Don't Phunk with my Heart
(Day 2 after heart surgery. Nice puffy hands from all the fluid in my system. That heart pillow wasn't for show. It made it less painful to cough or sneeze!)
It was 5 years ago today that I had heart surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Casale, Dr. Stella, my PA Doug Long and all the nurses & staff at the Geisinger Heart Hospital that got me through a difficult time in my life.
Before I left work, I sent out the following email.
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:19 PM
To: WILKES-BARRE USERS
Subject: ROCK'S SUMMER SABBATICAL
I thought I'd get everyone caught up on my "Summer Sabbatical" in case you haven't heard. I will be off the radio for the entire month of July.
Last October I went in for a physical, and my doc found a heart murmur. Pretty crazy because just a month earlier I ran a 1/2 marathon and had no symptoms at all. More tests determined I had a leaky valve.
Hold off on the pig valve jokes as I won't need it replaced. Thankfully. Tuesday I am having valve repair surgery @ Geisinger, WB. My surgeon, Dr. Casale, says I should be in the hospital 3-5 days and home 4-6 weeks. After that, I should be good as new and able to run & workout like before.
Have a good day,
It’s still hard to believe. One minute you are feeling perfectly fine, and the next, doctors are telling you that there are serious problems.
What did I learn from all this?
Be proactive! Take care of your body. And don’t write off those annual checkups. One exam could save your life. It saved mine!
Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is. ~Norman Cousins