Thanks every one. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Hurt when I was stuck for the Iv and then for the numbing stuff. Was quick.
Worst part was lying there for 2 hrs. Couldn't really sleep cause nurses kept coming to check on my wound.
Results were everything else looked great. My arteries are wind open.
Now just need to rest its a little sore. Count down is on to my surgery 2/20.
I am in the it's right around the corner phase not thinking about it too much but starting to think about it more and more.
My family helps keep me grounded and distracted.
I have my Catch and my fellow HVJ buddy Linda has really helped ease my mind on that one.
Question for the folks that are in Post OP or about to have the surgery. Is there a list of things I should do or think about to get ready and to have for when I come home from the hospital? I have ordered Adam's book and it should get it any day. I have my Pre OP apt on 2/15 and I am sure I will get more info then. I just wanted to start early as I have 3 weeks until the big day on 2/20 at 8:30 am.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you may have.
Surgeon agrees with the other doctors that my leak is severe enough that it needs to be done sooner rather than later. Working on the 2nd op asap but think I know the answer will be the same.
Really like this guy..DR. Scott Andrews.. He is one of the top 73 doctors in the country. He answered all my questions. He walked me through the echo. Was very assuring and was candid about the risk. Gave me the pros and cons to mechanical vs. tissue. Said in 15 years it's highly likely that this would be done via cath. So the tentative date is set for the 2/20. They need to shed a heart cath to check the arteries.
The reason is say tentative is I had a business trip sched the week of Feb the 13th. I am going to maybe cancel that and go sooner.
I am having the surgery done at Presbyterian Hospital in charlotte NC. It's a top notch facility.
Doc said he we will fix you up so you see your kids grad HS/College/get married/have kids..Basically I see no reason you won’t live to be an old man..That was comforting.
Ok..This has gotten really real. I am ready..I am ready..I can do this..I can do this..I will do this..I will do this..Bring it ON!!
I am feeling more nervous today that I was over the last several days. I go in at 10am to meet the Surgeon and get his thoughts as I got my Cardiologist thoughts few weeks ago. My cardiologist was pretty thorough so I know what he is going to tell me but I think it's starting to feel real.
I will update as soon as I can on what the Doc says and next steps. Any so the journey begins…
Thank You to everyone’s responses and kind words. It's so good to connect with folks who can understand what's going through our minds.
The little guy in my photo is my son Conor. That is where I truly get my strength to face this openly and with hope.
At 6 weeks old he went through Open Heart surgery to repair an aortic coarctation. It happened so fast that we didn't have time to be scared. He saw his DR on a regular visit and then was sent immediately to see a Cardiologist and from there was taken by ambulance to the Hospital and the surgery was done the next morning.
He did so well and was so resilient and is so happy now that you would have never known he had surgery. I was able to see and be impressed the care and attention they get in the ICU as well as the step down rooms.
It was very scary bringing him home. We didn't want to break him...ha-ha. Plus we had to keep our older boys from hugging and squeezing so much. He wanted to be held all the time (I wonder if I will too...LOL). We didn't mind. He was on Tylenol on day 2 of the surgery and from that point on. 8 weeks went by and our routine got back to normal. We did have our mishaps that sacred us more than the surgery. He was wrapped warmly and snuggly in a blanket on the sofa next to my wife and my oldest son comes home and see “his” blanket on the couch and grabbed it pulled it very hard off the sofa. Well that sent Conor soaring through the air a ways from the sofa and he landed fast first. We were scare and panicked and rushed him back to the hospital. He was fine and no issues but I still can’t look at that blanket today with getting a little freaked out.
So I definitely utilized his experience as well as ours to draw some strength and admittedly some courage.
I have just been keeping busy as I wait to meet the surgeon next week.
Thought I do have a new Cardiologist. For the 1st time in 16 years I really this guy. He is personable. Takes the time go talk me and answer any question I have. Really explains what is going. He talked about his family and asked about mine. I am going to like seeing this one.
I really appreciate all the words of encouragement and making new friends on this site.
I have for the most part kept my condition close to a few good friends and family. Not sure I am ready for all the questions.
Curious for all those that have had surgery what's the biggest surprise of things you can do now and couldn't before.
Though I don't have any symptoms and have routine checkups I have always been somewhat timid to pushing myself with exercise. I am really curious how rigorous I will be after getting back to 100%.
Thanks again for all the kind words and hopes everyone has a fun/safe/relaxing weekend.
I am new to this Journal stuff but thought I would take a shot.
I met with my Cardiologist after having an echo and he says my regurgitation has gotten to the point it's time to get the valve repaired or replaced. I meet with the surgeon on 1/26 for his thoughts. I do not have any symptoms and can do what anything that I want without pain or shortness of breath.
I am married to a wonderful woman who has been supportive. I learned 16 years that I had Aortic Regurgitation and at some point it would need to be corrected. I have 3 amazing little boys. Hunter, 5..Luke, 3 and Conor 18 mos. They keep me grounded and give me hope for the future. My youngest Conor had open heart surgery at 6 weeks old to fix an aortic coarctitaion. It went really well and he is doing great. He does have a bicuspid valve and they will keep an eye on that but no major concerns at this point. Seeing him go through this and come out the happy funny kid he is today gives me strength.
I have so many questions and emotions at this point. What will life be like after? Doc said I should be able to get back to a normal activity and normal life expectancy. How will it really be coming home afterwards? I know..I know..Probably too early to be thinking about this stuff.
I am 38 years. The photo in my profile is my Conor in Dec 2011. I will get some more up of my family soon. I plan on updating here as often as I can. I find it feels good just writing about it.
I welcome any comments..Insights..Tips..Words of encouragement. Thanks and let the Journey begin!!