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Mon, Mar 9 1:21pm · Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side in Heart & Blood Health

I've personally experienced the depression following all 3 of my open heart surgeries. Fortunately, the docs and nurses warned me that it was probably going to happen and to just ride it out knowing it would go away. I think it lasted about 6 weeks with me. So, after the next 2 open hearts I knew to expect it. In talking with many people who have gone through open surgeries, I've found that this is not often discussed prior to the surgery. I'm going through it right now after having my 11 stent placed in my heart in January. It's different than the "after open heart depression" but nonetheless, still very real.
I'm just trying to "ride it out" hoping it will pass soon. I fortunately have a very loving, supportive wife that has been my sounding board.

Mon, Mar 2 9:24am · After heart surgery. Looking for answers to stay alive. in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks for your input Eileena. I like your suggestion of diluted lemon juice. I struggle with digestion also. I've been type 1 diabetic for 49 years in addition to the heart issues. My doc says my Right Coronary artery is "layers of stents" and my Left Main artery/LAD has already been bypassed twice. So, most recently my bypass graph was stented last July, then in January it had to be restented (now a double layer of stents). I've finally, sadly it's finally, turned my future over to God. I'm not in control anyway and I'm running out of surgical options. I appreciate your input and co-championing of our cause…..trying to stay alive.

Blessings to you Eileena.

Mon, Mar 2 9:16am · After heart surgery. Looking for answers to stay alive. in Heart & Blood Health

I appreciate your reply to my post so much. I'm not a "candidate" for a 4th open heart surgery, which I now need, but am just trying to turn to my faith in God and relax a bit. It's sad that I waited until I've reached this point to finally "turn it over to God". I'm trying to create a new bucket list and move on with life being as positive as I feel I can be. Thanks for your input on the diet and exercise Lioness. Blessings to you!

Mon, Mar 2 9:12am · After heart surgery. Looking for answers to stay alive. in Heart & Blood Health

Honestly, I'm trying to quit worrying and turn it over to God. He's ultimately in control anyway. I had my 11th stent put in Mid January and it kind of sent me into a "tailspin". I got busy trying to research what I could do to sustain my life. It finally hit me, I'm not in charge. All I can do is reach out to others who deal with this type of issue and turn it over to God.

Fri, Feb 28 10:04pm · After heart surgery. Looking for answers to stay alive. in Heart & Blood Health

I’ve had open heart surgery 3 times. I have 11 stents in my heart and am feeling lucky. Looking for ways to stay alive. I’m 61 years old.