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Duncan Wilkie
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Every day is a bit better. I had open heart surgery a week ago Monday. Weíve been tracking a leaky Aortic Valve for some time. The most recent echocardiogram showed a marked change and it was time to investigate more. I was sent for an Angiogram . Iíve had a lifetime of high chloresteral, so I assumed my vessels would be filled with blockage. I had started taking Statins in Feb. The great news is they found no blockages and my heart was healthy except for the one valve.
I was a good candidate for surgery. We decided on a tissue valve.
I was supposed to have a partial sternotomy, but the first valve they put in ended up being defective and needed to be replaced. After an ultrasound in The OR, they found I was bleeding, so the gave me a couple of units of blood. So, I ended up with a full sternotomy.
Iíll be home for sometime now.
A couple of notes.
My only outward symptom was shortness of breath over time.
My family Dr. detected some backwash in the valve. I was sent for an ekg, then echocardiogram. Then I saw a Cardiologist. The Cardiologist sent me for the Angiogram. Surgery was set up, and here I am.
Recovery is going well, but itís a long process.
Get yourselves checked.
Cheers...

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Duncan Wilkie
aka signdog
http://www.comsign.ca
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Dan Sawatzky
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Duncan

This is definitely a surprise. We all like to believe we are invincible but sadly the truth is a little different.

I and our gang here wish you a speedy recovery!

-dan

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Dan Sawatzky
Imagination Corporation
Yarrow, British Columbia
dan@imaginationcorporation.com
http://www.imaginationcorporation.com

Being a grampa is one of the the most wonderful things in the world!!!

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Mark M. Kottwitz
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Duncan, I too wish you a speedy recovery...

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Mark Kottwitz
Kottwitz Graphics
Ridgely, MD
www.SeeMySignWork.com
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Rick Sacks
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It sure gets better.
I nowadays much of the valve replacement is done without splitting the sternum, which speeds recovery greatly.

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The SignShop
Mendocino, California

http://www.mendosign.com

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making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. ó Charles Mingus

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Bob Kaschak
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Best of luck for a speedy recovery.

Woof!

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Bob Kaschak
Artisan Sign And Design
Peru New York

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Preston McCall
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Wow! Great news that you are on the road to recovery. Eight years ago, I developed some arythmia from being exposed to some black locust seed dust from mulching my yard 4 times with my mower. Shortness of breath and real tired. Went to my internist and then into the hospital for 11 days! They did about every test available and it was slowly abating with drugs. Put me on blood thinners, coreg, statins and various other drugs.
Today, I see the chief cardiologist at the local heart unit once a year and get my blood checked twice a year for my local internist. All is OK now. Very minor arythmia and blood pressure very low. My cholesterol is under 100. It really gives me comfort to know all is well and thaqt I feel 100%. Thank god for good insurance and medicare!
Good luck with your valve. Just know it does get better and in no time you will be back to your normal self.

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Preston McCall
112 Rim Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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PatRaap
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Wishing you a good and speedy recovery!

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Patricia A. Raap
Raap Signs
2615 Arthur
Coopersville, MI 49404
616-677-0158
pat@raapsigns.com

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Sonny Franks
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Glad you're OK, bro - you're the third friend who's gone thru open heart surgery recently. Scary, but you're all still here, thank God.....

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Sonny Franks
Lilburn, GA
770-923-9933

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Jean Shimp
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Your posting prompted us to make a doctor's appointment for a check up. Thank you.

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Jean Shimp
Shimp Sign & Design Co.
Jacksonville Beach, Fl

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Rick Sacks
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Following my OHS, it seemed like it took four months for me to feel not only strong, but confident. There was a day when the cardiologist said "you no longer need a cardiologist." Life gets better. Mine was the mitral valve.

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The SignShop
Mendocino, California

http://www.mendosign.com

Making the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. ó Charles Mingus

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David Harding
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Sorry to hear about your episode but it's good the problem was caught when it was. Keep up the recovery.

We should have all sprung for the extended warranty... well, I guess we all have a lifetime one... it's just never long enough!

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David Harding
A Sign of Excellence
Carrollton, TX

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