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  • I'm back from the Mayo!!

    Just a short note to let you all know that I checked at the Mayo Clinic on the 20th of April for two days of exhaustive testing and had my septal myectomy on the 23rd of the month of April. Dr Schaff performed my surgery and did a wonderful job! I was released on the morning of the 29th of April and flew home to Seattle the same day, that was one of the longest trips of my life I might add.
    I have been getting stronger every day since and with the day before yesterday I took a walk of 1 mile and yes I took it easy. I have a resting gradient of ZERO now! WOW!!! I know it will take awhile to build myself back up but I can see a difference already! Thanks to all that supported me in my journey of learning, exploring, and listening to get to the point where I was comfortable with finally moving ahead. I have a huge thankyou to you Lisa for all your kind words and help, you will never know how much it meant to me at the time. I will write more later
    Richard Nelsen
    \"A Misty Morning Does Not Signify A Cloudy Day\'

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    What great news! Thanks for letting us know how everything went. It sounds like you are well on your way to a speedy recovery, and I hope you have nothing but smooth sailing from here

    Take care,

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


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      Hi Richard,
      Nice to have you back among the posting. Heal well and fast.


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        What a great day to hear from you and that you are doing well . Take it easy and heal well . Keep us all posted on your progress and we are here for you if you have any questions. Pam
        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


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          I am glad to hear you are home and feeling well! The Mayo is an excellent center. I am very happy that the HCMA was able to help you through this process!

          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)


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            Richard, thanks for the update. That flight is exhausting. We could never have made it the same day. Linda


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              Good to hear Great news. My septal myectomy is scheduled for May 17. Hearing your story gives me a more positive outlook. Hope you keep getting better and better

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


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                congratulations richard!


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                  It must fell great to know you have a gradient of 0... Its wonderful to hear of a success story and that the Mayo did well by you. My best
                  Chuck B

                  An inch is a cinch, a yard is hard


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