I found out in June of 2017 that I had ASD because after so many doctors and tests, one wise pulmonologist did a bubble study and found the hole. I am 65 and healthy. With surgery I should be good for many years. Without it I would continue to decline and become more debilitated until my heart just stopped.
I had my open heart surgery on Friday. I had to have two patches placed at the top of my heart by the incoming arteries. All went well and as expected.
24 hours later I was up walking with very little assistance and was moved to a private room. I had no pain from surgery but did have 3 migraines over the weekend. I was also nauseous but don’t know if it was from the migraines or oxi codon I was on. My mouth was very dry. Drank lots of water. Had no appetite. Slept well.
I was able to get in and out of bed by myself. Use the bathroom by myself. Monday my appetite returned and I ate normally. Had chest rads several times. All was good.
Had an echo Tuesday to check patches, everything was good and I was discharged.
I was horrified to go thru this and have several months of healing ahead of me but it is amazing how it went. This is my 3rd day home and I am getting up and down. Moving around. Doing stairs. Eating, using my computer. Any pain I get is in my neck and shoulders not my chest. It is of course very sensitive to touch. They use Dermabond now instead of stitches or staples. After healing ( up to a year) the scare should be minimal.
As horrified as my family and I were, it was so much better from all aspects than I could have imagined.
I will update as I heal.