Well, I am three months post-op mitral valve repair and life continues! That is always good news! I had the "minimally" invasive procedure which has proven to be a challenge for me in recovery. I had to go back and have a rib re-plated; it was broken during the valve surgery so that the doctor could get to the heart. Then I popped the sternal wire about 3 weeks post op and had to go back for another surgery to fix that. The rib pain continues and I understand that is expected - I'm just ready for that to stop. I have to remind myself to breathe sometimes...it hurts. BUT I'm here and breathing so that's all that matters! It has been awhile since I have visited the site - but I want to support others in their journey.
I am now almost 3 1/2 weeks post op mitral valve repair. I seem to have developed pericarditis and it has slowed me down (physically and mentally). Is there anyone out there who experienced this after surgery? I go to the cardiologist tomorrow...
I just feel like at this point I expected to be so much better than I am. My surgery was minimally invasive but I have to tell you - it is NOT minimally painful OR quickly in recovery as I thought. I am 49 and was told I would bounce right back!! I had an amazing surgeon - I don't fault him. I just feel stuck....
Well, things were ok, except for a REALLY REALLY low BP. Low as in 80/52. I was feeling like poo and having a difficult time getting motivated to recover. I also had some bad dizzy spells. The doctor is adjusting my metoprolol and so far so good. I hope that works! I still have some pain - but hey that just means I'm here and life is painful sometimes right?!?! My dear little dog has been by my side every second of the day and night since I came home - she is the best therapy!
Ok, I know I have only been home for 1 day, but does anyone have a good schedule of walking for recovery? I used to walk a lot and want to get back into shape. We are slowly increasing the small walks around the house as my strength improves. Surgery was last Friday, June 5.
I'm so grateful to be on THIS side of surgery now. It is a huge relief. My surgeon, hospital, nurses, were EXCEPTIONAL! I can't say enough about Johns Hopkins and their team and I am very happy with my choice of surgeon, procedure, and location.
Now I begin the home recovery period which has its ups and downs too. I am happy to be home and away from the poking and prodding of the hospital room. It is a little scary too, though, to be away from immediate help. I have noticed that since my surgery, while I can swallow fine, it feels different. I'm wondering if anyone has had that experience - breathing tube issue maybe? I also had one brief spell of dizziness last night - just for a minute. It passed and I have been ok since - but that was a little scary too. I'm walking, eating as I can, resting. I just don't feel like I want to socialize much yet - people want to stop by, but I'm not ready yet. Any thoughts would be appreciated from those who have had the experience.
Well, my day is coming up and I am just READY! I have all of the information I need and I am prepared. A positive attitude is needed/necessary and I am looking forward to recovery. I have all the confidence in my surgeon and my hospital. I also have the support of this group. THANK YOU ALL!
Today was THE day, but they had to postpone to Friday. Now I just sit and wait. It is so hard to wait. I was feeling positive and encouraged last week in preparation. Now I don't know what I am feeling. I guess it is just anxiety. Someone posted about an unsuccessful event and I read it this morning - that set me back emotionally. I NEED to stay positive.
So today I went to Hopkins (what an amazing hospital) for my pre-op physical and cardiac CT. It was a bit unnerving but I stayed positive and used my relaxation techniques throughout the day. Monday morning, I will be in bright and early for my mitral repair.
MVR is one week away now and I am feeling positive today - some days are hard but this was a good one for me! I appreciate the support of this group and the information that I am learning. Preparation and knowledge is always better for me than going into something blindly. I am looking forward to recovery and moving on with LIFE!
I went for my usual cardio appointment in January 2015 feeling great! Had been taking Metoprolol for a year for severe palpitations from a heart murmur/MV prolapse diagnosed years ago. Doctor said my murmur was very pronounced and that she wanted to do an Echo as soon as possible. Long story short, I was sent to a surgeon in March and he said I was a candidate for MRV. I am scheduled for surgery on June 1 at Johns Hopkins.