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Old 01-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #1 
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A little nervous...

This Monday the 16th my partner Neil is going to have open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. He was born with aortic stenosis and they told him he'd have to have his valve replaced probably the time he was in his mid 30's, they were right on. He'll be in the ICU for probably 3 days and in the hospital for a week. His recovery will take around 8 weeks total. I know everything will go well but it's still a bit scary.

Has anyone here had open heart surgery?
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:57 PM   #2 
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No, but Neil will be in my prayers and I hope everything goes fine. :) Good luck, tell us how it goes. :)
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:43 PM   #3 
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That is pretty nerve wracking but it sounds like something very necessary to give him the best quality of life - or to even save his life.

Try to relax - it will be over before you know it. Please let us know on Monday how he's doing.

I'm sending good wishes your way.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:02 PM   #4 
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I'm sorry about Neil. I hope everything goes well for him.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:12 PM   #5 
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I hope everything goes well on the surgery and he has a smooth recovery.

Best wishes from me. :)
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #6 
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Good luck. My grandfather had to have a heart valve replaced too.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:46 PM   #7 
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Good luck, Pitgurl! Best wishes are headed to you and Neil. :)
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:47 PM   #8 
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Please let us know how everything went.
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:01 AM   #9 
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I hope everything went well yesterday and that Neil has a speedy recovery. Well, "speedy" may not be the right word for a total of 8 weeks, but I hope his recovery only needs the recomended 8 weeks. :)
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #10 
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Man I know how scary that is. My grandfather had an aortic rupture last year..Thankfully he made it out okay. I am wishing the best for Neil as well.

I know how it can be scary to have a partner dealing with heart related issues. My boyfriend was born with a Bundle Branch Block(can't remember if right or left), making him have three heartbeats and always the fear of heart complications.

Surgery is always scary, even when it's just explorative. But I know my grandpa had his ruptured aorta replaced and is still walking around today. Doctors are very smart, I'm sure they will be performing at their best. I wish him luck on a speedy recovery!
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