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CABGs & climbing - a random info thread ...
12:22:46 PM
Wow, that's certainly a path of discovery, recovery and other overies. I've known people whose heart specs have sent specialists into conniptions while continuing to function totally well. It would be very interesting if you had an angiogram for 20 years ago to look at, maybe your heart is just a weirdo unit. Good luck and good health!
7:39:04 AM
Thanks for posting M9. Glad to read things are still on the improve with the recovery!
6:03:42 PM
Good to read of your progress M9. Isn't it a bugger when the doctor has a WTF moment? Luckily my experiences of that have been false alarms so far.
7:46:19 PM
Hey Rod, i too missed this one.
Glad to hear you're on the mend. If you need a hand with anything sing out I'm just down the road. Coming into wood season etc and I'm happy help. Or if you're looking for a reason to ride the treadlie to bright for a cuppa or I'm up for that too.

Cheers G
10:10:55 AM
....maybe the whole situation ...has come about because of another .... tho inter-related spend hours...years...standing in etts...and yor opportiitys for ...and percepion of should be doing 1z and 2z all up the sh#t...

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...ud better get bedda soon ...or ul soon look like this...

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7:02:51 PM
Thanks for the thoughts johnpitcairn and dalai.

@ kieranl; WTF moments, like sh#t, happen. I guess we are all, including doctors, on a learning curve while we weave the tapestry of life with our individual threads.

@ lightfoot; Thanks for the offer of giving a hand, though I/we have most things pretty well covered for the time being, and with every passing day I am able to do more, so all is good. I will eventually catch up with you for a cuppa though!

@ ImaSYL; I laughed out aloud at your post and reflected that it is good to still be here in order to do that!
Who knows, you could be right? ... and I will put my experience down to the sins of my youth!

Last page I wrote;
>I'm about to go for my long awaited first push bike ride in 4 months, on easy ground, to see how that goes...

I rode for an hour (11 km) on the easy ground of mostly tar, with a short section of fire trail thrown in for good measure of how vibrations and bumps of uneven terrain affects me; and I'm pleased to report that all is good, though it showed me that they forgot to put my endurance back in when they closed me up again after the retrofit.
To be sure, to be sure, I again rode for an hour and a quarter (another 11 km) the following day on mostly flat-ish fire trails with a little bit of easy single track thrown in to measure how that would go. Once again it went well, though that time frame pulls me up at the moment; as after it I feel like I used to when I finished two and a half hours of solid workout type riding when I left off last October.
~> I guess I will have to ride around the bush some more to try and find the elusive endurance thing... heh, heh, heh; though I'm still not up for anything single track other than the easiest of it.

A further observation on performance and a retrofit allegedly being kind of like being supercharged, re cardio-pulmonary efficiency generally.

At about week six I queried the Cardiologist as to an event where my breathing seemed out of sync with the activity I was doing.
I was bush walking on a track and just surmounted a short rise that was stair-like in nature and the equivalent of going up two floors in a building. Although I didn't feel puffed, my breathing was at a rate commensurate with having just finished a 200 m sprint!
She told me that was due to the Metoprolol drug she had prescribed me, and I could now stop taking it as it was obvious to her from that experience that it was now holding up my recovery progression.

Metoprolol is a drug that slows the heartbeat rate. If one is taking it and 'exercises' to a point where the body demands more oxygen, because the heart can't beat faster to get blood oxygenated through the lungs quicker, then the lungs try to make up the deficiency by going overtime to meet the demand.

It's a potent little pill only 3mm in size and I was on half dosage rate so having to cut the pills in half. She told me not to stop taking it cold-turkey, but to cut the pill into quarters and take a quarter daily for three days to wean off it.
After I got off it, my performance was enhanced magically like having a light switched on, ... though so far that is the only supercharging experience I have had in the process to date.

Other folk may experience different performance aspects with heart conditions, especially heart electrical related issues.

11:40:54 AM
Been a while, so I thought I'd update this again, in case some other unfortunate in similar circumstances ever reads it for info.

It's about six and a half months since the procedure and I've been building up the mountain bike riding over the last three to the point that I'm now back to where I was with it pre-procedure.
Am really enjoying it too, though have spread my (increased) total weekly distance over more rides than before to achieve it.

An interesting side effect of the riding is my weight fluctuating.
In the 3 months of relative inactivity after procedure it went up half a kg, then dropped a kg from that over the initial 3 months of riding.
With increased distances and effort over the last month it has dropped a further kg.
So? That is to be expected is it not?
Maybe, but it caught me by surprise because I've always been active and my (healthy) weight was always pretty stable at a level heavier than time of the procedure.

The shock of the unexpected weight loss was bought home graphically to me by now being able to clearly see the contouring of the wiring beneath the skin holding my sternum together... Doc says nothing to worry about and people who have plates/screws fitted to broken shoulder blades, etc, also often show the contouring of same.
~> There goes my modeling career I guess!
Heh, heh, heh.

Anyway, with the contouring being a question mark in my mind, I bought forward the confirmation x-rays requested by Cardiologist re sternum healing for climbing purposes, from early next month to recently/late this month; and apart from the x-ray people being zealously diligent and taking heaps such that I likely glow in the dark now, I have been given the all clear to resume climbing, but with the caveat to build up into it slowly to avoid any soft tissue type injury.
It seems to me that health professionals are a conservative lot and my best guide is how I feel while being sensitive to not over-doing it and listening to my body for any feedback.

Their caveat won't be hard to adhere to, because I did a single chin up the other day to test feel how it'd go, and thought to myself at the time that one was enough(!), so yes, getting the upper body endurance back will take a little while.

There is probably more I could say as I've thought of things from time to time, but they escape me at the moment.

salty crag
5:01:33 PM
Nice one M9, you'll back on rock soon.

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