I understand that mitral valve stenosis is when the mitral valve does not open as wide as it should. If you have a tissue valve (say 5 years), with stenosis and murmur, what impact does it have on your quality of life?
Having to care for my wife, even years after surgery has not been easy. Making sure she gets her nutrition, some exercise, monitoring her INR, and attending medical follow-ups, sometimes leaves little time for anything else. Would like to know how other caregivers manage their time, and if they can share their own personal experiences whether pre-op or post-op.
I pray that my short story serves to comfort, inspire hope, and bring peace to the reader. Been married over 48 years, with 4 children, and 12 grandchildren, I felt that my life almost came to an end in 2009. Surgeon advised that my wife had a severe mitral valve leak, but had a small percentage of a chance of leaving the table alive. Needless to say, I felt alone (despite having family members around)and decided to turn to God for help. In the natural, I do not understand how she survived, but now know, that we serve a "Super-Natural God", whose power is greater than any sickness. I know that He saved her because He loves her more than me, and wanted her to accomplish His purpose, to wit: to witness to others that God is still in the business of healing, if you believe that for Him, nothing is impossible. Healing is no longer of what God can do, but what you believe.
I am so glad that I came across your website. To know that there are others out there who have made this journey, whether as a patient or caregiver. As a caregiver to my wife( she has had 4 open heart surgeries), I am moved by your patient stories. It is never easy to see the one you love suffer so much, but I thank God that He has given me the strength to not only care for her, but to keep a positive attitude. I pray that the Lord continues to bless (with health) all patients, and their respective caregivers.