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    28 years since my first.

    Hoping to set some Warfarin duration records. Still in my mid forties. Just a teenager when I first went under the knife. Good times!
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    9 years since #2

    Just like that. Got my shiny new aorta on this date in 2009. Time flies.
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    Just so I don't miss it - 27 years tomorrow!

    Hope I make it! Figure I'd get this out here while it crossed my mind. First AVR at the ripe old age of 17, just two days shy of my 18th birthday (which means I'll be turning 45 on Thanksgiving Day). Received a birthday cake from the medical staff as well. Edie Brickel and the New Bohemians...
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    Bragging or complaining?

    A little of both, I guess. I had my annual check-up with a new cardiologist in August. He put me on Lasix for two weeks due to edema that was evident in the appointment. He also did blood work to rule out Congestive Heart Failure (which was, indeed, ruled out - YAY!!). Anyway - that all kick...
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    New Cardiologist

    As some of you may have experienced, when you have a congenital heart defect it can be challenging to find a good cardiologist who stays up to date as an adult. Pediatric cardiologist primarily deal with congenital issues, but most adult cardiologists seem to focus on coronary issues and...
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    Alan Thicke

    Haven't seen it mentioned yet, but news reports say Alan Thicke died due to a aortic dissection. Refers back to John Ritter's passing. Makes me wonder if he had undetected BAV, but article indicated no autopsy. That's too bad an aneurysm (assuming one was present) was not detected. Article...
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    Alan Thicke

    Haven't seen it mentioned yet, but news reports say Alan Thicke died due to a aortic dissection. Refers back to John Ritter's passing. Makes me wonder if he had undetected BAV, but article indicated no autopsy. That's too bad an aneurysm (assuming one was present) was not detected. Article...
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    More life insurance stuff.

    It seems the second OHS was the magic number. Called about extending my 20 year term policy that expires in 7 or 8 years. Nope. No dice. I even told them about the lifetime guarantee. However, my policy is convertible to whole life - but it'll cost me. Probably as much as it would to self...
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    Request - Forum Languange

    At the risk of being branded a prude, I've noticed a significant increase in the colorful metaphors in use in this forum of late. Years ago there seemed to be an unwritten gentlemen's (persons?) agreement that we'd keep it clean and educational. I know we've had members in their early teens...
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    26 years ago today!

    I was but a mere youth of 17 years when first they sliced me open. I've been ticking away ever since. It wasn't my last time under the knife, but one always remembers their first.
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    Warfarin and organ donation

    Does anyone know off hand if long time warfarin users can be organ donors? I've always understood we can't donate blood and kind of assumed that our organs were somehow compromised as well. At least the liver anyway. Are we damaged goods?
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    25 years coming up (and 6 years just passed)...

    November 21, 1990 was my first AVR (just prior to turning 18) and October 15, 2009 was my second AVR / Ascending Aorta replacement. Proudly ticking and thinning for 25 years. I'm slowly becoming the crusty old man with the Coumadin clinic ("How long have you been dosing this? Well let me...
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    24th anniversary on the 21st

    November 21 was the 24th anniversary of my first valve replacement. October 15 was the 5th anniversary of my aortic aneurysm repair / valve replacement. 24 years on warfarin and still ticking strong. I only spent just shy of 18 years not ticking and don't even remember what it doesn't sound...
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    Made it through gallbladder removal.

    Had my gallbladder removed Friday afternoon. Went in to ER Wednesday. MRI showed a big stone blocking the exit duct with more behind. I was having frequent attacks. Gave me a couple doses of Vitamin K and as soon as I was down to 1.8 INR they were clear to move ahead. They wanted to give me...
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    Gallbladder

    Since I am several years post surgery, I figured this was as good a place as any to put this. Any fellow mechanical valve patients have to undergo gallbladder removal post valve replacement? If so - did you find that it had an impact on your INR management and warfarin dosing afterword?
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    23 years came and went on 11/21/13

    Haven't been in in a while. October 15th was four years with my new Aorta/valve conduit. November 21st was 23 years with a St. Jude valve clicking away. Pretty sure I have seniority on all of the "Coumadin Clinic" staff now. Hoping for a good 40 or 50 more.
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    22 years today! November 21, 1990

    Unfortunately I no longer have the original hardware (replaced three years ago). But I've been clicking and ticking and anti-coagulating my blood for 22 years today. I've now spent roughly 55% of my life ticking.
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    3 years on October 15, 2012.

    3 years for my second OHS. Next month is my 22nd on my 1st OHS.
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    What's my valversary?

    For those of us with multiple OHS's. What's my valversary? Is it going to be 22 years this year or 3 years this year? My first was replaced November 21, 1990; then I had that replaced October 15, 2009. I feel like I'm selling my second one short if I only acknowledge the 1st. But at the...
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    Finally got my machine!

    After 21 years of needle sticks, I finally got my machine! My insurance finally came around to covering it. Soooooo much better. With four young kids (okay, five as of yesterday) it was quite difficult to make time to get in and get checked regularly. Okay, not so much difficult as just...
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