Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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Lucile, You continue to be in my prayers. It often takes a long time to recover from this kind of surgery. Yay, for the new valve and I hoped the clot would desolve and great it did. So try to look at this latest news as not a set back but as a few adjustments so everything will be in tip top shape for the next 20 yrs. There are many things they can do these days for veins they may be able to do a stent, your Dr. will know the right course for you. As for the Sternum my late DH and my son both had problems after surgery with healing. My son had a operation for Myasthenia Gravis the Thymus gland is removed it is nestled next to the heart, my son was 12 and growing plus they were giving him mass amounts of steroids (normally it should not affect the growth, but it can and did) simply put his chest grew very fast before healing was complete and ripped out the staples, they removed them and put in some wire like stuff and because he was young it worked, it make the scar about 1 1/2 inches across due to his growth. My late DH had so much infection after several heart surgerys plus diabetes his sternum became infected and had to be removed, they did a pectoral muscle flap to fill in the space. I still remember when he came home because there was no fat around it yet, so when he layed on the bed I could hear the heart chambers open and close all night!!!! It echoed!! I could not sleep listening to the opening and closing finally after about 5 days I was able to tune it out. These happened in 86 for DH and 91 for my son and medicine has come so far. So please try to not feel overwhelmed. Things are getting better.
Try and keep up beat, after all the pool heater is being replaced so you need to get many years out of it. After all you and DH may want to take a romantic swim in moon light like 16 yr olds in the near future. Hugs
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.