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Florida Native
I went in for a heart cathetiaztion on November 29. I ended up going to cardiac ICU for 8 days and having a heart bypass. I then spent 3 weeks in rehab. Today, I came home tethered to Oxygen. Not sure how long this is going to last. I was wondering if other have had a satisfying camping life after having a bypass. We had a lot of trouble with the surgery and that is why I was in ICU for so long. I am hopping my lungs get better and I can ditch the O2. I did learn why the call it ICU. It is because of those gowns that have no backs. I see you.
Texasrvers
Lindsay,

I can't speak to what life is like after a bypass, but I do wish you a quick and full recovery.
mdcamping
Hope your recovery is quick and your soon back to enjoying camping.

Mike
John Blue
Good to see you back on line again. I thought you has stop worked here. Wife had open heart surgery (bad valve, no bypass work) and spend 50 days in Tampa Gen couple years ago so you did OK. It will take time to get back to your old self but it will happen. Hang in and life will get better soon. Keep the post coming. smile.gif
dalsgal
I'm sorry to hear you had to go through that. My mom had triple bypass, with complications, in September. On top of that my dad died while mom was in the hospital. She will be 84 on Monday and she is up, driving, doing pretty much anything and everything she wants to do. Keep pushing to get yourself back to your "normal" busy self.
fpullanosr
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Dec 30 2011, 07:19 PM) *

I went in for a heart cathetiaztion on November 29. I ended up going to cardiac ICU for 8 days and having a heart bypass. I then spent 3 weeks in rehab. Today, I came home tethered to Oxygen. Not sure how long this is going to last. I was wondering if other have had a satisfying camping life after having a bypass. We had a lot of trouble with the surgery and that is why I was in ICU for so long. I am hopping my lungs get better and I can ditch the O2. I did learn why the call it ICU. It is because of those gowns that have no backs. I see you.



QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Dec 30 2011, 07:19 PM) *

I went in for a heart cathetiaztion on November 29. I ended up going to cardiac ICU for 8 days and having a heart bypass. I then spent 3 weeks in rehab. Today, I came home tethered to Oxygen. Not sure how long this is going to last. I was wondering if other have had a satisfying camping life after having a bypass. We had a lot of trouble with the surgery and that is why I was in ICU for so long. I am hopping my lungs get better and I can ditch the O2. I did learn why the call it ICU. It is because of those gowns that have no backs. I see you.



I am a full timer. Had 4 bi-passes, aortic valve, 2 carotids and a pass maker in DEC. 2010. Did 3 months of re-hab and still on the road, after six month hyattis.

I coded 1 1/2 days after surgery and had to stay in CCU for 1 wee extrak, then telemetry floor for 2 more weeks. Spent last NYE and New Years in hospital.

Although back to traveling, Planning now to settle down in one place since keeping up with follow up medical appointments is getting cumbursome.

The key to getting better is diet and mobility. Need to do lots of walking. Aint EZ at first.

Good luck and good health in 2012.

In NJ now planning on Venic Fl. by mid Jan.
Onemoretrail
Lindsay:
Glad to hear you are out of the hospital and on the mend. Hope you recover quickly. My wife had a heart valve replacement which involved open heart surgery. Recovery time was expected to be 16 weeks. The wife managed to get better before that time elapsed. She had some difficulty getting her meds just right, but once she did it was smooth sailing. The operation was over two years ago and she is now in the best shape she has even been in over 10 years. Wishing you the same. smile.gif
Glenn
Florida Native
My wife has promised me a RV trip to Nova Scota stating in June. I am hoping that it will be enough, I still require O2, but am working hard to get off it. I am 68 years old and not ready for the couch. I am so week now, a 100 foot walk put me down. I have lost 25 pounds and have to keep up the weight loss also.
pianotuna
Hi Lindsay,

I'm certain you will be using your pole on the trip to Nova Scotia. Just be slow and steady in your improvement.
RV Camper
Hang in there and keep working at it as there are many out here on the road who have traveled that road as well. We will put you on our prayer list!

My wife just had an ankle replaced with metal, but that didn't keep her from making a dual skydive to celebrate her 70th birthday last June. Follow those doctor orders and keep on working at it and you can come back!
GandJ
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Dec 30 2011, 07:19 PM) *

...I did learn why the call it ICU. It is because of those gowns that have no backs. I see you.


