Hi. I am A; a freshly graduated nursing student who just got to know that she has a hole in her heart. My cardiologist just told me a week before that I had a large hole in my heart and I was just about to start work at that time. My world crashed down because I have been healthy all my life; I didn’t know that I had symptoms. I did feel breathless often and my fingertips would turn blue when in cold settings for too long but I just thought that it’s because of my lazy lifestyle.
My cardiologist suggested that I go through an open surgery because the minimal surgery wasn’t going to be a successful one, based on my case. I’ve never underwent such procedures nor have I visited clinics when I’m ill so I am not sure what to expect. I am just very concerned about the duration that it will take me to recover, not fully, just enough for me to be able to lift patients and work long hours. To be able to start working, basically.
I do understand that recovery settles differently for different people. I just need to be reassured that I will be fine after the surgery. I must say that I do feel scared to go through this at my age. I’ve read other posts here on open surgery but I want more. How did you prepare yourself mentally for the procedure? What is the recovery process like for those who did undergo the surgery; from ICU to the ward? What did it feel like when the first time you wake up in the ICU? How long does it take for you to be able to walk, eat, sleep normally? What about the discharge plans? What did you do after being discharged?
I have many, many questions to ask all of you. I want to know all! I want to know your stories! I look forward to your replies and bless all of the wonderful, strong survivors out there! Your replies will be of tremendous help to me. Thank you!