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This riding season is about over, but it would be nice to find members to meet up with next summer.
I'm 57 and have to go through open heart surgery to replace a Mitral Valve. Trying to hold off until the end of March, if I can put up with the symptoms that long. Just looking for some fun rides for as soon as I can hit the road again. ?
 

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I’m sorry to hear about your heart surgery and I hope it goes as planned. I am in PA but not western. I’m in Philadelphia. I have tried asking before if any local people were in this forrum I did not find any, how ever there are a bunch of good people in here great to talk too and a ton of great knowledge about your bike here . People here are willing to help anytime! A few of these guys could write Suzuki service manuals I beleive, and in some cases know more than the actual manual .
 

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PaulPhilly, you are right. There is a lot of information available on these forums. Great people!! I have learned a lot and want to know as much as I can about the bike I ride. Do you ride in downtown Philly? I know what a rat race Pittsburgh is in a car, and Philly is larger. Be safe. If I'm going to head east next summer I'll let you know in advance.
 

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Well, I had a heart cath last Monday the 9th, and everything was fine. I find out Thursday when the valve specialist can do my Mitral Valve replacement. To much general tiredness from the valve leaking making the heart work harder and weird heartbeats from the Atrial Tachacardia. I might as well get the open heart surgery over with. It will mean I am healed more by the time riding weather comes around again.
If any members have had open heart surgery, I'd like to hear how it went.
Karl
 

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I haven't but a good friend did. He was really sore till his sternum stitched back together. You won't be doing much for a couple months. He bought velcro shoes cause he couldn't pull laces tight. On the other side of the coin, after the shock to his body from the surgery wore off he felt a huge improvement in his energy and over all health. Good luck, hope all turns out well.
 

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This riding season is about over, but it would be nice to find members to meet up with next summer.
I'm 57 and have to go through open heart surgery to replace a Mitral Valve. Trying to hold off until the end of March, if I can put up with the symptoms that long. Just looking for some fun rides for as soon as I can hit the road again. ?

Hit up HOGSLYR on the S1000RR forums
He lives In PA I used to ride with him before he moved to PA.
 

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Well, I had a heart cath last Monday the 9th, and everything was fine. I find out Thursday when the valve specialist can do my Mitral Valve replacement. To much general tiredness from the valve leaking making the heart work harder and weird heartbeats from the Atrial Tachacardia. I might as well get the open heart surgery over with. It will mean I am healed more by the time riding weather comes around again.
If any members have had open heart surgery, I'd like to hear how it went.
Karl
I haven't had Open Heart Surgery; but I've First Assisted probably over a thousand of them!
Most were for CABG's, (bypass), but many were for Valves, Ross Switch's on Valves, etc.
Many Mitral valves, both prosthetic and Porcine. Many times we would do a valve, Aortic or Mitral usually, and a CABG at the same time too!

Common surgery- you'll be fine, you got this.

PS- The sternum is usally 'wired' together- it was one of my tasks in 'closing' the case.
Don't to too much heavy lifting until it's time/healed- of it could have a non union of the sternum.

Participate in all the rehab they will have you do, etc.

Good luck!
 

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On January 8th I had open heart surgery to replace my Mitral valve. Now that I sit at home recovering, I think, I never got time to change my oil at the end of the season. My bike is on and rear stand and covered in the garage - not in my heated basement like usual. Before I start riding again I'll have to change the oil, clean the bike and chain. It got fresh plugs and air filter last winter. I also plan to remove the CAT and install a MJS Midpipe. When I can move around a little more freely I'll check the battery and put a tender on it if needed. I still would like to be able to bring the bike inside as soon as I'm able, and have some help.
 

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On January 8th I had open heart surgery to replace my Mitral valve. Now that I sit at home recovering, I think, I never got time to change my oil at the end of the season. My bike is on and rear stand and covered in the garage - not in my heated basement like usual. Before I start riding again I'll have to change the oil, clean the bike and chain. It got fresh plugs and air filter last winter. I also plan to remove the CAT and install a MJS Midpipe. When I can move around a little more freely I'll check the battery and put a tender on it if needed. I still would like to be able to bring the bike inside as soon as I'm able, and have some help.
Take it easy after the op. If you must get the bike inside now, hit up some friends to do it for you.

Planning what you’re going to do with the bike and planning some rides when you feel better is a good thing to do. Remember that the bike or parts are replaceable- you’re not!




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Ozsyd600 you're absolutely right! Thanks. I've been told the easier I take it these first six weeks, the quicker I'll recover. I trust the surgeon!
 
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