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  1. johnmarkos

    Two years for me today

    My St. Jude Regent has been ticking along for 731 days. I’m feeling good! Pic from a friend’s wedding last month — I haven’t cut my hair since November, 2019.
  2. johnmarkos

    54 years..........but who's counting!

    2 to the 31 — many systems keep track of time as seconds since January 1, 1970 (“Epoch time”), and older systems use a signed 32-bit integer. Modern 64-bit systems don’t have a Y2038 problem. It’s all the 32-bit systems that we have to worry about (embedded systems and old computers), but...
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    54 years..........but who's counting!

    I wasn’t worried about the Y2K problem, but I’m a little nervous about Y2038!
  4. johnmarkos

    Before and after run times

    Now that I’m 50, I’m eager to run competitively again to see if I can place in my age group!
  5. johnmarkos

    Before and after run times

    I started walking right off the bat — even in the hospital. I went for regular brisk walks every day until I was cleared to run four months after my surgery, then I started running and biking on my usual schedule. It felt good — not like starting from scratch! I also did cardiac rehab for a few...
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    Did you have a follow-up echo 4-6 weeks post-op?

    I was scheduled for one at my cardiologist’s office four weeks after surgery. As it turns out, I was in the hospital next door recovering from AFlutter and tachycardia. They wheeled a very cool mobile echo machine into my hospital room and did it there. The scan showed an increase in ejection...
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    Moving to a plant based diet

    Probably not all, but after my CT scan to check whether I should get a CABG along with my AR, my cardiologist told me I should stick with my vegan diet, because I had zero blockage. I had post-op anemia, but it got better on its own. I was vegetarian, not vegan, for a few months after surgery...
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    Moving to a plant based diet

    It depends on the vegan, and their motivations. I’d do it if I had to, and I call myself a vegan, but I’m glad that question didn’t arise for me.
  9. johnmarkos

    Imminent AVR - 40 y.o. female - advice please

    Mine was four weeks after surgery, arranged by my cardiologist, when I was back in the hospital recovering from AFlutter and tachycardia. My left ventricle was back to a normal-ish size already, and my ejection fraction had already gone back up to normal, so it was some nice to hear.
  10. johnmarkos

    Tomorrow 's the day

    Best wishes for your surgery and for a quick and easy recovery!
  11. johnmarkos

    Imminent AVR - 40 y.o. female - advice please

    I think I heard four weeks to driving, but I can’t remember because I don’t drive much. My surgeon was pretty chill about the restrictions, although they did exist — I immediately asked for a 10 pound max lift instead of 5, because that’s ridiculous. He told me that every patient he’s ever...
  12. johnmarkos

    my time has come

    Best wishes for your surgery and an easy recovery!
  13. johnmarkos

    Cyborg in training

    I had another brief episode of AFib in February, and my cardiologist bumped me up to a 2.0 - 3.0 target for my INR. Other than that, feeling great! My cardiologist says these AFib episodes tend to get longer and more frequent as time goes on, and if that happens to me, I’ll get referred to an...
  14. johnmarkos

    Tomorrow 's the day

    Best wishes for your surgery and recovery!
  15. johnmarkos

    There’s my face.

    Cheers! Nice to see you!
  16. johnmarkos

    Imminent AVR - 40 y.o. female - advice please

    Congratulations on your surgery, Amy! I got the same model and size in January, 2020! 🙌
  17. johnmarkos

    Cyborg in training

    Thanks! I'm super happy about my mechanical valve. Others' posts on this site have done a lot to ally *my* anxiety, so I'm glad I could pass that along!
  18. johnmarkos

    Cyborg in training

    You’re welcome, and congratulations on your surgery!
  19. johnmarkos

    Cyborg in training

    Today’s the one year anniversary of my valve replacement. I’m feeling good! Still running, biking, doing online exercise classes, etc.
  20. johnmarkos

    Migraine aura anyone? Or does the cheese stand alone?

    I did, too! I got them every few weeks with headache in my late teens and early twenties, aura with no headache every few months till age 49, and then almost constantly (no headache) right after surgery. Since then, they’ve gone back to once every few months, no headache. I used to treat them...
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