Goodness, Al - there's no holding you! We shall be at the dome this evening, thinking of you both, and looking forward to meeting there again very soon, by the sound of it!
Love to you both, Michael and Sue
Dear Immortal Al,
It was nice to hear from Judy that surgery went well and things are going just as planned. No surprise, given you are immortal! Wishing you the speediest recovery and looking forward to hear directly from you.
anna & sophia
Weeks-Lustigs are praying for a successful surgery, in both of our respective denominations traditions. And while we are at it, as well for a sweet new year for Alfred and Judy. L'shanah tovah! oxox ann and eric.
Your adopted grandaughter Sophia and I (I guess that makes me your adopted daughter) will keep our fingers crossed and make sure you have another extra sensory experience from which you came back and tell all of us with boring lives how things look like on seriuos drugs!
Look forward to hear your voice again on the phone for detailed jokes and complaints.
Can't tell you to go and "brake a leg" because you have done that and it did not turn out to be an experience you want to repeat. So I tell you what Italians would say: In bocca al lupo! You'll figure out what Italians reply...
Love you, we both love you very much,
Anna and Sophia
I have had my AORTA replaced with a mechanical valve on August 9....The first few days in ICU can be rough but once you get out of the hospital your progress each week is amazing.. It is no doubt a slow proceess but you make constant regular progress......GOD BLESS YOU...JOHN MADONNA
Hi Al. I'm with Rob. Sooner better than later. If you look at the survival curves, it's clear that once symptoms show up you are running extra risks without surgery. So, if you are going to need surgery anyway, why not now? The way I looked at it when facing my mitral valve repair was: what has the best chance of me being here and happy one year from now? Be fully recovered or having spent a year sliding downhill? By my reading the surgical risks over that period are smaller than the all-cause risks that you will run as a matter of course if you are over 50 or so and have the surgery done at a high volume center of excellence. -- DVB
Big Al - I'm five years your junior and just had the replacement done - bovine aortic valve. The surgeon told me he had rarely seen as non-functional a valve as mine and if I had waited much longer it would have been too late. Even though I was relatively asymptomatic.
So perhaps the lesson is: don't wait; open heart surgery is not fun but you can get through it. I'm 25 days post-op and am doing well.