Today marks 3 weeks post OHS #2. Each day brings me closer to normal. I had known I needed heart surgery back in November 2015, so it was a long, anxiety ridden, 4 months until surgery in late March. Looking back now, I feel like I was living in a fog!
I am still VERY protective of my scar - meaning, I can barely let my shirt/top touch my chest. It's too sensitive. Does anyone else feel this way??
Someone on this site suggested standing up straight, shoulders back to help the wound heal properly and I've been doing that. It is uncomfortable though.
Trying to use the strong pain meds only at night, but so far the over-the-counter pain meds don't quite cut it!!!
Having my INR checked regularly, but not settled just yet.
Looking back, this time around has been surreal!!!
My cardiologist gave me an order for rehab, but I think it's too soon. Maybe next week I'll sign-up.
I pray for all of you.
Wish we could all hold hands!!!! :-)
Good Morning everyone,
It has now been two weeks post surgery and I am gradually healing. My chest feels very tight and I often need to take my mind off of it! The stronger medications do this well - i.e., I feel much better, but I don't want to become dependent on them, so I switch to non-prescription meds. during the day for as long as I can tolerate.
It's rather hard to be so dependent on others! I pitter-patter around the house and help with minor chores like loading the top tray of the dishwasher and folding clothes.
I have experienced "heart flutters" that my cardiologist says can be normal after OHS. The body is healing.
My daily (hourly!!!) mantra - though not very original, is "day-by-day."
I am very happy to say Hello to Everyone! I was discharged yesterday from hospital five days post surgery. Was wheeled chair out of hospital and actually went to lunch at a quiet, neighborhood restaurant - very low key. Slept most of one and a half hours drive home. My husband agreed to drive slower than normal for my comfort level!!! (Nice! :-)
My surgery last Monday lasted 8 hours! Most of that was trying to repair the mitral valve and dealing with scar tissue from first OHS. I am now the proud owner of a tissue valve.
So glad to be home but do miss the constant monitoring. No safety net at home -- oh well.
It's 9:30 a.m. now and I feel sleepy already and want to return to bed, LOL.
Praying for all of you with upcoming surgeries and those who are recouping.
Thank you so very much Adam Pick for creating this website. My first open heart surgery (OHS) was in 2005. I had my mitral valve repaired. At that time I couldn't find this kind of information and certainly not the support. I sometimes find doctors rather guarded and you need to really know what questions to ask to eliicit complete information from them. After surgery I was told I didn't need cardio-rehab so never got to meet a community of fellow heart patients.
And here I am again! Late last year an echo showed my mitral valve had gone back to it's pre-surgery state of severe regurgitation and prolapse. I was a-symptomatic. OK, I was tired a lot, but who isn't, right?
I took a lot of time researching my options, mainly trying to see if another repair could be performed. But, it looks like I will now be receiving a new valve. Still deciding on a mechanical or tissue valve. So many pros and cons for both.
My surgery is this Monday, April 25, 2016.
I wish I could say since I've been through this before and all went well, that I am confidently heading into this second surgery . The reality is I'm really crazy anxious! I intellectually know things will be fine and am focusing on staying positive and calm.
Thank you all for sharing your stories. It truly helps and I am grateful for you all. :-)