Is there anyone out there who has recently undergone open heart surgery? On the 12th July 2011 I will be having an Aortal Aneurysm repaired, a new Aortal Valve, and a stent in a blocked coronary artery. I know that it is unrealistic to think it will not be painful, but just how painful will it really be? Also, I am SO tired of being tired, and having little quality of life at the moment, can anyone tell me whether there is a lot of improvement in energy levels post op? I know I don't have a choice in the matter....I either have the surgery or die!....but it would make a big difference if I knew I was going to get my life back! I'm not usually a sissy, - I can usually "roll with the punches", (I am divorced, live alone, and proud of my independence! Very rarely am I able to admit to weakness, or ask for help..."I am WOMAN..hear me ROAR"
) - but this is by far the most threatening situation that I have ever faced before, and yes, in all honesty, I am really, really afraid! I would truly appreciate someone to talk to who has been through something similar, and who can maybe reassure me a little?..........Thanks so much for listening to me whinge!