Thank you so for the prayers and positive thoughts. I had a mini sternotomy on Monday to replace my aortic valve and was discharged from the hospital on Friday. I was in cardiac ICU for about 24 hours then moved to the cardiac step down unit. I remember waking up in ICU with the breathing tube and lots of people around telling me I was doing great. Can't remember how long before the breathing tube came out but once it did I couldn't get enough ice chips. So far I'm doing ok at home although it was a little hard to leave the safe bubble of the cardiac step down unit. Post op appt is Feb 7 and I'm following instructions for walking, incentive spirometer use, etc. It's amazing to look at by incision and know that's all the surgeon needed to replace my aortic valve. Oh, surgeon confirmed it was a bicupsid valve since birth.
I'm having trouble deciding whether to get a mechanical or tissue valve. I'm 52 so the mechanical valve seems like the logical choice...but I'm not sure about being on blood thinner for the rest of my life. Any words of advice? Thanks in advance.