Cindy Felicicchia posted a note for Richard that says:
I know you'll be back to reading these soon. We hear your heart is beating strong!! Joe felt honored you mentioned him and cant wait to prepare you a meal (ok maybe me). I can't promise it will be good, but healthy!
We wish you the very best! Thanks to Theresa for keeping everyone in the loop!
Paul and Ande Reiter posted a note for Richard that says:
Richard and Teresa - Ande and I are remembering you both in our prayers. We trust that you will do well in the hands of Dr. Gillinov, his team and the good Lord.
Please keep us posted.
Jim Jones posted a note for Richard that says:
Tomorrow is your day. The very best of success with the surgery. I look forward to following the updates. Great hospital, great surgeon. All the best.
Bob, Barb and the elves posted a note for Richard that says:
The Claus family is with you in spirit tomorrow. You are in the best hands---God and the surgeon. Look forward to having you back in town to collect your new Christmas toy.
Sidney Nash posted a note for Richard that says:
Sorry to hear you are so soon to get replacement valve. I did ask my surgeon, Dr. Hughes at Duke, how much riskier a second surgery would be from the first. He told me the surgeries were very similar in risk (< 1%). Hope this helps. You will do fine, second time will be much easier.
Tom Griesen posted a note for Richard that says:
I too have had my aortic valve replaced twice. In 12/10, the original was replaced with a pig valve. In April of 2013, a mechanical valve was put in. My pig valve began to fail and with surgery they found that the pig valve had endocarditis. The mechanical valve is doing fine at this time. I chose the pig valve originally to be able to get off of cummadin. Like your situation, all arteries were clear which was the good news.
Susan Smith posted a note for Richard that says:
Richard, no date yet. I go to Cardio the 7th of March, so that is my deadline on the 50 pounds. I am already classified as "severe" and he has already talked replacement valve and other test. So I feel that he didn't go to the next step as he wanted me to lose weight. I can't exercise much so it is cut portions and types of food. No cakes, no Chicago hot dogs, etc.... just basics. This is a must do for me. This time for you is going to do the trick and let you get on with your life as it should be. The very best of everything and you are in my prayers for smooth surgery and recovery.
Joseph Kusiak posted a note for Richard that says:
Hi Richard, I had a my aortic valve replaced 4.5 months ago with a tissue valve. How did you find out yours was leaking? I can not imagine how you must have felt when hearing the news even though it was 3 years later.
Carol Jackson posted a note for Richard that says:
So sorry to hear about your valve redo. I guess we all know that there can be complications with our surgery either sooner, later or not at all. So thankful that they can do a redo. I had surgery Oct. 8 at Mayo and so far so good. I will be your prayer warrior!
Susan Smith, pre-op and waiting posted a note for Richard that says:
Hey Richard, since I am trying to lose 50 lbs (37 down)I am glad someone can eat all that delicious food. After this is all over with for you, eat some for me. Keeping you in prayer for success all away around.
John McLaughlin posted a note for Richard that says:
Hey I like pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and cake too! You have the diet of a 13 year old! Thinking of you and hope you have a successful surgery on Thursday - the team is pulling for you and cannot wait to see you back at the rink and hear some of your jokes again!
Paul Reiter posted a note for Richard that says:
Richard I remember the waiting after the heart cath as if it were yesterday. You and I know that Doctor Gilinov is the best, and that his team is one of the best as well. Please know that I have half of St. Louis praying for you! Know that you will be remembered on Thursday. Best wishes my friend.
Jim Jones posted a note for Richard that says:
Now that is what I call a great diet! I love food so I get it. I think i was born for food. So glad you have a clean bill of health on your arteries. One thing to cross off the list. Have a great meeting tomorrow- you have an excellent surgeon. Best.
Sandy Wummer posted a note for Richard that says:
Richard, sorry about the redo.. 16 weeks ago I had a redo that only lasted 12 weeks! (I got a bad endocarditis infection that ruined the first. I was pretty pissed myself. But after much crying and worry, the second surgery wasn't that bad and I feel grateful we have a "fixable" condition. I pray you do well, and keep posting.
Joe and Katie Boehm posted a note for Richard that says:
Glad to hear you made it there safely...and still cracking jokes! It's good to see your spirits are up. All the best to you as you go through this process. You, Theresa and they boys are in our thoughts and prayers. Your entire hockey family is thinking of you and wishing you all the best AND a speedy recovery!