Well That Was a Surprise...

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:37 pm

First of all, the politics does not bother me. I hate Trump with a passion to the point my wife says he is probably responsible for what I’m goint to tell you next.

Getting this thread back on topic, I had a nuclear stress test this week. The outcome is I will probably be going in next Friday for a Cardiac Catheterization. They expect to be able to put in a stint. Let’s hope so. If not I’ll be going through what Dave did.

Given my blood pressure and cholesterol issues this is no surprise. See my post on page two. The good news is that I had no real symptoms, this was a test we do every three years and we actually scheduled it nine months ago. BTW, I am 65 years old, and as Dave said, I’ve never smoked and have always been in good shape.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:51 pm

Best wishes from Aus mate......... hope the stint is all you need........but if it goes the other way, well that's still better than the other option ;)

I'm getting stronger by the day now that my little friend (an ICD = defibrillator with pacemaker) acts as my personal ambulance watchdog......... hopefully never needed but there just in case (I had post-op recovery problems with really low HR and lack of BP due in part to being super fit in my 20's-40's). Anyway, i'm walking a km in under 20mins and doing stuff around the house (& to the bike) I wouldn't have been game to try a month ago....... coming good really fast and hanging in there for the authority to drive/ride.... :D

Oddly, I called a mate I hadn't heard from for over a year....... and he had the same by-pass op as me mid last year........ talk about dejavu (however that's spell't)...... anyway, he was also headed for the "widow maker" but caught it in time :).

Cheers from DaveAUS ;)

Ps Cheers DaveNZ....... catching fish is all that matters mate....... with scenery like your's and a GT to ride and a boat.......... maybe the old orange bloke will need surgery one day..... though he looks indestructible (he is over 70yo and still picking fights!....... bastard :mrgreen: ).......
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by DaveNZ » Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:24 pm

JJscsix we are lucky that hopefully the madness the orange one is bring doesn't reach us down here, and good luck with your stent etc, Took my Multi up for its 74,000km service valves and belts, clearances still with in speck, went shopping and brought myself a summer jacket. DaveAus, roll on spring-summer, so i can ride with my new jacket, and catch more theses big snapper.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:17 pm

Thanks to both Daves for your thoughts. I should be able to update the forum in a week. In the meantime it's business as usual. I rode the SD 250 miles today in spite of near 100 degree weather, and I plan to do 150 on the Ducati tomorrow morning.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:03 pm

Unfortunately they could not put in stents. Too much blockage. I'll be going in late next week for bypass.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by DaveNZ » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:54 am

jjscsix wrote:
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Unfortunately they could not put in stents. Too much blockage. I'll be going in late next week for bypass.
Good luck with the OPP, jjscsix, hoping it all goes well. I think you will feel like a new man once those blocked arteries are cleared.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:43 am

Thanks Dave. I'm going into it with a good attitude, but knowing I'll have a few weeks that won't be a lot of fun. I have a bit of a bonus coming to. I'm retiring at the end of the year. I should be riding again by then.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by DaveNZ » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:13 am

jjscsix wrote:
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Thanks Dave. I'm going into it with a good attitude, but knowing I'll have a few weeks that won't be a lot of fun. I have a bit of a bonus coming to. I'm retiring at the end of the year. I should be riding again by then.
Pain relief jjscsix, but don't get hooked on that stuff, just enough to keep you comfortable, then get off it as soon as you can. 65 retirement age in the US?, do you guys get any sort of government retirement income? Im 59 in a few months, after 40 years of being a builder my body is saying its had enough of the heavy work, I'm tempted to retire soon, but don't want to use up too much of my savings before 65 when we can draw superannuation. (about $580 per married couple) so i shall plod along for a few more years just picking the occasional jobs here and there, I've just had 6 weeks off cruising on the bike, and pottering around home, but tomorrow I'm starting a 3 month building project, then shall have the christmas period off to go fishing :D
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:56 pm

I will not get hooked. I'm pretty fanatical about not over using drugs that can be addictive. But thank you for the reminder.

We do have social security retirement benefits that we pay into during our working career. It is meant to be something you can live on but that's all. No matter how much we contribute it is capped at a level that would almost be a poverty level. This is something that if you are employed it is a tax that your company has to deduct and pay into the government fund.

We do have tax incentivized retirement savings plans called 401k or an IRA (Independent Retirement Account). These are optional. Many people don't utilize the benefits of these plans and don't contribute. I have saved enough that combined with social security benefits my lifestyle should not change if I live within a reasonable budget.

