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

Tunaslam

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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.
Can't wait Craig, and I am praying for your improvement in health also!
 
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mark johnsen

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Wow, what an adventure! Stoked to hear that all went well and you are getting stronger by the day. God is good! Excellent report as always. Thanks for taking us along on the journey.
God bless!

Mark
 
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cj5orion

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Jus "gettin out" last month,I was st Scripps for 15 days !your visit brought back many memories of how miserable it is in a hospital ! Indeed,the little everyday things are greatly under valued !
Probably be joining the zipper club soon.
Nuts !... Back to hospital for another fun time !

Keep up the " home recovery reports" !!!
 
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Tuna Vic

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Well Cory you certainly didn’t lose any of your reporting skills,the info was very detailed and clearly felt and understood.
I’ve done a few hospital stents myself although not as severe and serious as yours,I certainly understand what goes on,including the lack of dignity (catheter ect) so I’m glad it’s over and you’re resting in your own castle.
Take care Brother,I can’t wait for your first fishing report!
Cya Tuna Vic
 
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Awesome Cory! Glad your doing great!

Nothing over 5 pounds means no more Calicos for while! LOL

I’m not surprised you work for a meat processor. I’d hate to fillet all the thousands of pounds of fish you catch, too. So why not take it to work to get it processed, right? LOL

Stay on that treadmill and looking forward to seeing you and Lal killing it again soon!
 
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beerman1

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Very glad you pulled thru with flying colors Cory. Also thanks to LAL for his reports as well. It won't be long before you go out and find those 3 pounders you guys released last month are now 5 pounders!
 
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Tunaslam

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Well Cory you certainly didn’t lose any of your reporting skills,the info was very detailed and clearly felt and understood.
I’ve done a few hospital stents myself although not as severe and serious as yours,I certainly understand what goes on,including the lack of dignity (catheter ect) so I’m glad it’s over and you’re resting in your own castle.
Take care Brother,I can’t wait for your first fishing report!
Cya Tuna Vic
Thanks for the kind words Vic

Actually reliving a nightmare is not as easy as reliving a good fishing adventure. Hope to be back on the water sometime in August. Hurry up and wait!
 

Azarkon

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Glad you got through the surgery alright, and is maintaining a positive out look. Now the road to recovery begins. Take it easy, the fish will still be there when you return, looking forward to your first report back on the water.
 
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fujirose

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Thank you for your "report"!!

Luckily, and hopefully, many of us will never have to experience such an ordeal. Continue to take care of yourself, the fish can wait for a little while.

Jim
 
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hotrail20

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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?e home

God Bless!

Hook up! Cory
Glad you are Home Cory
 
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Charles Fike

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Hi Cory, So glad to hear it all went well and you are back home recovering. I met you at the shelter island ramp a couple years back and we talked for a bit. I always enjoy reading your reports and have been following you recent reports about the surgery. 3 years ago I was in a traumatic motorcycle accident and was immobile for a period of time and ultimately have lost the use of my right arm. I can truly relate to all you said about the simple things and them being taken away from you, or not being able to do the simplest of things.
After I was back on my feet and mobile again I started to figure things out and got back on the water, but just could not catch a fish. After a year of trying and overcoming the urge to launch a perfectly good rod and reel into the water from frustration and aggravation of not being able to land a fish, I finally landed a nice yellowtail at Santa Cruz Is. It is probably the most memorable fish of my life coming back after everything.
I hope your first fish feels the same as mine did and that it happens soon for you.
All The Best
Charles