I felt the same way when I read this post before surgery, like I probably woulda been better off if I hadn't. But I made it through with very little drama. Best wishes and a speedy recovery. Put it all out of your mind, none of it can be of any help to you at this stage.mn2mx;n859711 said:I'm going in for AVR and double or triple bypass on Monday morning. Reading this thread has been both reassuring and frightening. In hospital now and have been since my angiogram Tuesday. Yikes. It's boring. Sounds like a casino in this area. Live 4 hours north in the middle of a state forest so surgeon put me under "house arrest". My wife left Wednesday to take care of things at our place. We weren't expecting me to have surgery this soon. She's on the road now returning here to be with me. Daughter arriving tomorrow. They can keep each other occupied while I'm in surgery. The important thing for me is to see them in the ICU and go home in a week or so. Have to admit to some anxiety about the outcome. At the VA in Minneapolis. Bicuspid aortic valve. Blockages are presumed to be due to agent orange exposure in Vietnam.
You've got that one right. I had significant pains off and on for a long time. Even now, 4 1/2 years post-op, I still have some pain in my neck, but now they think it may be arthritis. Who knows? It wasn't there before surgery. I wonder if I can get it covered under the extended warranty. . .cinconinos;n859965 said:I was very surprised to have extreme pain in my arms/ shoulders. Our best guess is my arms were put in a splayed and awkward positions for my 8 & 1/2 hour surgery.
Yeah initially my ticking was pretty loud. Now months later it's much quieter, not sure why but it is. Mostly I don't hear it much any more. It also took months for all of my sternum pain to go away completely. As many of us can tell you, the younger and stronger you are the more it hurts! As for feeling exhausted, it gets better a LOT better, not to worry. You'll be fit again, even more so.Ryanvs;n864704 said:Well, I'm now 1 week post surgery and, wow! What an eye opener. Things i weren't prepared for;
* having the breathing tubes down my throat was freaky! I felt really clostraphobic and it took me a while to breath independently before they removed them. I later found out that when they said to breath, i instinctively took deep breaths and held them. Due to this the machine would kick in. Once they explained to breathe normally it was sweet.
* once awake, for the first 8 hrs or so during the night i kept just passing out and waking in 15 minute intervals.
* Ice chips rock!
* I had (and still have) terrible shoulder and back pain, especially after sleeping. Is getting better though.
* The removal of thefluid tubes hurts! Alot! Pain relief didn't help.
* going to the bathroom after the catheter was removed took time. It was awkward to put downward pressure to wee.
* i get exhausted after my daily walks and excercises. I was fit before.
* the ticking of the valve is really loud!
* getting home is the best feeling!
* after going through this, I feel i could accomplish anything i want to