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Re: Well That Was a short autumn....

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:21 am

:lol: Hey, what happened to autumn?...... it's stifling hot & humid again :roll: .......

Oh well, the good news is I have been fiddling with the GT, fitting new stuff (ESE, Purge valve eliminator) and removing charcoal canister & refitting my radiator guard, without any odd side effects (like pale face, tummy twinges, tiredness etc). Pretty solid workout 2 afternoons back to back and still feeling good...... :D

It has been a good test in the 30+C heat, working on my knees around the bike...... fun, but also a great feeling that at last I seem back to a consistent 'normal' :mrgreen: (and no debilitating shoulder pain! - though i can still feel slight soreness in them, it doesn't get worse with activity - GP Doc thinks it's a medication side effect that I can get used to).

I am about to change oil (gone dark with age & lack of long rides) and have booked accom for a weekend away in early April (the annual restorers rally at Inverell in central NSW 8-) ).

My pacemaker clinician's say they have no restrictions on me going except, common sense...... feel good/not feel good..... ;) - so I hope I'm bursting with 'good feelings' from now onwards..... :lol:

So here i go again...... back to that sign..... hopefully on that bike (possibly in my Tucson if I'm not sure I'm up to 500kms in one day...... ;) )....... Target date set..... better get some riding in eh ;)
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by mick shere » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:15 am

Rocking AND Rolling :D

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by knackers » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:23 am

Aussie Dave wrote::lol: Hey, what happened to autumn?...... it's stifling hot & humid again :roll: .......

Oh well, the good news is I have been fiddling with the GT, fitting new stuff (ESE, Purge valve eliminator) and removing charcoal canister & refitting my radiator guard, without any odd side effects (like pale face, tummy twinges, tiredness etc). Pretty solid workout 2 afternoons back to back and still feeling good...... :D

It has been a good test in the 30+C heat, working on my knees around the bike...... fun, but also a great feeling that at last I seem back to a consistent 'normal' :mrgreen: (and no debilitating shoulder pain! - though i can still feel slight soreness in them, it doesn't get worse with activity - GP Doc thinks it's a medication side effect that I can get used to).

I am about to change oil (gone dark with age & lack of long rides) and have booked accom for a weekend away in early April (the annual restorers rally at Inverell in central NSW 8-) ).

My pacemaker clinician's say they have no restrictions on me going except, common sense...... feel good/not feel good..... ;) - so I hope I'm bursting with 'good feelings' from now onwards..... :lol:

So here i go again...... back to that sign..... hopefully on that bike (possibly in my Tucson if I'm not sure I'm up to 500kms in one day...... ;) )....... Target date set..... better get some riding in eh ;)
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:28 pm

Cheers knackers & better half.....

Yes, it's been a nightmare..... well, a sleepless night type of 2018..... other poor sods have real drama's, I have just been a slow recover'er - not sure why.... could just be me, or maybe I was on the table for too long, or something went wrong..... who knows.... at long last I'm teetering on the brink of riding again - it's just so fek'in hot & humid (again)..... so I use my new 4 wheeler instead :lol: .

I'm booked in for the "Restorer's Rally" at Inverell on 12-14 April, so that's the big carrot to get me riding again ;) .

Just did my 3rd afternoon of fiddling with the GT.... this time I changed the 17 month old oil out for some nice new pale gold coloured Motul 5100 10w50. I had been using Motorex Formula 4T 15w50 with a change every 5k kms for the 1k-15k km breakin period, but the health issue stopped me in my tracks at 11,300kms (in Feb-Mar 018) and time and moisture killed the last oil - so I'll try some Motul 10w50 over the 4k kms to my scheduled 15k book service :) .

