I am truly grateful today, November 27, 2019 on the eve of my 1-year anniversary from open Heart Surgery. I am thinking how I felt last year as I prepped emotionally the night before, and in the car early in the morning of the 28th on the way to the hospital. I kept thinking of all of the wonderful and supportive people on this site who had shared their similar emotions, fears, triumphs and friendship (in addition to my sweet mom and husband!!). I can honestly say I don’t know how I would have made it without the tremendous support here on this site. A little over a month ago I celebrated by participating in a 7-mile hike in support of breast cancer – it was a breeze – even though the first four miles were uphill . My successful mitral valve repair received thumbs up from my cardiologist earlier this year and I don’t need another check up for 2 more years. My scar has not healed so beautifully – but honestly in the scheme of things it’s all good!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to the folks here and especially to Adam, who brought us all together.
Hi Heart Warriors - for those of you post-op, would love to hear your comments, suggestions, advice on the appearance of the sternotomy scar. I'll be 9 weeks post-op on Wed (and counting) and have just begun to use "Bio-Oil" which I apply maybe 1-2x a day. I have read about Palmer's Cocoa Butter and Merdema; not sure which is best and/or are they all about the same...? My scar/incision site is still extremely sensitive (still uncomfortable for even light clothing to touch, including soft cotton) and I'm wondering if it's too early to be using a topical treatment. Would love to hear at what stage you started to use something, and what product do you like best? I've also wondered if good old vaseline or vitamin E gel would do just as well. I have to be honest here in this post - the appearance of my scar makes me very, very sad and embarrassed - given that I can't wear 90% of my clothes as the scar just pops out. I know I should be proud like a soldier - I really try to be - but can't deny it makes me depressed. I KNOW I should (and am) be grateful that I'm alive...but I'm still so self conscious (and well, yeah - I get bummed out at the appearance). Some days are harder than others....Blessings to the Heart Warrior Family out there!
Hi Heart Warriors! I am 2 1/2 weeks post op (full sternotomy) and continue to notice my raised sternum which causes concern! To those of you who are post-op, would love to hear your stories (if yours was raised also, how long for your chest to be flat, etc)? I remember one of the doctors in the hospital commenting that it would “go down” but it seems awfully large to me 😩
Am curious how many of you out there have a similar situation? For 30+ years I have not been able to sleep on my back, only my sides, due to back issues/pain. Since my surgery (literally since day 1) the back pain has been more severe and encompassing than the chest pain. I never saw this coming!! Since I am limited to my back, it has been excruciating, and therefore I have been relying heaving on meds (oxy). While in the hospital I was fortunate to use an ergonomic recliner, which helped. Since being home (Mond Dec 3) I've been using the recliner I bought on-line but it is frankly sub-par. Other than hot packs, pillows, a wedge, meds and grit I'm out of ideas. If anyone out there shares a similar situation would love to hear how you cope! Of course am trying to be up and mobile during the day - as much as I can - as I know that helps too.
As I approach 11/28, I find myself overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, dread. I am so afraid of flooding my husband with my fear and tears. Thank God for him, and for my beautiful family and friends who give me strength. And for YOU Heart Warriors! My daily reading of devotions "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young keeps me going!
"Do not let any set of circumstances intimidate you. The more challenging your day, the more of My Power I place at your disposal. You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality.
I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances, and your willingness to depend on Me for help. Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual. Look to Me for all that you need, and watch to see what I will do. As your day, so shall your strength be."
Today I went in for the Cardiac CT angiography for my upcoming mitral valve surgery scheduled for Nov 28. I am told that there was no blockages, so no worry about need for bypass. Here's the best part: the cardiologist who called me said that the technicians apparently followed the wrong protocol and used "4x the amount of radiation" than what should have been. What am I supposed to do with that? I am obviously concerned and angry.
Hi everyone - am new to this site, and have been so grateful for your posts and information. Question: what is the best way to obtain a shower chair and a recliner chair (is there a specific type to get?? I understand it was lifesaver for so many) - at a medical supply store? Or are there other options out there? Would really appreciate your expertise!