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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Thursday, June 3, 2010

I guess we are counting down now...

So, I feel like I am coming to terms with what is about to happen to me.  I am not getting as upset so easily and I am able to talk about it better than before.  I have read more about what to expect during the recovery time and how it is going to be very hard at first but if I keep moving I will feel better faster.  I am going to try to keep that in the back of my mind. 

We have decided to go with the tissue valve.  It seems more natural and I do not have to be on Coumadin the rest of my life.  That feels like a scary drug that I really want to avoid.  I barely take advil right now....I am on no meds and I would like to keep them to a minimum.  I did catch, during the last appt with the surgeon, that I may need to go on a cholesterol med ( even those my last bloodwork showed my cholesterol was ok), baby aspirin and maybe a beta blocker.   I guess those will ward off any potential problems.  If I go into A-Fib during or after the surgery I may have to go on Coumadin for a month or two.  Lets hope not.

I got by new bloodwork results back and my iron levels improved a small amount....not much and they still are all saying "Low" but they are a little better.  I cannot say I like taking Iron...ugghhhh.  If you have ever taken Iron before, you know what I am talking about.

2 comments:

Leanna said...

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