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  1. Superbob

    Shopping Surgeons, Hospitals

    I've had a consultation with one surgeon recommended by my cardiologist, but now that we are waiting for further evidence of my ascending aortic aneurysm this fall (and likely surgery if there is further growth from current 5.3 cm), I am thinking there is no reason I shouldn't shop around for...
  2. Superbob

    Censored words from old site....?????

    Rapscallions....:p:ROFLMAO:
  3. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/20/2019

    Good info, Gordo! We did front planks, and I did the version in which you are in the push-up position. Our teacher's most frequent routine was a series of 8 planks of 20 seconds each. But sometimes we did 30 second, 45 second, or full minute planks. I do think I got too enamoured of these given...
  4. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/20/2019

    Planks and aneurysms: something I've been fretting over myself, with no answers yet, while here in the waiting room. The past three years, I took a seniors' core fitness class (I am 77) that I loved. While I stumbled through some of the balance stuff, I was pretty adept at planking. Even got in...
  5. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/20/2019

    Hey Fred -- great to read about your senior fitness activities. I agree! -- we can stay spry in our senior years. I am just so thrilled by the revival of our site here. We have a place to go to talk about our challenges with others who have dealt with similar ones. Yesterday I made the mistake...
  6. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Yeah, thought I might request an echo at 3 months, Tom. Good idea. Won't ask my cardiologist right now 'cause she may be sick and tired of me by now. ;)
  7. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Thanks Superman! With me, technically, I have had an aneurysm of 5.1 cm for at least a decade now. All I want is confirmation that it has indeed started growing significantly. The latest CT in March put it at 5.3 -- a tiny change (if any at all) from 2009. A prospective surgeon took a quick look...
  8. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Hi Kristine, great post and very happy that you are doing well. Had you ever been told before last April that you had an aneurysm? What was the size of it then and at surgery time? I was told 10 years ago that I had one of 5.1 cm. Now the official CT number is 5.3. I am asking for a repeat CT in...
  9. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/20/2019

    "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood..." Mister Rogers. It is indeed sunny with some big puffy clouds intermittently sailing along in coastal Carolina -- but the humidity is reaching uncomfortable levels. Summer is here, sans solstice. Hurricane season begins June 1 but usually aren't big...
  10. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Dick: I greatly appreciate you weighing in here with points you considered in making your decision. You are a valued source of wisdom and inspiration on this site, and have been for a long time. I may just call a time-out on the pre-op testing and ask for answers from the cardios and surgeons...
  11. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Much food for thought, Pellicle, particularly about the rate of increase. I will try to get some answers. Thank you, my friend.
  12. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Oh dear Granbonny -- one of all-time favorites here. Granbon urged me at age 63 to get a mechan value instead of a tissue so I wouldn't have to worry about a re-do as I approached my 80s. However, turns out the piggie valve is still doing well; it's the aneurysm that's the problem. Didn't...
  13. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Oh heck, guys, I know the answer -- need to get it done. That is the prudent thing to do. It was helpful to be able to come here and vent, though!
  14. Superbob

    Warm Heart, Cold Feet

    Okay, I am on a track toward having surgery for an ascending aortic aneurysm measured at 5.5 cm on May 2 by my prospective surgeon. I have taken just one of a battery of five tests so far, but they are supposed to come in rapid order over the coming week. Then, likely, a surgery date. Now on...
  15. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/13/19

    Thanks Duffey, I would borrow your Bob, but I think you need him there to hold your toe. 😁 Seriously, great post -- reminder that reassurance is available. Did my carotid ultrasound today. It was easy. Tech can't tell me results, but in explaining why the taking of blood pressure in each arm...
  16. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/13/19

    Thanks Kelly! Honestly even with see-out sides, not sure I can do this. Will walk up 15 flights of stairs to avoid elevators, even those you can see out of. Whenever they get around to calling me to set an appointment, I will tell them of my concerns and plead for the spirometry option.
  17. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/13/19

    Thanks PW -- That is certainly possible! I will definitely ask them when they call to set up an appointment, and explain my mental hangups if they are contemplating the put-you-in-a-box test. 😧 Thank you for the reassuring thoughts!
  18. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 05/13/19

    Wow, well good luck with all your tests, Paleowoman! I'm glad that you enjoy the MRI surround-sound experience. : ) My recent chest CT was easy for me because the tech was very thoughtful and talked me through each step in a reassuring way. With the PFT -- I am going to have to explain to them...
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    Staying the Course -- 05/13/19

    Well, my immediate future will be medical testing, testing, testing. For my surgery in 2005, I well remember the cath, but remember only a little light bloodwork otherwise. This time, just got word from my local cardio, who is coordinating with my prospective cardiothoracic surgeon 200 miles...
  20. Superbob

    Questions re: progression of ascending aortic aneurysm

    That That's great news! It is the report I got on my pre-op cath 15 years ago -- a bright note for sure. Just hoping that the last 15 years of enjoying not-always-heart-healthy food (for instance, baby back ribs) hasn't clogged my arteries. Just as soon not have to have bypass on top of already...


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