I'm sorry for the late update, I've been very sick and things have been more then a little crazy where my sister is concerned...
My Sister had surgery on February 8th and all went well. Just before the surgery to replace a scarred valve (caused by Sepsis, that was caused by a U.T.I.), the Dr. noticed that she also had a birth defect of the Aortic Branch. So not only did they have to replace the bad Valve they also had to do reconstructive surgery to the Aortic Branch... As I said though, "all went well." Her Dr. said she would be in Intensive care for at least a week, but she was only there for one day. She had a drainage tube the went to the part of her chest that was around her heart, just in case of infection or the new Valve leaking. I think they removed the tube after only two days since she was doing so well. She still had traces of infection and the Dr. decided to keep her for a while before sending her back home, just to be safe. She was transferred back to our local Hospital on the 18th and stayed there just a day before finally coming home.
Everything went really well after that. She had started to do things for herself, but had to be careful. If she does too much, the muscles in her arms could cause her Breastbone to separate and if that happens the only way to fix it is to have another surgery... She really doesn't want that, so she has no choice but to let us help her with anything that weighs more then a pound or so. She had to get a lot of I.V. Antibiotics to get rid of the infection that still remained. She got the last of her I.V. meds on the 22nd and left the same day to go back to San Fransisco to have a check-up with her Heart Surgeon the next day. Wednesday the 23rd, my Mom and Sister went to the Dr. and he said that everything looks fine and that everything should be fine for the next 10 to 20 years. Good news right!?! Well this is where this go a bit crazy.
The two of them decided to stay at my Aunt's house for at least a day, since doing too much really drains my Sister's energy right now. They stayed the night on Tuesday, then went to the Dr. on Wednesday and stayed that night too. On Wednesday night my; Mom, Aunt and Uncle all went to bed, but my Sister wanted something to drink. She doesn't really remember everything that happened (which is understandable when you hear what she does remember)... All she knows is she wanted something to drink and knows that our Aunt had Juice in an extra refrigerator in the Garage. So she went downstairs, through the Kitchen and into the Garage. She turned around to turn the light on, then turned back to walk to the refrigerator. This is where she's not sure what happened... The rug was a little wrinkled, so she isn't sure if she tripped or if she passed out due to low blood sugar (as both are possibilities). About 20-minutes later she woke up on the cement floor of the garage crying. She had a horrible headache and tears poring down her face. She sometimes cries like that when she has a Migraine, so she didn't think anything of it. She went back upstairs and climbed into bed.
The moment her head was on her pillow she realized that her face was wet, thinking it was just tears she wiped them away. But it was too wet to just be tears, she lifted her hands and saw they were bloody. She thought "What the hell!?! That's blood!" She got up and walked to the bathroom and turned the light on. Her head, body, arms, hands and upper thighs were all covered in blood. Confused she went back downstairs and looked into the garage, only to see the wrinkled rug and a very large puddle of blood. She said, "Oh shit, I think I need help!" and went upstairs to get our Mom. She said that our Mom's face went white and she asked her, "What the hell did you do!?!" They rushed to the Hospital and found out that she had cracked her skull and also had a minor bleed on the brain, she got nine stitches over her left eye... Honestly she's really lucky! If she hadn't woken up, or if she had fallen asleep when she went upstairs, it could have been a lot worse. She stayed in the Hospital till the 27th. While in the Hospital my Mom's car broke down and wasn't able to get fixed till last-night. My Mom and Sister got to come home today and everything is going well finally... Crazy, right!?!