Rpt.-05-30-19 New member Brotherhood of the Zipper!

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Tunaslam, May 30, 2019.

  1. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Cory Visser
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    I am writing this report to inform those friends and Bloody Decker’s who have followed my exploits leading up to and finishing with open heart surgery. For both my followers and new found friends I have been amazed by your responses, and it sure looks to me that I have truly blessed. For new readers please forgive me for taking up your valuable time on a fishing reports board. However I truly believe that I will sometime in the future again be contributing fish reports to all.



    First of all there is no way to fully express my thanks for all the prayers provided and guess what, they worked! My open heart surgery resulted in a replaced Aortic Valve and repair of the Mitral Valve, due to complications, I had to undergo additional surgery to install a Pacemaker and then another non-surgical procedure that required cardiac conversion, or a shocking of my heart, to bring it out of AFIB, an irregular heartbeat.



    So if you are still interested in knowing about my health adventure or may in the future be facing such a dilemma, it could be informative. As everyone well knows Doctors are notorious for telling you just enough, but leave out 95% of the details. Oh yeah, they ask you if you have any questions, but how the hell do you know what to expect or ask?



    So grab some popcorn and enjoy the read, or otherwise have a sensational day, as I have been now blessed to spend a few more days on this earth, and perhaps catch a few more fish.



    Episode one-Four Days of Pure Hell! 05-20-19 to 05-23-19.



    I was required to report to admitting at Anaheim Regional Hospital at 7am, Monday morning, 05-20-19. I was quickly signed in, paid my co-payment of $100 and picked up by a nurse and taken to surgery prep.



    Remove your cloths, put on your gown, climb into a bed and the prodding and poking begins. You become a living pin cushion. IV’s installed, blood taken, placed on all kinds of monitors, etc. Time passed quickly and I was then taken to the surgical room.



    If you have ever had surgery, the last thing you remember when you wake up is being wheeled down the hallway, entering the room, a mask goes over your face and then you hopefully wake up when completed, totally in outer space until comprehension sets in. Also at times you are in unreal pain, or in my case, this time, a general stupor, with what felt like an anvil lying on my chest.



    I looked at the clock and it said 10:30 am. I asked why the surgery progressed so rapidly. My wife and other members of my family said welcome back to reality and that no, it was 10:30 am Tuesday, 24 hours later. Wow! I do remember the horrific experience of dealing with the tube down my throat, as I choked again and again until they finally removed it.



    I was amazed that I really wasn’t in any sort of pain discomfort, only the extreme tightness on my chest. Doctor Ott, a highly respected surgeon, who has performed some 7000 surgeries, stated that all went well. I went in and out of consciousness until about midnight, when I woke up to a room full of nurses and Doctors. I was now in extreme discomfort and knew something was not right.



    My body had not yet fully accepted the new Cow Aortic valve, and I was experiencing a very low heart rate, despite medicine to speed it up? I remained quite ill and did not eat anything for two days. So despite being informed the surgery went well, there were issues.



    On day four Doctor Ott informed me that I needed a Pacemaker at 11am, Thursday, 05-23-19, my birthday, and since I had not eaten or drank anything that morning, I was rushed into surgery.



    I woke up around 3pm and despite being hazy, I noticed a distinct improvement in my overall condition, nausea was gone and I just felt good, although I had a new soreness above my heart where the Pacemaker now was located.



    They also removed the chest draining tubes and the catheter. Some freedom of movement again, who knew? You can’t identify with being bedridden, unable to turn left or right until it happens to you.



    Doctor OTT came by around 7pm and determined I had developed AFIB, an irregular heartbeat. So he told me nothing by mouth after midnight, except med’s. He scheduled a cardiac aversion at noon, although it was 1pm before he arrived. The procedure was held in my room, I was put under, but it only took one zap to correct the problem.



    By late evening I even began to eat some food, as my appetite returned. What a way to spend my 72nd Birthday. A new gift of a Pacemaker, woo hoo. Oh yeah and I had my first BM in four days. Gad that was a blessing. We never think about everyday body functions until they are removed?



