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Old 10-05-2019, 11:06 AM
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My pain level around the incision and sawn open breast bone has been a big surprise to me. Except for when I cough, there is very little pain at all. The bigger issue is that I must remain flat on my back when not standing/sitting, and that gets very old. My Laz-Y-Boy, in which I “sleep” turns from a friend to a torture device each night.

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Old 10-05-2019, 11:08 AM
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Well, that stinks. I can recommend a lot of good books to read.
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Old 10-05-2019, 12:17 PM
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The sternebrae themselves have little to no nerve supply, it is the periosteum which surrounds the bone that contains the nerves, this is generally elevated back before the osteotomy so generally as you say, the pain is not so bad. GI surgery is usually a lot more painful. This is not to say that you are fine if you don't feel pain, the bone still has to heal which I would guess is an 8-12 week process let alone giving time for the bypass and valve replacement to heal.

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Old 10-05-2019, 01:44 PM
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Or maybe a few audio books as a diversion from real ones. Yes we want you fit and healthy, you still got a lot of living to do.
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:52 PM
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I once had someone say to me (in a medical/rehabilitation context) - that if you stand on a single sheet of paper, it hardly makes any difference at all. But add a single sheet of paper a day, and after a while you'll be surprised at how elevated you feel and how your perspective changes getting a few inches taller.

Welcome back and good healing Bruce - and may those sheets of paper come hard and fast.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:49 AM
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Had a chance to grab a bite of dinner and see for myself how Bruce is doing - for just a few short weeks after a major surgery, he is looking and doing great, but as anyone who’s met him knows, you can sense the frustration that he isn’t able to be back in the shop already. But, he’s getting an opportunity to read a few books he hadn’t found the time for, and catch up on some TV and movies he’d previously been unwilling to spend time on. There’s still more healing and recovery to be done, but he’s set a target date of the 1st of January to be back in the shop working. We’ll see if he can actually wait that long -
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:38 AM
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Had a chance to grab a bite of dinner and see for myself how Bruce is doing - for just a few short weeks after a major surgery, he is looking and doing great, but as anyone who’s met him knows, you can sense the frustration that he isn’t able to be back in the shop already. But, he’s getting an opportunity to read a few books he hadn’t found the time for, and catch up on some TV and movies he’d previously been unwilling to spend time on. There’s still more healing and recovery to be done, but he’s set a target date of the 1st of January to be back in the shop working. We’ll see if he can actually wait that long -
Great news. Thanks for the update Tad & you’re looking good Bruce.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:30 AM
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I agree, you look great Bruce...is it possible that a valve replacement and bypass could make a guy even better looking???
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I am hoping for higher energy and more stamina. A reasonable goal, they tell me, but there's no getting past being 72! Today I walked around the block for the first time. Small victory!

Friday or Saturday I have agreed to show someone the several string basses I own with the object of a sale. I cannot pick one up so it will be interesting. Looks like I am easing i to work mode.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:02 PM
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Wonderful news! So glad to see you're making such swift progress, Bruce.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:39 PM
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Thanks so much for keeping us posted, Bruce!

Looking forward to the next time I see you, my friend. I don't care whether you can pick up a bass. I just want to hang and chat. I'll lift the basses, for as long as I can. But, at some point, all of us, if we're lucky, will live long enough not to be able to pick up a bass.

Take care, my friend.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:17 PM
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Looks like you are wisely enjoying a Margarita! I read,recently that good tequila and good Mescal contain benificial probiotics!

What great news! Hahahahaha

Yay Bruce! Way to go

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