I arrived safely to The Cleveland Clinic and had testing from 7am-5pm today and it was exhausted. However, after all my tests I have been cleared to go home and do NOT need surgery at this time. It turns out my valve is not as severe as thought and is at a grade 2 with moderate regurgitation. I do not have any symptoms and right now there is not a medical reason for surgery. They will now take over as my primary cardiologist and I will see them once a year. I just am overwhelmed and honestly thrilled I don't need surgery at this time. I understand it is probably still in my future but it appears years away.
Well....I made it on the surgery list.....I thought I would be freaking out at this point but I'm not. I'm so ready to get this over with and behind me. Don't get me wrong I am nervous of the unknown but I do know God is in control and he has already given me wonderful peace with this. (I am still terrified of the chest tubes and whatever tube gets pulled out afterwards)
Well this is a new feeling for me but after tons of prayer and the support of all of you guys here I am able to think about my surgery and not end in tears and pure fear. Don't get me wrong I am scared....BUT I am ready to get this over with. I am ready to face this and all my fears and kick this surgery's butt. Keep up the posts guys because you all are so inspiring!
I would love to hear any feedback or personal experiences of anyone who has traveled to the Cleveland Clinic for surgery and also if any of you had Dr. Marc Gillinov as their surgeon? I am scheduled March 3rd and just want to be as prepared as possible. Thank you in advance for sharing!
Okay so I'm going to keep asking away because you guys are great. So I will be traveling from NC to OH (about 7 hours) so how awful will that car ride home be? I understand I will go home with pain meds but in my head it seems like it will be just awful. I remember when I had my gallbladder removed I felt every bump in the road, granted that was also just hours after getting operated on. I guess regardless of how bad it is I have to suck it up and get it done.
I am trying to prepare myself mentally the best I can so I'm going to ask you guys everything I can think of. I start preop tests on Feb. 29th and will know more then but I may not be a candidate for minimally invasive they will know more once they perform an ultrasound of a certain artery. Dr. Gillinov stated I may have an artery too small which will be determined then. So I am prepping myself to prepare for the full open my chest up surgery. Now in my mind that sounds like excruciating pain so how bad is it? Is it pain that you just cry out or is it pain but pain that you can tolerate? Don't sugar coat anything for me. I am telling myself that no matter the pain I will push through it and the pain that I will feel will not even compare to the pain that Jesus felt as he died for me. Thank you again guys for being so open.
For your incision do they use stitches, staples, dissolvable stitches? As you can see from previous posts I worry over the 'after' things to deal with and all the things being pulled out and off me while I'm awake. I have never had to have stitches removed before always have been dissolvable. Just thinking of it makes me weak and sick to my stomach. I have a very weak stomach.
Hello all....if you have learned anything about me it is that I worry, worry and then worry some more about the what's to come part. I will have my heart cath performed right before my surgery and was told that they can do that through my arm. I understand I will be sedated (I perform high as a kite, not a druggie but don't want to remember any of this journey) so with that said what do you really feel? Will I feel them fishing around there and be sedated so I don't care or do you just feel the numbing and then relaxed from there?
As I wait for my March 3rd surgery to slowly, painfully approach I constantly find myself researching online and one big thing that terrifies me is the fact your heart is stopped during surgery. I understand I will be on a heart/lung machine but just the idea of stopping my heart terrifies me. How easily does your heart start again on it's own? And I am still just so freaked out over chest tubes being removed. I have a weak stomach and very easy gag reflex and I know that will send me over to vomiting...any suggestions?
So I just got my surgery date of 3/3/16 and I have all kinds of emotions running through me. I know I can do this and I know and expect to live a long healthy life. To anyone out there who believes in the power of prayer please remember me. I am a single mom to a 7 year old and the thought of leaving him scares me to death. Please feel free to leave words of encouragement. Merry Christmas!
If you can't tell from my previous posts I worry over everything and just dread this so much. After having mitral valve repair surgery will I be able to live a long, normal life (God willing) what I mean is after these surgeries are you only expected to live for a few years? I am a single mom to a 7 year old boy so I am terrified.