Covid tested and negative! I am relieved to be Covid negative. Took good care of a lot of COVID patients in the ICU, even if I have been told by my cardiologist not to, as I would be risking it. Being infected with Covid would spell my demise considering the valve condition at hand. Still glad I did it, I fought the tough FIGHT with them. Ultrasound of bilateral carotids completed. Recliner delivered and I'm actually playing with it. Now I know why my patients love their recliners!
I will be heading for surgery tomorrow with check-in time at 5 am. CHG bath tonight and tomorrow.
I am truly grateful for this community's support and advice. The same goes for friends and family who offered a prayer for success.
I know I will have to be on NPO status starting midnight, so I'm thinking of ordering out dinner. Japanese Cuisine seems a good choice. Yes, the next dinner is the World's Greatest Ice Chip.
Met with my CV Surgeon. I scheduled an appointment for my last minute questions and for my Family. From this meeting, was re-reviewing my TEE and the concern that my Aortic valve may also be needed to be replaced due to its state of calcification. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about that. I'm just thinking better be aware of it now than have surprises once opened.
I also have read Adam's book which was immensely helpful. This book certainly bridges the gap on a lot of major concerns that usually are not discussed with one's physician. Awesome book!.
I took everyone's advice to heart, which I am very grateful for. It sure helped me immensely in preparation for this surgery. I have been trying to live life as normally as I can since I last posted. I still did my 3-mile Hike even if I had to constantly stop to catch my breath! Being with nature was one way for me to stay positive and not think negatively.
Starting to prepare me for Open Heart Surgery/ Valve replacement/ Maze procedure, and clipping of appendage. Filed for LOA, started my Short term disability application, catching up on legal issues such as DPOA for Healthcare, Life insurance papers, arranging for food deliveries during the recovery period, ordered from freshly, Still looking at cardio-thoracic brace, front opening bra, bought loose clothes, gathering up my support group as my family is not here. I Hate to impose and I have been very independent and self-reliant. This is an issue I'm trying to hurdle! Also, being on the other side of the fence is exceedingly difficult. As Dr. Shemin remarked, "you are a sophisticated patient." WHY? because I was that Nurse who assisted in Open Heart procedures, that nurse who recovered heart patients in CVICU, yet amidst this background, it's still different when you are now the patient. I am worse than everybody else because having that knowledge is a caveat more so, I don't have the knowledge of a patient's perspective in recovery issues once they leave the ICU and go home. So I just ordered Adam's book. I'm just taking this as stoically as I can because it's getting too emotionally and psychologically exhausting...and I'm just starting.