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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My 2 echocardiograms went well on Monday. The first
basically confirmed that I needed the second and also
confirmed I needed the angiogram later. The limited echo
show a greater heart murmur and more blood pooling in
that chamber of the heart than anticipated. The other echo
in my esophagus did not show as much as the surgeon
wanted to see but he didn't need to repeat it. The angiogram
showed "extremely healthy arteries and veins around the
heart", so there are no blockages there.
Now for the plan. This is not an "emergency" situation but
we all know if we put things off, we can pretend they do not
exist. With DH by my side and chomping at the bit to jump
in and express my opinion for me (and, yes, he will do that),
I said the sooner the better. The nurse came in and we took
the first available date, which is July 2nd. The surgeon just
happens to be unavailable the last week of June.
So I need to go in on the 29th for a pre-op check in, do lab
work, type and match blood in case of a transfusion and have
a teaching session on what to expect with open-heart surgery.
Sunday, the first, we will drive up and stay the night so I can
be there at 4:30 to get ready for surgery at 7:30. I will remain
in the hospital for 4-7 days and then have 6-8 weeks of
recovery time. I voted in favor of another type of vacation but
there were no other options on the table.
As for DH, he does indeed jump in and provide my answers when
I prefer to voice them myself. I think he has had too many years
of helping his mother "make" decisions, that he forgets I want,
I NEED to have my voice heard. I am quietly reminding him of
that now. Please, let ME speak. I do want to have some modicum
of control.
And I will leave this as it is. Do know that I love my husband dearly
and will take each day as it comes. As it is, I will be spending our
43rd anniversary in the hospital. Shucks! Maybe the nurses will
serve anniversary cake LOL!
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  • SUNNY332
    So sorry to hear you are having the open heart surgery and glad I found out about it today.

    I will be praying.

    299 days ago
    The sooner the faster you will be recovered.
    300 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Marsha, emoticon I'm adding my prayers here too for a successful surgery and a very speedy recovery. Also glad that no emergency surgery is needed, and your arteries look good! It is truly a blessing that you were able to schedule it sooner rather than later, so you don't really have time to think about it.
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    308 days ago
    So glad that things well so far. It's a smart move to get it all done and over with as soon as possible. Waiting is the worst.
    Stay strong! Make your voice heard! emoticon
    308 days ago
    I will be praying for you. I would not want to ignore the situation either. emoticon
    309 days ago
  • JAMER123
    It sounds very much like what my mom had and her surgery was on Mon. They did a fairly new procedure called the TAVR. She was in ICU 2 days and moved to inpatient rehab this evening. Most people go home the next day or second postop day. I wish you the best with the open heart. You certainly will have a better life when the leaking valve is repaired. My prayers are with you for a great surgery and rapid recovery.
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    309 days ago
    prayers and hugs smart to get it done soon what isnt an emergency can be one sooner than one thinks. . all the exercising and healthy eating will make recovery so much easier for you, what is going to be hard is getting you to rest but youll just have to keep your mind just as busy as your body used to be until you are healed and ready to resume your super women status again, . Hugs my friend keep us in touch
    309 days ago
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. I know you will do well, take it one day at a time. emoticon
    309 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Adding my prayers to all the rest for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. Glad that even though the surgery isn't an emergency that you were able to schedule it soon instead of having to wait and dwell on what is to come.

    309 days ago
    Marsha ((hugs))
    dear if it is not emergency why did you get a date for this major surgery in less then 2 weeks time?
    no time to think or get another surgeons opinion... I know things are so different in US then Canada but boy seem so rushed to me...
    BUT if you are feeling confident and have had your voice heard then I pray for all the best and a speedy recovery... so so thinking of you

    309 days ago
    Good news that it wasn't an emergency. Maybe my brother is right, why eat right and exercise when things happen anyway. Might as well do what you want and enjoy life. Prayers for a successful and safe surgery. These days it is almost as common as having your tonsils out.
    309 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Glad it’s not emergency surgery and that you know whatyou’redealing With and you have a plan!
    emoticon and emoticon for successful surgery.
    309 days ago
    Glad what's needed is a) not emergency, but b) will be corrected sooner rather than later. Thoughts and prayers across the miles and the internet!
    309 days ago
    Marsha,just try to stay busy to keep your mind off it.
    But not to over do it,i know what you mean by your
    DH i think it is just a man thing of trying to be our
    protectors.Will keep you and your Family in my
    thoughts and prayers! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    309 days ago
    I’m so happy to hear that everything looks fixable and the supporting area is so healthy and strong. You are, indeed, wise to go ahead and get this into the rear view mirror. You can convalesce during the heat of summer and be out and about as autumn's gentle weather is just coming around the corner. You are a very wise woman, Marsha, and you take good care of yourself. We all understand that your DH is beloved, and that his attempts to speak for you stem from a good motive, even if it gets on your last nerve! Have a calm and restful day as you process all this new game plan.
    309 days ago
    Wow, you're moving right along, it's best to get this done ASAP and off your mind. Our prayers for you continue!
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    309 days ago
    Praying all goes well and that your surgery is 100% successful. Keep us posted and I can understand your situation with your DH!
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    309 days ago
    Praying all goes well with the surgery and afterward. emoticon
    309 days ago
    Any place together for an anniversary is still a great day happy anniversary give each other a big hug that's about all you going to be able to do in a hospital... LOL
    309 days ago
    Stay strong and be positive bless you prayers with you have a great day
    309 days ago
    Hugs this morning Marsha,
    I'm keeping you in my prayers. Take care while you wait. Hope your nerves are ok. Special Hugs. emoticon


    309 days ago
    Awwwww, sweetie, happy that the angiogram sowed clean arteries. That is very good news. Sorry you still require the open heart surgery, BUT wrapping you in prayers (and the health care providers). Not easy to anticipate surtery of any kind.

    HUGS sweetie.
    309 days ago
    I'm glad it will be done so quickly! I have been waiting over 6 weeks for this hip replacement! Busy docs! Well, now we know how to pray for you!
    309 days ago
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