Hello all. I thought I'd share my surgery story as it helped me pre-surgery to read others.
I went in on Monday 20th November to St Barts and was operated on around 1:30. My last memory before being 'out' was going down to theatre (the premed must have knocked me out). According to hubby, surgery ended around 5 and when he came in at 8 I was fighting to get the breathing tube out and I do have a recollection of this; trying desperately to communicate - horrible 😔 . Struggled with morphine (was sick a lot), I was out of bed for a while and in a chair by Tuesday morning and by Wednesday pm was up on a main ward looking after myself although I did feel awful. I tried tramadol too but felt 'off my face' so by Thursday was only taking paracetamol.. The worst thing for me was not pain, it was feeling very wobbly, brain complete mush, zero appetite until Friday and the swelling. I put on 8kgs pre and post op and I literally felt like I was bursting! Getting comfy in bed was no fun either. Friday saw the emotions kick in and I was a sobbing mess - not helped by the fact that it was a 7 hours round trip for any visitors which would cost a few bob so I told people not to come (except hubby who stayed a lot and kids came up once). I wish I'd been more selfish as I felt very alone and down. I made hubby go home Saturday pm and not return until Monday lunch to get a break and my Sunday was very emotional.
Anyway, was discharged on Tuesday pm. Since being home I have felt 'ok'.
The surgeon told me that my valve was so severely stenosed that it would be one of his Pub stories! and when I asked what would have happened if not operated on he said I could have developed symptoms of heart failure which would have lead to emergency surgery or I may have dropped dead! I had very few symptoms and I probably wouldn't have even gone to GP. Thank goodness my over cautious GP made me go fo an echo when she noticed I had a heart murmur four years ago! Mind you I'm quite pleased I never knew I was born with a dodgy valve as it may have worried me over the years and to be very honest I have led a fun filled, active life with zero health worries.
So now, I'm on the good old rat poison and anaemic! Bp was always low in hospital and I do keep having wobbly spells at home. Appetite is back and last night I slept so much better. Pain is virtually zero but my chest shoulders and neck are sore - kind of like I've done lots of decorating! So that's me! 😊