13 weeks post op. member of the zipper club. I'm so grateful to all the wonderful medical help I received and the manufacturers of the ON-X valve. It's been awhile and I see a bunch of new members. Welcome to HVS and feel free to reach out for any patient
It's so great to be up and around with my kids. They were my main concern through this whole process. My gratitude goes far and wide to the surgical team to the supportive members of HVS! Thank you guys
9 Day post op. I never imagined feeling so well at this point. You guys made this process so much easier. Thank you HVS community
Update posted on...
April 23, 2019
Dear HVS sisters and brothers,
I truly had a wonderful experience at Cedar Sinai Hospital and received a blessing of only needing an AVR only instead of a 2 valve surgery. The doctors, nurses, PA's, nurse assistants were truly sent from heaven. I never experienced such expert and tender care from people who love what they do. I hugged everyone I could catch up to while walking the hallway laps in the cardiac care unit. Its tough to express the emotion for the appreciation I had for them. This was an amazing experience that I can almost say I actually enjoyed. To have a perfectly functioning heart restored to me in a period of 5 days can almost feel like a miracle. Hyperbole aside, I know its a process that I've been so mentally prepared for. Walking a mile each day since I've been home Sunday, Monday and today has been easy and meditatively enjoyable. My first cup of expresso today was equally good! The post op PT exercises have also been helpful (DO THEM!, they are a must and help get things moving again). The sternal pain is minimal. The difficulty were the posterior rib attachments and laying in bed make it difficult to rest comfortably or sleep so I continued walk the halls and visit with station nurses. I never anticipated feeling this great 6 days post op. It feels essentially normal. Just a little grumpy because I'm not used to being so physically inactive but I'm going to "sort" of follow doctors orders. If anyone from Cedar Sinai reads this I truly want to express my love, appreciation, respect and deepest gratitude for your care, compassion, expertise and pride you take in what you do. I give Cedars a 10+. It was such a positive experience I'd love to go to med school specializing in cardiology if I wasn't such an old guy. The only complaint was that only 50% of the Stanley Cup Playoffs were not viewable on the TV system.
To all you guys on this HVS site, THANK YOU for sharing you care, concern, fears, experiences and triumphs. I am proud and honored to be a member of this group. Anything I can ever do to help I'm all yours.
With much love,
Just had pre-surgical angiography/cardiac cath at Cedars. So relieved to get such a good report on the coronary arteries status. My familial history was of great concern for many years and so glad to go into surgery without the need for CABG.
Update posted on...
March 15, 2019
I got the tap on the shoulder that it's time to get busy. Angiogram on the 19th with surgery to be scheduled shortly thereafter. The Aortic Insufficiency is severe and Mitral regurgitation is moderate to severe. My echo yesterday demonstrated an enlargement of the heart. Ironically, I have not felt this good (absence of all symptoms) for a long time. Thank you everyone in the HVS community for your open and compassionate sharing of your experiences and progress. Time to rock and roll!