Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
I m 38 (39 nearly) never really been sick and had no symptoms.
Back in the winter or spring I had a real bad cold. My GP listened to my heart and told me that I have a heart murmur. So I was sent to see the cardiologist at Frimley hospital. He confirmed I have a bicuspid valve which will require replacing with a mechanical valve eventually in the next few years.
But in May I was asked to go an meet the surgeon from St George Dr Kanagasabay who told me that I need to be operated very soon as my aorta has dilated too much.
I was shocked, scared, upset but with advice and good words from people from this website I managed to get on with it. So surgery date was fixed for the 23rd of July. Went into hospital on the 22nd but the surgery got cancelled.
Than the hospital ignored my calls for over a month and no reschedule until I complaint to my local MP and than I was booked straight away on the 17th of September. I had no choice but complain because I knew the longer I wait the worst will get.
The medical staff at St George Hospital Tooting Ben Heir Ward are wonderful and they looked after me very well. Surgery started at 6 AM on Monday the 17th of September. A anti septic shower first followed by some sedatives to calm me down. Than off to the operating theater. The anesthetist took over and a few days later I met him at the coffee shop. I dont remember much myself but he told me I was so scared and terrified. All I remember that I was hang head down and had tubes inserted in my neck. After that first thing I remember was waking up laughing in ICU. Yes laughing and asking for food. The medic in ICU said I was the second patient in 34 years (of his career) who asked for food. So I ate than my mum, boss (friend too) and Kev came to see me. I asked them for white chocolate and grapes and water and food. I was hungry.
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