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Cactus52

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Well howdy all. Had my valve replacement Thursday morning and all went well. Have a new 23mm OnX valve ticking away. First 2 days were pretty rough, mostly from the drainage tubes which were removed a few hours ago and now I'm feeling very normal. A few more days to stabilize a bit, getting my heparin shots and starting the warfarin. Hopefully get to head out in Tuesday or Wednesday. Definitely built it up to be way worse then it was.
 

Seaton

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Well howdy all. Had my valve replacement Thursday morning and all went well. Have a new 23mm OnX valve ticking away. First 2 days were pretty rough, mostly from the drainage tubes which were removed a few hours ago and now I'm feeling very normal. A few more days to stabilize a bit, getting my heparin shots and starting the warfarin. Hopefully get to head out in Tuesday or Wednesday. Definitely built it up to be way worse then it was.
Super news @Cactus52! 👌🏼 Welcome to the other side.
Sending good thoughts your way and the very best for the days ahead. ☀
 

KatherineA

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Very good to hear that you are on the other side! I view it as kind of like giving birth, doesn't seem so bad once it is all over. :) I hope the next few days are smooth and you are up and out of the hospital setting in no time!
 

dick0236

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Well howdy all. Had my valve replacement Thursday morning and all went well. Have a new 23mm OnX valve ticking away. First 2 days were pretty rough, mostly from the drainage tubes which were removed a few hours ago and now I'm feeling very normal. A few more days to stabilize a bit, getting my heparin shots and starting the warfarin. Hopefully get to head out in Tuesday or Wednesday. Definitely built it up to be way worse then it was.
I am continually amazed as to how quickly ya'll recover and go home these days. I agree about the drainage tubes.....their removal is one of the things I still remember from my surgery......altho I have read posts where the poster thought their removal was "a piece of cake". Maybe a few of us got a nurse who was having a really bad day.

Take it easy for awhile. Let your body dictate your recovery rate.

My advice about warfarin.....
.....take pill as prescribed. Get a seven day pillbox
.....test routinely. one to maximum four week intervals after your INR settle down.
.....do not micro-manage INR. try to stay in, or near, your range, without getting paranoid over the numbers.

Your post is certain to help a few of the new folks trying to get their heads around this surgery.
 

Freebird

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Thank you for the marvelous update. I'll be headed in on Wednesday as you'll be heading out. Your words give me comfort! I look forward to learning from your continued journey.
 

John K

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Glad to hear everything is going well. As long as you follow the doctors guidance on recovery, you will be back to feeling normal in no time at all.

John K
 
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Welcome to the team! There is a lot of great guidance on this site for warfarin treatment, both with a clinic and self-testing. Glad you're already on this side of the OR and eager to get back to living life. Cheers!
 
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