Glad to hear Steve is now out of ICU. Hopefully things will continue to progress and he will get stronger each day.
Please keep the posts coming.
I go in at 5:30 am tomorrow for my 7:30 surgery. Hope to repair, if not, replace, the mitral valve. Karen
Hey Steve! Glad to hear all the good updates from Gloria, and so relieved for you that they were able to do the repair rather than the mechanical replacement. Alex and I are thinking about you and hope to see you soon!
Steve, I was so happy to hear that they were able to do the repair. That is great news! I hope you have a smooth and speedy recovery. We miss you around here. I am heading off to Ohio tonight for the holiday weekend to celebrate my mother-in-law's 90th birthday. It should be a lot of fun; all of my husband's family will be there. Get well soon! Dorothy
This is pretty cool how you can have a site detaling your progress I am so proud of you and you courage. I have to mention nothing was said about your oral hygiene. :). Don't make me fly out there and brush your teeth. Seriously I am glad your doing great. You take care and stay strong. We are all cheering for you.
Linda Tincher and family
Stevwn, it sounds as though you are being taken good care of by everyone, your mom, dad, Gloria, doctors, nurses and all the staff in the hospital. Are you not sure they are not spoiling you?
I am still praying for you and everyone envolved. Take care!!! LOve you.
So glad they were able to repair the valve, and that he is breathing on his own! Yes those ice chips are wonderful!!! Keep taking those deep breaths, the next day will be hard, but you can do it!!! Stay strong and determined.
Incredibly glad to read all is going well and that you're moving toward a speedy recovery. Looking forward to sharing book, movie and TV recommendations with you while you're resting! Joe and I have a running list already!
And thank you, Gloria, for keeping us all updated!
I will be thinking of you in the morning and saying a prayer. Going at 5am is the BEST because you don't have time to think about it...just get up and go. Best of luck and post as soon as you can!
You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. It's a strange feeling, being wheeled into that OR, but it's the last thing you remember before you wake up on the other side and breathe that sigh of relief! You will do fine, remember to take deep breaths and keep the ice chips close by.
Will be thinking about you tomorrow and sending serious healing vibes your way. We're on hand for all the things the surgeon can't do-- company, games, recovery food, books, movies, laffs... you know, the important stuff. I know you'll be back to your old spidey self again in no time.
Good luck Steven! 5 days out and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. Given your age, you will probably recover faster than all the rest of us. Will say a prayer and keep an eye out for your post-surgery updates.
Steven we are praying for you and I am sure things will go well. I always thought I would have to have my valve replaced but so far so good. I have mitral valve prolaspe..at my age I guess I should not worry.
Tell Joey to call me and let me know how things go tomorrow and we love you
Steven, you are a vewy strong guy. God is with you always. through good times and bad times. Just rely on Him for added strength as you go through this surgery. I am praying for you along with our church. I love you. Take care.Love you,. grandma Dean
I had the same thing..I was stuffed and I actually started to get a sore throat. I went to my primary care doc and he gave me some antibiotics to take as a precaution. When I had my pre-op apps they just wanted to check my airway to make sure it was open. I was stuff right up to the day of the surgery but when I woke up from the surgery I was fine.
Drink lots of water, orange juice and take some vitamins! Don't be afraid to call the doctor and let them know what is going on. They want you to be 100% healthy when you go into surgery!
Thinking of you, I know this is a stressful time, the waiting! You will do fine.
Hi Steven, I think you should call your doctor. I had a "cold" 2 weeks ago, that overnight turned into bronchial pneumonia. You might need some antibiotics prior to surgery. Just to be on safe side. Good luck!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
I am 36 years old and I had my Mitral Valve replaced with a St Judes Mechanical valve about 6 months ago. I will echo what everyone else has said previously. I haven't really changed my lifestyle at all, I'm just more cautious when doing things that could possibly make me bleed. I use a regular razor to shave, I have a few drinks every now and then and I still eat green leafy veggies, but I just try to be consitant with them. The biggest inconvience with the coumadin is probably going to the lab and getting the blood test, but the home monitoring kit would probably help with that...im looking into getting one. The coumadin is really not that big of a deal, you will get used to it. And hopefully there will be better drugs approved soon. I can hear my vavle clicking, but as time has gone its begining to fade...I sometimes stop and listen for it as I miss hearing it! Good Luck to you!!
I had my aortic valve replaced 2/6/12 with the On-X mechanical valve. It takes some adjustments to mostly your eating habits. You will be shown how to regulate your INR levels and you will do fine. I now check my own INR Range with a home test kit and submit it by phone. Your young,active,lifestyle probably won't change very much. As far as choice of mechanical valves,check out www.onxlti.com if you have not already done so. My surgeon preferred this mechanical valve. I hope the study has good results.Take care and as Adam says "Keep on Tickin!"
I had a mechanical AVR On 9/20/2011. I tried an electric razor and hated it. I blade shave and have no problems. I now take a baby aspirin and coumadin. I bled more before my surgery when I took a full strength aspirin only. I probably have a beer or two 4-5 nights per week. Again, no problems. If you take Coumadin, I would recommend a home INR monitor. Coumadin is not a big deal and you will adapt to it. I eat and drink whatever I want except for cooked greens like spinach, kale, etc. your diet needs to be consistent for sure. Within a few years new drugs like pradaxa and xarelta will be approved for valves. The ticking is not a big deal either, you get used to it.
AVR and aortic root replacement 9/20/2011
Hi Steve, I will try and answer a few of your questions. My daughter at the age of 29 had a St Judes valve put in. She has 3 very active kids. Now the doctor told her, cause she has to take coumadian for the rest of her life, is to shave with electric razor. If you nike yourself it will bleed a lot more. As far as eating green leafy salads no, anything with vitamin K in it will mess up your blood. And you need to take your pill the same time everyday, and have INR checked all the time. Hope this helped you. If you have any other questions I will get ahold of her and have her email you. Good luck
For the long haul