebrate her success
You will be amazed how well she breezes through this procedure. She is ready to impress!
Its very rewarding to see the look of awe in your familys face when you ROCK the recovery! God Bless
Best wishes to you on this journey Kerry. May your surgery be a complete success and may you have a speedy recovery. I am a FB friend of your mom Betty who is a wonderful woman. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Try to relax today. Laugh! You are so close! Once you wake up in ICU the relief hits immediately. It's amazing!!! You can do this better than all of us before you. You're strong! Those long runs will be here by summer.
My prayers are with you. Send us all a quick post when you can- with new valve!
Slippers, take slippers. You're a runner. You are going to want to get up and moving as soon as you can. It will hurt, but push through. Rest. Then do it again, but farther. Before you know it you'll be doing laps around the ICU. Hey, what else is there to do? All that will get your healing into high gear and you'll be amazed at yourself. You are going to be 125% when all this is over. Wow!
Here's a trick you can use to get out of bed without pain. Hook your foot under the doo-dad at the end of the bed and do a crunch to sit up. Or someone can hold your ankles down. That was huge for me.
I did bring one pair of pajamas. I used them on day 3. I brought something that had a nice fragrance, perfume or body spray. I used the dry shampoo. bit didn't really like it. My most important things were lip balm and throat lozenges. I brought a cardigan with buttons and yoga pants, actually I wore them there.My slippers came in handy also. The hospital gave me a bag with every toiletry i needed even though I had brought it all. I was there 5 days with day one being surgery day. I had a repair for mitral valve regurgitation.
It will be here and over before you know it. the waiting is the hardest. I had my surgery about 5 weeks after seeing the surgeon, so my wait wasn't awful.
You will do fine,
I brought a lot of stuff I didn't use (books, magazines, thank you notes), but there are a couple things I was really glad I brought. One was my own pillow, and the other was my ipad. The pillow was crucial for me because the pillows at Cleveland Clinic were hard and awful. The ipad was nice for watching movies, checking email and doing journal entries.
God speed and good luck! It won't be nearly as bad as you are imagining. The waiting is the worst!
hi kerry. i think you are my second cousin. your mom and i are cousins and i never know how it goes after that. OMG you look exactly like your mom!!. sorry to hear about your heart valve problem, but the md's will fix it like new. i will be praying for your protection during surgery and your speedy recovery.
love, kathy campbell linarelli
Waiting is the hardest part, but now you're in the last week countdown. I also found it helped a great deal to find things to do, especially with family and friends. I'm sure the road trip will be good for you. You'll arrive on the other side to a mended heart soon. Hang in there. Blessings
- Jim Smith
I also have issues with IV's. I have learned that if I ask for someone from the "IV team" it goes so much easier. Those are the people that put the pic lines in. If you ever need one of those they are great. Even with my tiny vein issues,my OHS surgery went very, very well. It was so much less than I ever anticipated. I had a mitral valve repair without any complications.
You will do fine. the waiting and anticipating are so much worse than the actual procedure.
Hang in there,
That experience sounds crappy. I'm so sorry. I hated my IV's as well. (Unfortunately, there are more to come with OHS)
However, I LOVED my PICC line. It's one they put in your neck. You don't feel it. It doesn't get in the way. They put it in while you're asleep. When some of the meds went through my arm they burned a bit, but I couldn't feel anything going through the PICC.
Maybe you could suggest they use one and keep it in for recovery! Good luck Stephanie Cole
So glad that is over for you, I know what you mean about needles I am more scared about getting the IV than anything else. Wow what a horrible time you had with that part but the great news is, it's over.
I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you (and your dad). I'm glad the cath is over for you and will look forward to your posts about the next procedure. Take care and get lots of rest. Please call if you need anything.
So glad the cath is done. Didn't know you had such a strong aversion to needles being poked at you, but a "baby" you are not. I've always seen you as a strong spirited, willed woman. Can they give you a valium or something to take the edge off before they stick you in the future? Just a thought. Thinking of you.
The cath is not all that bad. Not only did the sedative relax me, it caused me to forget the entire procedure once it ended. The cath is also necessary. The surgeon has to know ahead of time whether the coronary arteries have any plaque or blockage.
- Jim Smith