Firstly I'd like to thank everybody who took the time to respond to me and all of your kind words.I posted about my 37 year old younger sister needing mitral valve replacement and how I was finding it difficult to take in,and struggling to help my family deal with it also her children.
I can honestly say it's been the worst two weeks of our lives,and on the 14th a week today,my brave courageous sister has had her surgery and is home from hospital, resting for a while with our mum.Her surgery went as well as it could have,no complications and apart from her being in a lot of pain with her ribs,each day she is taking huge steps.They took her to theatre at 3.30 and at 7.30 she had arrived on ctccu and we were allowed to see her.By 11pm she was coming round,and was unventilated and didnt need any extra help,the day after when we got there they had sat her up in a chair.The day after back to the ward and on day 5 was released from hospital.
We were told she had been extremely lucky as the valve was described as being a "funnel" she consented to them using it for medical research.She now has warfarin for the rest of her life,12 weeks of rehabilitation and has to visit the hospital for any dental treatment.
This site helped me immensely and speaking to other families on the same ward did too,I was a nervous wreck but managed to hold it together, at times it was horrific and I fell to bits,but she did it and even though we tried our best to support her,it almost at times tipped me over the edge.
Anyone who needs to talk about anything themselves or a loved one,I'm hear to listen and am glad to share experiences,that surgeon saved my sisters life and for that I'll be forever grateful we all will.
I'm in Manchester if anyone needs support my ears are always open (and I know this because I can hear my sisters valve ticking away like a clock