To the little family that could, can and always will overcome the challenges that life throws at them, the Bloomfields. We are immensely happy to hear that you are positively progressing Sara. Thank you for being willing to share the experience with all in your life. Undergoing open heart surgery is brave but being vulnerable to sharing the granular details can require just the same amount of bravado. We hope to spend time with you and the family in the near future when you are up for the challenge of visiting with a wild one and her Brit bloke. Take care! Our prayers will continue ;-)
Hello Sarah, Matt, and Olivia, I had by bi-cuspid aortic valve replaced last year March 17 at Froedtert in Milwaukee. I have a bovine valve now. I lknew my surgery was inevitable (my stenosis was severe) but I was not having symptoms and was hoping to put it off as long as possible. I have children ages 22, 20, 18, and 16 year old twin boys. I know this sounds very old compared to Olivia but I hated to miss a moment of their lives. I was aiming for surgery in the summer or 2012. Between my oldest daughter's colege graduation in May and my sons football games in fall. Instead, I went to an appt. with my cardiologist(Dr Woods) and was admitted to Froedthert. Dr. Nikolosi(he's good) did my surgery on March 17. My husband spent the first night in the ICU by my side. March 18 was our Wedding anniversary. I I remember at one point he said "this kind of creepy!" Not how we had envisioned our 23ird Anniversary. It's been 1 year now and I feel great, probably better then I have in years( I think thatI didn't realize that I had been having symptoms). I know the aorta replacement makes it all more complicated, but open heart surgery IS open heart surgery! Cardiac rehab is a blessing. Don't be afraid to keep your pain controlled, it really helps you to keep moving. I was shocked by the pain but it really does get better everyday. I know it will be hard to keep up with Olivia but please let your family do all the lifting and chasing for 6 weeks so you can heal and stay healed. Lean on your family and give them the honor of caring for you. I feel your pain. A second surgery must have been a nightmare. Trying to moves with all tubes is bad enough but another surgery???? Home will feel so good! Please know I am praying for you and your family. My husband Greg is sending extra prayers Matt's way. You can do this and remember Olivia will fine with all the extra hugs she'll be getting for a few weeks. Julie Sokol
Sara and family,
Prayers and good wishes from this N.J. former HVJ patient. I have been following your journal, and I am so glad you are on the road to recovery. Will continue to send prayers and best wishes, Kate MV repair 5/12
Hi, Sara. We've been thinking of you, Matt and Olivia often these past 2 weeks. So glad you are on the "other" side of surgery and your recuperation is going forward. Matt, good job temporarily taking over on the updates.
Kevin and Lissa Gorman
Hi my friend, I an so sorry you had to go back into surgery after your long procedure. I have been so worried about you and am hoping to get an update soon. Praying for strength for you and Matt.
Rob and I are praying for a full and speedy recovery for Sara. . Gods plan for her is health and wholeness and to be back at home with her family. God bless you and keep you and Olivia.
Rob and Susie
Hi that was a little scary. Hope all goes ok from here on out. Don't need those kind of problems going on. Will keep you all in my prayers and good luck to Sara and Bessie.
Don't let Bessie eat to much grass, maybe that was a little indigestion. Better days are coming. Gods speed to you.
LInda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Sara, I am praying for you. I, too, have mitral valve prolaspe and I am looking at the process of repair/replacement. Your journal will be my window and I am thankful to have the view. God is the 'Great Physician' and He will bring you through this. :)
Sending you love and hugs this morning! Sara, with your amazing family, friends and B. Tuff by your side you will be on the road to a speedy recovery in no time. Matt, please let us know if there is anything you need.
Hi Sara and family, Happy to hear all is good. Welcome to the other side of the mountain. There is a lot of green grass here for Bessie to graze on. lol. Everyday will be a better one. So here is to a speedy recovery. Its a long one but a good and rewarding one. Life is good.
Linda H and Elsie ( Oh Elsie says Hi to Bessie) AVR 9/19/12
Hi Sara and Matt, Great to hear good news on how surgery is progressing. I can only imagine how eager Matt is to see Sara in ICU safely through OR. Please give Sara a big hug from me and greetings from everyone at Cure CMD. Anne
Came home on my lunch break specifically to check on Sara!! What great news. We will all now pray for a speedy recovery. The worst worry is over. Matt be sure to rest yourself. You have been through an ordeal also. Love and prayers to all. I have a reason to smile all day!!! So happy for you and your family.