So bike is ready for action.... oil, tyres, ESE, Charcoal can removed, rad guard & 40t sprox & Acerbis handguards, racks, ergo seat, Puig tinted screen, fender extender's...... just need a rider and some proper autumn temps...... :roll:

Waiting for me to get on and go.........
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PS Amazing how much stuff can be fitted under the rear seat, once that charcoal can has been outed.... ;)
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:50 am

Cheers to Mick Shere,....... I've been outside on my SDGT.... :lol: ..... but only to ride it back into the garage to clear the ABS lamps.... :lol: .... not quite a proper first ride........ ;)

I've been doing some prep work (fitting charcoal error eliminator + removing canister, and fitting ESE dongle, and changing oil that has only done 1300kms in 17 months.... :roll: ..... it was black as charcoal too ;) ) and after each grueling mechanic's workout I felt pretty good... even in the 30C heat..... so lots of good signs for me to get back into riding......

Didn't take that photo..... can't claim the 2mtr ride as a real ride eh :lol:

So now autumn has vanished, replaced with steamy humid crap conditions.... was to be 35C today, but potential storm clouds appeared, keeping it at 30C but with oppressive humidity..... :roll: ....

It was so nice driving my Tucson over for an appointment with a lovely young ultrasound Dr person thingy ( ;) ).

I'll get there..... I'm queue'd up at the start line..... lights are just on amber...... waiting for the green...... :mrgreen:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by tripathiankush » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:23 am

Aussie Dave wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:36 am
Strewth, what a difference a cool change makes...... fixed those leaky taps, put the left over house paint away and threw out the 16yo rusty tins from the last house paint job.... errrr.... 16 years ago and started the SDGT & then the Blackbird........ nearly threw a pair of denims on and a jacket, gloves & helmet....... I felt so much better........ but we had a visitor coming for lunch......... dang it, should'a gone fer my 1st ride in a year of false starts........ :roll:

At least lunch was a good feed........ :lol:

Ps How are ewe going Rock-o-round the clock mate? Coping with daily chores ok? Do you get any help or are you good doing stuff on your own? I know I was useless for months when I was sent home..... wasn't allowed to lift anything etc... glad I had family around to get to appointments/cook meals etc..... (luckily I could wipe my own arrrr-rear end..... :lol: .... though I had to sit on a shower stool while showering, for ages, before I was able to stand on my own two left feet..... that felt so good..... ;)).
Thanks for sharing this valuable post.well done :)

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:13 am

No worries 'trip....'

After all that happened to me during 2018, I wouldn't wish heart surgery on to my worst enemy..... though it is better than dying from a heart attack.... ;)

Big message is - if you feel less well for no reason...... (and you are 50+/male/family history of heart disease) then push the Doctors for a check up...... I was told I had a virus..... but it turned out to be a 90% blockage in the big vein that feeds the entire left side of the heart...... so I was due for what they call the "Widowmaker" heart attack :shock: ...... sure am glad I found out before it took me down (and anybody driving nearby ;) ).

Bit of a saga but relevant to bikes - I visited my GP last night...... he was impressed with the latest Echo Cardio scan..... reckons if he didn't know what had happened to me, he would think I had the heart of any normal 61yo ( :roll: bugger, I just admitted my age.... :lol: )...... so, once this extreme heatwave eases, I'm all systems go for getting out on my SDGT.......... :D ...... pic from happier times in 2017..... 1st long ride on my then fresh-new GT..... :mrgreen:
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I haven't heard from the other two "invalids" for a few weeks...... hope jjscix & Rock are doing well..... they also know what it is to have heart surgery..... ;)
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by knackers » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:42 am

Aussie Dave wrote:No worries 'trip....'

After all that happened to me during 2018, I wouldn't wish heart surgery on to my worst enemy..... though it is better than dying from a heart attack.... ;)

Big message is - if you feel less well for no reason...... (and you are 50+/male/family history of heart disease) then push the Doctors for a check up...... I was told I had a virus..... but it turned out to be a 90% blockage in the big vein that feeds the entire left side of the heart...... so I was due for what they call the "Widowmaker" heart attack :shock: ...... sure am glad I found out before it took me down (and anybody driving nearby ;) ).

