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  • Here we go

    Well guys, here we go.

    I leave in the morning to fly up to Mayo. Received a real good rate from American on the fare, $340 round trip after taxes, with only one stop, flying to Rochester from Tulsa. I meet with the surgeon and resident Tues afternoon and then go in to St Mary's Wed morn at 7:00. Unfortunately my wife is not able to come, we just did not feel comfortable leaving our son here with grandparents, and she can pray just as good here as there. A friend of ours who used to be a cardiac nurse at Mayo in FL is going to drive up on Tues so she can be there on Wed for surgery and will keep my wife advised. I do get a little nervous at times but look forward to the result. Yesterday I tried to mow the back yard as the onset of spring as produced a giant weed crop this year, not a good idea. After almost passing out and turning pale my wife made me quit, but it still needs to be finished. I will try this afternoon to finish it so it will be easier on my daughter who will draw duties the next couple of months. Well I hope to be able to post later next week if I can access a computer, if any one is in the area, feel free to stop by, will need something to break the boredom.

    Thanks all,

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    Thinking of You

    Just wanted to let you know that I will be saying a prayer for you and thinking about you and your family. I pray that there will be no complications and everything will go very smoothly. Hopefully you can be doing the things that have been so difficult again really soon. Best Wishes! Janet
    My son James, Age 18, diagnosed in January, 05. AICD - 4/5/05 at Tufts NEMC. Myectomy -1/25/06 at NEMC. Currently having heart failure issues. James' father and uncle both have HCM and AICDs. James dad, Carlton, had Myectomy at Cleveland on 4/10/06. James Medtronic recalled lead fractured 5/26/11. Had Biventricular Cardiac Resynchronization AICD put in on 6/3/11 Emory Midtown.


    • #3
      Good luck Art!!

      I will be praying for you and keeping positive thoughts.

      (I know the feeling, I leave in 2 weeks for Cleveland.)

      I wish you the best of success with the surgery. I have a good feeling that all will go very well.

      Please keep us posted when ever you can, I will be looking for any updates.

      Take good care and all the best to you.

      Big Hugs,

      49 yrs. old
      Diagnosed at 31.
      Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
      First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
      Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
      Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
      My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
      2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.


      • #4
        Hi Art,
        Go for it man – you’ll be glad you did. Hope you have an ‘easy passage’ through the myectomy maelstrom and reach shore to return to being hale and hearty again.

        By the way, don’t forget to register at the ‘Spring Myectomy Club 2005.’ They just might be giving away door prizes – and you never know when another door will come in handy.

        I suspect that the whole procedure is going to be harder on your wife then it will be on you – but you both will be enjoying the benefits of it before very long, so over all, it will be a very small price to pay.

        Good luck my friend, and please keep us posted.


        • #5

          my prayers are you and your family, keep the faith that everything will be fine and as far as you mowing the grass i usually get about 4 rows on this tiny yard i have and i have to quit sob and legs aching is what gets me and if i don't stop then it is the coughing, but again the best of Luck

          Diagnosed 2003
          Myectomy 2-23-2004
          Husband: Ken
          Son: John diagnosed 2004
          Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

          Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


          • #6
            Wishing you a smooth trip and surgery and speedy recovery--you'll have my thoughts with you, especially Tues and Wednesday. I'm glad your friend can go up and be with you (you have your own private nurse!) Does your wife know how to post on this message board and let us know how you are doing? I hope she will, we'll be wanting to know. Best Wishes, Lisa I.


            • #7
              Art, My prayers and best wishes are with you and your family. Thank goodness for good friends! We'll be waiting for progress reports. I hope you can find someone to fly home with you. Linda


              • #8

                Our thought are with you.

                Stuart Schwartz
                Cleveland Myectomy Club
                August 31, 2004


                • #9

                  You're going to do great! You've got a lot of people here sending positive thoughts your way. Look forward to getting your progress reports as soon as you are able.

                  "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


                  • #10

                    Thoughts and prayers are with you. The wait is almost over and soon you'll be on the other side of it. Will be waiting to hear the reports.

                    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


                    • #11

                      I will be praying for the quickest imaginable and least painful recovery ever! I admire you and your family for your willingness to make hard choices, such as your wife's staying home with your son, and do so with peace.



                      • #12

                        I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Good luck and keep us posted...

                        " Real Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling-Up Anyway "


                        • #13
                          Hey it's Brownie's kid!

                          I'll be praying for you, Art. I read the post and a verse came to mind. " I can do all things through him who strenghthens me". I also love the Psalm-- woah mind blank-- about "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil" classic, but I love it. God loves you and will get you and your family through this.



                          • #14
                            Best wishes to you! Please let us know your progress!!

                            Take care!
                            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                            Currently not obstructed
                            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


                            • #15
                              You are in my Prayers. All will be well


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