Thanks very much to everyone who has shared info and kind, encouraging posts. It is so incredibly appreciated. Your presence here, for people who have needed ...Read more
Thanks very much to everyone who has shared info and kind, encouraging posts. It is so incredibly appreciated. Your presence here, for people who have needed a heart valve surgery, has made a huge difference.
It is now recovery day 3, and all is going well. One day in Intensive Care and then I was moved on second day to the Cardiac Surgery unit (6th floor) of Baystate West, Massachusetts. They have said that I’ve been doing really well with this from the start. The first day in Intensive Care there was some pain, but no more than a 5 and by day 2 it was much better. On Day 2 they took out the chest tubes and had already taken out the catheter for urine. Day 1, 2, 3, etc are “Recovery Days”. They also took out the neck “central line” and today, this morning of day 3, they took out the last thing, the electrical wires that are lightly attached. Only have one catheter in my arm in case I need something intravenously. I feel much better without the tubes and am now walking about 30 ft—was able to wash myself, by myself, and put on a little makeup.
For surgery, they did a mitral valve repair, put in a clip and did an ablation for AFib. Of course, on this day 3, still out of breath, but much better than yesterday and feeling positive about the good results. Not much in the way of pain so far today. Mostly Tylenol right now.
Starting to get a bit anxious. The idea of having my heart stopped and blood taken out is definitely scary and I’ve been trying to not think about that for ...Read more
Starting to get a bit anxious. The idea of having my heart stopped and blood taken out is definitely scary and I’ve been trying to not think about that for the last 3 months. But now it seems real, just a few days away.
Last January, I was in an auto accident and was hit in the chest very hard by the airbag. For 3 months, I had to sleep more upright and experienced a cough which seemed to be triggered by reflux which started about 10 days after the airbag hit. The cough stopped in October when, after a major valve/AFib episode brought me to the ER and they prescribed Eliquis and Metoprolol. I had thought the cough/reflux was related to a damaged esophageal sphincter— but then I began to wonder. Has anyone else experienced a cough with mitral regurgitation or AFib? And has anyone had to deal with GERD going into their surgery? When the anesthesiology dept. called to get pre-op history/info., they said the anesthesiologist would want to know about GERD.
As it gets closer to my mitral valve repair surgery (Jan 24), I'm trying to finalize the things that I might need at home for post-op recovery. ...Read more
As it gets closer to my mitral valve repair surgery (Jan 24), I'm trying to finalize the things that I might need at home for post-op recovery. My surgeon does plan to do a sternotomy and I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations regarding the purchase of a sleep wedge and whether you felt it was necessary/helpful? I'm also wondering if it makes sense to get a shower seat — whether I'm going to need that? I'm also wondering if you could weigh-in on what it's like to go up and down stairs.
Also, even though I have plenty of computer experience, I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate this website—is this the best place for posting questions/communication?
Thanks so much!