Bit of a saga but relevant to bikes - I visited my GP last night...... he was impressed with the latest Echo Cardio scan..... reckons if he didn't know what had happened to me, he would think I had the heart of any normal 61yo ( :roll: bugger, I just admitted my age.... :lol: )...... so, once this extreme heatwave eases, I'm all systems go for getting out on my SDGT.......... :D ...... pic from happier times in 2017..... 1st long ride on my then fresh-new GT..... :mrgreen:
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I haven't heard from the other two "invalids" for a few weeks...... hope jjscix & Rock are doing well..... they also know what it is to have heart surgery..... ;)
Good news is good but that is great news Davo :-)
Whack your helmet on and get out on that bike and breath some fresh air and visit a good cafe in the hills somewhere and have a water :P You’re not that old mate, I have 2 years on you and stripped off over 12 kilos in the last 4 months and I’m feeling on top of the world. All the best on your next ride and don’t forget the pics! Cheers & beers Image well the water anyway Image


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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by manisha » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:32 am

Glad to hear this progress. Keep sharing. It is great information.

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Post by mick shere » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:40 am

Ditto.. All the very best as ever mate :D

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Rock » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:06 pm

Hey Dave, not been very net active lately, but doing well. Doing all my chores and even food shopping on my own. MIndfull of the wieght limit.

Recovery times seem to be very individual. I spoke to a women who was back after a month of recovery and some other dudes need 4 or so. It sounds like sort of a 3/6/9 month thing for most. Three for the sternum to heal and you can begin light resitance training, six to be able to bend twist, and 9 before you can begin to put weight on your chest (i.e. bench press). I was told the strengh wont come back until about 12 months. I sort of rolled my eyes at that. They don't know me very well :twisted:

Every situation is differnt. For instance I was in bad shape from the arrytmhmias the torn valve was causing (the hearts way of fighting to get a stronger beat) and almost died at the first hospital before being sent off to the fancy one. They had to stop my haert to stop the arrythmia becuase the drugs had a negative effect. Then they told me they almost couldn't ge it started agian. My liver and kidney were shutting down at that point due to not getting enough blood flow for God only knows how long, and that was compicating things. So I went into surgery a mess as opposed to the other "inmates" who had scheduled surgeries and looked completely healthy going in. That along with the two weeks flat on my back cost me the 20 lbs. of muscle I lost. I was on IV nutrition for a prolonged period and ingested virtually no protien. I've put about 5 of that lost muscle back and that causes a bit of a strain on the chest suiters/glue as they zipped me back up with less chest muscle and there's no margin for stretching to accomodate added size in a short period.

No one else I know lost all that muscle but the the Doc chided and said most torn valve patients didn't have 20lbs of excess muscle to loose :D So I'm actually "ideal wieght" right now but it's a scrawy version of the former me. That's my my particular peculiarity in all of this mess and you might have some others slowing your recovery.

Cheer up mate, the weather should be turning you way soon as you head into winter in your upside down world! :D

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:17 am

Cheers Rock :)

Glad to read you're kicking along well...... just don't over do it eh ;) .

I was a bit concerned when I hadn't heard from you but it's not like I can swing by and check up on ya eh :lol:

Over on the other forum, one of the guys (Spartacus) PM'd me for similar reasons...... I had been off the air for 3weeks and he was checking I wasn't "lying in a ditch somewhere..." :lol: .... I had just stopped using that forum as i was being overrun with adverts for Toyota's and Dodge Ram's...... he also sent me some PC cleaner and a site specific 'U' blocker....... that worked...... no more pesky self starting 8 min video clips on the forum pages...... :D

Anyhoo..... glad you are self sufficient...... but ....... DON"T OVERDO IT ....... a set back will cost you weeks of recovery........ steady as she goes laddie, aye aye ;) ....... you'll be back to awesome by next year :mrgreen: .

