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Offline Joe A.

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I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« on: June 29, 2008, 11:31:45 AM »
I am alive. I am not well but plan to be in about another 3 months or so. Or at least until the next time it gets me. It upsets me to have to sit and watch another summer go by knowing there will be so few left. I have received cards and letters from people all over the world. Some who've never even posted here but like to read the forum. I will respond to all of you with a return address as soon as I can write. It meant the world to me to hear from you. I was really down when the Demon came to visit and said, "You got a call today from a friend of yours in Texas..." I'll get back to that when I'm less emotional.

But more to the point. What did I learn that I can share with you?"

What happened to me has become very commonplace for men my age and older. Regardless of what disease brought you to that point. It's generally refered to as a CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft or "Cabbage".

Hospitals that perform the surgery, and most don't, will boast a recovery rate stating 97 or 98% success. What they don't tell you is that rate is based on those they feel would be successful candidates for surgery and doesn't reflect the numbers of people they turn away.

In order to reach your heart you are sawed straight down the middle then your sternum is forced apart. When you are closed, the sternum is laced with wire to hold you together. As am amputee I was well used to hoisting myself using my arms. The result was that I broke the wires holding my sternum together along with the sternum. There are no words to describe the level of pain this causes. The surgery had to be done all over again. Remember this if you find yourself in a hospital bed.
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 01:28:49 PM »
"Joe"

I am so glad you are alive!!  I have missed your words of wisdom.  You know there have been days I was down & I would read a post you had written.  Some time you made me smile; Sometime I had to really think to know what you meant; and some of the time you made me laugh outloud.

Hang in there Joe...you are missed !!   ;) ann

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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 02:23:51 PM »
It is good to see your name next to: "posted by". Welcome back my friend! I have been waiting so long to say that!
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 04:07:43 PM »
Welcome back Joe!!! I know it must a hard road, but you can do it. It is so good to hear from you.
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 04:55:39 PM »
As the saying goes "you cant keep a good man down".
Welcome back and I hope you make a fast recovery.
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2008, 05:16:16 PM »
Good news...  :P

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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2008, 09:50:16 PM »
Great that you're still with us Joe! David D.
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008, 10:04:48 PM »
So good to hear from you again Joe!!!

Welcome back!!

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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2008, 01:23:55 AM »
Welcome back.  I have not had the pleasure of reading any of your posts because I joined the forum while you were recovering.  I'm glad that you are feeling better and I look forward to reading your future posts.

Michelle
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2008, 02:40:40 AM »
I'm new here, too, Joe, but it's obvious you're a very valuable member of the forum, from all the "welcome back's" and "missing you's"! 

When you were describing the wires and sternum and separating...that sounds so incredibly painful.  You must be tough to make it through all that.

And so from me: "Nice to meet you, Joe".

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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2008, 10:19:20 AM »
Wow!  Great to see you back.  Can't wait to see you back to your old feisty self.  Annieg
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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2008, 10:53:45 AM »
I was just thinking Joe.... hasn't done anything for your looks has it! :-\

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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2008, 03:44:01 PM »
You figured it out!  This is a good thing.

Welcome back, Joe.  Rest, recover and update us when you're ready.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2008, 07:19:09 PM »
Welcome back to you, and welcome to the cardiac club. You are now a full fledged member in good standing. I do hope that your recovery is steady, as you gain strength.

I know where you are coming from, in Feb 2006 I had my bka and open heart in the space of a week. It take time to recover, but you will.

We all need your guidance to keep us on the straight and narrow. In your posts, you tell it like it is.

Again Welcome back

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Re: I am Alive. What I've learned that you need to know
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2008, 10:51:39 PM »
Welcome back, Joe.I started peeking in on the old board.
I could see you were a "man of letters" early on.
I look forward to your wisdom in the future.

Heal well, Joe.
I go for my first leg fitting tomorrow,after many frustrating delays.
I will think of you, and your more difficult path.
Strength is gained from your example, intended or not.