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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Friday, June 18, 2010

Pre Op at Hospital today

Went this morning to do the preop.  It went fine...we were a little early (not too much traffic) so they got us in earlier.  Basically, went over consents and some paperwork, chest x-ray, bloodwork and an EKG.  All went fine.   Then we sat with a cardiac nurse...she went over everything...like no makeup , hair up in ponytail, clear fingernail polish, special soap to shower with and then she stuck this bright red bracelet on me.  I have to wear this till Wednesday!!!  Everyday!!   Annoying......

Then we went over the no driving, sternum care, lifting my arms....what I can and can't do.   We talked about A-Fib and meds.....and she answered questions about visitors, my kids coming to see me and how it works with Dan during the ICU.  I got all quesitons answered.

My surgery is scheduled for 7am,  We have to be there at 5:30 am.  That's pretty early when you also live 45 mins away. 

I walked out of the hospital wishing that today was the day....the waiting is really too much.  I'm ready to get it over with and start recovery.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robin
Best of luck next week with your surgery. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love & God bless
Aunt Carol Marie & Uncle Rich

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