I think what you have going for you is that it will not be an Emergency Surgery and that you are not going to a place (I hope) that doesn't have trained surgeons to preform your desired remedy to help you get back to normal as possible. I am presently 57 and I had an emergency Aortic Dissection at 40 while playing tennis. Fast forward, prostate cancer and my left hip replaced, it's now time to have to have my aortic root and aortic valve and most likely my old dacron tubing cut out and replaced on 12/19/19 at the University of Washington by Dr. Gabe Aldea and Dr. Christopher Burke. I did not have my valve replaced when I had my emergency surgery most likely as they were just trying to keep my alive. I have a bicuspid valve and now my leak is causing me to really feel tired all the time, not playing singles tennis anymore and my sleeping pattern is now causing me to feel shortness of breath in the mornings. Plus my left ventricle is getting very large and I hope not too large as well as my leak is severe now.I would encourage you to just trust in the surgeon, trust in your faith and be ready to see yourself recovering and getting back to getting back into the best shape of your life.www.aorticdissection.comBrian Tinsley :)
Good Morning Scott!
So glad to hear your surgery went well and your recovery is progressing. You will ultimately transition from the recliner to the bed. Take some time. Interesting to learn about your thigh numbness and pain. I also experienced this and on occasion the pain was intense for hours. Six months post-surgery and I'm still experiencing some numbness. It seems to be less frequent. One piece of advise I'd like to offer is, the physical recovery and healing is extremely important, but don't forget the mental recovery. I overlooked this and have been struggling with some things I simply didn't expect. As a runner/athlete, not being myself has been extremely difficult. I've started to reach out to others with heart disease for support. Finding other runners who have gone through what we have has not been easy. Be sure to talk to other about how your are feeling, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Let's face it, we are surviving a very traumatic experience. In my case, my heart stopped 14 times post op/ICU. Though much of ICU was a blur, like yours, that experience is still will me. Particularly when the ICU team brought in the crash cart and placed pads on me. I will never forget how cold they were!
All the best in your journey.
Scott,I ordered a Bed Wedge pillow on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Wedge-Pillow-Memory-Foam/dp/B07QNZCR4Y?ref_=ast_bbp_dp and a leg elevation pillow https://www.amazon.com/Ebung-The-Best/dp/B07KFPQTM8?ref_=ast_bbp_dp I was able to sleep so well I did not mind my dang CPAPI also had migraines, but only the light auras. However I had so many several times a day, it was frightening. My cardiologist told me it was the stress of the surgery and my body reacting. I believe it because now, 2.5 months later, no more migraines.Good luck in you recovery!