Ps I've been given my wings by my local GP....... he seemed keen for me to get on the KTM, but wasn't too happy with the CBR1100XX as it is more 'nose over front wheel' and that is off limits for me.

We've just had a very wet weekend (broke the failed summer rainy season) and the grass is coming green again :D ...... but man o man is it hot and steamy in the afternoon's...... had to go to my optometrist this morning after breakfast with a mate I began riding with way back when we were both 17yo - need new multifocal designer glasses to replace my bent/scratched/ill fitting/old fashioned reading glasses...... so I can look fancy after I dismount from my flash looking bike...... :lol: ..... err, and read the dash :lol: .

Busy day...... now it's just bloody hot and awful....... will test ride soon though, I have a trip planned for the 12th April, so I've gotta get some 'match fitness' on the GT within the next 3 weeks.......

You be good now Ya Hear - give yourself time to mend. It is surprising how long it takes for the body to recover from traumatic surgery...... i thought i was great in the first two weeks..... and after all my issues in 2018, I have noticed some symptoms have at long last faded into memory....... just on my 12 month anniversary of the 4hr surgery session (and the 6 hits with defib paddles while still in ICU :shock: ).
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by jjscsix » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:27 am

Replying to a post a few up. I’m almost embarrassed to post how I’m doing after reading Dave and Rocks progress. I’m the guy that everything went well. My surgery was just over seven months ago. I started riding after ten weeks. And I’m talking 150 miles, then 350 mile rides at about 12 weeks.

I retired two and a half months ago and since then I have ridden over 6,000 miles and painted my kitchen cabinets white. To put that project into perspective, I figured I’ve worked on it about 170 hours in the last three weeks.

So yes, I’m doing great.

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:25 am

Great reno jjsc......

That really lifts the gloomy brown kitchen into the bright and airy 21st century....... I watch a lot of those Fixer-Upper home reno shows...... amazing what they do to freshen up houses...... 8-)

You've done well...... I'm sure the cat and the dog approve of their new kitchen :lol:

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Post by jjscsix » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:31 pm

Thanks Dave. We watch a lot of those shows too. If you notice, the dog did not move the whole three weeks ;)
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:34 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: ...... a stuffed poodle (?).... eh?

Good one jj...... and never be sorry for setting the standard for recovery....... gives us lessor mortals something to aspire to :mrgreen:

I gotta say your rehab sessions were amazing...... over here i got 4 weeks of rehab (only one workout a week for 1.5 hrs!). It was supervised by a trainer and a cardio nurse and an assistant and we had about 8 invalids in the session....... they took our BP's at the start and after warm down.... but we didn't wear any monitors!

I often wonder if I would have improved faster if i had the reassurance of a heart monitor while working out, so i could have gone a lot harder rather than being so frightened and being very cautious....... oh well, it was what it was and I'm there now...... if the weather would just cool down I'll get on the GT - I don't expect to much eh?

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by Rock » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:52 pm

JJ your dog is very patient :D

Dave I was thinking of going to a therapy place as well just to get monitored and get a feel as to what limits I have, but I just got fed up and walked up a big hill the other day at a good pace and had some scary blips but said the heck with it and motored through.
It's a balance of psuhing it to your limits and not putting yourself in danger at the same time. I think I would like one cardio physical therapy session just to get the feedback of certain levels of exertion, but then I'd take what I leanred and just do it myself.

I'm at that 9 week mark so I thinnk I can start stepping it up.

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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by mick shere » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:34 am

Great news jjsc You have won our competition :D
The prize is.... next time you are passing Blighty you get the opportunity to call in and paint our kitchen, we'll even supply a dog for the before/after pictures :D

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Post by jjscsix » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:12 pm

What is the second place prize? :lol:
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Re: Well That Was a Surprise...

Post by mick shere » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:49 pm

ahem the bath room :D

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