I wanted to give a an update and also say thank you to so many of you who helped prepare me for this unexpected journey. I have to say because of you and the wealth of information on this website I felt prepared. Surgery went well and I now have a shiny new mechanical heart valve. If you all remember, I was so concerned about hearing the " ticking" noise often associated with a mechanical valve. I guess I am one of the lucky ones, I have not heard it, nor has anyone else....not once. I am thankful for that. Now getting this Coumadin thing down is another story...also, it seems to give me headaches. Hopefully, that will subside in time. Overall, I am feeling pretty good, the last two days I walked a mile in the am and again in the pm ( slowly). I am still short of breath at times. One weird side effect of surgery is that I gained 10 pounds in the hospital...trust me, it was NOT from eating hospital food:). My abdomen is still swollen and I am still retaining some weight, even after taking water pills. Has anyone else had this? I look forward to the day I don't get winded walking up the stairs or even across the room.. Lol.
Thank you all for your support and inspiration, I enjoy reading success stories and hearing how my heart friends are doing.
During this Holiday Season, I wish you all much Peace and Love
Surgery is in two weeks and I am still on the fence with my decision to go with a mechanical valve. Doc thinks it is the best choice for me and I agree for the most part. However, I do have some doubts. I would love to get some feedback on valves from some folks! I am concerned about the ticking noise and taking Coumadin. Please.....any thoughts, advice, is appreciated!!