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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOO!

    Well, here we are again. Things have become so "normal" that if my daughter hadn't texted me with a "Happy Birthday to Moo!" (we call my bovine valve "Moo"), I might have cruised right on past the day. Today is Moo's NINTH birthday! At this time on February 28, 2011, I was still in the OR...
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    I almost missed it! ! !

    I've been traveling a bit, and once I returned home, I've been having trouble getting things on this site to work. I almost think I hit the "Post" button on this post days ago and it just didn't happen. Probably not. Anyway, last week marks my 8th "New Birthday" with MOO, my Edwards Bovine...
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    Staying the Course, 2019!

    Bueller? Bueller? Anybody there? ? ? Well, it seems that I'm the first to think of opening the new year. . . and it is Friday morning here in the Upper Rust Belt. My excuse is that we've been out of town. First we went down to Florida for a bit. We stayed in Naples, FL, which is pretty far...
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    Staying the Course - 10/01/2018

    Wow, it sure is quiet here. I hope that doesn't mean that SB has had more weather or health related issues. He's sure had his hands full lately, so I am not surprised if he can't get around here to open the week. I'm back from my wild few weeks of touring and family. We spent the second week...
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    I almost forgot. . . MOO is SEVEN!

    The title tells the story in more ways than one. This morning marks the SEVENTH anniversary of my lifesaver, my Edwards pericardial aortic valve. The years have literally flown by, as I just don't know where they've gone. I guess that is one measure of the great success of the valve...
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    This Year's Check-Up

    Well, yesterday was this year's annual echo and consultation with my favorite cardiologist, Dr. T. (His name is so complicated to spell, they do just call him "Doctor T.") At this point, I am 6 1/2 years out from my aortic valve replacement and 1 year out from replacement of my pacemaker and...
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    And MOO is Six! ! !

    Exactly six years ago today, at around this time (7:45 AM Central Time), I was being rolled down the corridor toward the OR at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital to have my aortic valve replaced. I had been almost surrealistically calm for the week or so leading up to this event, and the...
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    Back from my one-week post-op checkup. . .

    Well, I'm back from the clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I had my one-week post-op checkup this morning, and everything is doing just fine. They tested my new lead, and all of its readings are back to the way a new lead should be - not like my old, failing lead. The pacemaker is...
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    Made it home by lunch time!

    While this was no cake walk, I will have to admit that this procedure and the whole process have gone exactly as I was told they could. I was registered yesterday at 11:30 AM for surgery, and was released today at about 10:00 AM to go home. Yes, the pre-admission testing was every bit as...
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    Just sitting here, eating my turkey sandwich

    I am told all went just as planned. I haven't spoken with my EP yet, but she told my wife that my old lead came out easily. New lead and pacer went right in. More bandages than I expected, but over all a great outcome. Walked around the unit, no rhythm issues. I'll have the full update tomorrow...
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    Just waiting for scheduling to verify the time

    I've done all that needs to be done for this pacemaker/wire procedure. All of the pre-admission testing has been done, and all is well and in order. All of my cardiac "repairs" from 2011 are just as they were when first completed, except for the pacemaker. In this, I'm a really happy camper. All...
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    Back from the cath lab. . .

    Well, I just got home from the cath lab, after a left heart cath in preparation for my upcoming pacemaker lead extraction and device/lead replacement. I went there this morning with the orders and prep worksheet for a cath via right radial artery (right wrist). I had verified several times...
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    It almost feels like I"m back in The Waiting Room. . .

    I'm back here, just hanging around waiting again. When I saw my EP, she said that I needed to get my pacemaker lead and generator changed "sooner, rather than later." She then referred me to their top lead extraction cardiac surgeon for scheduling. That surgeon is the one who couldn't even...
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    I never saw THIS coming my way. . .

    I've been tracking my valve for all of its 5+ years with me -- with no issues noted. It has been just great. I've also been tracking my pacemaker twice a year for 5 1/2 years -- same thing. . . until now. Last Monday morning I noted that at my early AM BP/heart rate check, my monitor was...
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    Happy 5th Birthday, MOO!

    I'll say it again. . . MOO! I'm a day late in marking the date, but yesterday was MOO's fifth birthday. It was February 28, 2011 when my new valve was implanted, and every day since then, I've been thankful for it and for the wonderful team of professionals who made it possible. I'm also...
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    A good Pacemaker Check-up

    I just came back to the office from my semi-annual pacemaker interrogation. (Somehow, when I hear it called an "interrogation" I think of the tech putting my pacer in a chair with a super-bright spotlight shining on it and demanding the pacer to "Tell me EVERYTHING!") Things are going about as...
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    PM Limits?

    I've been quite frustrated in trying to send a PM to an old friend on the site. For some reason, the system tells me that I am limited to 20 messages in my in, sent, and trash folders. Is this true? Is that a reasonable number? Has anyone found a work-around?
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    An unusual observartion about the new software. . .

    I haven't been able to download an avatar picture since the software upgrade. I also am not allowed to post in the "in Loving Memory" thread for Norma. BUT Both Bina and Duffey have downloaded avatar pics, AND both Bina and Duffey have posted in the thread for Norma. What is the common...
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    Has anybody else noticed. . .

    I tried to log in this morning and saw the message that the site was down for some maintenance - on the part of the service provider, not on the vr.org software itself. Then, I logged in this afternoon and the site operates (dare I say it) almost "crisply!" Whatever was done, it sure seems...
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    I hope MOO isn't mad at me. . .

    Well, no matter how much we keep important dates in our minds, life sometimes just gets in the way. Last Saturday, February 28, was my 4th anniversary with MOO, my bovine pericardial valve. We were so busy visiting a relative who just had hip replacement that we forgot to celebrate. Well, my...
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