Thanks Thresa, We're keeping positive thoughts. It's really good that you are keeping everyone informed. I also asked Stu and Joey to keep me in the loop. It will soon be behind him and he'll be in tip top shape in no time.
Glad you got the early time slot. You should be doing all your skin, nose and mouth prep about now. Prayers for a successful surgery with my favorite surgeon. You have a great attitude. You'll do well, hope someone posts for you and gives us an update. You're in great hands at the CC. Prayers from FL.
You will do just fine, and you will recover in now time. In reading some of the entries, I did not realize that you had so many non-Italian friends(Ha-Ha). Hope to see you soon. You have a great supporting family and friends...........leo
My name is Sean and I just had aortic valve replacement on July 23. I already feel so much better. The recovery is tuff but is well worth it. I chose a mechanical valve due to my age (33). What are you going with. Best of luck
We are confident that you are going to have a successful surgery and full recovery. Your doctor and the surgical staff will perform with the utmost urgency to get you the hell out of Cleveland as fast as possible. We are sure of that. Hurry up and get back here!
No need to thank me. Actually, I should be the one thanking you. Writing my book and developing this website has been the most rewarding experience of my life. (Next to, of course, getting married and having an incredible son.)
It's an honor and privilege to be able to support you, Richard. So, thank you!
We'll compare scars. Since you're the only guy that I know that has this problem and surgery it's not bad at all. My cow moos all the time and I'm still lying down and chewing grass. It gets cold in winter. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back to work.
The Shapiros and Sam---Woof
Thanks for your words of encouragmeent to me. I leave for Cleveland on Wednesday and will follow a similar drill. I have tests on Friday the 6th - and will be praying for you and your surgical team. Then on Monday I have my heart catherization, and head to surgery on Wednesday after meeting with Dr. Gillinov. At least the Cardinals won the last two games. We will see how it goes tonight against Houston.
Have you ever been to the Air Canada Centre before? It's really a great facility. I assume you'll be staying at a downtown hotel which will be within walking distance or a short taxi ride away from all you wish to see. The ACC is also right in the middle of the theatre section and there are lots of great restaurants downtown as well. The CN Tower is within walking distance so you might want to take a ride up the tower and look around. There is a great revolving restaurant at the top which is very affordable. We have friends who have season tickets to all the games. It's always nice to see a game in person. Certainly something to look forward to. My hospital was downtown Toronto and I watched the light show on the CN Tower each and every night....all night long!
Hey Boots ! Just us Martorano's checking in again to see how it's going . Make sure you listen to and follow all the instructions from your Doctor and Nurses and you will be back at a cubs game in no time !
love ya man !
We will be thinking of you this week only!:) You will be home before you know it... Stay strong and we can't wait to see you when you get back. When you get your appetite again, I'll come over and make you a tastey Italian dish of your choice...
Welcome to HVJ. I had a mitral valve repair in Oct/09 with a full sternotomy and just want to say it's really not all that bad. First couple of days are the toughest but it beats the alternative. You have chosen a wonderful facility so let the doctors do their job and you do yours. Try and keep calm as possible and be as informed as you can so that you realize when you wake up, and you wil wake up, that all the tubes, wires and gadgets are normal and get removed very quickly as you recover. Good luck.
We all love you and will be sending TONS of prayers your way, remember you have LOTS of angels next to you watching over you, including your mom and my dad. Wish NOTHING but the best and well come visit you when you come home!!
Like Mark and Anne, I also had my surgery at the CC this past March. Dr Gillinov gave me a bovine mitral valve and did a tricuspid repair. I was also there for 2 days of testing and met Dr G the day before my surgery. He is wonderful, knew I was at the right place with the best doctor when we met him. He is also very humble, an unusual trait for most surgeons (I am an RN). With the hundreds of people who go thru the heart pavilion every day I never felt like a number. It is very personal. You are in the best of hands, be positive, try to stay relaxed, get informed and do whatever the staff tells you to do and you'll be fine. As others have said,it's not that bad and this time next month you'll be well on the road to recovery. Prayers from FL for a successful surgery on the 6th.
Richard, We are all thinking of you with lots of love from my house! We gotta do a White Sox game together when you are recovered. Cleveland Clinic has an amazing reputation; you're in good hands. Marla and family
As a recent CC alum, I am here to tell you it's not that bad! You have selected one of the best facilities in the world. The surgeons and staff are second to none! Just be sure to keep a positive outlook. Two weeks ago I was in CICU at Cleveland Clinic and tonight we are in our RV in Breckenridge CO. Had a full day of visiting a Farmer's Market, walking our dogs, going to a concert. I never dreamed it could be this good! AND no more anxiety over that stupid valve!
You are in the very best of hands. Dr Gillinov did my AVR on May 5 of this year at CC. I had jnown about my faulty valve all my life, so at 49 I had a lot more time to prepare myself for this mentally.
Trust me that it is not as bad as you think it is going to be. Because of a couple of other issues, I had to have a median sternotomy for my bovine replacement valve surgery. Even so my recovery was quick, and I was back at work six weeks after my surgery.
The CC is outstanding, the staff and doctors are incredible. Relax and be confident knowing you will be back home quickly, and a normal life soon thereafter.
Richard: Hope all is well with you and your family. We had my daughter and granddaugher visiting for a week...they are going back today. I am sure you are getting ready for your surgery...all will turn out well. I am also getting ready to watch Nico play football this season. They are now getting ready with camps and workouts. It will be fun. Again, what is your surgery date. lco