    Speaking of food, I have never tasted worse. For breakfast they did not serve coffee only decaf, totally undrinkable. Then oh yeah substitute eggs, blah. Pancakes and French toast were ok. For lunch or dinner, the meat all tasted the same, just like saw dust. If I ordered Oriental Beef, I got chopped chicken. If I ordered stir fried chicken I got chopped chicken, or turkey or pork, no stir fry? I often ordered ice tea and got decaf coffee. I never ordered milk, but they never missed. So it went to waste, I don’t like milk.



    A few days later I did get a decent open faced roast beef sandwich with gravy. Who goofed? You got margarine, no butter. I will say that some of vegetables were decent.



    Day 5 through 8, Friday-05-24-19 to Tuesday 05-28-19



    I was up at 2am and very restless, sleep seemed to be an afterthought, I got little. Strangely I was not tired during the day? A 5 minute catnap here and there was all that I experienced. I began my routine walking laps, using a walker. One lap, a few hours later I managed two, and two again after dinner. It felt so good to get out of bed and do something. Boredom sets in very quickly once you start feeling better. It was great when some fishing buddies showed up as guests. Of course I could always count on my wife and family for visits.



    By this time I was taking Percocet, a pill form of pain reliever as the IV pain stuff was discontinued. I continued to receive several meds via IV.



    The TV in the room was about 19 inches; I guess they still make them that small? Half the channels didn’t get clear pictures or sound. I believe this must be the hospital’s way of forcing an exit due to extreme hardships? Who would want to stay there if they didn’t have to?



    Day six I managed 9 laps on the walker. All my vitals were now stable and they began to remove one by one the variety cords and lines connected to my pin cushion body. I was visited by physical therapy specialists and they taught me how to enter and exit the bed by myself. How simple a concept, you don’t have to call the nurse for help, I could do it anytime I wanted. And I wanted to badly.



    Most of my meds were now pill form, about 12 a day. I was given 5 in the morning and 7 at night. I know this kept me hyper and continued my sleep deprivation. I was told this was normal and unfortunately continue up to two weeks.



    Day 7 I was feeling great, and hoped I would be transferred out of ICU, the first step to being released. No such luck, Doctor was still concerned about some vitals, particularly blood pressure and oxygen levels in my lungs, although they did finally remove the intake tubes from my nose. I managed a dozen laps today, some longer than before.



    Day 8 I was up to 19 laps and begging the Doctor to let me go. Not yet, spent day 8 in ICU, only because there were no nurses available upstairs, it was Memorial day and they were short staffed. I was told that it was a good chance I would go home tomorrow, yee ha! I couldn’t wait.



    At 9pm, a bed came open and upstairs I went. Guess what, I had my own bathroom and yippee KY yay, performed my second BM in 8 days, wow!



    Personal hygiene suffers greatly under these circumstances, and again it felt so great to just stand up and brush my teeth. Under no supervision, I was able to towel myself down with hot antiseptic towels, again like heaven. We do take the simple things for granted?



    A nurse came to instruct me on how to take a shower, however, that was forbidden until most of my bandages were replaced with natural eroding material. At 5pm I was told I could go home. It took 3.5 hours to get discharged, darn neared killed me. Home by 9:30 pm, I even walked out of the hospital myself with no walker.



    Wedsnesday-05-29-19



    I woke up at 3am, despite sleeping in my own bed, which was so awesome. I made some coffee, forgot what that tasted like, yummy. When the wife got up at 5am, she still works; she assisted me in taking my first shower in 11 days, pure luxury!



    All of a sudden living was again manageable. I had been off the pain medication now for three days, and only felt some tightness in my chest.



    I cannot pick up anything weighing more than five pounds. I am unable to drive for 6-8 weeks. When in a car I have to be in the backseat, no seat belt. I am supposed to walk at least 40 minutes a day; however, it was okay to build this up from 15 minutes a day, a little at a time. I did 20 minutes today.



    I was semi-retired working only three days a week as company controller of a meat processing company. My IT department set me up at home, so I can log on to my computer at work, too cool.



