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Hi JimmyAfter reading your post I see you live in Charlotte and used Dr Andrews. I am having ohs on September 16 with Dr. Chan dr. Andrew's partner. Was wondering if you can tell me a bit about them. I am new to the area and this all happened so fast. Debbie JAeger
Congratulations on little Ty! Somehow I missed that post. Glad things are going so well for you, and hope you are getting a little more sleep now!You are a wonderful father, I can tell by your pictures!! Holly P
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!- Mitch Friedman Mitch Friedman
Jimmy,It is encouraging you are doing so well.It sure helps other people going in forsurgery or in my case a spouse. Myhusband is scheduled for AVR on July 24th.He is anxious to move forward and put his surgery behind. I find this site to helpful for anyone preparing for surgery.P.S. The photos are touching, you have a beautiful family. God bless. Shelly Poluka
P.S. Just checked out your photos and you've got got a really cute family. It's a good thing your kids take after their mom. :)Wishing you the best and continued health. Ernie
Just read your whole journal, and I'm very inspired and reassured. Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to a time where I can be called POST-op, and hopefully my new "normal" will be better than my current "normal", which would be better than great, because I don't feel bad right now except when I do something physically exerting.Wishing you continued health and smiles. Ernie
Congrrats Jimmy, great things ahead. BTW, 4 kids and OHS and you haven't realized sleep is over-rated?!?!?!?!All the best,-Mitch Friedman
Congratulations to all of your family. A little football team huh. Hope all stay healthy and have a wonderful life. God is good.HugsLinda H and Elsie
Congratulations Jimmy! Only one more and you will have your own basketball team, lol! Good luck with the "sleeping". Glad everyone is doing well. I'm also doing well, just bought a new house and will be moving in a few weeks. I'm excited and looking forward to moving on. Take care of your beautiful family.Linda THE Tiger, aka Linda Dixon
Congradulations on the new baby boy. Blessings and health to you and your family.Susan F
Happy Birthday Jimmy on your one year. Time sure does fly by after surgery. On the 19th I just hit 5 months. Doesn't seem that long. Everyday gets better.Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Great update, way to go Jimmy. I echo Jeff's comments. So fast, yet so slow. It still is all so mind boggling for me.Glad you and the rest of our "class" is doing so well. That said, my thoughts continue to be with the families of those that have passed in the last year. I remain humbled by them.Stay strong!- Mitch Friedman
Awesome Jimmy! Hard to believe where we were a year ago. What a difference a year makes. It's gone so quick yet seems so slow at the same time. I wish you the best of luck always. Keep us posted on you, the family and the new child on the way.Jeff Shebovsky
Keep on Ticking Jimmy!You surprised me. I cannot believe it's been a year. I clearly remember when you went in, and when you started posting after. It really brings it home that in another month, it will be a year for me also!! Wow.I am thrilled that your experience has been incredibly positive -- those boys need a STRONG role model and now you have the performance upgrades to really make that a reality!!Go Man Go!!Chuck H.
What's up brother!!!!!! Amazing what a difference a year makes. Sometimes I have to remind myself that we had OHS. Then, I come here after not checking in for awhile, and all the emotions come crashing back. Like I read your update, and it feels like it happened yesterday. All seems so real and so current.Very psyched to hear all the hearts in your family are doing well. Hope your wife is feeling good these days. Wow, 3 boys and another one on the way. Maybe you two should stop trying and just adopt a girl! LOL.All good with me. Scheduling my 1 year follow-ups, then will post again when I get the results. But, hey, I know I am good. Training for my second marathon (in March) since surgery. Life is good for us all.Take care my valve brother.-Mitch Friedman
Hi Jimmy! Good to hear the update and that all is going well. How exciting to have 4 boys!!! My thoughts will be with all of you as you approach the last trimester! I'm glad that the echo was okay, isn't it awesome what you can see with today's technology?! I, too, appreciate this site and the support and encouragement everyone offers. I keep coming back to it, we're like family!!!Let us know when # 4 arrives!!Holly P
Hey Jimmy, So glad to hear all is good for the whole family. You were saying about your scars. My Grand daughter says my daughter and I are twins cause we have the same scar except mine is a lot bigger than hers. Kids are funny. Im doing pretty good. Still have a little pain, just the healing process but tolerable. Enjoying rehab. Will miss it when its done, but I guess we all do. Good luck on the new one coming. Until later.Linda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Jim,It is awesome to read your blog. I am flying from Denver to NC,Duke, to have AVR. I wanted to know how you decided on tissue valve and what was the average span they gave you before failure of it. I have been told in me 38 yo male average 7-10 years also was your aorta dilated at all? All and any help would be greatly appreciated.Alex Vigil
Way to go bro! Love that you are leading a boring life filled with football playoffs, pregnancy, and holidays. The way it should be!!!! Great to hear from you. Be well.-Mitch Friedman
Wow seems as tho every one got to you before i did jimmy. Great news. CongratsDont chime in as often - as we all known it has become a non event. I feel great - life is good. So happy for yoi Stay well. Nancy friedman 2/9/12
Congrats!! That is such wonderful news!! Babies are such a blessing. So happy for you and the family. Janis Kielbasa
You are a very lucky man Jimmy!!I wish you all the best. You already have a beautiful family and it's about to get just a bit more so!Congratulations Bro!Chuck Holmgreen
Hey Jimmy, Congrats on the news. That is wonderful. Are the kids excited? It doesn't seem like it has been 6 months since your surgery. How time does fly and I am still here but getting a whole lot closer. Can't wait to experience the other side of this mountain.Mooving on upLInda H
Way to go Jimmy!!! Congrats to you guys!! Btw...I have identical twin boys...found out at the first ultrasound! Their big brother was 20mths old when they were born....crazy times!!!Glad to see you doing so well....really makes me happy. Thanks for your note in my guestbook too.Take care man!JH
Awesome!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Glad to see everything still works. LOL! Life is indeed good brother.-Mitch Friedman
Congratulations! We have 3 girls and the fourth was our boy. But our "baby boy" is now 26! Lovin' those grandchildren. So, best of luck to you both...Debbie ArgetsingerAVR 4/2/12Where is Huntersville? We are in Mebane-just west of Chapel Hill.
Sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. The important thing is we did it! We are fixed and have been given a huge gift. Now, let's make the most of it!You rocked this Jimmy. You have a lot to feel good about. You did yourself and your family proud! Be well,-Mitch Friedman
Jimmy, so sorry to hear of your friend's passing. It does make us so mindful of how fortunate we are that we could be fixed, so many are not. I will keep his family, as well as you and other friends in my prayers.God bless,Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your good friend. I wholeheartedly agree that we all have this awesome opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilled life. Glad you're doing so well, Jimmy!
Hey Jimmy, Sorry to hear about your friend. I know exactly how you feel. We lost a friend not to long ago who had a massive heart attack and was waiting for a transplant. Well that never happened, he passed. It always makes you stop and think. My minister asked me how I felt about the upcoming event soon. I told him I was scared but if I wasn't scared I would not be normal. I just thank my lucky stars that if I have to have something wrong with me, its not something else that is so much worse. Thoughts and prayers are there and for you too.Getting there LInda H
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