Welcome to the forum.Hiya - my son who is 15 had a ONX mechanical valve fitted nearly 6 weeks ago. We are in the UK.
He is recovering well from surgery.
I was given a warfarin ‘counselling’ session before we left the hospital. Thankfully my son was not present because it has absolutely terrified me. I left feeling like he was a ticking time bomb who was going to bleed to death if he fell over or have a stroke if he ate too much broccoli.
I have spent 2 weeks trawling the internet trying to work out what’s real and I now think maybe the nurse was trying to scare me into conformity but all it has done is absolutely scare me that he can’t go out and live his life.
I’ve been really trying to get some perspective but keep going back to the tone of the session I had.
I have gone back and read through so many posts on here (possibly a bit obsessively) trying to get some reassurance but I’m finding it really hard to move forwards.
Anyone understand how I feel?
I have a better suggestion.
It's amazing how medical organizations that should know better can get this kind of thing wrong. I was told that I shouldn't even shave with a disposable razor while I was on warfarin, and I was terrified of broccoli too.I was given a warfarin ‘counselling’ session before we left the hospital. Thankfully my son was not present because it has absolutely terrified me. I left feeling like he was a ticking time bomb who was going to bleed to death if he fell over or have a stroke if he ate too much broccoli.
I know busy-ness with five kids can be anything but normal at times. And I know that’s said with tongue in cheek. But as long as you bring it up, it’s actually a good point of assurance for the OP. My wife and I chose to have a family. Some folks choose not to. Nice that my valve and warfarin didn’t get in the way of that. In fact my wife and I met a couple years after my first surgery and I was already taking warfarin. It was a bit of a conversation piece early, as any life experiences are when you’re getting to know someone. But it wasn’t the focus of our relationship. I know dating and such has been a concern that’s been brought up by people here when they are, “ in the waiting room”, so to speak. And at 15 years old, I’m guessing the OP might have some concerns about that for their son.says the guy with kids ...
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