Hi Matt, Thinking about you. I have been on your side as well as having the same surgery 6 months ago. Neither is no fun espically being on your side. My Dad and Daughter had OHS. It is the longest and hardest dayof your life , but she will be ok. Pretty soon she will be talking about Bessie. Good luck to you and hang in there it will be over pretty soon. I'll keep watching, God is good and he is their with Sara.
Inda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
There are many of us thinking about you this day. I was thinking about you in the middle of the night and was praying for you then and now. Things will be over soon and you can get back to your beautiful family. Know that we will be with you in thought all day--you will never be out of my mind today. Hang "tough" little troll!!!
How can you go wrong with B. Tuff on your side! That is a great story! I will be keeping you in my prayers for a safe and successful surgery and speedy recovery. Remember---God is with you ALWAYS :)
God bless you and your family,
Everything is going to be just fine. I have the same diagnosis as you are and glad to received the healing and favor of God on me. I am 3 weeks post-op and recovering faster than supposed to be. I felt God's presence and peace before my surgery by memorizing Psalm 23:4 and a few Bible verses. "Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you where you go". Joshua 1:9
My prayers to you, your family, your Doctor and his staff.
Hi Sara. wishing you the very best of luck for your surgery. i had my aortic valve replaced in nov 2011 , 3 months before my wedding ! the first few weeks were hard dont get me wrong but the memories fade quickly. your daughter is just beautiful. her smiling face will get you through the rough days .
Ryan and Heather shared your Journal with me. I had my Mitral Valve replacement 14 years ago, and I wished I would have had something like this. It is so helpful to know you are not alone in this journey. Although our surgeries may be different, I think the pre and post experience is probably similar. You will do great! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. By the way Olivia is adorable and due to your match making skills and my valve replacement I am now enjoying two beautiful grandchildren. Good luck tomorrow! Rebecca Vossler
We are thinking of you, sending much love and hugs your way and also to Matt and Olivia. Hoping all is well with you now so you can have your date on Thursday and Bessie can become part of you and join your wonderful family! Keeping all of you in our prayers. Ron and Marilyn
Sara, I just want you to know that you & your family are in my prayers. I am also a mom, of 2 young boys, and I am facing mitral valve surgery at some point in the not too distant future. I hope this blog is as helpful to you as it already has been for me. thank you for sharing your story. I wish you all the best for a complete and speedy recovery! ~ Laura
hi sara, God will be with you. on the 21st when you go for surgery will be the same day i will be siing back my cardiologist to finalize the plans and see the surgeon we would pick after that meeting. God is good and I couldn't wait to read your very first journal post op...
My surgery is tomorrow and I am just trying to remain calm and take care of last minute details today. Remember that we are all here for each other and your feelings are normal. Take care and I'll be checking on you as soon as I am able to.
I read your posts and I will be thinking of you. The best part about this site is that you can take so much comfort from the prayers and thoughts that you've received from everyone, what a great support group.
It is a roller coaster ride and one that most people would never want to get on. We can sympathize with how your feeling.
I'm almost 38 years old and was born with a congential heart defect called Aortic Stenosis, I have had 3 open heart surgeries. My last one was September 2006, this is my second mechanical St. Jude Aortic valve and also had my first aortic root replacement.
Your post is absolutely right, I was more worried about how my family was dealing with their emotions because I was 'sleeping'.
The MOST important sentence I kept in my head that had me released from the hospital in 4 days was ' I will push through any pain, cause I'm going home '. No matter how I felt I didn't let the pain take over me! Push the pain out and push forward!! Mind over pain and body! Trust me, you can do it! Get home to your family, husband, and daugther.
Hi Sara! Lauren just let me know about your surgery. I'm so sorry I didn't reach out sooner, if I had known I would have! If you need anything at all - someone to watch G, some (heart-healthy) food, anything at all, please let Jim and I know. Sending you lots of love and warm thoughts.
xo, Jennie & Jim