After the good fortune of a doctor discovering my aneurysm a week before my planned ride of the Death Valley Century, and later asking the surgeon "eh, you're going to do what?!" I'm grateful to be a year post op, spending time with my family and getting exercise in some rewarding settings.
I continued my self prescribed rehab with another ride today. On one downhill turn I ran right over a rattlesnake that was sunning itself across the trail, and fortunately didn't have a chance to coil up. I've had seven surgeries since 2012, including m
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When I was laying in the MRI tube yesterday (my 15th MRI) I thought "this is one of the really nice models with the courtesy fan inside." Then I realized how many different imaging devices and ORs I've been in, and realized I'm a professional patient.
I can't send sunny weather to those of you who are expecting freezing weather this week, but I can send pictures of sunny skies instead. I pedaled up a locally-famous dirt road from Woodland Hills to San Vicente Mountain Park.
I know a lot of us patients are slowly regaining our cardio after surgery and wanted to share my encouraging news. After using the recumbent bike at the gym for three weeks I graduated to the real bike this morning. My chest protector drew some looks but I don't mind. I'll post some pictures.
I'm now at my 6 week post-op phase, and gently resuming weightlifting. It was amusing to see some of the facial expressions at the gym when I picked up a 5 pound dumbbell in each hand and did some shoulder presses. (I'm 6 feet tall and almost 200 pounds) In two weeks I can resume bicycling, which will be a great morale booster as the weather cools and I leave the gym's balky recumbent bike behind.
UCLA hospital food. Quite good, especially the fish and the fruit cups.
Journal posted on September 7, 2014
After nine months of research and imaging I am now the proud owner of a Dacron aorta. I'm transitioning back to work as a construction and employment attorney and am quite willing to encourage anyone else facing the stress of an aneurysm diagnosis.