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Devocamper

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Thank you all for your encouraging words and sharing your stories , I am learning first hand that the recovery from heart surgery can be challenging but as most people that have dealt with these issues I never ever thought this would be where I would be at this time in my life. I read the stories and posts of what people did two or three weeks post surgery and feel I am a bit behind since I am not ready for some of those things maybe due to the PE in my lung but I sure hope to get there soon . Thank you all again for sharing and posting your encouraging stories .


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Having multiple heart attacks 5 vessel bypass and two strokes I am still able to get out and go.

Talk to your doctor about expectations. I felt terrible when I came home but after 3 months I was doing much better. I have had to have several stents since as two of the vessels closed.

Cardiac Rehab is also a great thing. Make sure you talk to the staff and let them know how your feeling. These people deal with this day in and out. They also can help with setting goals and managing expectations.

The most lingering thing I have encountered is a loss of appetite. Not always a bad thing if you want to lose weight.

I wish you well in your recovery and hope that you are ready to hit the road again soon.

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Hi Mike I see we are neighbors. I would try some local camping like Housatonic Meadows or Austin Hawes CG in American Legion Forrest for a couple of days and see how you do. I think you have a TC from looking at your profile, it should be fairly easy enough to set up. I have only camped once this year myself do to family, Drs appointments and home repairs. So I will try to go up to the Austin Hawes CG and do some trout fishing next week myself. Good luck on your recovery.

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I think that your cardiologist is the best source for an answer to that question and not folks on an RV forum. Everyone recovers differently, has different procedures and potential complications. So you won't get your answer here. You will from your doctors, so ask them. I have had 3 heart procedures in the last 4 years, none of them bypass. My recovery was quick. But that was me. Chuck

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chuckbear wrote:

I think that your cardiologist is the best source for an answer to that question and not folks on an RV forum. Everyone recovers differently, has different procedures and potential complications. So you won't get your answer here. You will from your doctors, so ask them. I have had 3 heart procedures in the last 4 years, none of them bypass. My recovery was quick. But that was me. Chuck



Absolutely the best answer. Additionally, OP states he underwent triple bypass, so I'm thinking he's under care of a doc that cut him open and a cardiologist. Both would weigh in I would think. In any event, I wish the OP a speedy and complete recovery. That stress test likely saved his life.

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Thanks for the reply’s they are very much appreciated, I have a will continue to go by what my doctors say but they are not campers or have rv ‘s ! In posting my question here I was just looking for comments from real people that have been through the recovery and got back to a somewhat normal life including camping and travel , I understand we are all different and heal differently. Thanks again for all who have taken the time to reply to my post and also the private messages of support.
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chuckbear wrote:

I think that your cardiologist is the best source for an answer to that question and not folks on an RV forum. Everyone recovers differently, has different procedures and potential complications. So you won't get your answer here. You will from your doctors, so ask them. I have had 3 heart procedures in the last 4 years, none of them bypass. My recovery was quick. But that was me. Chuck

This and how YOU feel, and only you know how your doing. I was back in a class 8 6 months after open heart.


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Moral support is absolutely post surgery therapy support. is this permanent? is a gut wrencher.

For me I found that morning doses of vitamin C help speed up healing of incisions. I don't screw-around, one gram every day. An RN helped me most. She came in with a sheath of papers and announced "You are severely anemic"

Iron pills and folic acid returned me from the near dead

When I explained to a hospital ER doctor that I hadn't taken my Rx of magnesium in several months and that caused my AFIB attack.

"Can't be! Magnesium is the most abundant element on earth (VERBATIM)"

"Gimme the ************** test"

That's been 11 years ago and THAT episode was distanced 9 years after I found a magnesium shortage was causing the weekly AFIB attacks, he walked back into the ER grasping an Rx for magnesium. "I just don't understand this (labs)"

Obey your cardiologist but do your homework about getting your body what it needs to heal itself.

I am due for neurosurgery in late August. I have lost the ability to walk.

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Mexicowanderer thanks for your thoughts it has been a slow process for me with a PE and the heart meds screwing up my thyroid but making progress slowly . I wish the best for your upcoming surgery and I hope you have full recovery.
Mike

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If the only over-the-counter medicine doctors recommend is aspirin why isn't aspirin mentioned in pre-op instructions? NSAIDS like Motrin and Celebrex is highlighted while aspirin is absent.

I had been Rx'd Isosorbid for chest pain. A dangerous medication.

It tuned out that healthy iron rich blood eliminated the chest pain 100%. The blood carried significantly more oxygen to my heart. In the DOZENS of full "labs" I had gone through not one hint of anemia was aired.

The nurse said "You have a reading of 9. If it reaches 8 we do a transfusion."

Talented specialists are a world apart from ordinary MD's.

I am now taking Gingko Biloba for memory enhancement. 99% fewer senior moments. I asked the clerk why the bottle had absolutely minimal writing on it.

"Well Gingko was double blind tested against a pharmaceutical product that was to cost fourteen dollars a capsule. gingko beat the living snot out of the Medicare ripper-offer" The medical industry went after the Gingko industry and threatened them with a mountain of lawsuits. Now gingko comes in a plain jar.

I have caught doctors in too many major screw ups to blindly follow instructions They don't even try to minimize blood thinners. No tests. That to me is a major malfunction. They wanted ME on rat poison. I told them if anything I was a border hemophiliac. I scraped a small scab off my forearm. The blood dripped down onto the exam room floor.

"Hey!" the doctor yelled "What the hell are you doing?"

"Staying alive" I retorted. "Have a nice life" I walked out.

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