Well Praise the Lord I survived the surgery and was discharged today only 5 days post op .i had a great doctor and nurses but also the Great Physician was by my side every step of the way.I won't say it was an easy journey but not half as bad as I envisioned it to be.The pain for the most part has been manageable but some things like coughing and using your incentive spirometer you just have to suck up and do.The first day I could not even reach the 500 mark but now I can reach 1500 with lots of effort.I thought the surgery would be the hard part but the hard part is just now beginning doctor appt,not being able to drive,going to cardiac rehab all the things you have to do in order to improve your quality of life.I was terrified of the surgery but my total knee was much worse than this major heart surgery.I am praying for each of you who are on your road to recovery and to those who are soon to have surgery.
Tomorrow is the big day .The thoughts of surgery are pretty scary but I have faith in my doctor and in God. My surgery is replacement of aortic valve and cabg of vessel.I will be at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville TN and my surgeon is Dr Lawrence Lee. When I saw the cardiologist on 1-27 I had no clue that my aortic stenosis had progressed to the severe level.Of course I was having sob with very minimal exertion and chest pain more frequently and fatigued very easily but at my appt a year ago I was having the same symptoms and dr said I can assure you it is not your heart valve causing your symptoms so I was shocked .well I'm going to try and enjoy this day and get out of the house for a while.Have to be at the hospital by 530 am
Well tomorrow is the big day and needless to say I'm very scared.I am a overthinker and retired nurse .i am having a 1 vessel cabg and aortic valve replacement .was scheduled 2 weeks ago and my surgeon wanted me to have my port removed which I had for iv access and I did and when they cultured it of course it was growing 2 different organisms so I have been on antibiotics for 10 days now .i have had many surgeries but nothing this major .Trusting God to see me thru this and I have a really good surgeon .Reading everyone's posts has helped relieve some of my fears but I guess fear of the unknown is normal .