Glad your sense of humor is still intact! Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, LR.
Florida Native
I went to the lung Dr. today and got permission to use oxygen at night and on an as needed basis. I have a good oxygen testing meter and have been doing well without it for several hours. I think I see RV'ing in my future.
Texasrvers
That's good news, Lindsay. You'll be good as new before you know it.
nedmtnman
Hey, great news.
dog bone
I can't help with the bypass thing, but I do know if you want to do something bad enough it will get done. I know you enjoy camping.
I'm glad you are getting better. I'd bet on you making back.
Happy camping. Have a blast in Nova Scotia.
FosterImposters
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Jan 9 2012, 04:24 PM) *

I think I see RV'ing in my future.


Oh Lindsay, I am so glad you are on the mend! Keep a daily journal of all your POSITIVE steps in recovery, (and in life). It will absolutely amaze you, AND help tremendously on those days you feel not-so-good.

You CAN return to the life you enjoy. May have to modify eating and/or walking habits, but it's better than the alternative.

Cheers and blessings
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Florida Native
Best day yet. My brother and double first cousin came up from Fort Myers and took me out to lunch. First time out in 6 weeks. Had healthy lunch, then came home, looked in my shop and then spent 30 minutes sitting on my dock. All this without being tied to my oxygen per yesterday's Dr. visit, I had to take a nap when over, but I can really see some progress.
John Blue
Lindsay,

Sounds to me like you will be back in gear by spring if not before. Keep up the good work and enjoy this nice weather we now have here in FL. smile.gif
rgatijnet
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Jan 10 2012, 07:27 PM) *

Best day yet. My brother and double first cousin came up from Fort Myers and took me out to lunch. First time out in 6 weeks. Had healthy lunch, then came home, looked in my shop and then spent 30 minutes sitting on my dock. All this without being tied to my oxygen per yesterday's Dr. visit, I had to take a nap when over, but I can really see some progress.


Glad to hear that you are on the mend. It takes time and everyone is different. You have to go at your own pace and listen to the doctor. I'm sure that you will be back behind the wheel in no time. smile.gif
chowhound
Lindsey, I am so glad to hear of your progress. Foster's right keep a journal of your progress each day. Don't over do it just try a little more each day but get plenty of rest. I look forward to hearing of your adventures this summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you our friend.
Florida Native
Thank You. I hesitate to post the link below which is a 1 plus minute video about open heart surgery. It isn't for the faint of heart (pun intended). I am continuing to get stronger daily. I do have some setbacks. I am also trying to lose weight, which isn't easy. My wife, Nancy, being a nurse is a great help. I have nominated her for sainthood. I am still shooting for the end of May for our next trip. If gas is way up, Nova Scosia is not going to work. My lung capacity is up to 2500 cc which is about double in the last several weeks. Prior to the surgery it was close to 4,000, so I am still working to increase it. This involves a torture machine that inhale from and measure. Usually brings on coughing fits which helps the lungs. Enjoy the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SBMgh7IVGg...player_embedded
gsbogart
Hi Lindsay
I am age 72. Had open heart surgery in January of 09. 3 bypasses in the vicinity of the widow maker. 5 days in the hospital.
12 days after surgery, I was on a cruise ship for 7 days to St. Thomas. Doctor said it would be the best re cooperation he could suggest. (We had booked six months before the surgery)
Went to Cardiac rehab for 13 weeks, and then bought a treadmill for the house. I use 15 to 20 minutes every day with bursts to 4.5 MPH. Feel great, and have lost 36 pounds. My chest is still numb on one side from all the nerve cutting they do. Aside from the massive scar on my chest, one would not know I went through such an ordeal.

Exercise, and proper food is the secret to my success. I don't use alcohol or smoke, and am a retired firefighter. Had a construction business while I was on the department, and worked hard labor most of my life.
My brother, a retired police officer, died from Cardiac arrest when he was 59. I have to feel if he had taken the precautions I did, he would be alive today. I was lucky.
I had two doctors tell me nothing was wrong, but I persisted after symptoms I felt uncomfortable with.

