Had surgery on Friday 3-13-15. Came home yesterday about 3pm. Great to be home! Had a comfortable night. I am so happy to have aortic valve replacement behind me!! The waiting was truly the hardest part!! Best wishes to you all. 💛💜💙💚❤️
Looking for some advice.
What should I take to hospital with me? I go in the early morning and have same day surgery.
Should I pack a bag for my husband to bring once I am out of intensive care? And what should I pack? I hope I won't have to where a hospital gown for 5 days!
Today I met the temp that will be replacing me at work while I am out with aortic valve replacement surgery. Reminded of the reality of the upcoming surgery and a little (maybe a little more than a little) afraid, but also reminding myself that just like you all, I can and will get through it!
"Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared."
I have been diagnosed with severe stenosis of the aorta and am still in the process of arranging for surgery. Next Wednesday, I will have my first appointment with a cardio-surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz at Loyola University Medical Center.
I was so scared when I first met with my cardiologist after my echo and he gave me the news that I was facing heart surgery. Lucky for me I immediately found Adam's book and this site and have gleaned so much useful information that made a world of difference in my outlook. I had another appointment with my cardiologist yesterday to discuss the results of testing, and he was very impressed with the information that I collected here. He said he is going to read the book too! I've heard that knowledge is power and thanks to Adam’s book and the community here, I am feeling pretty empowered and very positive about surgery.
Thank you all so much for sharing your stories!! Because most of you have been in the same place as I was and now am, you know how much your stories are lightening the loads of stress that I was feeling just a couple of weeks ago!!