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  1. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Surgery with an assist from Lowe's Hardware -- love it, Fred! :ROFLMAO:
  2. Superbob

    Staying the Course --- 03/30/2020

    Does this seem like the longest March ever? (No pun intended.) Some great posts at end of last week's thread. Fred -- what an ER adventure! I had one somewhat similar -- details later, I'm kind of worn out now. Want to watch some TV sit-coms to numb my brain. But Fred --- set out on 24-mile...
  3. Superbob

    TAVR Forum

    This appears to offer opportunity to share info and ask questions, Rich. Perhaps you have tried it and found it is not inclusive of TAVR. But thought I would pass along the link in case it is useful. https://connect.mendedhearts.org/home P.S.: If you just enter TAVR in the search engine for...
  4. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Meanwhile, far down the concern scale, way way down compared to all that's happening worldwide, I have the worst pain in the neck I have ever encountered. Better there, I suppose, than certain other areas of body. Anyway, here's what I posted on Facebook. Maybe a Courser has a good home remedy...
  5. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Superman -- YOU are the real thread master! Your "COVID-19: How Are You Spending Your Time?" was/is brilliant. I remember in the olden days of vr.org when Small Talk was one of the most popular forums on here. Congrats for reviving it! Timely subject and a lot of great responses. And I found...
  6. Superbob

    TAVR Forum

    Just in way of an "Amen" to Dick's post, here is a link to new message from Mended Hearts about some sources of information about the heart and COVID-19: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwHMZLFrgMzVltNpjKXbQWLJSNr Mended Hearts is a great organization for folks who deal with all...
  7. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Tom: Very helpful, thank you! Both my cardio and GP have highly recommended a renowned specialist in neighboring North Carolina who, I gather, likes to do the minimally invasive approach with mesh. I am going to ask for a consultation with him after the current pandemic subsides. My hernia is...
  8. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Great to hear that you are staying active, Martin! Reminds me, I need to get out the door and walk my senior dawg. Just saw a Patient Portal message from our vet reminding me that Ellie dawg is now in geriatric stage. But, then, so am I -- so we're a good match. Two old dawgs. Sorry about...
  9. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    I am lucky re groceries: I order them online, but then drive over and a grocery worker loads them into the car for me. Grocery is only a mile from our house, so that helps. Sounds like your lockdown perhaps is more stringent over there, Paleowoman? We practice "social distancing" but able to get...
  10. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- March 23, 2020

    Things got crazy hectic last month, so I stepped away from Throwdown but thought I'd go back to posting a brief starter here each week and see if there is still interest. I gather traffic as a whole may have dropped off on site during the coronavirus threat, but I expect it will pick back up as...
  11. Superbob

    Tissue Valvers. How Old is Yours?

    Got 15 great years with my Medtronic porcine. Was still going strong last fall; however, my surgeon for removal of aortic aneurysm decided while he was in there, he might as well install a brand-new valve -- an Edwards bovine. He consulted with me beforehand, and I agreed it was a good idea...
  12. Superbob

    My number was finally called!

    Sounds like you are well-informed and in the best of hands. Wishing you all the best. Looking forward to further reports, including post-op and recovery.
  13. Superbob

    Staying the Courses

    Guys and gals, taking a break and may reallocate my time. Strayed from my blog, and would like to get back to it. Only so many hours in the day. Maybe someone else would like to hop in and continue it -- or maybe it's run its course?
  14. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    Wow -- all new to me! Fascinating. I must say, though, when i googled this, I found articles on both sides -- some saying potatoes help lower bp, some saying they raise it. But whatever works for you. I don't know how much science supports this article I am linking, but thought you would be...
  15. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    Rich -- I don't know which part of Virginia you're in (we've lived in Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Roanoke) and the only liver specialist I know is one my wife went to down here in SC. But here is a link from the Liver Foundation that might give you some leads. Find A Liver Specialist...
  16. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    Rich -- I found this online, Things you may already know but maybe there is a useful nugget of additional info in here somewhere. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007483.htm Also, stress can cause bp spikes. You've probably heard of the "white coat syndrome" -- bp rising upon a doc visit...
  17. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    Hey Honeybunny -- thanks for checking in. Great to see you back with the Coursers!
  18. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    As Rich suggested, robotic surgery is like your surgeon is playing a video game. In that case, I want my teen-aged grandson to be my surgeon. lol
  19. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/20/2020

    Salutations and bravos to all of us staying our respective courses. Well, two weeks of hype now leading up to a Super Bowl clash of powerhouses -- Chiefs versus Niners. I enjoy watching young Mahomes perform his magic at QB but I am awed by that defensive front of SF. Don't have a favorite team...
  20. Superbob

    Staying the Course -- 01/13/2020

    Steve -- Thanks for passing along your experience with post-op hernias. Much appreciated. I read online that various sorts of these are pretty common after heart surgery, and sometimes don't require surgery. Then comes the question, though, of whether you want to wait for serious complications...
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