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Post by eatbugs on Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:23 pm

Hey guys,
Next week I'm going in for open heart surgery.  I have a condition where the septum between my heart ventricles (remember this from elementary school science class?) is 3x larger than it should be.  I've had the condition for several years but it's gotten WAY worse in the last year to the point it's affecting my quality of life.  What a healthy person feels after a mile run I feel after a flight of stairs.  Anyway, next week I'm going to University of Michigan hospital to have the thickened part shaved down to size.

Please pray that it works and I get my life back.  Please pray against complications.  If this works with no complications, I'm all better.

Thanks.

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Post by Xid on Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:59 pm

Will keep you in prayer!
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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:17 pm

Oh wow bro. I'll be keeping you in my regular prayers for sure.
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Post by exo on Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:13 pm

Praying.  UofM has a FANTASTIC cardiac unit.    I have a close friend who was born in the mid '70s with "transposition of the great vessels", wasn't supposed to see 20.  He went to UofM for care until his mid 30's, eventually moved far enough away the trip was not feasible.  He finally needed a transplant just before turning 40, and is going strong.

You will be in some of the best hands in the country.

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Re: Open Heart Surgery

Post by eatbugs on Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:57 pm

Thanks guys!  I can't say I'm "looking forward to it" but like I said, this solves the problem.  This isn't terminal if I have the surgery.  This isn't even a chronic illness if I have the surgery.  If I'd done nothing, sure, I would probably be dead a few years from now.  But if this works, I'm fixed. 

Yes, U of M hospital is amazing, not just for cardiology.  They saved the life of a co-worker's baby who had cancer.

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Post by eatbugs on Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:03 pm

So...

It has been postponed.  Apparently another urgent case came up and I've been bumped.  I'm impatiently awaiting a phone call from them (supposedly sometime today) for a new date.

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Post by Kerrick on Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:34 pm

Seriously?!?  Dang dude.  Please continue to keep us posted!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:43 pm

That SUCKS. I hope they reschedule you soon...
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Re: Open Heart Surgery

Post by eatbugs on Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:30 pm

I called them before close of business today and the secretary took my phone number and said they'd call me back.

Nothing.

Yeah, I had to re-arrange my whole life for this.  I've had this date for two months, it's not like they scheduled it last week and something came up.  I had to work out being off work, childcare, other appointments, everything.  Now I get to do it all again.  I may need lab work done again since that was only good for a month (it was done Jan. 9).  NOW you guys know how to really pray.  Thanks for the support.

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Post by Blake on Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:59 am

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Post by eatbugs on Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:52 pm

By the way, surgery has been rescheduled for March 7.

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Post by Verbum Lux on Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:26 pm

Will pray for a successful surgery and a swift recovery. Glad to hear you have a good cardiac hospital.
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Re: Open Heart Surgery

Post by eatbugs on Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:22 pm

Ain't dead yet, but sometimes I feel like it.

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Post by New Creation on Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:38 pm

eatbugs wrote:Ain't dead yet, but sometimes I feel like it.

Did the surgery happen on the 7th?
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Post by eatbugs on Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Yes, March 7.  I spent about 24 hours in the ICU then was transferred to the general hospital (which at U of M is all one giant building).  I was released yesterday (the 11th) and am recovering at home.  I'm really tired and sore.  I'm not a back sleeper but I'm forced to sleep on by back until the sternum heals.  With extra fluid retention this is extra uncomfortable.

I'm still glad to be home and praying for a speedy recovery.

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Post by Verbum Lux on Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:52 pm

I've had a broken sternum before.  I'm told there is almost never and problem with it healing, which is good, but it sure does hurt.  Will be praying for your recovery.
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Post by Mysterious Gamer Dude on Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:16 am

I'll definetly be praying. I pray also that God will place His hand of protection over you. Jesus still has a plan for you, and that means nothing will stop you until God says otherwise. Your work that He has for you is not over.

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Post by exo on Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:08 am

eatbugs wrote:Yes, March 7.  I spent about 24 hours in the ICU then was transferred to the general hospital (which at U of M is all one giant building).  I was released yesterday (the 11th) and am recovering at home.  I'm really tired and sore.  I'm not a back sleeper but I'm forced to sleep on by back until the sternum heals.  With extra fluid retention this is extra uncomfortable.

I'm still glad to be home and praying for a speedy recovery.
Glad to hear things have gone well!

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Post by Mysterious Gamer Dude on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:16 pm

^
Didn't see his previous post before.


Glad your doing well! I hope you have a smooth recovery Smile
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Post by New Creation on Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:44 am

Glad you are home!
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Re: Open Heart Surgery

Post by eatbugs on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:01 pm

Thanks guys!

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Post by sentient 6 on Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:34 am

Great news....still praying for your further recovery !
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Post by eatbugs on Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:22 pm

One month post-myectomy.  I can tell the surgery worked and I can tell I'm VERY SLOWLY getting better from the surgery.  That groggy feeling a normal person has in the morning before the first cup of coffee is how I feel much of the day.  Vivid dreams nightly too.  I think my most likely cause of death right now is a sneeze.

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Post by eatbugs on Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 pm

Post op appointment today.  I passed with "flying colors." Very Happy

I guess it's back to work now. Sad

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Post by Kerrick on Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:20 pm

Great news!  Being healthy enough to work is a blessing.  Smile  I am very glad to hear it!

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Post by sentient 6 on Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:36 am

eatbugs wrote:Post op appointment today.  I passed with "flying colors." Very Happy

I guess it's back to work now. Sad


Great ! Yep, the down side is work is always waiting for us until we reach the other side of eternity. But praise God when still have the strength to still do it !
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Post by exo on Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:09 pm

eatbugs wrote:Post op appointment today.  I passed with "flying colors." Very Happy

I guess it's back to work now. Sad

AWESOME!  Glad to hear it!

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