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  1. ponygirlmom

    Considering the end of VR.org - Looking for your thoughts

    Wow -- This is ironic. Ten years ago exactly I was leaving the hospital with a new aortic valve. I was a very involved member of this forum at the time, and for several years afterwards. After I while I felt I didn't have much to contribute, so I stopped coming. Now I am facing another valve...
  2. ponygirlmom

    anxious and just plain scared

    Hello! By the time you see this, you'll be done with your cath procedure. I hope you're feeling fine! I haven't been on the forum in a very long time -- my surgery was in 2008 -- but I popped and and saw your post, so I thought I would give you some words of encouragement. I have a bovine valve...
  3. ponygirlmom

    3weeks post surgery-memory loss

    Yes! This is very common. If you're lucky enough to get a good consultation with an anesthesiologist before the surgery, he'll tell you about this possibility, but so often patients aren't warned.
  4. ponygirlmom

    Ticklish Question!!

    When I had my pre-surgery angiogram, they accepted the shave-job I did myself. I'm sure they would have done it again if it wasn't good enough! They didn't shave anything before my OHS; I guess they figured if they needed another angiogram, it would be easy enough to do it. Obviously I'm a...
  5. ponygirlmom

    Where can I find heart surgery costs?

    I don't know if anyone here will remember me, but I had valve replacement surgery in 2008. My daughter is writing a paper, and is trying to find the average cost for a coronary artery bypass graft. We've both been combing the Internet, but the only pricing we've found isn't from credible...
  6. ponygirlmom

    Why isn't my avatar showing?

    I haven't participated in this forum for a while. My settings show my old avatar, but my profile and posts do not. Why is that?
  7. ponygirlmom

    10 things your hospital won't tell you

    "Avoid July." Great! That's when I had my surgery!
  8. ponygirlmom

    Visiting the forum after a long absence

    Hi, everyone! I haven't been on the forum for a while. It certainly has changed! I have to admit, it makes me a little dizzy to look at it. Anyone know why there was such a drastic change with such bright, contrasting colors? I'm posting a question elsewhere, but I hope everyone has been well.
  9. ponygirlmom

    Ladies--bra, underwear in hospital??

    I didn't wear a bra in the hospital, and no one mentioned one to me. If would guess that if you needed to wear one (for example, if your doctor thinks you need one) a front-closure would be far preferable because you are lying down on your back so much after surgery. I was one of the many...
  10. ponygirlmom

    Thumping Heart Beat and PVC's

    I'm 1.5 years out from getting my bovine valve and I get bouts of heavy thumping, too. It's never when I exercise, but rather when I am sitting at my computer or trying to sleep. It happens when I'm starting to get dehydrated, but it also happens for.... no reason that I can think of. I am...
  11. ponygirlmom

    Crockpot Pork Question

    I have a 5-pound pork shoulder in the crockpot. I put it in on "low" at 8am. Will it be shredded apart by 7pm, or should I cook it for a while on high?
  12. ponygirlmom

    Spice Hunter "Chef's Shake"

    I can't promise you Safeway, but it's possible that a regular supermarket carries the Spice Hunter line. Here in the Phoenix area they have it at Sprouts (a natural foods chain) and at the "gourmet" and "market" versions of supermarkets as well as cooking stores. There is a state-by-state...
  13. ponygirlmom

    "Red Trout"

    One of our local stores has started to sell wild-caught "red trout." It's called "red" because its scales are a beautiful red-orange. It's a very flavorful fish so you don't need much seasoning. Here is a low-salt recipe for it: Grease a glass baking dish with olive oil. Please fillets...
  14. ponygirlmom

    Spice Hunter "Chef's Shake"

    I know a lot of people here are on low-salt diets. Generally I dislike the "seasoning blends" I have encountered. Here is one I think is really good. It's salt-free Chef's Shake by The Spice Hunter. It contains onion, black pepper, garlic, carrots, orange peel, tomato, celery seeds, red pepper...
  15. ponygirlmom

    Barley-mushroom soup???

    I don't have a mushroom-barley soup recipe, but can you share your crockpot lentil soup recipe? I need more crockpot recipes.
  16. ponygirlmom

    Roasted autumn vegetable soup

    Baked yams: We use red jewel yams (they are not identical to sweet potatoes.) They have dark red skins. To choose the most flavorful ones, run your fingernail along them in the store. Is the flesh underneath orange? Good. Yellow? Not so good, but okay. Wash them and prick each twice with a...
  17. ponygirlmom

    Roasted autumn vegetable soup

    My family likes roasted parsnip sticks. Cooked that way, they have a natural sweetness. Line one or more jelly-roll pans with heavy-duty aluminum foil. An alternative is a glass baking dish. (A jelly-roll pan is a cookie sheet with veeeery short sides.) Grease the pan(s) with a little olive...
  18. ponygirlmom

    Roasted autumn vegetable soup

    How can you NOT like sweet potatoes???? Did he have a traumatic sweet-potato incident?
  19. ponygirlmom

    What do I need to plan for when coming home?

    I wouldn't spend the very first day alone, but after that, if you have no complications, here are some suggestions: Have someone put cold items that you may want in an easy-to-reach and easy-to-open cooler. This way you don't have to open the refrigerator. A cooler set on the kitchen table...
  20. ponygirlmom

    Racing heart rate and BP

    Karl -- I am curious to know why you immediately thought you were having a panic attack. I mean, prior to realizing that your heart was going fast, were you disturbed in any way? You don't mention it. Is this the first time that this has happened? Perhaps it will be the only time. Bill is...
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