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  1. Superman

    Elevation and INR

    Staying a couple weeks at around 5,000 ft in elevation. We live about 600 ft above sea level. Any reason this would cause INR to go from 2.5 - 4.0? I can’t think of any dietary or activity drivers.
  2. Superman

    There’s my face.

    Been a bit over 10 years here. Take a gander before I get shy and take it down again. Cheers!
  3. Superman

    Surgical survival rates...

    Off topic section for obvious reasons. If you don’t enjoy a little gallows humor, sorry about that. 😁
  4. Superman

    3 decades ticking away!

    Seems alike a while. I turn 48 in a couple days. Celebrated my 18th birthday by moving out of the ICU. That was exciting. 30 years ago today I received my first St. Jude valve. My second open heart was 11 years ago back in October when I got my shiny new aorta. Time flies when your having...
  5. Superman

    Staying the Course -- November 9, 2020

    Sorry to steal your thunder, Superbob! Big week at the Fortress of Solitude! It’s here! It’s here! It’s really here! Due to long lead times and a lack of patience on our part, we had to order well in advance of the Holidays. But our Tread arrived this weekend. All was not smooth. We had...
  6. Superman

    Schwarzenegger had another OHS

    Ross in the 1990’s. Pulmonary valve in 2018. Aortic valve in 2020. Three surgeries for the price of one. But what I’m annoyed by are the commenters in the news articles. “Steroids. See what happens?” Yes. We all brought our heart defects on ourselves. If only I had lived right as a kid I...
  7. Superman

    COVID-19 - How are you spending your time?

    Thought I’d start a “lighter side of the COVID-19 global pandemic” thread. I imagine I’m a bit unique in that work is busier than ever for me. Nature of my industry. We have a lot to do to help our customers right now. I’m also busy migrating my teaching to real time virtual and adapting...
  8. Superman

    Staying the Course March 1 - 7

    New course this week. Just got back from Disney World with the family. Tons of walking. Not much watching the diet. Great time had by all, but much cooler than our August trips. Managed to do just about everything that we wanted too. Even had a day to jump in the pool. Gave the new camera a...
  9. Superman

    29 years tomorrow!

    Wow. Another year already. Eating Warfarin like candy for 29 years just ticking away. Wonder who holds the record for the longest time on Warfarin? Anyone else start younger than 18? I beat that by two days. Not on my original mechanical valve anymore so I can’t shoot for that record. Only...
  10. Superman

    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!
  11. Superman

    9 years since #2

    Just like that. Got my shiny new aorta on this date in 2009. Time flies.
  12. Superman

    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...
  13. Superman

    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...
  14. Superman

    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...
  15. Superman

    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...
  16. Superman

    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...
  17. Superman

    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...
  18. Superman

    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...
  19. Superman

    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.
  20. Superman

    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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