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  1. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 10/14/19

    a little frustrating to be back home and immediately become the nurse instead of the patient Spouse has a dizzying array of ortho problems so contra to advice to pick up nothing heavier than a 10 pound milk can I find myself bearing her weight to get her up and around. Just the way it is...
  2. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 10/14/19

    Transitioned from in-patient rehab to in-home now. Nurses. PTs, OTs coming and going a lot. One big deal, help keep me up on Coumadin,which is a whole new thing for me. Today my wife had a relapse so I was a nurse myself much of day. Activity aplenty. I'll expand on things later. Late now...
  3. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 10/08/2019

    Hello, fellow Stay-the-Coursers, welcome to a new week. Glad to say I completed the last leg of my post-surgery three-week marathon with little difficulty, pretty much maxing out all the PT. (Muscle memory from my exercise class helped, maybe). Anyway, was sure better than Week Two during which...
  4. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 10/01/2019

    Duffey praying all goes well for your Bob in his surgery.
  5. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 10/01/2019

    Okay I am staying the course. Cute nurses come in every 10 minutes and ask, where's your pain? and I tell them I have none. My aortic aneurysm is history, I have a new bovine valve that is clickin' along (moooooooo!), and the aortic root is sturdy. However, major surgery stirred other gremlins...
  6. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- September the Fuzzy Week 2019

    Typing is not easy with all the medical insertions in my fingers and arms. But finally trying, The 9/19/19 operation to zap a big aortic aneursym and install a new bovine valve replacing my 15 year old porcine one went well. But there were concerns about blood clots and my UNC/CHAPELHILL surgeon...
  7. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 09/08/2019

    I am delighted that folks drop by here to share their experiences along their life courses. post- or pre-heart surgery, or caring for loved ones. So I start a new week, and I welcome all reports. I will try to join in later this week but am just crazily exhausted right now. Hurricane defenses...
  8. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 09/02/2019

    Wisconsin! Enjoying pies, I bet! Yes, indeed, all best to all Coursers. Final prep here for whatever Dorian decides to serve up here. (Probably not cherry pie.) Coastal storm surge is the biggest threat here, as I understand it. We are 5 miles inland, so we're not affected directly by that...
  9. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/12/2019

    I am finding the UNC people to be wonderful. My surgery is scheduled just one day before yours, Ladybug, so as you say, all best to us all! I have a 15-year-old Medtronic as well (Freestyle), which has served me well. Surgeon will be replacing it along with zapping the aneurysm because ... might...
  10. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 09/02/2019

    Much appreciated! The morning report shows Dorian to be weakening somewhat and finally poised to exit the Bahamas (which have suffered terribly, having been battered by max winds and water for 2 full days!) and start moving north. The favorable news for now is that the track appears to keep the...
  11. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 09/02/2019

    Howdy! Been terribly busy with hurricane prep here in coastal Carolina. Late at night now. Will write more tomorrow. Just wanted to put a starter here for the new week. Awfully tired right now. Cheers, Superbob
  12. Superbob

    Hurricane Dorian?

    At some point, it is going to shift north -- the forecasters don't know when. It is moving very slowly as it strengthens. All very ominous. Just now they are saying it could even hit Cat 5 level. Though Florida is in the crosshairs right now, Georgia/the Carolinas or even the Gulf states could...
  13. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    Wow, Paul, that was a huge booger! Glad you are still with us! I'm fretting mine may have continued its brisk growth of past year to reach 6.0 cm (where average risk of dissection in a given year is about 14%, I've read). Of course, to state the obvious, we are all different and averages can be...
  14. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    I stumbled across this YouTube video from Mayo Clinic surgeons and cardiologists. A little esoteric at times, perhaps, but found it pretty helpful re aortic aneurysms. Maybe others will as well. About a half-hour.
  15. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    Hey Duffey, all best to your Air Force son! Good for him for serving our country as did your youngest. Your anxiety is understandable but he should be fine.
  16. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    After all your guy (and you) have been through, sounds like he is doing well. Hope that continues. I am sure that he is very lucky to have a wonderful woman like you in his corner. All best to the two of you. Thanks for the well wishes and the positivity!
  17. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    Actually a home-health nurse for my wife after her bad fall last winter told me that if your diastolic is low (like mine sometimes -- in the 40s) you can raise it by hydrating. I've tried drinking a couple of bottles of water after getting a low reading, and sure enough it raises the number...
  18. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/26/2019

    Well, top o' the Courser Week to one and all. How are all staying their courses? I can only answer for myself: shakily is the word as my September 18 AAA (plus valve plus root plus whatever's left) surgery day gets closer. I felt shaky on our evening dawgwalk even though the humidity was low and...
  19. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 08/19/2019

    Duffey, I am not one of the Vitamin D experts. Did you have your doctor test your "D" level and then get a prescription or OTC recommendation? Or are you going with a standard, not-too-high level?
  20. Superbob

    Only 28 years for me...

    28 is a great number. Wishing you many more happy valversaries!
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