I had my aortic valve replaced on January 30th of this year. It was replaced with a mechanical valve.
There has been steady improvement each week. I ventured out two days in a row and ran (not literally) a few errands. I think I have overdone it and I now have great discomfort, bordering on pain, when getting in and out of my recliner. I think I have stretched the muscles around my sternum and ribcage. I will give it another day and if it doesn't seem to be subsiding, I'll make an appointment with my cardiologist. Needless to say I have cut way back on my doing little things around the house and am trying to rest as much as possible. Has anyone out there experienced this?
I had my aortic valve replacement surgery a week ago tomorrow and am so happy it is over. Having read Adam's book and having had advice from any people on here there really were no surprises.
I am feeling tired, I don't sleep as much as I thought I would though. I go for my first lab work tomorrow outside the hospital so it will be interesting to see what my INR is at.
It's Super Bowl evening so I will relax in my recliner and watch the festivities.
What did you all take to the hospital? I am thinking of taking the bare minimum the day of my surgery (health card, heart pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, bra in larger band size, housecoat, slippers and a pair of underwear or boxers). I figure I can leave a second bag for my husband to bring in a couple of days later with my phone, hairbrush, more underwear, deodorant, book, clothes to come home in, etc).
Any other ideas?
3 days to go! Trying to get things in order before I go in but the days are flying by. I hope that you are all well in our group here. I know there are a couple of others having surgery in Monday the 30th as well so good luck to you. I'm sure we are all having similar feelings about now.
13 days until surgery. Pre-op went well this morning. The surgery floods my mind now when I'm not busy at work or doing something to keep me busy. Getting nervous thinking about it. Looking forward to being on the other side of surgery.