I am so blessed to have had such a smooth experience. Not a single complication. Now I'm just resting up to get back to my life that I'd put on hold because of the symptoms prior to the surgery. I sure feel great now!
My friend died today. She was 46 and her breast cancer metastasized. My 2 friends called today and said they would fly to be with her husband and kids instead of flying to be with me for my surgery on Friday, and would I be ok. I said of course I will be ok, please be with them, and let them know I wish I could be there too. I reiterated that I will be fine. After I hung up, I thought about how lucky I am to have what amounts to a mechanical problem. I am not looking forward to surgery or recovery, but I will be fixed so I can live another 30-40 years. Aren’t we lucky?
What is realistic timing about going back to work remotely? I’m eager to get back online, however they’re supportive about me focusing on recovery so the pressure’s not coming from them, but I think I would feel better if I could check email and talk on the phone from time to time after about 2 weeks. My job’s not stressful, but I manage people in different locations, so I feel like we’d all be better off if I was reachable. What’s your honest opinion assuming I come through surgery with flying colors?
My surgery will be on Friday, July 26th. I’ll need an aortic valve replacement and an aortic aneurysm repair. My surgeon discussed both but presented the benefits of a tissue valve because at 51, I’ll likely need a TAVR replacement down the road. For this surgery though, I’ll need OHS. He said it’s my choice, but I’m leaning toward the tissue valve instead of the mechanical valve.
On Tuesday, I meet with the surgeon for the first time. My cardiologist says we’ll talk about the procedure I’ll need, the options for a new aortic valve, and timing of surgery. I’m bringing my boyfriend of 6 years with me. I’ve told him that I’ll need him at all my appointments going forward to hear what maybe I won’t. I’m really scared.