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  1. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    I can confirm that humans are disgusting to animals, and to each other. It's one of the main reasons I stepped away from the job I held in animal rescue for years... it made me jaded, and doubt the humanity of most people and I finally realized it was not a healthy mindset to be expecting the...
  2. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    Update: After a near deadly complication (tamponade), we got to come home yesterday and Mathias is receiving the best medicine of all; dog snuggles. He's doing pretty good but of course I'm on edge since having to go back to the emergency room, but his pain is well controlled and he has a great...
  3. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Cardiac tamponade

    Funny you mention it. When I first learned of tamponade years ago, I always thought of olive tapenade, the relish, topping stuff you put on crackers 😂 but yes, a very serious, scary and painful situation. Glad it is taken care of.
  4. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Cardiac tamponade

    Thanks, all. He got through surgery well and is recovering and feeling much better. We got him to the hospital just in time, but they had to do the full sternotomy again to clear out the fluid/clot. At one point his BP dropped to 75/40. I am grateful he was strong enough to make it through the...
  5. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Cardiac tamponade

    The 'look' I'm referring to is painful, hopeless, dark/numb, and most of all, pleading. It's a scary one to witness, but a good one to know how to recognize. It's almost like a million emotions pass through their eyes in a matter of seconds. Confusion, anger. Pain, sadness, lost, and numb all...
  6. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Cardiac tamponade

    Hi guys, I unfortunately have to report that Mathias and I came to the ER in the wee hours of the morning today. Something was not right, so I insisted we get things checked out. Sure enough, they detected a tamponade putting pressure on his right ventricle. Hes in emergency surgery now, but...
  7. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Inr

    Do you have an example of your (or something similar) spreadsheet that I could peek at? I would be using Excel. Would love to set one up. I hope all of the info gets a little less overwhelming...right now there are so many medications to count and numbers and appointments to remember it makes my...
  8. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Inr

    Wow! thank you. I just printed the blog post. I'm hoping I can find an app or something that will help track data...I'm not very technologically savvy. I will keep this printed post for future reference (along with all my other printed notes of research :geek:)
  9. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Inr

    Once we get a "base" dose for where they want his INR to be, I will ask for a range of tablet concentrations. I'm sure they will look at me like I have two heads as why in the world would I question their expertise and not just call with an INR and wait for an updated dose, but I will try to...
  10. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Inr

    Curious, as I begin to start ACT on Mathias, when you take partial doses, are you splitting the pills in half, quarters, etc? Someone suggested lowering by one mg, not sure how to split a 5mg tab into 5 pieces. Or over the years have you acquired different dose tablets so you can make what dose...
  11. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    Thank you for asking! He is doing remarkably well so far, thankfully. His PT consult and check list is complete, as is his OT and RT. He has everything on track to come home tonight or tomorrow, which is days ahead of his last OHS. He is being very good about walking the floor and all of his...
  12. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Ascending aortic aneurysm - questions and concerns

    We were told the aneurysm may need surgical intervention closer to the 4.5-5cm mark, but it was dependent on patient size and stature. When Mathias got his repaired, it was 5.2 cm and he could feel the aneurysm in his throat after exerting himself, caffeine consumption, and hard alcohol...
  13. LoveMyBraveHeart

    Getting Ready For 2nd AVR - 29 Years Old

    Good luck, John! As a recent member myself (fiance just had his second OHS/AVR yesterday...all in the span of 8 months), this forum has been a godsend. The people are so forthcoming with gritty recovery details and answer questions a lot of medical professionals dont know the answers to because...
  14. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    Well, folks. 8 hours later we are out of surgery and it was a total success. Of course we aren't out of the woods yet, but I am so grateful it worked out and we can start recovery. Thank you to everyone that has sent positive thoughts and answered my questions...I appreciate you all more than...
  15. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    It's very possible that's what they meant. I unfortunately was not at the pre OP appointment this time, I couldn't take the time off work so Mathias went with his mom. It just made him nervous that maybe he should be expecting more than what surgeons and doctors have been telling him, and since...
  16. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    I have an additional question...at the Pre op this time around, the hospital staff had recommended and started planning for a home nurse for the days following discharge. Is this normal? After the last surgery, Mathias walked out of the hospital a week after OHS, we went back to our hotel for...
  17. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    Thank you very much. Sorry to be so mushy about Mathias, I get that way sometimes!!
  18. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    I have also learned a BAV predisposes you to an aneurysm by all of the surgeons and cardiologists we've seen (at the last "experimental" type surgery in June, he had 23 doctors present! :eek:), none of which brought up anything about a connective tissue disorder. In any case, I wish you all of...
  19. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    I appreciate that. I am so lucky to have found a best friend to journey life with. He is amazing and teaches me things everyday. I'm hoping for many, many happy years together!
  20. LoveMyBraveHeart

    2nd AVR

    Thank you! I'm glad to hear your second operation went well. We were certainly not expecting another sternotomy so soon, but relieved to know others have been through the same thing and have lived to see it as part of their distant past. The heart is incredible...complex and strong, yet delicate...
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