Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Quick update: I'm home from the hospital and the surgery went better than expected. My mitral valve was repaired which was the best scenario. No future surgeries will be required as they would have been with a replacement. I may even be able to get off of all the cardiac medications I've been taking the last year, which is great news!

One of the coolest things I got at the hospital was a pillow. It's a very sturdy heart shaped pillow that I use to "hug" when I need to support my chest/sternum (sneeze, cough, laugh, stand up...).  What's so cool about that you ask?  Here is a picture of it.

My surgeon personalized it with the type of surgery, the date, and he signed it (like a Rock Star! LOL) He also drew the repair on the heart.  I love it and have got a lot of use out of it.  I'm sure I'll still be hugging my heart for a few weeks to come, but the personal touch will have me keeping this for a long time to come.