I just uploaded a picture taken view from the patio off of our room, what to you think Ernie?
I hope everyone on this site gets to see this once in their life, this is prime real estate if I have ever seen it.
Mamas Fish House, Maui
It is Beautiful ! Put it on your bucket list. A must see.
I think a trip to Maui for a week with my beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters is just what I need three and a half weeks from OHS. What do y'all think. I really wish that you guys could all go with me but you will be on my mind and in my prayers.
Had an echo a few weeks ago 09-24-13, but my cardiologist was on vacation and so I did not get the results until today. Well, the valve did not miraculously open up, the fact is it is a little "tighter" now. My cardiologist said it is time.
I still feel great, no symptoms unless you want to count the one pass out when jogging thing. I wish I could say what so many others have said on this site, that I am ready to get this over with, but I do not feel that way. I am anxious, I know you have heard that from me as of late but that is the way it is right now. I am going to do this and I am going to have the absolute best attitude I can muster up but I am .........
BS - Before Surgery, to quote Ernie
Wonder if Ernie is still thinking BS is before surgery or maybe another acronym.
Cannot believe in a month I will be proceeding with OHS.
Getting a little more anxious.
It seems as almost everyone is having problems with fluid AS
Journal posted on October 10, 2013
A guy I know personally just had VRS about 6 weeks ago, he has recovered really well. He was wanting to go back to work after three weeks but I think he waited until four. He just had to go back to the hospital this week to get fluid drawn out. Many lately on this site have also had problems with that. Is it to be expected?
He had his VRS done locally so he could go back to the same hospital, I on the other hand I have elected to go out of state and will not have access to the same crew that treated me, I guess that is one of the drawbacks. Is it just me or does it seem like VRS is becoming so common, I mean I never knew anyone that has had VRS then I get told I have to have it then the next thing I know a guy I personally know is getting it done. WTH?
How many of y'all personally know someone who has had VRS?
Had the pleasure of sitting in on the Ross procedure webinar last week. Made me think about my upcoming surgery and started me doubting my decisions.I had made the decision to go with an aortic valve replacement surgery, got resevations at one of the best hospitals with one of the best surgeons. Should I reconsider and talk to my cardiologist about the Ross Procedure, or should I just go get replacement surgery done or should I just keep on keepin on...as is. I read about so many that people who can't walk to the end of their driveway before surgery, I can do five miles and hardly break a sweat...in Florida.
Go Rays! Go Gators!
Did my 5 mile weekend walk this AM along the Beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg Waterfront. Check out the photo. I live in a truly gorgeous place. St. Petersburg Beach is a twenty minute ride and if you have never been there it is worth the journey. Harry's Beach Bar at Sirata Beach Resort is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. Beach, Live Music, Beer, Not to mention the scenery. Truly Beautiful.
Has anyone ever seen another patient on this site who elected not to go through with valve replacement surgery when it had been recommended. And no I don't want to hear "not for very long". Just curious if there were any "short stories" around I could read from a patient who took another path. I understand that Aortic Stenosis is fatal if untreated, but can't I just wait another year or six? I don't think I will be a whimp when it comes down to it, never have been, not going to start now, but..........
Trying to get my head wrapped around this surgery thing.
Journal posted on September 22, 2013
You are reading about a man who has never had a surgery of any type unless you count the time I was knocked out to get my wisdom teeth out,and not to long ago when I had the TEE so the thought of a heart and lung machine is somewhat uncomfortable, I am trying to be calm here, somewhat uncomfortable yea how about freaking terrifying, then there is the splitting of the sternum, somehow that just does not sound fun. Then the recovery, I am reading all of the journals and I think these people are like super hero's . How can they go through this and still have such great attitudes? Then I think of the doctors and nurses and how fortunate we all are to have them. Can you imagine what it must feel like to be a doctor and do your first VRS? What a rush, but when it was over and you realize that you probably just extended the life of a fellow human being, that has got to be somewhat addicting. My thoughts are with everyone that I have been reading about, keep up the fight, seems like we all have so much to live for, so much to fight for.
Wow, I may have to quit my job to keep up with this story.
Journal posted on September 20, 2013
Right now all I can say is this is a pretty cool site. It is amazing how many people are facing or have been through what I am looking at. Not sure why it makes you feel better but it does, at least for now........
Still trying to decide if I will show up for it. My wife looks at me a little strange when I say that. She is certain that I will, me not so much. It is a difficult thing to sign up for when you feel as good as I do. I can walk five miles at a 14min/mi pace but I found out a few months ago that I cannot jog. I woke up laying in the street in our neighborhood with three busted front teeth and I said to myself, Don't ever try that again. I guess I was in denial about the whole narrowing opening thing and was trying to prove that I was in better shape than some people thought.
Jogging BAD very BAD.