Hey Heart Nation - need the prayer warriors yet again. 2 1/2 years ago this site help me thru discovery, OHS and recovery. Could not have done it without my beautiful husband and the members of this community. Today my friend Katie's husband is undergoing OHS....although he did not have time to join the site before, he is planning to during his recovery. Please keep John H. Charleston, SC in your prayers....as we all know...together we can do this! Love to all!
Last October, I had open heart surgery to repair my mitral valve. Unfortunately, my most recent echo shows that I still am experiencing severe regurgitation. It has been suggested that I consider a mitral clip as my next step. Does anyone have experience with or words of wisdom regarding this procedure?
Every morning, I get up take my 11 week old bulldog out, pour myself a cup of coffee and catch up on this website. Today was very different. My name is listed on the upcoming surgeries board! Can't believe how quickly this month has flown by. From diagnosis to surgery has been quite a ride. As I watch my name move up the list, I am peaceful in the fact that Melinda, Gary, Micheal and Lisa will show me the way. I have my recliner and bedpillow wedge and I am ready to do this!
Hey all, quick question for you. I spoke to my surgeon this morning and he mentioned that he would be putting a temporary pacemaker in during surgery to be removed day 2-3 post op. I have not seen this on the blog (or not read far enough in my handy patients guide) Any others experienced this? Always something new to worry about...holy cow.
Little more then two weeks away from my surgery. Feeling very vulnerable this morning. Sleeping is spotty at best and even though I try to calm my mind it is hard to manage when I am tired. It is so weird to get up go to work and interact with the world when you are quite literally brokenhearted. As the day goes on I become more clear headed and work the problem. For now, I am trying to be patient and compassionate accepting my world as it is. "onward and upward" I believe I will follow those directions one beat at a time.
Anyone out there with a replacement that also has RA? I am praying for a repair...but, as you know replacement could be a necessity. Meeting with my RA Doctor next week. Was curious to see if anyone else was dealing with the same issue. Thanks for being out there!
Good Morning from Wisconsin, Thank God for this site. three weeks ago , I was living my life. Dealing with the usual stresses of a full time employee, wife and mom of teens. Went in for a stress test..and now find myself facing a mitral valve repair/replacement at the end of the month. I have been poked, prodded and bruised..so happy to be able to come to this site and see what the future holds. Thank you Adam for a forum to feel safe and confident that this is a blip in the screen and I will be up and running in no time! will be a fan for a very long life!