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post #1 of 29
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Ok, so I had another echocardiogram a couple of weeks ago to make sure my heart was still behaving itself (I have an aortic aneurysm for those who don't know).

They compared it to previous echo I've had done at the clinic over the last 18 months and they determined that my aneurysm has grown a small amount and was at it's largest late at my last echo before we lost Joshua - so pregnancy had caused it to grow.

So they want me to get my aneurysm fixed before I go through another pregnancy. I went and saw the cardiac surgeon today and we booked in a date to get it fixed.

So I'll be getting open heart surgery to fix my aneurysm on January 3. It sounds a lot worse than it is... It's long surgery (about 8 hours), and they have to crack my chest open and put me on a heart bypass machine, but I'm kind of excited...

Apparently recovery isn't painful, just extremely exhausting, within 6-8 weeks you're feeling pretty good, and by 12 weeks there's no restrictions - ie. I can do as much exercise as I want which I can't do at the moment and haven't been able to do in 3 years because of my heart I can finally live a normal life again. Once we finally get our babies, I'll be able to run around once the kids get older

So that's the latest chapter in my drama of a life...
post #2 of 29
Aww!!

I must admit that your surgery sounds kinda scary..but I am sure you will do just fine

Many many many for you!!!
post #3 of 29
Oh, darlin... I'm sorry you have to go through this. But won't it be wonderful to know it's been fixed and you're stronger and safer? My father had a six-way bypass at 82, and he bounced back just amazingly well. You're so young, I know you'll do great!

And you know all of us here will be right behind you all the way, too.
post #4 of 29
Glad you'll be having it fixed.

My folks have both had open heart surgery, and both were up and about in a relatively short time.
My mother commented that she'd take open heart surgery over another hip replacement any day.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and send many vibes.
post #5 of 29
It sounds scary, but you've always got the fact that you'll be able to do whatever you want, you won't have this anuerysm to slow you down...to help you bounce back quickly!
post #6 of 29
It sounds like no fun to go through, but it sounds like once it's done things will be great for you! We will deffinately be praying for you!
post #7 of 29
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My father had a six-way bypass at 82, and he bounced back just amazingly well. You're so young, I know you'll do great!
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My folks have both had open heart surgery, and both were up and about in a relatively short time.
My mother commented that she'd take open heart surgery over another hip replacement any day.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and send many vibes.
Yeah, thats just it - people a lot older have it done and do well, so I'm not too worried. My cardiac surgeon is one of the best in the world at this type of surgery, and the risks are very very low.

I'll be living on this site in January while recovering probably...
post #8 of 29
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I'll be living on this site in January while recovering probably...
Erm, I mean....nope, that's what I mean! We will look forward to you being around more....

I can just see Nurse Smudge....
post #9 of 29
well, the good news is that after, you should be good to go
post #10 of 29
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Erm, I mean....nope, that's what I mean! We will look forward to you being around more....

I can just see Nurse Smudge....
Yes Nurse Smudge will be my big worry - she won't be allowed near me!!!! Given that they have to break my sternum, then wire it back shut, and Smudge loves jumping on chests...

I might have to sleep in the spare room just so she can continue to snuggle with her daddy
post #11 of 29
Look at it this way you will have a cool scar to explain to people! My grandmother had an aneurysm fixed a few years back and did very well. I have had heart surgery, but I had mine at 1 week old but mine was for something completely different. But I get asked often about my scar and its kinda cool explaining it to them!

Good luck with your surgery!
post #12 of 29
Good luck with the surgery! I'm glad that you are finally getting it repaired.

It is a scary surgery to have and I'm glad to hear that you have a fine surgeon to do it.

Sending you lots and lots of good vibes! And so are my kitties!
post #13 of 29
Sarah we'll be right there with you as well
post #14 of 29
As they say, one door closes and another opens...many good for you. I'm sure you'll have a successful surgery and all your friends here at TCS will be ready to entertain you during your recovery.
post #15 of 29
Awwww... sweetie!

I know everything will go just fine when you go in to have it done.

If you are on TCS all the time in January we won't mind, in fact, we'd kind of like it.
post #16 of 29
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Sarah we'll be right there with you as well
Sending you continuted prayers & vibes!
post #17 of 29
Well its good to know that you are going to get your health problem fixed.
Perhaps you can wear one of those things baseball catchers wear to protect your chest??
post #18 of 29
that is so wonderful that you are able to get it fixed!! a new year and a brand new start
post #19 of 29
Yes the surgery sounds scary to me but I am happy for you to be able to get this done. Praying it all goes smoothly and the recovery is fast.
post #20 of 29
Sending lots of for your surgery and recovery and future health!
post #21 of 29
I am glad you will be able to get surgery to get it fixed! Good luck!
post #22 of 29
I am soo sorry all of these things are happening at once hon BUT hopefully once this surgery is through, you will be able to do many things you couldn't before! How wonderful would that be to get to be able to lead a more normal life and do the things you love! I have no doubt you will be just fine! It sounds like you have some wonderful medical people looking after you- i'm sure they'll do a great job and have you back on your feet in no time!
post #23 of 29
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My husband keeps joking and asking why he didn't get the extended warranty with me. He reckons he should have checked under the hood a bit better, and if he had have, he would have gone for a different model

I've had at least one lot of surgery for the last 4 years, and next year is heart surgery, then the year after will hopefully be baby number 2 (don't know if I'll have to go a c section), but that'll be 8 lots of surgery in 6 years.
post #24 of 29
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My husband keeps joking and asking why he didn't get the extended warranty with me. He reckons he should have checked under the hood a bit better, and if he had have, he would have gone for a different model

I've had at least one lot of surgery for the last 4 years, and next year is heart surgery, then the year after will hopefully be baby number 2 (don't know if I'll have to go a c section), but that'll be 8 lots of surgery in 6 years.
If it makes you feel better my husband says the same thing about me.
post #25 of 29
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At least I always get cool pics for everything... I have pics of the inside of my knee from the arthroscopy, photos we took post wisdom teeth op which are the top hit in Google when you search for them, photos the oral surgeon took of the inside of my mouth where he did the surgery because he was so fascinated by what he found, and heaps of heart pics.

You should see the cool 3d pic from my CT scan of my heart last week!
post #26 of 29
Aw, Sarah, you are going to feel so much better after the surgery! My MIL had a similar procedure done and she said she didn't realize how it had affected her until it was fixed!
post #27 of 29
Sarah, I'm glad you're getting this problem fixed, and scary as it is, I can well understand you're being excited about it. Sending lots of and prayers for you and your surgical team, for an uneventful surgery and recovery.
post #28 of 29
congratulations on being able to get something done! This will be exciting and scary. I wish you the best of luck! Not that you need it. This kind of thing is pretty routine. You'll do great!
post #29 of 29
Lots of hugs and well wishes, Sarah!
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