So Wednesday was my 8th week after surgery and I feel great. I'm cooking like crazy and getting my energy back. I generally feel very good, however I do still feel a twinge of pain just to the right of the top of my incision. I feel it when ever I get out of bed, stand up from bending over, and sometimes when I breath in deep. I know it is just part of healing. My question is, when would it be safe to return to full contact martial artist? I know in 8 weeks the sternum is healed, but I can't imagine it would be smart or safe to be hit or thrown so soon.
I had my surgery a little over 3 weeks ago and I feel great! I had a visit with my cardiologist a few days ago and had an echo. The results were great. Before surgery I had a lot of leaking in the pulmonary valve, now I have none, and I have only a small amount of leaking in the tricuspid valve after repair. But the best news of all was that before surgery my heart was enlarged and now it's gone down to a normal, healthy size! 😀 We are so happy!
Today I went for my pre-op visit and everything went good. It's really getting close, but I'm still ok. They're going to replace the pulmonary valve, but they also might patch both pulmonary arteries because they are stenotic. And they're going to look at my tricuspid valve because my last blood culture was positive for vegetation, but my cardiologist said that it's not unusual for congenital heart patients to have some growth. So that's where we stand. Oh, and I will be in the pediatric icu which is good.
A month ago or so I went through a few days of being absolutely terrified. But now I'm almost elated. I have a date and I know everything will be OK. I'm so grateful that this can be fixed and I'm so looking forward to going back to school and get back to my normal self. We just found out this morning that the surgery will be on Wednesday the 10th. That's in 5 days! But I'm so ready for this to be over. Sorry for my rambling 😊
I'm new here, so, hi everybody. I'm going to have my 6th open heart surgery soon and I'm experiencing fear about surgery for the first time. Granted I don't remember the first three, but I was 11 and 12 for my last two surgeries. I'm now 22 and I'm not handling this as well as I used to and I have no idea why. Everybody is always saying how absolutely wonderful I am about all this. I act like I'm fine with it all but inside I'm freaking out and I have nobody to talk to about it because everyone thinks I'm so brave. At night I obsess over it. I spend hours researching stuff pertaining to the surgery. I wish I could just quit thinking about it. I guess I just need someone to talk to