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SIX WEEK REVIEW............THE JOURNEY STARTS HERE

Arrived at St Thomas in London at 11.30am one of the nurses was good enough to give me my daily Tinzaparin Injection . 12pm arrived and I had my Echo Scan on my heart which was reall6 thorough . There was a gap now till my appointment with the consultant at 3.20pm so I went walk about in London and went to covent Garden and although the temperature was only 12 degrees the sun was shining and it was great .i walked back to the hospital and arrived at 2.45pm ( I’m always early ) the appointments were running 45 minutes late and at 4pm a nurse came and took me to a room and did my BP, an ECG and my height and weight and then sat me back in the waiting room .

The consultant called me through got me to take all my tops off and gave me a thorough examination including pressing on my chest around my wound and getting me to cough !! At least I didn’t have to drop my pants and cough because his hands were cold lol 😂😂 ............ He then discussed all my results and told me my Echo showed the valve was working great so was my heart my BP and heart rate and oxygen levels were all good , my chest was clear and my lungs were fine.

He asked me if I had any questions and I told him I’d made a list on my iPad ( Typical me )

I asked how long I needed to stay on bisoprolol and he said it’s long term after heart surgery ......... shit was hoping to dump that one but apparently it’s the same for everybody . I asked when I could fly and he said once my legs sorted I could go on holiday. I asked about having a beer with my mates at weekends and he said because I don’t have a mechanical valve and I’m not on warfarin it’s not a problem . I then asked asked the ultimate question about when I could have sex he asked how my erections were and I said really good ( not bragging by the way just being honest as always) he said that’s good news as sometimes men can suffer in this area from 5he effects of the op and the meds but he advised me to leave it another 4 weeks and then take it gently think about things like position and don’t over exert yourself ( chance would be a fine thing lol 😂😂 ) so all you men out there take this sound advice.

I must say the news exceeded my expectation especially when he said he’s so happy with my progress he’s discharged me and I only need to contact 5hem if I have any major issues I don’t think my GP could sort and they would see me straight away .

I feel fantastic and I’m buzzing at the minute remember people no matter how shit it gets there is light at the end of the tunnel

Take care you lovely people

Happy Halloween

Hugs and kisses

Pete xx

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That's fab news X

Get out there and start living your life likes it's the only one you're gonna get 😉

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Don’t worry I will and thanks for your message

Pete ❤️

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Oh Pete this is great news 🙂

So pleased for you

Happy Halloween 😍

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Thank you so much

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete. I am thrilled and delighted for you. Your journey, description of your trials and tribulations as well as your positivity is an inspiration. So thank you for sharing in such an honest and open way. It has helped me and am sure many others as well.

Yeahhhhhh

Love and hugs back

Cheers

Zx

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Cheers Z your a star

Hugs and kisses

Pete x

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Great news , keep up the good work

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Hi ntiday

Thank you for your message and kind words

Pete ❤️

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Brilliant news. Have a special celebration tonight! Ann

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Thanks Anne

I will tomorrow as I won’t get home till about 10pm tonight but who cares !!!

Pete ❤️

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A new month and a new you! Ann

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November 2018 I like the sound of that already 😀😀

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Well done Pete. I am so pleased for you. Passing every test with flying colours yay!! Just love hearing a positive outcome story, it can and does happen and your proof of that, go pete!

You are an inspiration. Keep up the positive attitude it works. As they say "healthy mind,healthy body."

Like that you made a list when seeing the cardiologist, it feels good to get all the answers to the questions that crop up.

Stay positive and go and have a pint or or three 🤣🤣. Life is for living so go out and live it.....

Take care and hugs

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Hi Loving -life

Thank you for your lovely message it’s been a great day and yes life is for living

Take care

Pete ❤️

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Fantastic news Pete. You do deserve it. Live loud my friend.

Happy Halloween ❤️

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Hi Shoshov

Thank you so much for your kind words my friend I will

Pete ❤️

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Brilliant results so pleased for you now you can relax and enjoy life😃😃

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Hi jasppip

I think I can be more confident in the valve going forward so your right I can relax a bit more

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete.

I had that day too! I took a train up to London on a sunny day and made my way to St. Thomas' Hospital. After all the checks and chat with the consultant, they declared I was doing well and (in the nicest possible way) said they didn't want to see me again!

I did go back upstairs and got a hug from Sister. The sun was still shining brightly when I left, leaving me to reflect on the happenings of those 6 weeks. All the way from blue lights in an ambulance, through the actual surgery and then the fabulous care in the recovery ward and after in Doulton ward.

It all seems a long time ago now, almost difficult to believe. I've done my rehab classes and while I'm not about to run any marathons I'm a thousand percent better than I was in early June.

I know your posts on this forum have been read many, many times by people who are just starting out on the journey you and I have been through. I think there is no doubt your honest writing has been of value to many of them.

Cheers mate.

Alec.

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Hi Alec

I’m so glad you had the same day as I’ve just had and your doing really well and feel better than you did in June . We both need to make the most of the second chance we’ve been given and live life to the full

It’s nice of you to say my honest account of my journey will have helped people because if I’ve helped one person along the way then it’s all been worth the effort as that was my intention

Keep safe and happy

Pete ❤️

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Brilliant news

That answered ma lot of my questions going round in my head

Who was your surgeon

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My Surgeon was Mr Chris Young

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete,

What fantastic news! I'm really happy and pleased for you. You've had the green light to live your life to the full! Off you go and live it!

Thank you for sharing your journey with us, warts and all, not that I'm saying you look like a toad, lol.

