I’ve been a member for a few weeks now. I stumbled across this group when my surgery was locked in and felt the need to chat with people who really
I was diagnosed with an ASD (4.6cm) in December 2016. I presented at emergency with an Atrial Flutter and my heart was beating 160bpm at the top and 300bpm at the bottom. They tried everything to get it back into a normal rhythm, but after 5 days they ended up having to do an electric shock on my heart to correct it. Before conducting the shock, they put a camera down my throat to make sure that there were no blood clots that could dislodge with the shock. That was when they discovered the hole…
The reason for the delay with my surgery is due to my weight. I have been carrying a lot of weight and my surgeon wanted me to ideally shift as much as possible. I have managed to shift 23 kilos, but he wanted almost double that. Given that I cannot exercise with the inflammation in my heart, it is very difficult to achieve with food alone when I have minimal output.
In recent months I have noticed an increase in shortness of breath. As a result I had an echo done and my Cardiologist noted that whilst there is no damage to my heart, that he can see a difference from my last echo. This has ultimately brought forward my surgery and forced my surgeon to lock it in whether he likes it or not. He has explained to me that he does not foresee any issues with the surgery itself, but rather the recovery/healing, seeing as I’m quite big busted.
Naturally all of this makes me want to run away! Anyone want a visitor?
I have purchased a selection of front closing bras that should assist with keeping the girls in place.
Are there any other tips for post-op healing?
Any tips in general on how to cope with open heart surgery?
Any tips on how to cope with being so scared and mentally preparing yourself?
Surgery is booked for June 7th.