On Monday I go into the hospital and I'll have two procedures. The first will be to put a butterfly closure in the hole I have between the two upper chambers of my heart and the second will be the installation of my new three lead pacemaker. I'll have to stay in the hospital for a few days but should be back to my old self in a week or two. I hope so. Blowing the driveway felt more like I was shoveling the driveway rather than using a snowblower.
Mike - my prayers are with you ... hope you have a faster recovery than predicted.
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I always make a point of reading Mikes posts, even if I'm not interested in the thread. He just always......well....makes so much sense:eek:
I wish him cool running and a speedy recovery.
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Listen to the doctors & nurses and take it easy for the next few weeks.
I've worked in the "butterfly" procedure before. Amazing what we can do these days. We can also replace a heart valve the same way you're getting the patch--by a catheter run up from your groin.
The 3 lead pacemaker is a bi-ventricular defibrillator. Its supposed to make the pumping more efficient and protect you from a bad rhythm. No lifting with the left arm for a few weeks or you can pull the wires loose!
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It should be a fairly easy time. I'll only be in the hospital for a few days. When I had the hole originally repaired I was in the hospital for two weeks and had a big 'ol scar down the middle of my chest. Now I'll just have a tiny scar in my groin. It won't be noticeable except when I wear my Speedo.
I've had a bi-lead pacemaker for two years but it just isn't doing the job so the tri-lead will make the heart pump more efficiently.
All in all it won't be too bad. Remember, I've done a fourteen day cruise with Kuki so I know what discomfort is.
Thanks again for all the kind thoughts and prayers. I will go in on Monday and I'll probably be so bored in the hospital that I'll be online. They have in room Wi-Fi just like the cruise ships. Too bad the food isn't cruise quality or I wouldn't leave.
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Sending good thoughts your way Mike, and make sure I do not have to come to you to knock some sense in your head.........I just don't have the time right now to do it!!!!! Listen to the docs, Betty and most importantly.....the nurses!!!!! You know we can be your best friend or your worst enemy!
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Mike, Prayers and best wishes coming your way. Listen to Betty and get well soon.
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Hey Mikey, just found out about your latest venture into the miracles of modern medicine. We are sure wishing you the speediest of recoveries. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as always. Behave yourself and listen to Betty.
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Mike my thoughts and prayers are always with you and our fellow CruiseMates---
but extra special ones going out to you and the family too ---take care--and try to behave
I will miss your posts while you are recuperating.
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Best wishes for successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
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Wow!!!! Just saw this. You are in my prayers Mike. I'll be thinking of you and praying as I drive up to Orlando tomorrow to meet with a great bunch of CMer's. Hope all goes well, and that you are home looking out at that snow soon. Like someone else said---follow all of Betty's orders!!!!