Good luck in your rehab.
Florida Native
I had a relapse and had to go to the ER. I was rel short of breath Tuesday morning and my heart was going up to 140 with a walk in the house. DW took me for my scheduled DR. (lung) and he took one look at me and sent me to the ER. (about 1 PM). The did a lot of testing and sent me to the room about midnight. I had a lot of fluid outside my lungs and it was stopping them from inflating right. I spent two nights and after IV Lasix like given to race horses to get rid of extra fluid, I was doing laps around the hospital floor. I came home and then this morning, I am back to short of breath (SOB my wife says.) and am going to DR. tomorrow morning. They seem to think that the problem relates to my 8 day stay in the cardiac intensive care with congestive heart failure. This is the congestive part. I am afraid I will hve to start over on my PT. I had been working so hard on it. The Beast's supervisor told me I had been too aggressive with my physical therapy and to slow down. Now, I'll have to start over I am afraid.
dalsgal
Lindsay, you do realize you don't have to try to conquer the world all by yourself don't you? You are right to want to do all you can to help your recovery but it doesn't happen overnight. Slow down so you can heal properly. We don't want to have you spend more time supporting some hospital when you could recover and start back supporting campgrounds. Please take care!!
pianotuna
Hi Lindsay,

Moderation needs to be your watch word now.

Sorry about the relapse.

Sending you all good wishes.
Fitzjohnfan
Lindsey, I know this isn't your situation, but maybe it will be inspirational or at least good read:

Back in the '60s or early 1970s my family became acquainted with Lou Hamilton and his wife through FMCA. They traveled extensively in their motorhome until his wife was diagnosed with kidney failure. At first, they thought her dialysis treatments 3-4 times a week would end their traveling, but then Lou got to work on their motorhome. He installed an oversized clean water tank, two water filtration systems, and a 2nd generator in case the first one failed. Then, he designed and built a dialysis machine on the back of the coach (I think they have portable units now, but definitely not back then). With this setup, they were still able to travel and do the things they loved.

The point is, I know if you take your time, and put up with the setbacks, you can get back out there.

Good luck and our thoughts are with you.
Florida Native
The Doctor has changed around my medications and it is getting better, but nowhere near where it was. I am trying to stay positive, but it isn't easy. My wife has been just wonderful through all of this and deserves Sainthood.
vincee
Lindsay, just keep plugging away at it and remember your health isssue didn't pop up overnight so it will take a bit of time to be right back on track. Knock on wood I don't have these issues but I still find it very inspiring to read the posts from those that have overcome similiar experiences. My brother in law just went through valve replacement surgery the end of Sept. 2011 then had complications with fluid in the lungs 6 weeks later. Now he is really starting to feel like his old self (60) and can't wait for summer to get out on his Harley.

Best of Luck to you my friend, you will be in my prayers.
KentuckyCampin
Well my dad had a valve replaced in his heart last august. It took him 3-4 months to get to the point where he could get out and around pretty good. He is now doing really good and looking forward to getting some camping in this summer. He is back at work full time and the best thing you could do is exercise. He started out walking to the mailbox and back and gradually worked up to 4 or 5 blocks.
Good luck to you and happy camping!
Florida Native
I am back to where I was before my relapse. I am doing a lot of walking. The weight loss has kind of leveled off at minus 50 pounds and I can't seem to get below that. I am eating like a bird (buzzard). Trying to get back into my woodworking shop. My wife has been wonderful throughout this whole ordeal. My only problem is my doctor has limited my Viagra to 20 per month.,
John Blue
Lindsay,

Only 20 pills? How will you get by? biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Wink
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Mar 6 2012, 04:53 PM) *

My only problem is my doctor has limited my Viagra to 20 per month.,


Is that not like trying to run a Model T on dragster fuel? blink.gif laugh.gif biggrin.gif
Florida Native
QUOTE
Only 20 pills? How will you get by?



