Hello, I am recovering well at home. I feel really good mentally and physically. I had something strange happen yesterday and was seeing if anyone had something similar or could give feed back. Yesterday morning my hands began to go numb. Then my tongue. I started freezing and almost convulsing from the cold. Then it felt as every muscle in my body was flexing as tightly as possible. My wife somehow got me to the car and we went to the ER. At the ER, they got on the phone with my surgeons office....the surgeons office said this was normal as my body was reacting to my new heart rhythym. It went away after 30 minutes or so. it was such a serious feeling, I trust the doctors, but dang it was scary. I Doing 100% fine today. Good luck, thanks
Waking up early today for some testing. Dr. Barnhardt stopped by last night. He reccomended that I be discharged today! I'm so excited, Surgery was finished Monday at 6:00 PM, and I'm going to be discharged 72 hours later,...for full open heart surgery!! Modern medicine is truly amazing. Swedish Cardiac was incredible to partner with on this ride. I finally slept last night and I'm going home today with my new aortic tissue valve. What an unbelievable experience. I have a long way to go, but I'm proud of myself and my family on this journey we've taken, so far. On Tuesday, I could barely breathe, now I'm walking up stairs. I have a monster scar, but everyone who saw it thought it looked pretty cool. The support from this website was so helpful. I have to say the waiting was 10x harder than the surgery/hospital stay. I would have been in shambles without the support and knowledge from this site. Best of luck to all in your waiting, surgery, and recovery.
I'm on my second night here at Swedish in Seattle. Can't sleep very well and had to get a beta blocker/blood thinner to deal with some anxiety. Overall these thoughts have crossed my mind the most (with regards to the environment/surger). 1) how much the staff cares about your recovery. 2) how great I feel and how bad I feel at the same time. 3) how incredible it is that someone is so smart/talented/amazing/etc. enough to perform this procedure on another human being. 4) constipation is worse than expected. 5) I'll never underestimate the importance of being limber and in shape again.
Hello, I'm in the cardiac ICU. Surgery was "routine". I was scheduled for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, but they had to switch it up once they started. My pain is bearable. Thankful to be breathing and alive. I could tell the difference immediately, (less of a pulse, normal BP). Thank you for the support over the last few months.
Hello, I was hoping to see if anyone had answers/advice on the following: I have tee probe in two weeks. The aneurism and high blood pressure has me concerned, more so than surgery at this point;
1) I have a large pulse in my stomach. No pain, but I'm concerned about aortic aneurism. I have BAVD w severe regurgitation.
2) I'm on 25 milligrams of Losartin and 5 mg beta blocker at both morning and night. Also take a 1 mg of clonazepam for anxiety. My systolic blood pressure continues to be high, avg. of 158/78 with pulse at 80.
3). I don't want to tell my kids (9,5 and baby) about pending surgery. Any opinions on this?