Not my engine, my heart. Tomorrow I'm going to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for an aortic valve replacement. They won't know whether it will be open heart or via catheter until they finish 5 days of workup that starts on Thursday. The procedure isn't scheduled until Sept. 3. We will have to stay in MN the whole time since they don't want us going back to Florida because of Covid. If everything turns out OK, I should be going home by mid-September.
I really need to get this done so that I can get back to fishing. The last time I got out was April 15. It's been almost 50 years since I went that long without fishing.
I started feeling lethargic about 2 years ago and the symptoms gradually got worse. The condition progressed from moderate to severe in April and I ended up in the hospital for a short stay in May. Now I can't walk 50 ft without getting out of breath.
I'm posting about this here because a lot of you guys are old. When you get old, you start feeling bad for specific reasons. Aortic stenosis happens in 10-15% of people over 65. It often doesn't get diagnosed because people don't go to the doctor or don't like telling a doctor that they are feeling tired. Don't just blame it on age. Get checked up at least once a year.
Best wishes for a successful procedure and recovery. Let me know if you need me to do anything around your house in case of a storm. My stitches come our on Monday, and I'm good after that.
MY WORST FEAR......THAT WHEN I DIE MY WIFE WILL SELL ALL MY BOATS & FISHING GEAR FOR WHAT I TOLD HER I PAID FOR IT.......
I may not always agree with what you say,
but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
“Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
― Ernest Hemingway
A break from the heat and rain should be a small thing to enjoy.
Hope everything goes well.
For they always bring me tears
I can't forgive the way they rob me
Of my childhood souvenirs"... John Prine
Like I said, yell if you need anything, plus I'll stay in touch. And Pete knows how to get ahold of me if he needs help with anything.
If you need anything drop us a line.
Another president put a man in the Lady's bathroom.
I am 55 and have been going to the doctor regularly only for the past 4-5 years since I married a younger version and she wants me to stick around and keep up with her.. last Oct went in for a regular yearly/bi-yearly check up.. primary doc is doing his thing and breaks out the stethoscope and starts to listen in the side of my neck... then the other side... back to the right side again... said he 'hears something ' in there and calmly suggested I get ultrasound and maybe a MRI to see what's going on. I had no symptoms and haven't noticed any slowness or sluggish feelings... felt fine.
Turns out cardiologist said it looks like i have about 70% blockage on the right side and 15% or so on the left and that 70% is borderline treatment vs Surgery.. i said "WHAT??!!! 70% blockage and you're not rushing me to surgery??" nope, they can treat it BUT I was about 72- 73% so he suggested I get it taken care of with surgery within the next year or so.
so February this year I went in and got it done... turns out it was 90% BLOCKED! said my primary probably saved my life! way too blocked to get a stint so they did a full cleaning... all good now but have to take an aspirin everyday for the rest of the life and get to see the cardi once a year now... I am in fairly good shape.. hunt ,fish, surf, dive, scallops, etc... my brother is older and is not in good shape at all, eats fast food, coca colas, diabetic, etc.. and his arts are ok.. doc said I just 'got the wrong end of the stick'... sucks getting old but go get your check up! you'll thank me later