I had quadruple bypass surgery May 2021. I realize that everyone's recovery experience is different. I'd like to know if some of my experiences are shared amongst some of you.
So far all my checkups have been good so there's that to be thankful for as well as the gift of extended life.
Thanks for your time ...
I had quintuple bypass surgery 5 1/2 years ago when I was 67 and experience or have experienced some of what you experience but in a different way.
I have a different sense of "being" but it is more a sense if being interconnected with all living things including not just people but animals, trees, even insects, which I can no longer kill. I feel like we're all branches in a single tree of being. I also am acutely aware of my mortality but also of all the people that saved my life, for now, and that we all are part and am deeply grateful and unafraid of death.
I also had a stretching feeling of tightness in my left pectoral area for many months, but I realized that it was likely scar tissue formation from when the surgeon harvested my left mammary artery to bypass the blockage in my left descending coronary artery.
In general, my health has been excellent these last nearly half dozen years after, but I do sense that I am aging and hope that it continues gracefully.
All the best,
I'm 16 weeks post op and feel similar..like my 'being' has changed. Some anxiousness has set in and it's not easy to explain to others. And the elasticity in my chest is still present. Last week, at my latest follow up with the cardiologist, I was assured the elasticity is normal and may continue for some time. He said that's more related to cartilage & nerve endings healing from the arterial harvesting than the sternum bone. I don't notice any louder heartbeat though. The whole experience has definitely given me pause to consider many things about life and mortality.