It depends on how you define 'unbroken.' If you just say 'mechanical valve,' it may not matter all that much if this refers to two different ones.Practically a rookie compared to some. Congrats just the same!
I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m still annoyed that my aorta wrecked any chance at a long unbroken streak.
I agree with Protimenow's quote. When I had the surgery there was only one choice and I got it. They told me the artificial valve was designed to last 50 years....but I really thought it would last until I was about 50 and then I would die. I had no confidence that the valve would really last my lifetime, nor did I have any knowledge that a reop, if needed, was even possible "down the road". Virtually everything I thought then turned out to be incorrect......some good, some not so good. Once you've done your homework...sit back and enjoy your new lease on life.......one day at a timeI'm kind of glad I wasn't presented with the choices that you had to work through.
in context of Dicks last line and reading his response I think its important (well I personally think its life critical) to not let things haunt you. By let I mean when your subconscious drags them up, examine them see them for what they are and know that the ultimate truth is that every day is a gift. True Irony would be to obsess over how long your heart valve will last only to be hit by a car crossing a road texting to someone how worrrriiiieeeedddd you are about your valve.Dick, those thoughts must have haunted you.