2.5 days after surgery. Sitting up, trying to drink a Dunkin Donuts coffee and feeling a little better.
I did it
Journal posted on December 9, 2018
I am now two and a half days after surgery and am doing well. My surgeon, Dr. Bakhos, was able to repair my mitral valve and discovered, during surgery, that my tricuspid valve also needed repair, which he did. I had an Afib issue as well that he did some type of procedure for, but I need to get more information when I talk to him next (my husband doesn't recall the details, he was a little shook up). Recovery in ICU took a little longer, I ended up being intubated until about 9pm (surgery was at 7:30am) and stayed in ICU for about 36 hours. I was experiencing low blood and pressure and low heart rate so they had me on some meds and installed a temporary pacemaker. I still have the pacemaker and chest tubes but am off all other medications as my blood pressure is now stable (110/65). I was able to walk about 50 feet and back with the rehab folks and am sitting in a chair for much of the day. My pain level is tolerable but am still taking hydrocodone to manage it.
The most important part is that I made it, I'm really happy my surgeon was able to repair the valves. I'm doing well and on my way to recovery. Thanks to everyone for all of your encouragement and support, you were an amazing help.
Jill's husband (as dictated by Jill, hubby filled the gaps when I was out)
Well, this is it! Getting ready for that last cleansing shower! Looking forward to being on the recovery side with my fellow heart warriors. Prayers and healing for us all as we take this journey together!
4 more days until surgery! Not sure how I even feel at this point. My son comes in from Dallas, my other son will come home from college on Friday and my daughter will come to the hospital on Saturday. I never thought in my life this would be part of my story. I know I trust my surgical team, I have a good circle of friends and family around me. I have faith in God and know he will be watching over me. I am nervous about the first 24 hours but know it is a road well traveled by folks on this site. Hearing medical personnel at preop say how great it is I don't have any risk factors except for the stinky Mitral Valve. I just hope I recover as well as the medical staff I encountered last Friday think I will. I never imagined when I signed up for this site I would receive the information, support, and compassion as I have. I am grateful for this site. Starting to become introspective about the upcoming event. I would imagine this is a thing!
Pre-op check! No blockages! Such good news! A very long day from 7:30am and finally home at 9pm. However, the decision has to be made on a tissue vs a mechanical valve just in case. My surgeon never really pressed this issue since he is very confident he can repair the valve. Surgery is 12/7.
Mechanical valve--Blood thinners do not sound like something I want to do for life. I am 53. However, another surgery doesn't sound appealing either. Advances are coming fast..10-15 years they may have advanced minimally invasive surgery even more!
It has taken me some time to finally sign up to this site. It is a way for me to make real that the time has finally for my surgery. I have been informed by my thoracic surgeon that my time has come for surgery for repair of my Barlow mitral valve and tricuspid valve. He has been watching my echos for 8 years.
I have tentatively penciled in my day of December 7. Having said that I am looking for words of wisdom, sage advice as I make my countdown to surgery day.
I have been told my whole life I have a click or murmur not really knowing what it meant. I was adopted so I didn't have that all important family history link until I was officially diagnosed with MVP. I credit my family dr for pursuing the diagnosis. After pursuing my medical records it was confirmed my birth father had mvp and repair as well. I am 53 year old female.
So I now stare this surgery in the eye and I am needless to say terrified!
How did you prepare for this surgery and prepare those around you?