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

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Hugo Bendo

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Oink Oink ! I believe they use a pig valve ! I got
the mechanical valve ! Therefore I'm on coumadin
the rest of my life.For me walking was the best
therapy to get my strength back. But remember
" baby steps " first. Don't walk too far. Where you
can't make it back. Oh yeah. Welcome home !
 
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longboard85

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    Awsome to hear you are doing well and on the road to recovery Cory! Continued prayers for your recovery!
     
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    seadancer

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    Cory - thanks for the update and good to see you’re back home, sleeping in your own bed & eating homemade food. Fishing wise, you might need to set your drag tension at 5#. This would then give me at least a fighting chance of out fishing you. Then again, this might just be wishful thinking.
    I can’t remember anybody out fishing you.
    Get better and we’ll get over to SCI. You can start out slowly, catching macs and maybe squid too for bait. And, help to hook big fish which you might want to immediately hand off to the less fortunate. No sense in overdoing it and showing us up.
     
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    Jul 24, 2017
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    Congadts on the new parts/tune up! I work on a heart team in town here, (San Diego), and see crazy stuff everyday! You will get stronger and stronger, you have been thru the hard part! Get better fast, and get back fishing! Good luck!
     
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    gved823

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    Cory,
    So glad to read about your recovery. Looking forward to your future adventures. Maybe even be fortunate to share the rail with you again.
    God bless you Sir
     
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    FloMar

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    Best of luck moving forward Cory, I'm sure you do feel blessed!

    You shouldn't have to feel like you need to seek forgiveness for posting your report here, and I'm sure there's many others who feel the same. We all turn to those we fully trust in a time of need, and I think it's very cool you chose the BD environment to share your story, pain and recovery.

    Technology can be great when it works in your favor!

    Take care, and I hope you're feeling better soon!
    John.
     
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    TODD

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    Always enjoy reading your detailed reports.Glad to here you are on the road to recovery and I am sure you will be back on the water soon.
     
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    DOGHOUSE26

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    1st Tunaslam Report with no pics so I'll have to give it an 8 instead of the usual 10+.

    Glad to see you're back in the saddle Cory and look forward to the day you can get back on the water!
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    Glad to hear your surgery was successful and you are finally home. God bless, and I can't wait for more (b)ass kickin' reports.

    Many more!
     
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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
    I call BA without pics...
     
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    seavandal

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    Next time you guys go down to Mexico fishing, go to the "tienda de tatuajes" and have them tat a nice 14" bass checker on that scar! Congrats on the successful "experience" Cory. Best day ever leaving the horsepistol and going home after an ordeal like that señor! Chris
     
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    Reel hip

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    Great write up Cory. I just relived my hip replacement through your story. As time go on you will heal and be fishing stronger and better than ever.
     
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    King Halibut

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    Cory,

    Welcome to the Brotherhood of the Zipper, I became a member in 2011 when I had an aneurysm repaired and then again in 2012 when I had my Aortic Valve replaced.
    Glad to hear you’re on the mend.

    King Halibut
     
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    swami 805

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    Glad you're home and on the road to recovery. Do what they tell you, hope you're back on the water soon!
     
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    jspana

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    So cool to read your story. Your strength is something to be proud of that is for sure. Glad your doing good man, the lines will be tight again real soon. :appl::appl::appl:
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Oink Oink ! I believe they use a pig valve ! I got
    the mechanical valve ! Therefore I'm on coumadin
    the rest of my life.For me walking was the best
    therapy to get my strength back. But remember
    " baby steps " first. Don't walk too far. Where you
    can't make it back. Oh yeah. Welcome home !

    They specifically told me "replaced with cow valve"!
     
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    Tunaslam

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    Apr 25, 2003
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    Best of luck moving forward Cory, I'm sure you do feel blessed!

    You shouldn't have to feel like you need to seek forgiveness for posting your report here, and I'm sure there's many others who feel the same. We all turn to those we fully trust in a time of need, and I think it's very cool you chose the BD environment to share your story, pain and recovery.

    Technology can be great when it works in your favor!

    Take care, and I hope you're feeling better soon!
    John.

    Well said John, good to see you participating again!
     
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