Welcome to my day to day journal of having open heart surgery.

When I started this blog I was not sure if I would need surgery but after many tests and doctors visits I had valve replacement surgery on June 23, 2010. I was born with a congenital heart defect, a bicuspid aortic valve. My blog reads backwards (like all blogs)....not like a story in chronological order...so go all the way to the beginning (here) to read about my history and how this all got started.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

My Surgery Date is set for June 23rd

Well, I think wednesday may have been worse than I imagined it might go.  I mean I was pretty ready to hear I needed surgery and I did not have any coronary blockages so I was expecting to be told I could have minimally invasive surgery.  Ummmm, NO.  I seem to have 2 poss 3 problems.  I have to have the aortic valve replaced but I also have to have a portion of my asending aorta replaced.  It is dilated to 4.5 which is the point where it is considered severe.  He is also going to look at the aortic root and if he feels, while in there, it needs replacing....he will do that too.  SO now I have to have the long scar right down the front of me.  It is upsetting me sooo much.

I have told work.....they are being very sweet with me.  They are hiring a temp to help till I return.  I have decided that Wednesday the 16th will be my last day.  I have to do my pre-op at the hospital on Friday, June 18th.  So that will give me some time with the kids and to get things in order before this all happens.  I was given two rx's to take....one to prevent A-Fib after the surgery  and one to prevent bacteria (a gel for my nose)  I'll let you know how that goes. 

I guess I am not taking it all to well right now.  I seem to easily get upset.  That might be normal but I seem to cry way to easily right now.  Phone calls are hard...not only do I run out of breath talking but I get upset having everyone tell me they are thinking of me......but I do appreciate all the sweet phone calls and well wishes.   I might resort to texting   :)

So that's where we are right now.......

2 comments:

Nick said...

I'd wish you some luck, if you want it... but... you know the doctors are sooo good without lady luck. :]

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