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  1. skeptic49

    Staying the Course -- 10/14/19

    Glad you're back home! Stating the course here in spite of a clumsy fall getting out of bed on Saturday that resulted in a foot sprain. Heading off to a hobby convention on Wednesday. Enjoying the Autumn weather, my favorite season. Cheerio!
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    Staying the Course -- 10/01/2019

    Superbob: so glad to see you back on here. Wishing you a speedy and uneventful full recovery. Which bovine valve do you have now?
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    Staying the Course -- 09/08/2019

    Get well soon, Superbob!
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    Staying the Course -- 09/08/2019

    The power lift recliner is the way to go, Superbob! I lived in mine for a couple of weeks post surgery. I'm enjoying late summer at the beach house, catching my breath after a fun but tiring two weeks in Eastern Europe. Days at the beach include morning walks with Katie dog, and afternoon...
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    Staying the Course -- 08/19/2019

    Love the undies discussion. Hello from Belgrade, Serbia, where it is 90 degrees! We enjoyed Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest. But the diet went out the window and the lbs started accumulating thanks to those delicious Polish pierogies. I'm going to have a lot of work to do to shed the extra baggage...
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    Staying the Course -- 08/12/2019

    SB: I had an extraction pre-surgery that left a gap. As far as I know nothing got stuck in the gap during surgery. Not to worry, I think.
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    Cardiac tamponade

    Tamponade is a potentially life-threatening complication experienced by some after AVR. I had my surgery on a Monday. In spite of four drainage tubes, by Friday I was so weak that I collapsed unconscious when they tried to get me into a chair. I was returned to the OR soon thereafter and my full...
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    Staying the Course -- 08/05/2019

    I remember the split over politics. I feel the same way now as I did then: no politics here please. That way everyone can be comfortable seeking support and answers regarding heart valve disease.
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    Staying the Course -- 07/29/2019

    SB: I rented a power recliner for a month. Loved it. FredW: I'm upset and angry too but best to keep those sorts of issues off of this forum. Today is almost like an early autumn day with a cool easterly breeze blowing across the beach. I'll take this weather from now on!
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    Staying the Course -- 07/22/2019

    We're now in a warm and dry pattern here in the NY area. The garden requires daily watering, but we're rewarded with blossoming specimens such as this St. John's Wort. The struggle to maintain or lose a little weight continues. So far I've managed to stay in range but summertime food delights...
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    How Do You Stay Heart Healthy?

    Indeed!
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    Staying the Course -- 07/15/2019We

    Sorry to read about the lightning strike and fire, SB. My cataract surgery re-do on the left eye went well and the IOL has remained in place at least so far almost four weeks out. Not much else happening here but enjoying the summer.
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    81 mg aspirin no longer recommended?

    I take a daily 325 mg coated aspirin due to a history of small strokes prior to AVR. I have had no side effects. I have a tissue valve and I am not on anti-coagulants. I also understood that low dose aspirin was recommended for clot prevention for those with tissue valves not on warfarin. I plan...
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    Staying the Course -- 07/01/2019

    Love the British outline models!
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    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery - any tips?

    For me the big surprise was how weak I was after surgery. I couldn't believe how weak I was, barely able to move. Of course I had a serious complication requiring a second surgery five days after my first seven hour surgery (tamponade.) Hopefully you won't have such a time of it. As Mary...
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