Zofran helped me so much with my nausea. She should try it if able. This will naturally pass soon but meds will mask till the feeling is over. She needs to push herself to expedite healing. Awesome job Michelle, keep it up!
Wonderful news! Recovery - here you are, Michelle! Finally past the wait and worries over the tubes and such. You are going to feel so much better now with every passing day. Breathing exercises coming soon and although they might seem impossible at first you will be shocked at how fast they help you improve! God bless you and your family and prayers flooding your way! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
Michelle,I am so glad this day has finally come and that you are doing so well. I look forward to reading your journal entries and hear how happy you are Now!! With fondness, Dolly (Mended Hearts,Chapter 9)
Hey Michelle! Hate to say I told you so...but I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!! Welcome to the "other side". It starts with a slow slide, then you're off and running in no time! THE WAITING IS OVER!!!! YOU ROCK!!!
Linda THE Tiger, aka Linda Dixon
Hi Michelle's Mom
You have two amazing daughters
I know them from Dr Kantors office and they are both incredible women
As a mother and grandmother I can only imagine how challenging all this is for you
I know all will go well from now on with Michelle
You have done a great job with your daughters
Hi Michelle. My name is John Weeks. Reading your journal reminded me of myself. I too had a month wait till surgery. It was the hardest part. I had bicuspid aorta replacement and because of an aneurysm part of my aorta stem was replaced as well with a graft. I am 3 months since surgery. I am 54 but feel 35 again. I just returned home from walking 3 miles! If I can be of any comfort to you and your family during this time don't hesitate to reach out to me. Like you my family was my rock. I also absolutely loved my surgeon and hospital and will never forget them. I am a better person today because of this experience. Take care.
It's Marcia Metcalf please tell Michelle how proud I am of her
Your family is very beautiful and loving
My very best wishes hot health an happiness for each of you
Please continue to keep her "fan club" informed
Lots of Love
I said special prayers this morning and am confident that you'll have a speedy recovery!
We are waiting to hear some news now but have faith in God that everything will be alright!
Stay Strong...love, Maria
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have the courage ,strength and attitude to get this thing done and over with forever! I have been thinking about you all morning and i am praying for your speedy recovery. I <3 you friend.
I have read your posts the last few days. Your experience is so relatable to mine. Linda The Tiger expressed my sentiments exactly!!! The waiting is the most worrisome part of it. Then once you have it you realize that it wasn't as hard as you expected. My first thing I did upon awaking in ICU was to touch my chest to see if it was really over because I was feeling better than I expected.
Sending you prayers Michelle and eager to see your next post!
Darlene AVR 10/17/2012
P.S. My middle name is Michelle :)
Linda is right about the tube. I remember waking up and wondering when are we going to get started? Then I realized I was past surgery. I am sure I attempted to smile just before I went back to sleep! You will do fine and before you know it....you'll be on your way to recovery. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Hi Michelle, thinking about you tomorrow and chuckling to myself at how angry you are going to be at yourself for having worried so much about your surgery! Honest...you have already endured the worst part...the waiting. You are going to be amazed. Just remember...if you do happen to be aware of the breathing tube...try to think of it as "yay!!! This sucker means it's over and I'm on the other side of this mountain, already sliding down! Don't be afraid of the pain meds, I decided that's why God made them and again you will be amazed at how bearable it really is. Not as fun as eating an ice cream sundae...but not as bad as you are probably imagining. I will keep you in my prayers and look forward to seeing you post "and I worried so much about that???"!!!
Michelle - I thought about you this morning and said a prayer for you. I will be praying for you tomorrow, too. I know I will go through a lot of the same emotions as you have, the crying and doubt, but we need to be confident that God takes care of us (and our loved ones) all of the time.
Before you know it, it will be three weeks from today and you'll be telling us about your recovery. God bless you, Jean Trausch
I realized that each day I need an ounce of encouragement to get me through the next couple of weeks. So, I wanted to touch base and let you know that we are cheering you on all the way! You are almost there! We will be praying for you!
Michelle - looking forward to your post op postings. You are going to be such a blessing as you help others who will be going through this in the future. You are goings be feeling so much better soon! Prayers coming your way!
Remember you are competent and capable and you can handle whatever comes along.
I've rented your chair at the office and you will get all of the proceeds.
I am confident that you will emerge from this challenge healthy and whole.
I will sponsor you on a triathlon in the coming months.
We are all so lucky to have you in our lives.
Lots of love
Thanks for writing back to me. I think about you everyday as our situations seem to parallel each other. I am praying that everything goes perfect for you. We decided today to take both girls with us to Duke as I didn't think I could get through the leaving on Sunday. I am lucky that my mom and brother are flying to the surgery and then will bring the girls home on Wed. It is just the craziest time in my life to go from feeling normal to crying mess,I am a Marine what the heck. Again I will continue to pray and think good thoughts for you. One question I have are you doing mech or tissue have you made that decision.
On December 5th I had my Aortic valve replaced. I was diagnosed with sever regurgitation and stenosis. I celebrated my six week anniversary today and it's hard to describe how good I feel. I've been walking 4 miles a day and climbing some of our local mountains. My surgery was very tolerable with little pain. Place your trust in your surgical team. They will take excellent care of you!
Truly, you will do just great...more so than what you think! I remember developing a determined, positive attitude whilst at the hospital. I'd get up and walk about the halls any old time--even during the nighttime and the nurses would all chuckle at me. I did recoop a while in rehab as I was all alone. That helped me a lot and it was like a mini-vacation! Good luck. You're gonna be fine! Hugs, Linda
Best of luck to you in your surgery! I will someday need aortic valve surgery too and cannot imagine yet the "pre-nerves".
Yes, you are in God's hands!
Here's to a quick recovery and back to kid's homework in no time at all!
When I was in your situation a little over a week ago I started mentally saying to myself, "48 hours from now the operation will be over and I will be so grateful" Mentally see yourself on the other side of this. For some reason this helps alot. You will do fine and before you know it you will be able to give the next person in this situation some advice. I dont know you personally but I know exactly how you are feeling and believe when I say you will do just fine.
A snow day is a gift
It encourages to find the gifts within by staying in the warmth and love within our home without distraction from the outside world
Your. Friendship is a true gift and the care and love you give will be returned many fold in good health and joy
Thank you for being my friend
Lots of love
YOU will be ok, I remeber when few months ago you told us about surgery. It felt like it was just a week ago. I will pray for you on Friday. We will miss you at work, it will be crazy here without you. See you soon...
Al Zebal's daughter here. He just headed into the hospital to start his pre-op stuff and to "hurry up and wait". I called him this morning to say hello and see how he's doing. After mentioning that he feels good and "ready", he told me about you and that you were really struggling.
I figured I would find you on here and let you know that I'm rooting for you as well and will be cheering you on.
Clearly, you have a lot of people that love you, but it doesn't hurt to have one more!
Try and replace every scary thought with one of gratitude if you can. Say it out loud so you hear it if you need to. "Fake it til you make it!" It's amazing how our bodies respond to what we tell ourselves.
Proud of everyone on this site and filled with gratitude...