Well, my AVR was April 11th. It's been 3 weeks and 4 days post op. I am out walking with my PT! The road hasn't been easy but it hasn't been unattainable either! Those facing surgery, you can do this! Each day and each week will make such a difference in
Well folks, I had my surgery on Monday! I am post surgery and very happy to be here. I thank God for my surgeon and I thank God for bringing me out on the other side of health! Yes, I feel like I have been hit by a truck, but I can already feel the diff
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April 10, 2016
Well my heart family, this will be my last post until after surgery. I am all packed and due there at tomorrow at 7am! It has been a whirlwind tour over the last few weeks and first and foremost, I am thankful for my Lord, Jesus Christ, and his direction through all of this. With all that I have been through, he has given me an inner peace that I could not have possibly achieved on my own! My hubby might post an update but if not, I will post as soon as I can! I pray that all of you have continued health and I pray for Barb to have a full recovery! All the best for those facing surgery over the next few weeks!! I am looking forward to posting again AND cardiac rehab! ❤️😀❤️
Ok, quite a relief...my surgery is still on for Monday. My rbc's gave my hematologist a scare but they decided to do a blood exchange right before surgery so April 11th is still a go!!! Yay! Sending prayers to those who are recovering, those who are currently in surgery and those facing surgery....all the best to you my heart family!
Well folks, I may have a possible change in my surgery date....so close! My surgery was scheduled for Monday, April 11 and that is currently up in the air now because of my red blood cell count which has mysteriously changed...lol..leave it my blood to do it's own thing days before surgery....lol.
My hematologist wants to possibly build my platelets up through apheresis before surgery on Monday. I won't know anything until tomorrow because he wants to discuss my case with another hematologist. Long story short, I have a less severe form of sickle cell disease and they have to be sure that I have plenty of healthy red blood cells/platelets during surgery. I was really ready for Monday, but God is in control so I am trusting his wisdom and believing that my surgery will be on the best day for me. I know HE is working it out for me! Thanks everyone for all of your well wishes, I will keep you posted!
Well my heart family, this time next week I will be in surgery getting my aortic valve replaced. I have been at peace with everything and I am quite sure that is because God has blessed me with the promises of peace during difficult times. The sadness is sporadic, especially when I think of my husband and my boys, but I will get through this! I wish all my April birthday buddies prayers and blessings for a full and complete recovery. I Thank God for this forum and all my new friends, it has really helped me. I am looking forward to the cardiac rehab that everyone is talking about....I can stand to lose about 5 pounds....lol!😃
Hi everyone! After surgery, did you find that it was better to sleep in the bed with pillows or sleep in a recliner or even more comfortable to just sit in the recliner? I'm thinking about getting a recliner...just curious.
I would like to share this bible verse with my heart family.
"Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."
For those facing surgery including myself, know that we do not have to fight this battle alone! God Bless!
Hello all, what is a realistic time frame to return to work after surgery? I know each person is different but when did you feel well enough to return to work? I have to have an aortic valve replacement with a sternectomy. My job demands a lot of walking and getting in and out the car, I am a field sales rep. I am wondering if six months off of work is too much? Your feedback and experience is appreciated! Thank you!
Well everyone, I am thankful for modern medicine and the doctor who initially discovered my aortic aneurysm ten years ago. After ten years of CT scans, echos, EKG's,angiograms and blood tests, the time has finally come for a valve replacement.
Yes, I knew the time would eventually come but the words cut like a knife when my doctor told me. I cried that morning he told me that I would need heart surgery but through God's grace, I picked myself up and now I am prepared to come out on the other side healthy and whole.
I thank God for the health that I have been able to have over the last ten years. All I want, is to be around a long time for my husband and boys.
I am thankful for this community and for those who understand the emotions and fear of heart surgery. I wish you all heart health and happiness!