    Today I assisted my administrator in completing payroll, a task she had not fully learned given the short notice of my surgery. I have had no backup for over 15 years, now I do.



    Well that’s my story and I am sticking to it!

    P.S. the nursing staff at Anaheim Regional is exception! They made all my hardships manageable.

    If you are facing this obstacle in life, it can be done, as have so many others before me successfully. No way will your Doctor prepare you for this, as why would he scare the shit out you?

    God Bless!

    Hook up! Cory
     
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  2. dktool

    dktool Member

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    You did great but only being able to lift 5 pounds is really going to hamper your fishing !
     
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  3. cortezpirasea

    cortezpirasea Pangero

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    You can only catch 5 lb. fish!! :D Speedy recovery amigo!
     
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  4. Caseymcv

    Caseymcv Old man

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    We are all getting up there, thanks for your insight, good luck!
     
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  5. Sciaenops

    Sciaenops Member

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    Good to hear you're on the road to recovery, Cory. How bout making bait for us on next trip? j/k of course. Good luck!
     
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  6. esgeo

    esgeo Well-Known "Member"

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    Wow Cory, glad you made it thru those 4 days of hell and are on the road to recovery. Given the simple things are bringing so much joy right now, I’m sure that first fish once you get back to it will be a blessed feeling for sure. Best wishes in your ongoing recovery and keep us posted- we’re all here pulling for ya!
     
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  7. grahams98

    grahams98 Member

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    Great to hear as I along with many BD'ers have had you in our thoughts and prayers. Life is a battle for perspective and sometimes adversity leads to appreciation of things we all take for granted too often. Prayers for your recovery and tight lines to follow!
     
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  8. HOOKNBOOK

    HOOKNBOOK yeah...whatever

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    Glad to hear you're back home and on the mend Cory!
     
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  9. Blackfish

    Blackfish Fishing, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

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    Never underestimate a good BM. :D

    Glad to see you are back home and doing well Cory.
     
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  10. Charlesregan

    Charlesregan Member

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    Cory-

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend. Thanks for posting an update, was praying for you.

    Look forward to hearing some fishing stories from you again soon.
     
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  11. KINGSIZE

    KINGSIZE On The Bow

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    Looking forward to seeing you back on the water, Cory!
     
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  12. Shon

    Shon Fish til I can't fish no more

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    Very happy to hear your doing well and you are in my prayers.
     
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  13. One_Leg

    One_Leg Ret. Comm. Diver/Medic

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    Congratulations!!!

    Isn't science remarkable!!!

    I cannot imagine where we would be without it.

    Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
    Hippocrates

    I am real glad to hear that you enjoyed their veggies because the ones you make at home will be a lot more enjoyable.

    40 minutes a day will be no problem for a hard charging guy like yourself.

    Thanks for the prognosis.
     
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  14. SD Fish Guy

    SD Fish Guy -Patrick the aquarium pro

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    Hey Cory we fished the relentless together 2 seasons ago on a great BFT trip, glad everything worked out for you with the surgery! Love it that you left a review of the terrible hospital food!
     
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    dktool Member

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    That's one way to test the pump repair.
     
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  16. dctrjayyy

    dctrjayyy Member

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    Nice
     
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  17. Cheeseburger Killer

    Cheeseburger Killer Beloved Son

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    Cory- Sir, your story is a true inspiration. I say this as a professional who has been in the surgery game for 25 years, and who has seen enough to usually be unmoved by someone’s surgery/recovery story. I sincerely admire your fortitude in getting through this. You know you dodged not one but several bullets, and the fact you can still fog a mirror means that God isn't done with you yet. I hope you make the best of your second chance.
    The fish are enjoying their vacation, by the way. Recover well, my brother...
     
  18. hbouldin1216

    hbouldin1216 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Great to hear Cory! How amazing is science that you can be up walking so soon after having your chest split open?!

    I was in the hospital for four days with a compound fractured tib/fib and while that first bowel movement felt like I was shitting out a boulder, the feeling after was *almost* better than sex lol
     
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