Happy New year Heart Warriors! I'm doing well and newly retired as of November 2021 (ejoying some R&R in Florida) Hard work and some sacrifice along the way made it possible for me to retire 10yrs early. Be well and cheers to a better 2022.
Hello Heart Warriors,
I hope all is well with everyone,
2 years ago today I was recovering from OHS at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. (I still can't believe it.)
I'm thankful and Lucky to be alive! God is great and remenber he will never let us walk
Same Hill 1 year later.
Hello Heart Warriors! It's been a busy year but, I'm happy to report
at my 1 year follow up visit at the "Mayo" last week, my
ON-X mechanical valve", is performing beautifully, like a well oiled machine. My cardiologist was ve
Update posted on...
July 21, 2020
All day heart tests, and a stress test tomorrow at the Mayo Clinic. My 1 year follow up after OHS. We will see how the new valve is functioning. Feeling great, what a difference. I Had my covid test and results in 2.5 hours, negative! The "Mayo" rocks!
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6 months today and Feeling great! Dr Pochettino does good work, my scar is hardly noticeable
Journal posted on November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving heart warriors! God is great and I trust in him to watch over us! I'm very thankful for being able to enjoy another year on earth, it was iffy prior to surgery. Also thankful for my sugeon, Dr Pochettino and his team, they saved my life. They truly are the best of the best. Almost 6 months post, having my BAV replacement surgery and feeling great! So far I'm enjoying winter alot better than last year. Had our first mjor snow storm on Tuesday. Can't wait to get out on the ice and do some winter fishing! To those in the waiting room you are in my prayers stay strong, and those in recovery keep knocking it out of the park. Continued success to all!
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8 days post- op and I never thought in a million years that I would be doing this well, I have some sternum pain but ice and tylenol seem to help. Walking alot. Cardio rehab called today, I have orientation on Tuesday June 18th already, will start rehab p
To do list,
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For all those in the waiting room, your gonna do great, the waitimg is the hardest part. Keep expectations lower/ realistic, so that your small strides feel like leaps!
This is still Kelly. The wires for the temporary pacemaker were removed earlier today. Now the chest tubes have been removed. He walked twice already today. Hoping that by removing those chest tubes he will have less discomfort.
This is Kelly. The got BP under control. The plan is to move Tom out of ICU sometime today. He has been "eating" well, and took 2 walks yesterday. Needless to say, he was very tired and sore last night. But, they say that he's doing great. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone here for their support.
Had to share this beautiful card my wife just gave to me...
Tomorrow when the sun rises, it will be a new sun in a new sky...shining on you and lighting the way to new paths you've never taken before.
Brighter times are ahead...
Count on it.
I love you Kelly with all my heart, tomorrow is going to be a great day and a new beginning. Tom
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This is Kelly - Tom's wife. I found this card for Tom, but thought others here may like it.
You're never alone.
Nothing takes Him by surprise.
When you're weak, He's strong.
He's the God of new beginnings.
His love never gives up on us.
This will be the valve that will replace my calcified bicuspid aortic valve,
On-X Prosthetic Heart Valves
On-X Prosthetic Heart Valves
Safer With Less Warfarin
The only aortic mechanical heart valve FDA approved with less warfarin
Heading into the home stretch
Journal posted on May 28, 2019
The final week of work for a couple months. Heading to the Mayo Sunday for more pre-op tests early on Monday. A day off Tuesday to try and relax before the big day Wednesday. I'm feeling more at peace knowing Jesus will be by my side ever step of the process and, my surgical team will take good care of me.
May was a good month for me, I got in what probably will be my last long bicycle ride today. I really just wanted to get out on the trails and enjoy the beauty of nature. Everything is in full bloom here in MN now. I Still managed to grind out 17 mil
T-minus 14 days til the big day. The longest, because of the emotinal rollercoaster and anxiety I'm experiencing today, the shortest because of the fact that surgery is getting closer to reality now. I know I have to stay positive, but I'm really struggling. I Know that in two weeks my life will change for the better, and I will have a longer chance at life, but the waiting is the hardest part. I pray every night that everyone in this heart community has successful surgeries and there recoveries are speedy. Jesus I trust you, guide and stand by me through this journey.
Peace and good vibes to all!
My surgeons office called today, my surgeon has a emergency case he has to handle on June 4th, so now my surgery is scheduled for June 5th not a problem for me. Prayers to the emergency case, I hope all goes well for them.
Countdown starts for me... 30 days to go! Some pre surgery accomplishments, I've been getting a few more bicycle rides in since the weather is finally getting nice here in MN. Knocked out another 9 miles today. Avg speed was11.3 mph with some moderate elevation. Burned about 220 calories. Felt pretty good just a little burn in the chest at the start for a bit. My biggest achievement so far is I'm down about 28lbs. I figure I may loose alittle more before my surgery but not too much, I may need alittle fat storage after surgery!!👍😁 I willpraying for all of you with upcoming surgeries and, for those in the recovery, all the best!
First time on the Bicycle this year, knocked out 9.0 miles. avg 12 MPH nothing to crazy not bad for 53 year old two flapper guy. A little burn in the chest though. I hope that will be gone after surgery
As I celebrated another birthday (53) on Easter, It was fitting for some reflection on many things, but most important to me at the moment are, my faith in God. I know that he will guide me through the next few months with excellent results. "Jesus I trust in you". To my family and friends for all the positive support you are giving me, even though it's hard for me sometimes to accept because of what lies ahead. Thank you, and I love you all! To my wife Kelly who has been my rock through all this including all of my mood swings. I couldnt do this with out you. I Love❤ you! To all of the Heart warriors on this site Thank you for sharing your stories. To Adam Pick Thank you for creating this site to help ease the anxiety/fears of facing OHS.
Everything will be ok.