Haven't been on this site in awhile. I have been experiencing devastating depression. And now I'm starting to get slightly out of breath like I did before my two previous surgeries! Of course the fear creeps in" is this my valve going bad again!?" I have an appt with my cardiologist on July 15 and I'll be getting my yearly echo so I'll get more info then. Has anyone out there experienced more than one valve going bad?
Just letting people know I'm not new to this site, have been using it for over a year. But deleted my profile for awhile. Had to use a new email and profile in order to join again. I don't come on often, but there's an enormous amount of information and help on here. And I do check on heart friends I've had since I started . It's a truly lovely site and Adam is an amazing person for all the help he's given all of us.
Anyway, I check usually once a week. I've had 2 replacement (aortic valves, both bovine) . Had my share of complications but now I'm dealing with the aftermath of thinking problems and increased anxiety and depression, which not everyone experiences. My second surgery was very long, 7 hours, and I was in the hospital 10 days. My first was 3 hours and home in 5 days. So I think that has contributed a lot to my slower recovery. Also my surgeries were only 21/2 years apart. Hard on bodies I think.
Anyway, I've learned so much from so many on this site and all Adam's wonderful information . I'm very grateful for all the support I've always gotten here!!! Thank you to all!!! Life, no matter what the challenges, is always a gift!!