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  1. Superman

    What was your best Birthday Celebration

    Set the bar pretty high there! On my 18th birthday I was moved from CICU and got my own room after my first open heart. The nurses brought me a cake. Call it my most memorable. 😁
  2. Superman

    On-X valve 6 weeks later...

    Is your cardiologist older? The older guidelines were 2.5 - 3.5 and some older cardiologists haven’t moved from that. Could also be regional. I wasn’t referring to older patients. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.
  3. Superman

    On-X valve 6 weeks later...

    Your Doctor will set your INR range very generally and based on general guidance. For aortic, if they’re older they’ll set it at 2.5 - 3.5. Some younger might say 2.0 - 3.0. Doctors that buy the On-X marketing and warfarin boogie man will okay the 1.5 - 2.0. The next Doctor I meet that...
  4. Superman

    Foods on warfarin

    The newbies who came up with home testing don’t remember the guidance we were given back in the day. It’s funny saying that because I’m younger than most of them. 😁 Pre-home testing once a month was the norm. And I sure didn’t get there that often. It is amazing how much we can fluctuate...
  5. Superman

    Just found out.

    Welcome to the forum. As far as all the various medical ailments that can strike, you’ve been blessed with one of the easiest to fix. If there’s a silver lining, that’s it. I’m more of a lifer so can’t really relate to the shock of finding out. It’s all I’ve ever known. I had my valve...
  6. Superman

    Greetings ! Getting close to my SAVR.

    No worries. I borrowed it from some guy named Clark. 👍
  7. Superman

    Greetings ! Getting close to my SAVR.

    Thanks for the updates. Good to see you’re heading home. Much more relaxing there without people popping in for status updates all the time.
  8. Superman

    Foods on warfarin

    It was here: That Australian bluntness can come across as abrasive in some cultures.
  9. Superman

    Foods on warfarin

    The eating and the doing what you want, most in here do. Going six months between INR checks, most do not. Quite surprised you’re not getting harassing calls from your provider. Truth is with a six month gap, we’d have no idea what our INR is doing during that time. You’ve been lucky. There...
  10. Superman

    1 week to go!

    Not you. The guy having surgery. 😁
  11. Superman

    Greetings ! Getting close to my SAVR.

    Great to read! Should have the tubes out by now? Getting some walks around the floor in? Hope everything is progressing text book for you and you’ll be heading home soon!
  12. Superman

    1 week to go!

    Don’t know what time zone you’re in, but if you’re under right now, we’ll see you on the other side. Keep us updated when you can! Wishing you well!
  13. Superman

    1 week to go!

    Not for you. That wasn’t supposed to be in the open forum.
  14. Superman

    New member

    Iron stains from dead red blood cells at the skin level. I get them after hiking in hot weather. Then some stay permanent. Doesn’t sound quite as prominent as yours. But I definitely have permanent stains on my shins.
  15. Superman

    Greetings ! Getting close to my SAVR.

    Welcome and best wishes. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you. Be sure to stop back and let us know how things go! Many of us have been there, so plenty of empathy to be found for any of the weird stuff you weren’t expecting!
  16. Superman

    I don’t know what to do anymore

    I think there is a fine line between acknowledging feelings and suggesting ways to mitigate/move on vs. encouraging someone to wallow in bad feelings. I think we do too little if the former and too much of the latter these days. In the past we just denied people their feelings, and that was...
  17. Superman

    Staying the Course - Summer Already?

    Wow! Sounds like an adventure! We’ve been carrying bear spray since a Yellowstone trip a few years back. It’s not just for bears! My 10 year old (at the time) wondered when we were putting the bear spray on (one sprays bug spray on after all). Still a funny memory at our house.
  18. Superman

    Staying the Course - Summer Already?

    If you must have L glass I agree. I’m happy with the size, weight, and performance of the consumer glass. My most expensive lens actually came as a pretty good deal with the kit when I bought the RP. I haven’t spent more than $650 for a lens. With a $99 adapter you can keep using your...
  19. Superman

    Staying the Course - Summer Already?

    Not following the question. I have a full frame sensor (Canon) and I’m bringing a 16mm for ultra wide, a 24-240mm travel zoom, and a 100-400mm if I see any wildlife about. My wife has an APS-C sensor (Canon) and is bringing an 11-22mm zoom and an 18-150mm. Nothing really big or bright as we...
  20. Superman

    Staying the Course - Summer Already?

    Added an ultra wide lens for the Grand Canyon. Yay! Just a snap from the yard, but should be able to do some good stuff.
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