Greg Anslow posted a note for Neil that says:
Hi Neil, Your guestbook intrigued me enough to write you. I just had a bicuspid aortic valve replacement at St Pauls in Vanvouver BC on Dec 8. I am 58, and love to exercise. In fact I ran a 5k on the track the night before my surgery. I also routinely ran 6-10 miles and biked 50-80km in the summer and fall. I kept my HR below 130 to keep my body healthy, and not to damage the heart. I did the Whistler Gran Fondo for fun! I already knew I was just in early stages of heart enlargement, and my aorta was fine. This was key to decided to keep up the exercise. When my valve was removed, it was shredded and calcified. I was in the hospital for 4 days, and lost 8 pounds upon arriving home. I choose a tissue valve, one of the hardest decisions in my life to make. Just made sense to me and also think the TAVR technology will advance for future possibilities. I'm still taking 3 tylenols a day. Peeing a lot at night! I suggest taking it real easy at the beginning to reboot yourself. Think like you're breaking in a new car engine. My walks are only 2x20 min a day. I could do more, but will resist. I hope the best for you in 2016!
Bradley Lum posted a note for Neil that says:
Neil - I'm just seeing your note to me. Who is doing your Ross? It was definitely the way to go for me. I'm thankful this was an option. My doc says that I can do a half ironman by early spring. I'm 11 weeks out and am just starting to get back in the pool. Email me- firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to chat about the procedure etc.
Terrie Syvertsen posted a note for Neil that says:
Hello Neil. My name is Terrie and I just read your story and want to tell you to please look up Anthony Copeland- Parker's Journal on our site here as well as take one long look at his Photo section as this is a Man who had surgery when I did and is running marathons all over the world "sporting" his mechanical valve and an wonderful example for you to read about is you care to. I think if you contact him through his guestbook he will be of great help and inspiration to you.
I am sure others will be contacting you as well and wish you the best of luck on your journey. Have a great day!
Anthony Copeland-Parker posted a note for Neil that says:
I would suggest that you post something to the site so others can follow along and provide support along the way. Also it is very theraputic to put in writing what is going on with you along the way.
Adam Pick posted a note for Neil that says:
Hi Neil, Great to meet you and welcome to our community! I hope the information and the people at our website will help you along the way. If you need anything, please let me know. Keep on tickin! Adam (patient & website founder)