I will be going down that route as my MV needs replacing in the future. You have given me an insight into what to expect.

You take care xx Rie

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Hi Rie

Thank you for your message if and when you go down the route of having your MV sorted please don’t hesitate to contact me if you feel it would help

I suppose for me going forward the journey still starts here !!!

Pete ❤️

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Fantastic news Pete so pleased for you. Keep smelling the roses. Take Care xxx

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Hi Jinky

Thank you so much

Pete x

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Hi Pete. That's all great news, really pleased for you! Onwards and upwards... I'm (still) waiting for news of my AVR date, which is frustrating but is what it is. But long may your good progress continue.

Nic x

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Hi Nic

Once you get your date that’s the starting point of the rest of your life I had no idea what to expect what challenges I’d face and how it would feel to be at the stage I am now I hope my journey so far has answered some of the questions you may have had but if you need to chat at some future date just private message me on the chat icon above and I’ll try to help as much as I can

Pete ❤️

Pete

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Brilliant news, Pete! Shame about the timing as I’ve only been home a week so we could have caught up and sung the praises of our fabulous surgeon!

Get on and live life to the full - I know you will anyway!

All the best and keep in touch - let me know if you are still uo for doing some charity stuff in the future for CY! I’m definitely going to!

Lots of hugs, thanks for sharing your journey! It’s helped me no-end!!!!

Alison xxxx

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Hi Alison

Been thinking about you everyday in fact check your personal emails as I sent you an email yesterday whilst I was sat in St Thomas it gives you my email and phone number so you could contact me anytime to chat if you need too

Yes I’m defo up for doing something for CY as soon as we are both capable of it

Keep in touch I hope your well

Hugs and kisses

Pete xx

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Hi Pete

Great to hear above my review is 5th December!

Looks like I'm a bit premature (pardon the pun lol😂)had me first 3 pints in 5 weeks last night and got busy in me caravan this morning lol 😂😂 3 weeks today since op !!

Did your trick Tuesday walked over 2 miles felt like shit yesterday but the beer helped lol.

Tablet review back home with GP Monday hoping the same to ditch everything but aspirin live in hope!!

Stay in touch pal keep improving and to all out there gets better day on day 👍next job find a car ! license back in 3 weeks sold me last one whilst in hospital great to be at me caravan and see all down here even though its

.issing down enjoyed trip over on the train made a change.

Chest still a bit sore when coughing but in general ok had a couple of palpitations but nothing to severe so just keep moving on !

Until next time

Martin x👍

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Martin that sounds great especially the 3 pints !!!

Good idea to go to caravan my sister had one untill 2 months ago and I would have gone to hers if she hadn’t sold it as I love walking along the coast even if the weathers not perfect.

Good your out walking as well mate it does help take everyday as it comes but try to enjoy life that’s the main thing in all this some people think they have to become a monk afterwards and spend too much time concentrating on what they CAN’T do and not actually “DOING” ........ what’s the point just go with everything in moderation and be happy pal

Pete x 👍

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Hiya, fantastic news, well done you, time to enjoy life once more and that well deserved pint 🍻 cheers, char xx

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Hi char

You so right my thoughts exactly 😀😀

Pete x

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Yay..good on you Pete... fantastic news... thank you for sharing your journey with us all...now get out there and enjoy whatsoever you choose to do...yay xx

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Hi sandran

Your welcome and I’m going too but he did say increase things gradually so being the good boy I am ( liar !! 😂😂) that’s what I’m going to do for the next few months

Pete x

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Lovely to hear that your are getting there Pete, I had my angiogram on Monday and am seeing the surgeon next Monday, this is all getting scary now :(

Denise

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I completely understand where your head is at the moment but once you’ve made your decision to get it done then you can focus on moving forward . Yes it’s scary but remember it’s good to talk and if you need too you can private message me on the chat icon at the top of the page and I’ll help you as much as I can

Pete 😀😀

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Great news Pete! I feel sure your postings have been a great help to many; thank you.

All the best for the future

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Hi Maryfred

Thank you for your kind words I hope so as I’ve had some great feedback and spoke to some lovely people and it’s helped me also on the journey by talking about it openly and honestly

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete, so pleased all is going well for you now, just get that leg cleared up and you can book yourself a nice holiday.

Joan x

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Do you know what Joan my thoughts exactly my life at the moment revolves around these injections which finish 9th November and if it’s all cleared up I can move on if not a further course of injections but you’d think 6 weeks would sort it anyway fingers crossed for the scan on the 9th

Pete x

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Nice one Pete. You're so reassuring!! Good luck mate xx

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Aahhh thank you

Cheers mate x

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Fantastic news that you have been discharged, I felt over the moon too! Onwards and upwards as they say xx

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It is a good feeling it’s like you’ve hit a landmark in the journey I know it’s just the start of a long journey but it’s still good

Pete x

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Fantastic news👍

You’ve been a true inspiration! X

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Awwwhh thank you so much

Pete ❤️

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Hi Pete,

Lovely to read your great news. You must be feeling over the moon!

My GP referred me to the surgeon /hospital of my choice and I’m extremely relieved that he will now be doing my MVR in March next year, through mini- right thoracotomy. Like you will be a fair way from home but the right surgeon was my priority.

Thanks for helping me to persevere through to this stage ❤️😘

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Hi

That’s great news that you got the hospital and the surgeon you wanted it worked for me even though I was a long way from home it was the right decision. I hope everything goes fantastically well for you.

Pete ❤️

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Great news. Best wishes going forward xx

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