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Friday, December 02, 2011      4 comments

I work as a physical therapist assistant in various nursing homes. One of the homes I work in is primarily psychiatric. I worked there today and a resident refused to work with me because she said I was a big man and my belly was too big and I w... Read more
Cardiac Rehab Update
Monday, July 05, 2010      11 comments

I have to tell you all about my latest achievement. I was at cardiac rehab last Friday and I was on an elliptical machine called the Arc Trainer. We are supposed to be exercising at 3 - 6 METS (a measure of cardiac work). I have been working ... Read more
Cardiac Rehab and Summer Biggest Loser Challenge
Monday, May 24, 2010      10 comments

Today I started cardiac rehab. It is a 3x per week 12 week program of strengthening and cardiac conditioning. I will be using treadmills, bikes, rowing machines and all kinds of strengthening machines as well as free wts. to achieve my goals. ... Read more
Wednesday, May 05, 2010      13 comments

Hello all. Thank you as always for your kind words, well wishes and prayers. I truly believe you helped me get through it. Well, surgery went without a hitch on 4/20. The 2nd half of 4/20 and first half of 4/21 are kind of a blur. I do ... Read more
Tomorrow is the big day!
Monday, April 19, 2010      14 comments

I haven't blogged about this in a while because there wasn't too much to say. I had my pre-testing done a couple of weeks ago and the good news is that I don't have an aneurysm so I can have the minimal incision although not the minimally invas... Read more
Monday, March 22, 2010      16 comments

Well I went to see the new cardiologist and surgeon today and they agreed with my "old" cardiologist. I need to have a new heart valve sooner rather than later. My ejection fraction is 43% and the cut off is 50%. Although I feel fine, they sa... Read more
Angiogram Update
Saturday, March 13, 2010      10 comments

I had my angiogram today. It wasn't too bad. I have clear arteries but my aortic valve is trashed. I cant climb stairs or drive for a day or 2, can't lift anything over 10# for a week so I have an unexpected vacation from work. My next step ... Read more
Some unexpected news
Friday, March 05, 2010      20 comments

Thank you all again for all your support. I would love to email everyone individually but it would mean quitting my daytime job. I have added each and every one of you who have visited my page, commented on my blogs and sent me spark goodies a... Read more
Update #1
Friday, February 26, 2010      17 comments

First of all, thank you ALL for the great support and prayers coming my way. I am at peace with what I wil be facing. So, since Monday, I have decided to become pro-active and do some research on different Drs. and surgical techniques. I ... Read more
Upcoming heart surgery and my WONDERFUL spark friends!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010      29 comments

I found out on Mon. 2/22 that I will be needing an aortic valve replacement surgery. I have known about this problem for a long time but never wanted to admit that I would eventually need surgery. My cardiologist told me that the results from ... Read more