After noticing that my (humble) husband James never posted any information on the extremely major surgery he underwent just three weeks ago today, I thought I would post my first blog on this site.
Monday, November 6th James endured a four hour open-heart surgery in order to re- repair a congenital heart defect. He was born with Dextrocardia with Situs Inversus, an Atrial Ventrical defect and a Hypoplastic Pulmonary defect. In short, what this all means is that all of James’ organs are reversed, like a mirror image and that his heart and lungs have been adversely affected. Yes, it is a WHOLE lot more difficult than this very basic explanation, but this seems to be the easiest definition for most people to grasp.
During the surgery, James had a new conduit and valve placed, and had a large heart murmur closed. At 5 ½ years old, James had a similar surgery performed on him, and it was known at that time that James would need this surgery to be redone and completed as an adult.
As it is apparent by James’ recent blogs, he is doing remarkably well, just as his doctors expected, because of his young age and his otherwise good health. Prior to his surgery, James was silently suffering from shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat. The doctors’ warned us that if he did not have this surgery, over time he would develop Pulmonary Hypertension.
Since the surgery, although James has had a bout of Pericarditis, he has been progressing very nicely and is now walking quite a bit. His doctor said today that he should be ready to get back home, start working, and even drive again soon.
We are all very proud of James’ courage, strength and determination. He has had an amazingly well-natured disposition throughout this whole experience! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and special husband!!