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  1. johnnycake23

    10 year anniversary!

    Excellent. Congratulations.
  2. johnnycake23

    Sweet 16 Valversary !!

    Excellent news. Keep going strong.
  3. johnnycake23

    Is this normal?

    Hi Lily, the part about "I put off calling the dr." and "Haven't been to a dr. in over a year but not scheduled for the cardiologist til next year," perhaps you may want to reconsider. If nothing else, put in a call to his/her office. No harm in that. They may schedule a telehealth visit, which...
  4. johnnycake23

    3 decades ticking away!

    I can do without that kind of fun, but congratulations all the same.
  5. johnnycake23

    Lucky 13 for Bovine Valve

    Greetings, today marks the 13th anniversary of my tissue valve. Many thanks to the good folks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for having the valve last this long. And props to the cow for his or her durability. As of last check up, it's still holding up strong --"everything sounds good." Go...
  6. johnnycake23

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOO!

    Yours is an awesome story, Steve. From one former NWMH denizen to another, congratulations on number 9 and may Moo Moo allow you you to dance at your grandsons’ weddings.
  7. johnnycake23

    27-Year Anniversary of First AV Repair

    Yes, @dick0236's numbers are impressive, crazy impressive, the Joe Dimaggio hitting streak impressive.
  8. johnnycake23

    27-Year Anniversary of First AV Repair

    συμπατριώτη, σε ευχαριστώ, φίλε μου.
  9. johnnycake23

    27-Year Anniversary of First AV Repair

    It was on this date in 1993 that I had my bicuspid aortic valve repaired at the Cleveland Clinic. I remember being a scared twenty-something and, looking back, terribly naive -- my biggest concern was if there would be a noticeable scar! Ahh, to be that young and carefree again. (I would go on...
  10. johnnycake23

    Are we high risk?

    I'll jump on this D train. With my long track record, only in the last year or so was I advised to take 2000 IU of Vitamin D cuz my blood tests showed me a bit low. I don't think I've felt its positive effects, but now I'm in normal range. So there's that.
  11. johnnycake23

    Αortic valve replacement

    Περαστικα, και θα είσαι καλά. Έίμαστε Έλληνες και είμαστε δυνατοί.
  12. johnnycake23

    Allow me to reintroduce myself...

    You are a true profile in courage. Thank you for sharing your story. Please continue fighting and keep the faith.
  13. johnnycake23

    News video on TAVR

    Thank you for posting, @honeybunny—I watched with great interest, as I’m always on the look out for the latest on TAVR—and for all your insights, @pellicle and @Duffey (excellent posts, the both of youz). I just got the results back from my echo last week. All “looks great.” No change from two...
  14. johnnycake23

    What's the longest someone's bovine aortic valve has lasted?

    Duffey, 14 years is great. I'm at 12, so this is encouraging. I haven't gone through the entire thread, but I wonder, as the subject heading asks, What IS the longest someone's bovine valve has lasted?
  15. johnnycake23

    12 Years Today

    Mr. Kent, my first OHS was a repair at Cleveland Clinic in 1993. It lasted till November of 2007, when it got replaced with a C/E bovine valve. Thanks for asking.
  16. johnnycake23

    12 Years Today

    Hey Steve, Thanks for the well wishes. Going to FLA makes perfect sense. Coming back now, not so much. Just couldn’t resist the misery that awaits us from Old Man Winter? Yeah, getting together sounds great. You’re in the city, right? I’m contracting in the city these days. Lunch or happy hour...
  17. johnnycake23

    12 Years Today

    "From your mouth to God's ears." Just in case you have some juice with the Big Guy :)
  18. johnnycake23

    12 Years Today

    Thank you, pellicle. From your mouth...
  19. johnnycake23

    12 Years Today

    Fellow Valvers, Today marks 12 years since I had my second OHS for my bovine aortic valve replacement. Big thanks to the team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who got me this far. As of last check up the valve was holding up just fine. I go in next month for my annual echo hoping there's no...
  20. johnnycake23

    Skipped Beats Gone, Replaced with Hard Beats

    Thank you, Steve (and everyone else). I appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences and to allay my fears. I thought I'd give a brief update. I had a pretty bad weekend of skipped beats, so on Monday morning I called my doc's office and was instructed to come in to get a heart...
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