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Old 11-13-2003, 02:05 PM   #1
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its official # tomorrow I am watching..

cardiac open heart surgery.
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I had open heart surgery 8 years ago! Please make sure you tell us what it was like to watch!
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watching heart surgery is fascinating ...

I once watched a cradiac surgeon training video showing how to implant a ventricular assist device
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i love watching these (and most other surgery) on discovery health, but real life should blow that away.
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Old 11-13-2003, 03:43 PM   #6
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MR. B's recollection of heart surgery....

when told Mrs. BAW needed surgery

when the doctor told me what he was going to do

when I realized how serious it really was

when I knew she pulled through

when we got the bill!!!

because now she is all better!!!


Actually, health insurance paid near all of the $60K + (phew!!)
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I used to watch those surgery things on tv, but they get kind boring after a while imo
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I had open heart surgery 8 years ago! Please make sure you tell us what it was like to watch!
WHAT?

Holy crap.

How old were you? You are so young.

This concerns me (about myself).
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it will be interesting to watch them actually stop the heart
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WHAT?

Holy crap.

How old were you? You are so young.

This concerns me (about myself).
zoney!

I think I was 28 when I had the surgery.

I was born with a congenital defect...a hole between the 2 atrial chambers. It never gave me any problems until I hit my mid 20's and started getting extremely tired and experiencing a super elevated resting heart rate.


By time it was fixed, I already had an enlarged heart and was at the beginning of congestive heart failure. When I went in for the surgery, they thought it was just a small hole but it turned out to be the size of a silver dollar, which means I probably wouldn't have made it past my 30's if I had ignored my symptoms.

The recovery from that surgery was probably the most horrible thing I've ever gone through in my entire life...it was very, very painful and it took me a FULL 6 weeks to get to a point where I could take care of myself...I don't know how elderly people do it, sometimes more than once.

But I'm fully recovered and have been off my medication for 5 years or so...the only problems I have involve stimulants...I can't take certain cold medications or over-do the coffee.

Oh, and I have wires holding my sternum together and occasionally set off metal detectors in the airport.
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a friend of mine in high school had heart surgery to repair a hole when he was in ninth grade, he seems to be perfectly fine now. I didn't even know he had anything wrong till out band teacher told us he was going to be gone for a few weeks because he was having surgery .


I am glad you're okay BAW!
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Yikes BAW.

I need to learn more I think...offline of course!

It may be as interesting as my yesterday's lunch for others.
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in 7th grade we watched something on video, and i couldn't make it past the car-jack-like apparatus spreading the sternum
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zoney!

I think I was 28 when I had the surgery.

I was born with a congenital defect...a hole between the 2 atrial chambers. It never gave me any problems until I hit my mid 20's and started getting extremely tired and experiencing a super elevated resting heart rate.


By time it was fixed, I already had an enlarged heart and was at the beginning of congestive heart failure. When I went in for the surgery, they thought it was just a small hole but it turned out to be the size of a silver dollar, which means I probably wouldn't have made it past my 30's if I had ignored my symptoms.

The recovery from that surgery was probably the most horrible thing I've ever gone through in my entire life...it was very, very painful and it took me a FULL 6 weeks to get to a point where I could take care of myself...I don't know how elderly people do it, sometimes more than once.

But I'm fully recovered and have been off my medication for 5 years or so...the only problems I have involve stimulants...I can't take certain cold medications or over-do the coffee.

Oh, and I have wires holding my sternum together and occasionally set off metal detectors in the airport.

She left out the part that I proposed to her on her death bed...







and she pulled through!!!

its not mean, just a running joke we've had for years...
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