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    Surgery is Complete

    A week of external pacing certainly does make a permanent pacer sound and feel like a good idea lol. If like me, you have a decent intrinsic rhythm in the atria (top chambers) if is pretty easy to get the pacing right and it feels “normal”. Hope that‘s the case, plus you will probably get sprung...
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    Date Set For Repeat Mitral alsoTricuspid Replacement

    Wishing you the best of luck Blake, and I can relate to the allergies, sinus and throat issues. This has apparently been a tough year for allergies where I live, lots of pollens. I hope your allergy issues do not interfere with your recovery and your health rapidly improves after surgery.
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    5 myths of heart valve surgery Dr Marc Gerdisch

    I also had pain on taking a deep breath for many weeks after surgery. My pain ended up being muscular in nature. I was concerned enough at one point to go the Urgent Care, but a thorough battery of tests showed everything was fine. Once I started working on the muscles in my back and shoulders...
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    Surgery is Complete

    Congrats on having the surgery in your rear view mirror SteinBizzle. Life improves once you make it out of ICU. With respect to your nerve bundle, it is early days yet, hopefully you will see some improvement in the next few days as inflammation settles down. Apparently this can take a few days...
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    Covid Vaccines

    I’ll drink to science Luckyguy
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    Covid Vaccines

    Tom, from the same website you reference: 61.87% of adults over 18 with one dose. I didn’t know what you meant by -5.% vaccinated. I see you may have meant 5.69 fully vaccinated. The U.S. is far ahead in second doses, your vaccine roll out has been impressive and it is terrific to see. Now...
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    Covid Vaccines

    Tom, as a Canadian I have to say your comments regarding Canada’s vaccination rate/plan are not at all accurate. Well we did have supply shortages early on as we have really no vaccine manufacturing, we now have over 60% of adults in Canada with at least one dose. In B.C. where I live, we have...
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    Mental recovery

    ”nothings wrong”, that is a spot on affirmation Freebird. Thanks for sharing
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    Mental recovery

    Katherine, I can relate to what you went through. I recognized my “blues” as a form or grief, as the anxiety I felt was similar to what I felt many years ago when I lost my brother. Recognizing what was happening helped me to address it quickly and I had some Previously learned skills to fall...
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    5 Years!

    Congrats Dodger. I am fairly new to the board, had my valve surgery April 1st, and also need a pacemaker before leaving the hospital. My situation sounds similar to yours in this regard. Thanks for sharing the update, it is awesome to hear your doing well 5 years on.
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    Mental recovery

    Ozo, I will 8 weeks post surgery and 7 weeks post pacemaker tomorrow, and I get where you are coming from, you aren’t alone in these feelings. I have had similar feelings in the last few weeks. I have healed well, but did have the major complication of needing a permanent pacemaker which has...
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    Accu-Chek Safe T Pro Lancets

    I set mine at 5 and press firmly
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    Have most of you recovered or actually improved since surgery/post op ?

    Thanks LondonAndy, great to here your experience and perspective. The travel security issue is good to know, I have had some concerns around that. I really haven’t noticed much of a difference with the pacemaker in how my heart beats, I do hear the valve though (doesn‘t bother me much) I feel...
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    Have most of you recovered or actually improved since surgery/post op ?

    LondonAndy, thanks for sharing that. I too had a complication from surgery resulting in a permanent pacemaker seven weeks ago. There aren’t that many of us who have had this complication and it is great to here that 8 years later life goes on as before. Have you had any issues with the Pacer...
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    Covid Vaccines

    dick0236, you might be my hero
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    Covid Vaccines

    I had AstraZeneca 17 days after my surgery. Minor issues, slight fever, tired and stiff arm the next day but not a big deal. (at least that is how it seemed compared to recovering from valve surgery). Glad I had It, despite all the AstraZeneca issues. I was in no position health wise to turn...
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    Ok what is this about?

    Hi Esvaja, my AVR was April 1st and I still have numbness to some degree on both sides of my chest. It is slowly improving. I also feel like there remains some resistance in my lungs. When I walk briskly I have to work at getting the last little bit to inflate (or so it feels). If I am paying...
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    Did you have a follow-up echo 4-6 weeks post-op?

    Wow, Chuck, that is terrific reduction in mean pressure gradient. Congrats on that good news.
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    Did you have a follow-up echo 4-6 weeks post-op?

    Hi Amy, I had a 4 week echo. It was ordered by the surgeon and he communicated to me as part of the discharge information that it should be roughly 30 days after surgery. He made it sound like a standard thing, that should happen before my 6 week cardiologist appointment. In fact when I called...
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    25 Years AVR

    Congrats Flex 131, it really does help us newbies to hear these stories. Cheers
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