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  1. bizinsider

    countdown to cleveland

    Peej: Here's my prediction: Much of those first few days will become a blur. What I went thru with bowel issues post-surgery; lack of sleep; pain in my back...all of that dissipated as a memory. It's the kind of stuff we live through and do in the moment, but I think the drugs help us remember...
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    countdown to cleveland

    OK, Peej, it's showtime. Your head is in the right place. Keep your sense of humor. Hit the red button to keep ahead of the pain. Be a squeaky wheel if you need to be. Follow the walking/breathing protocol. Repeat. The first few days will be, well, probably not as bad as you are expecting but...
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    countdown to cleveland

    Dea! And thanks for dredging up that study!
  4. bizinsider

    countdown to cleveland

    Peej! You're very welcome and thank you very much.
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    countdown to cleveland

    Crooser, they specifically told us to book 10 days and expect the unexpected. The goal was 5-6 days in the hospital (this was just pre-Covid). I had a mild complication which caused me to say 8 days. And THEN the final stitches out / all-clear on Day 10. We left Cleveland Day 11.
  6. bizinsider

    countdown to cleveland

    And to think I knew everything! Proof Chuck knows more. I did not know that. Since I had a Bentall procedure, I hope you are right!!! ;-) Also, Peej - you do NOT need a recliner. Trust me on this. My surgeon's nurse at CC was the one who convinced me it would be a waste. I had wondered whether...
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    countdown to cleveland

    Peej, Great choice. Your attitude will serve you well. We stayed at the ICC and upgraded to the Club Level. That was a great choice, especially for the proximity and ease of access for my wife. She really appreciated the women at the Club, especially Anntonette, who seems to take special care...
  8. bizinsider

    12 year Bovine valve anniversary

    Congrats. I'm almost a year and a half in with the same valve you have. Fingers crossed mine gets anywhere near yours. My OEM, a unicuspid, was highly calcified so I likely have a predisposition toward lower tread life. My surgeon gave me 8-12 as the realistic range, sized for a TAVR...
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    three month post op

    Amazing what a difference three months can make!
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    Let's set some goals! A throwdown!

    Chuck, these are some great tips + motivational chatter. I've probably gained around 5lbs from my lows since surgery in March 2019. But I also definitely notice more padding than I like. I walk 4+ miles almost daily at a very fast pace, including steep hills. My diet is in check - very...
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    Breathing Tube Fear

    I think almost everybody has the same fear. I woke up very drowsy with the tube still in and they told me to just breathe slowly. I probably dozed off again, until I heard them say something like, "give us a small cough." I looked up at a very bright light and the tube was dangling above me...
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    My Time has Come

    According to Dennis' wife on Day One post-surgery, he was doing well.
  13. bizinsider

    I've crossed the line into severe and need to make a decision

    Bottom line is this: Catch it before your heart is damaged. There is a fine line there. Get several opinions. Etc Etc.
  14. bizinsider

    Cleveland Clinic Questions

    My surgery was a year and a half ago and Dr. S chose an older tissue valve, which I found interesting b/c he was lead investigator (I believe) on the Resilia. I believe lots of factors go into it. I did not question his choice. He said it would probably last 8-12 years (I was highly calcified)...
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    I've crossed the line into severe and need to make a decision

    So tempting, Chuck. But... there's the issue of my wife, who I do believe would say, "Over my dead body." 🤣
  16. bizinsider

    I've crossed the line into severe and need to make a decision

    Whoa, climbing a mountain? Did I tell you that given your shape this recovery would be mind-blowingly crazy? FWIW, I'm on 25mg of Metoprolol and probably will be forever - just to help keep my BP in check. I seem to tolerate it well. Then again, I've been on bp meds, including beta blockers, for...
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    Cleveland Clinic Questions

    My surgery with Dr. Svensson was a year ago March. Everybody has their favorites there (the one who did their surgery!) I flew in from San Diego via LAX pre-Covid. Two trips - the first for the pre-visit and tests. The main event was a month later. The scar is fading. If it wasn't there I...
  18. bizinsider

    U of M vs Clevland Clinic

    The reality is there are lots of good surgeons/teams/hospitals around the country. While I'm biased as a CC fan, I've gone back/forth with too many people who have had their surgeries at You Name It and they have done very well. (Chuck C can vouch for that! And Pellicle survived being sliced and...
  19. bizinsider

    U of M vs Clevland Clinic

    He’s fantastic. Class of March 2020.
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    My Story - Valve Sparing Aortic Root Replacement – David Procedure, 16 Feb 2021.

    There's nothing salt water won't cure ... as long as those Australian sharks are kept at a fair distance! G'day!
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