The rest of the time, I am on my own.
John Blue
O' what a drag. At this pill rate you may live to be a 150 years old. laugh.gif
Florida Native
Well, after nearly 5 months, I have brought the RV over from storage, done some repair (rewired 3 lighting fixtures, replaced engine battery, had the exterior washed, cleaned every sq inch, had the brakes checked, checked the tires, greased everything, and other assorted stuff). We are planning on making a short trip very soon. Hopefully it will work out well. I had a very hard time and had to go back into the hospital, but am doing well now. I have lost over 50 pounds and doing a cardiac rehab program 3 days a week. There is life after open heart surgery. We hope to go to a great campground we have used many times before only 70 miles away.
Wink
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Apr 29 2012, 07:23 PM) *

Well, after nearly 5 months, I have brought the RV over from storage, done some repair (rewired 3 lighting fixtures, replaced engine battery, had the exterior washed, cleaned every sq inch, had the brakes checked, checked the tires, greased everything, and other assorted stuff). We are planning on making a short trip very soon. Hopefully it will work out well. I had a very hard time and had to go back into the hospital, but am doing well now. I have lost over 50 pounds and doing a cardiac rehab program 3 days a week. There is life after open heart surgery. We hope to go to a great campground we have used many times before only 70 miles away.


Amen and Glad to hear it Lindsay. Just don`t over do. biggrin.gif smile.gif
Florida Native
I think overdoing it was what caused my relapse and second trip to the hospital. I lost about 2 1/2 months by having to start over. Getting the oil changed early next week and will be ready to go. Fortunately I married an angel that has help me tremendously.
MelindaK
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ Apr 29 2012, 10:45 PM) *

I think overdoing it was what caused my relapse and second trip to the hospital. I lost about 2 1/2 months by having to start over. Getting the oil changed early next week and will be ready to go. Fortunately I married an angel that has help me tremendously.



Glad to hear you will be back on the road soon. Take slow and easy. We enjoy your post.
Florida Native
We are now in the third day of our 2 day test trip. It was going so well, we decided to stay another day. We are taking it real easy and watching what we eat (the hard part). I am walking a lot and feel like we will be doing this again real soon. Click on the link below to see some of the photos. I will also be updating them tomorrow. Yipeeeee.

http://www.linandnancy.com/rockcrusheraftersurgery.html
Texasrvers
Hey Lindsay,

You look great. Keep up the good work.

TX
Wink
smile.gif
Way to go Lindsay.I have see and been to some of the pictures you put up.Glad it is working out. smile.gif
Florida Native
I just put up 2 more batches of photos since we are staying another day. (at same link.).
Wink
QUOTE(Wink @ May 6 2012, 06:07 PM) *

smile.gif
Way to go Lindsay.I have see and been to some of the pictures you put up.Glad it is working out. smile.gif


Your doctor sees that hamburger you are eating he is going to be on your case rolleyes.gif
But they sure are good.
Florida Native
I did pretty good on the food end of things. No fries. We ate mainly fish. We decided before we left that we would eat out all the time. Today is actually our anniversary (46 years). Who would have thought that all of this would have happened just because I call than number written on the wall down at the bus station (For a good time, call Nancy at -------).
Wink
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ May 7 2012, 03:35 PM) *

(For a good time, call Nancy at -------).

Nance see`s that post you will have more pain than you had with the bypass. rolleyes.gif
Florida Native
I think she will cut me some slack. I didn't mention that the first 3 times I called the number, it was busy.
We had to fight over that 2 1/2 pounds of shrimp last night.
Wink
QUOTE(Lindsay Richards @ May 7 2012, 06:48 PM) *

I think she will cut me some slack. I didn't mention that the first 3 times I called the number, it was busy.
We had to fight over that 2 1/2 pounds of shrimp last night.


Ha Ha That would have been enough shrimp for me in peal and eat. biggrin.gif
Newbet
Yep there's life after a triple by pass. We're still having a great time in our motor home. We just take illness seriously and stay in touch with our doctors.
Florida Native
We had another test RV trip last weekend (3 nights) and it went very well. I am thinking that I am officially back in the ranks of being an RV'er. Yeah. Got 2 more weeks of my cardiac rehab and then on to Anytime Fitness. Once again, we went to a park we had visited many times before. I think we will soon be off to do a little exploring. Thank to everybody for their kind words.

http://www.linandnancy.com/hannapark2012.html
John Blue
Lindsay,

Hang in there, life is short so enjoy it the best you can. Heart attacks are no fun. Plan the next RV trip now. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
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