I'm in what is considered upper middle management. I'm not rich, but I live very comfortably. The goal is to keep it that way. BTW, there is no mandatory retirement age, but the benifits I mentioned cannot be taken before a certain age. Social Security you can take anytime after 62, but the amount you get is less per month if you start at 62 and goes up progressively until you hit 70. What is referred to as full bebefits is 66 for me.

Heath insurance is a whole different story. As you probably know we do not have socialized medical insurance...until we retire. At 65 we are eligible. I won't go into it, but it's called Medicare if you want to look it up.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:48 am

Best wishes on a great outcome jjscx6..... ;)

It is amazing how well you will feel within a few days of the big op....... they usually show patients the door after only 5 days recovery......... naturally you will be pretty banged up for 6-8 weeks, but the soreness goes away quickly, although you'll need to take everything really easy until the body systems settle......... but what would I know eh :lol: ..... I'm the odd one out who took 6 months to come good :( ..... so don't follow my lead ;) .

Cheers in advance from the other side.

Ps Watch out you don't end up looking like the bloke in the Dainese jacket :lol: :lol:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by DaveNZ » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:30 am

Aussie Dave wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:48 am
Ps Watch out you don't end up looking like the bloke in the Dainese jacket :lol: :lol:
HEY.....thats my scary crazy dude look.........took me me a few goes to nail it :shock: .... Hey...nobody body wants to fuk with the crazy dude, right?........ :lol:.....OK back to the invalids.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:51 am

Aussie Dave wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:48 am
Best wishes on a great outcome jjscx6..... ;)

It is amazing how well you will feel within a few days of the big op....... they usually show patients the door after only 5 days recovery......... naturally you will be pretty banged up for 6-8 weeks, but the soreness goes away quickly, although you'll need to take everything really easy until the body systems settle......... but what would I know eh :lol: ..... I'm the odd one out who took 6 months to come good :( ..... so don't follow my lead ;) .

Cheers in advance from the other side.

Ps Watch out you don't end up looking like the bloke in the Dainese jacket :lol: :lol:
Dave, thank you very much for you advice and words of encouragement. I have a great wife who is really good at understanding medical issues. She will be my voice of reason and keep my in line. I told her yesterday after I read your last post that she is in charge of making sure I don’t get hooked on any meds. I do listen!
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:02 am

:lol: Good come back DaveNZ :lol:

I like it........ "The Invalids"......... :lol:

I'll be 'Aussie the In-valid'........ a legend in my own mind........... :roll:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by mick shere » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:52 pm

Sounds like a great idea for a tee shirt :-) not sure if I qualify if when I went in and had the x ray blood test ct scan wtf they didn't find too much wrong with me

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Rock » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:34 am

shoot sorry to hear this JJ. They've gotten much better with them but the recovery does take a bit of time.


I know what you mean with regards to pain killers. Whenever I get some for root canal, shoulder vacuuming or something, I throw them out as soon as I can sleep without them. I like them a bit TOO much.

Enjoy yourself in the meantime and Keep us posted.

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Post by jjscsix » Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:43 pm

Thanks Rock. Two days and counting. I’m going to the hospital this morning for pre registration. They call it pre-op, but it’s really about making sure I can pay and sign waivers :lol:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Rock » Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:46 am

jjscsix wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:43 pm
Thanks Rock. Two days and counting. I’m going to the hospital this morning for pre registration. They call it pre-op, but it’s really about making sure I can pay and sign waivers :lol:
Yes, it's to get you while you're lucid for the most part :D . They do actually need to make sure you're "ready" physically, but I'm sure it's more about cya then anything.

Well if I don't catch you on here before Friday morning, I'll wish you a quick recovery now. We'll have to dream up forum get well e-cards... My guess is they'll involve nudity :lol:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:00 am

Day two. All went well. Everyone says I’m really doing well with recovery. Not fun but not as bad as I expected either. BTW, was quintuple. Great surgeon and nurses.
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:42 am

Welcome back jj....... :)

Have the nurses shown you how to do the 'coughing' exercises without busting your chest.....(?) They showed me how to cuddle a pillow and cough - after a coupe of days of really painful attempts at crossing my arms in the brace position (if I was quick enough).

So hug that pillow when you need to cough/sneeze........ ;)

What's a Quintuple by-pass...... is that 5/6 ? Anyway, sounds like you are well and truly By-passed now!

Be sure to go easy as the heart's electrical circuits will be unsettled from all the surgery..... let the nurses do everything for you until you are up walking and feeling good........
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Rock » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:07 pm

good to see you back on so soon JJ! Glad all went well.
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