Surgery Day

Surgery Day finally arrived! My day started at 5am with pre-surgerical instructions to drink a cup of juice at this early (dreadful) hour. ;) Then I went for a little walk, got ready, and headed to New Westminster with my mom. I got a phone call shortly afterward that they could take me in earlier than my 12pm appointment because the patient ahead of me was stuck in traffic, so I rushed over to the hospital and got myself registered. I still had to wait awhile, as the other patient actually did arrive in time, but it was no problem. I ended up finding the lovely sanctuary in the Cardiology Ward. They took me in for my pre-op, started my IV, gave me blood thinners, and asked me a ton of…
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Sign Me Up!

So I'm getting the device! No open heart surgery for me, assuming all goes as planned. :) I met cardiologist #2 today- the interventional cardiologist, who seemed really great. He answered my long list of questions, from my worries of a nickel allergy, to making sure I could still run a half-marathon with the device. He gave me all the necessary information, and gave me a quick checkup, before asking if I wanted to proceed with this option. I said "Sign me up!" It definitely beats having to be put on bypass and then spend two months recovering from a major surgery! My recovery time should be quick. My surgery date is June 12th. I'll have the pre-labs/ECG requisition mailed to me a couple of weeks before surgery, and then…
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TEE Anyone?

I met Dr. L, my cardiac surgeon, yesterday. As stressed as I was for this appointment, he put me at ease, as he's very nice and laid back- not intimidating at all. If he does end up doing my surgery, I'll feel very confident in his hands. He actually may not be doing my surgery, as he said that the transcatheter closure may still be an option, and an interventional cardiologist does that procedure.  He wants to perform one more test before jumping into surgery to see if I'm a candidate for the device. I need to have a transesophageal echocardiogram or a TEE, as it's known. Basically it's another echocardiogram but with this exam they put the a scope down your esophagus so they can get better pictures of…
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