So glad that is behind me. It really is the period between finding out you need open heart surgery and the actual surgery that is the worst part of it. Not saying in any way that there are not struggles afterward but you are recovering and the goal is to get back doing all the things that you want to do feeling stronger and healthier than before.
The biggest issue I had was with the breathing tube it was very difficult for me but once it was out which was Goal #2 (Goal # 1 is always surviving) oh what a relief. The tubes coming out was painful but not as bad as I thought. Was in the hospital for 5 days no longer needed anything stronger than regular Tylenol after day 3.
Going home was great and so far my recovery is going very well. I lurked for quite a while on this site before posting and want to thank everyone for all the great information and advice that I obtained it was invaluable.
After being grounded and not being able to do strenuous activities for the past 3 months after being diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis due to a bicuspid valve, it is driving me crazy so I am ready to get the valve replaced and have a path back to where I was.
I have gotten great inspiration and advice from everyone on this site that has been through what I have or another heart surgery.
Either way open heart surgery is terrifying idea but one has to trust in the amazing surgeons and advances in medicine to get through it.
Best to all who have had OHS and recovered, are recovering and are where I am about to have it.