Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
Its been a while but i'm back. My surgery was succesful and I have been discharged by my Surgeon, which in itself is scarey.
I think I am suffering from PTS and cant seem to get over the surgery and how close I came to dying. I'm waiting on counciling, has anyone else felt this way?
I don't want it to take over my life, I dont want it to take over my life. Help!!
Hi Carly... I know how you feel... being discharged and left to your own devices is a huge step into the unknown... when I was discharged I kept thinking it was too early, I'm not ready to deal with this.
You have survived a major trauma to mind, body and soul... it’s going to take a while to come to terms with it, it’s not surprising that it feels all consuming... why wouldn’t it, heart surgery is no trivial matter.
For me, the surgery was the most mind blowing thing I had ever had to cope with. But hang in there it will get easier. I’m pretty sure there are many folk here who have felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the surgery. Im only a month post surgery myself, an its taken a while for me to come to terms with the fact that im still here..lol... I am slowly begining to feel like I still have a life outside of thinking about valve replacement.......... the worst is behind you .. good luck
Thank god i'm not the only one! I'm 5 months post surgery and its only hitting me now! I know I will get my head round the whole thing . A friend of mine put it perfecty ..... I climbed mount Snowdon last year ill waiting on surgery and I'm not going to let this beat me!
I think sometimes i think I can do more than I actually can, silly! Im 30 and want to do what a 30 yr old does! haha
Time is a healer as they say! I need to pull myself together, I get married in 1 month :)
My surgery was 5 months ago, so I suppose in the grand scheme of thing not that long ago. I was too very confident pre op, so trying to find out who I was before is hard. There are other factors in how I feel i think but these steps had to be taken in order for me to have the surgery and well live ha, it was a me or 'it' situation, I chose me and possibly feel guilty for that.
Anyway like you said time is a great healer and over time it will get easier now I know whats wrong with me :)
Thank you for all your support and kind words,
I ended up in the operating theatre after having a cardic arrest while in the gym and being resusiciated (full paddle gig), so in many ways I didn't have the pre op apprehension that others had - but the flip side is that at 40 I have now got a heart that should last me well into into old age (and at least one component beyond). For the first few months I lived in fear with a lingerly feeling of this was the end...I am now back to work, back training & exercising fives times as hard as before, enjoying everything as before the op (except booze) in a calmer more enlightened fashion hopefully now more appreciative of the important things in life - you will too.
Sorry to hear that you are feeling a bit low, yes I certainly; like many dwelt upon how close I was to death, yet how lucky I am to be here. I had tremendous support from my wife and my family and friends, also work colleagues. Then, as often than not, I found support from an unexpected source. A guy who I work with in Saudi sent me a prayer, this act of kindness certainly made me think even more about my frailty, but more than anything else, it made me think of how fortunate most of us are to have so many generous people around us. Take good care, and I hope that you will soon be feeling more positive. Kevin