May 19 was a nerve-wracking day. Thankfully I was the first operation of Dr. Abouzelam's day, so not a lot of time to dwell on the impending operation. One Valium-fueled ride to the OR and three hours of surgery later, and I had a shiny new aortic valve. I made quick and steady progress and was released on May 22, a day after my 50th birthday. Other than some tinkering with my anti-coag medication, I have all good reports two weeks post-op and expected fatigue, I am getting stronger every day. Praise God, and true gratitude and thanks to Dr. Zenoun Abouzelam, PA-C Jonathan Nelson and the entire team at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton WI.
My surgery is coming up quickly -- bright and early Friday morning! It seems I have a bazillion things to do yet in preparation, but the reality is that I have few. Subconsciously, I feel like if I finish up my "to do" list I have to admit that this is actually happening, and that terrifies me on some level. It is, after all, Open. Heart. Surgery. I trust my surgeon and his team, but more importantly, I trust God and I know if He brought me to it He'll bring me through it. In my shaky moments (like tonight), though, It gives me great peace of mind to read your stories of anxiety and success. Thank you, my heart fam!
Today, I learned that my AVR surgery scheduled for next Tuesday was changed to Friday, 5/19 due to the surgeon having to reprioritize due to criticality of care. While I understand logically that doctors can't predict the healthcare needs of patients prior to walking in the door, and I am truly grateful I'm the patient being shifted and not the one(s) causing the shift, I find I'm a little emotionally undone. I had Tuesday on my radar for a while and, with God's help, I was mentally prepared for the operation but now, well, it's a new undertaking. Any others experience this? How did you handle it?
Surgery is set for 5/16 -- I have a question for the ladies
Journal posted on May 7, 2017
I'm getting set for my aortic valve replacement/ascending aorta repair surgery on May 16, and am wondering if a special bra is needed post-surgery to not irritate the incision. If so, where might I look to purchase one?
I've read that going braless isn't an option given the pressure placed on the sternum, and my "girls" are substantial enough that it's out of the question for me anyway, sooooooo... any feedback about a post-op bra is much appreciated. Thanks!
Well, I'm set to join the "zipper club" sometime in the near future as my aortic stenosis has progressed to the severe stage. My cardiologist and I are waiting until symptoms appear to set a surgery date, but probably within the next 6 months. Can't say I understand why we're waiting (not like my valve is going to get better), so any input from the community would be great. My next appointment is at the end of March, so I'll keep you posted. Thanks for your help and support!