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My Last Post Before I Get To Enjoy Morphine

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I'll be "out" for my 4th Open Heart Surgery (OHS), Tuesday, 11/08/2011, at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, performed by Dr. Russell. The catheterization is the day prior. Until I'm feeling up to being on the computer & online again, my sister will post UPDATES (which MAY be SHARED on the groups/boards) to my Facebook Wall:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1300282613

 

My previous 3 OHSs (at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital) replaced the pulmonary valve that I was born without. The 1st, November 1977, was when the original pig valve was installed. The 2nd & 3rd OHSs (March 1987 & January 6, 2003, respectively) replaced the pig valve installed in the previous surgery.

 

This 4th OHS is to replace my aorta/aortic valve with a cow valve. My ascending aorta is "too large"; it is 5.6 at the middle, 5.3 at the root. Too bad my "big heart" has finally won me a date with a surgeon, instead of a cool female....

 

If all goes well, the "projected" return of my driving abilities is mid December & return to work is January 6, 2012 (the 9-year anniversary of my 3rd OHS).

 

 

I'm "ready" as I'll be. I'm not scared, just still dreading & "hating" the entire process, including the financial strain ... & still feeling a tad bit alone & out-of-place.

 

On a positive note, the PRE-SURGERY PARTY was great; many thanks to those that joined us that evening!!!

 

My MCs are ready for winter; just need to drive them one last time & snug them into the garage the weekend before surgery. I never did get them, or my Caprice Classic, cleaned; maybe while I'm recovering or next spring...!

 

 

Speaking of recovery, my "projects" (other than the obvious) for the next 2 months or so, include...

 

...write more of my ROUTE 66 STORY:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/category/route66/

 

...plan my 2012 ROAD TRIP (return to Georgia/Florida, along the east coast & into northern Michigan) & perhaps a short trip to St Louis along parts of Route 66.... Previous road trips (& other) pictures:

http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/roadtrips/roadtrips.html'>http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/roadtrips/roadtrips.html

http://picasaweb.google.com/knightfan26917

 

...consider WRMN's request to host part of their CHRISTMAS EVE RADIO BROADCAST. My contact there called me a couple weeks ago to find out if I would.... Previous radio show playlists:

http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/radioshows.html

 

...finish putting my room back together (after new carpeting & major re-arranging)

 

...read some new books

 

...Nephew Time

 

...misc stuff

 

...AND return to the groups/boards....

 

 

I appreciate all of the well wishes, thoughts & prayers, including those in my "Open Heart Surgery, party & more..." post/thread.

 

 

LIFE IS TOO SHORT! So long, everybody!

 

 

 

Cort | 38.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker + cowValve | 5 Monte Carlos + 1 Caprice Classic

CHD.MCs.CC + RoadTrips.models.RadioShows.legos.HO.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

"Time is a valuable thing" __ Linkin Park __ 'In The End'

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*nods*

 

Thank you ... much appreciated!!!

 

 

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Holy cow AND irony rocks!

 

 

THIS...should...be my last post before surgery....

 

The catheterization (Monday, 11/07/2011) went fine, though I was in a lot of pain Monday afternoon/evening.

 

My surgery has been postponed until Friday (11/11/2011) due to an emergency heart transplant. Disappointed I am not. Frustrated...maybe, but not any more than I already am...in more ways than one. The postponement gives me a chance to recover/relax a bit more from the cath & accomplish a few more things prior to surgery, perhaps even some of my "recovery projects" list I noted in my original post....

 

I PLAN to visit the groups/message boards & "catch up" with personal Emails & notes received, etc.; HOWEVER, I cannot promise I'll get to everything...!

 

 

 

PRE-SURGERY PARTY pictures!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2636895683885.2152619.1300282613&type=1&l=7f835748ff

 

 

NEPHEW & CAR TIME...TOGETHER!

My sister & brother-in-law brought my nephew to see my cars outside, 11/05/2011. The 11 pictures I took are here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2636914604358.2152622.1300282613&type=1&l=00a2f5dccc

 

 

 

ALSO:

I know it can be confusing to "navigate" my Route 66 story in BLOG format, so here is a list of the chapters in order...

 

...1-4:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/03/29/_thats-the-highway_/

 

...5-8:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/03/31/_thats-the-highway_-2/

 

...9, The Drive & A Revelation:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/04/03/_thats-the-highway_-3/

 

...10, Stall Tactic:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/04/06/_thats-the-highway_-4/

 

...11-12:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/04/19/_thats-the-highway_-5/

 

...13, Road Trip Rush:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/05/12/_thats-the-highway_-7/

 

...14, Late Night & A Whistle:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/05/12/_thats-the-highway_-8/

 

...15, Awakening:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/05/25/_thats-the-highway_-9/

 

...16, Train & Memories:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/05/25/_thats-the-highway_-10/

 

...17, Shopkeeper:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/06/21/_thats-the-highway_-6/

 

...18-19:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/08/11/_thats-the-highway_-12/

 

...20, The Picture:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/10/17/_thats-the-highway_-11/

 

...21, Shaping History:

http://whenthegoingisgood.com/2011/10/31/_thats-the-highway_-13/

 

 

 

Once again ... SO LONG, EVERYBODY!

 

 

 

Cort | 38.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker + cowValve | 5 MCs + 1 Caprice Classic

CHD.MCs.CC + RoadTrips.models.RadioShows.legos.HO.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

"We can take anything that comes our way" __ BJ Thomas __ 'As Long As We Got Each Other (Growing Pains)'

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