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johnnycake23

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That's a whole lot of blood pumped. Congratulations. And I trust there's no sign of it letting up... I've lived more than half my life post-surgery myself (I've had two, though). It seems natural at this point, no?
 

Superman

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That's a whole lot of blood pumped. Congratulations. And I trust there's no sign of it letting up... I've lived more than half my life post-surgery myself (I've had two, though). It seems natural at this point, no?
I’ve had two as well. Most recent was 13 years ago to repair an aortic aneurysm. But yeah, I can’t remember life before warfarin and ticking. I mean, I remember things that happened - but don’t recall, “Wasn’t it nice with no ticking and meds?” It feels like all I’ve known.
 

pellicle

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It seems natural at this point, no?
personally (as a person with a bent towards Environmental Science and Sustainable sorts of studies) the whole idea of "Natural" gets pretty hard to associate with people and human activities since agriculture, and is amplified in subsequent ages.
I've been a cyborg for over 10 years but before that had 2 surgeries which have essentially delayed my death (first one when I was 10yo). Indeed my mother survived peritonitis from a ruptured appendix in her teens because of the newly invented penicillin drug administration.

I ride a motorcycle, drive a car, have electricity in my constructed house ... not much of my life is natural.

heck, now I'm even dependent on a drug if I want to live longer (probably two or three really).

Just an alternative perspective ;-)

Keep on tikkin (y)
 

Superman

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Typical BAC ascending aortic aneurysm detected in an annual check up. It got to 4.9, but it went from no mention to 4.9 in about a years time so given the rapid change we all agreed to repair sooner than later. My St Jude valve was almost 19 at the time. We did replace with a St Jude valve/graft conduit and increased from 23 to 25mm’s. So my current valve is 13, but I’ve ticking and on warfarin for 32 years.

And I’m 50 now. Oof.
 

d333gs

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Good times. 32 years of ticking. Not quite 18 years without. Crossing 50 in a couple days as well. Yikes! Guess I have to stop viewing myself as a youngster on these boards.
You got your valve at almost 18 years of age!? How did that evolve?
 

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