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Open Heart Surgery and my Vegas countdown timer.

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by waverunner, Feb 6, 2016.

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  1. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    Hello my fellow degenerates, i'm back......LOL. I had open heart surgery 3 weeks ago, my aorta valve was so tiny that if i didn't have surgery i would be dead in about a year (or 3 weeks in Vegas)....LOL.
    I'm home now and the nurses who come out to the house have said i'm doing really well and getting stronger every day.
    The nurses at the hospital noticed that my plan is to go back to Vegas in June, if not then the Fall. I told them that i have been going to Vegas even before most of them have been born and that even if i only go for a week this year it is still worth striving for.
    I almost had a countdown timer for my life, but hopefully my "new" life will give me 20+ years (or about 40 more trips to the promised land).

    As far as my last trip to Vegas this past November, i started to have shortness of breath in Vegas which concerned me. At first, i didn't think much of it, just an inconvenience as most days i would be fine. I decided to go to the hospital a week into January when my shortness of breath perpetuated in more times than not. My body is still sore of course ( now i know how Frankenstein feels), but i'm getting stronger.

    I stayed at Flamingo in November, not my cup of tea, i'll probably stay at the LinQ when i return, i have some good rates on my calendar throughout the year. I just didn't like the vibe of Flamingo (except for Margaritaville). I had to change my diet to low sodium (so long Heart Attack Cafe), but eating Grenola Bars, Oatmeal, more fruits and veggies, and fresh Chicken, Turkey (instead of frozen Burgers) isn't so bad after all. Now, if i can find a low sodium buffet in Vegas i'll be a happy camper.

    I still collect rewards points through Social Rewards, so that is still happening.

    I'm sure various people in walks of life who are in the hospital with a serious condition, like open heart surgery, have goals to strive for upon leaving the hospital and getting stronger.
    My goal (with the exception of seeing my friends and family once again), was being able to go back to Vegas sometime this year, probably only once this year, but a small concession considering the alternative.

    Some people in this group mentioned why they continually go back to Vegas despite the changes made there, like Clubs and less gambling revenue on the Strip etc.
    But in my case, since going to Vegas since Dan Tanna cruised the Strip in the late 70's, Vegas encompasses the total package that anywhere else doesn't. It's something i can't explain, it is what it is. And hopefully some day, many more years from now, a friend or relative will scatter my ashes next to my Dad at Red Rock Canyon.

    Thanks Sonya and others welcoming me back, are the Bally's escalators/elevators working yet?
     
  2. hotreds

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    PTL, my friend! Glad you are on the mend, and can look forward to many more trips to Lost Wages!
     
    Will give them a try!
  3. RockyBalboa

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    Wow...sorry to hear you were sick but happy to hear you're well on your way to recovery.

    Keep fighting back!
     
  4. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    Thanks guys. Ironically Vegas (in November), was where i first discovered the problem that put me in the hospital in January. Vegas saved my life.........LOL.
     
  5. Loparo34

    Loparo34 Low-Roller

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    glad your doing well..Thats scary stuff!

    By the way i just signed up with the social rewards...Ill be in vegas in less than a month. 3 weeks away...watching the videos and sharing stuff and doing the max every day would i get a decent amount of points? for 1000 points with TR whats that valued at?
     
  6. irishdave

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    Wow...glad to hear you caught it in time and are on the mend. Who knew Vegas could detect life threatening illness. Sounds like all of us should go more often!
     
  7. sybgal

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    Sorry you had those health issues but very happy to hear you are on the mend and planning a trip to Mecca!
     
  8. RockyBalboa

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    We can add that to the Vegas "pro" list.

    Someone get a casino marketing exec in here...we have proof that going TO Vegas is a lifesaving thing. lol
     
  9. Electroguy563

    Electroguy563 Over-Fried Gambler

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    Wishing you a speedy recovery and a trip to Vegas soon! Your positive attitude and fighting spirit is an inspiration to all of us.

    Godspeed.
     
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    Welcome back and stay on the fast track to a full and speedy recovery.
    Your goal of getting back to Vegas is a great motivator and you are so right, Vegas is indeed 'the promised land' for many of us!
     
  11. Blonde_4_ever

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    Wow...you have been through such an ordeal. Hope you continue to regain your strength and are back in Vegas soon.
     
  12. Lovegas95

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    Hmmm...medical tourism to Vegas! Who'd a thunk it?Feel better fast! Variance is strong with you...you beat the odds! Welcome back!
     
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    Welcome back glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. My uncle had 2 open heart surgery so i feel for you. He is doing very well today. Sounds like you have a great attitude. Hope you get back to Mecca soon and yes i was at Ballys in December and escalators were working. However, only one out of 2 were working going up to cross over to the B
     
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    Haha! Hope you are feeling up to another return to Vegas sooner rather than later : )
     
  15. waverunner

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    LOL.......thanks guys.

    What happened was the first couple of days in Vegas were for the most part fine. Then on Thursday i was walking the up escalator at NYNY to get across the bridge towards Luxor (the escalator wasn't working so i walked up the stairs), big mistake, i was hyperventilating and could barely breath. My feet also swelled up.
    I finally got back to Flamingo, went up to the room for the night (it's still only 4:30 pm). Friday and Saturday were a little better because i just stayed close by (The LinQ and Cromwell). But as most of you know i'm an advocate on walking the Strip as much as possible.
    My breathing got worse until i finally realized that something was seriously wrong. The doctors also had to string two veins together to help with breathing.
    So i also have a major scar on my leg.

    But now i can say i have battle scars from Vegas.......LOL.
     
  16. Joe

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    Heal quick! Thankfully you/they caught it in time.
     
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    As a fellow cardiac surgical patient I wish you well. I had CVGX5 (bypasses), on August 30TH, was out of the hospital on September 02. I had no symptoms, just caught on a routine cardio-gram. I was a walker and made it for our vegas vacation September 21st. Did have minor sob due to chest healing but other that took it easy. Sounds like your following doctor's orders. Try to get moving within tolerance. You got the big second roll so enjoy it. Take your meds,, walk and walk some more. Sound like your a positive person so keep at it. Wishing you the best. Al C.
     
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    Heal well. Take it easy. Enjoy Vegas.
     
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    If we ever meet in Vegas I'll buy you a drink of your choice!
     
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  20. waverunner

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    Thanks guys.
    @PP........i had a mild stroke in 2011 (from stress, i don't drink or smoke), had some therapy and from 2011 to just before Vegas 2015, i was fine (couldn't drive, but could walk everywhere). I had heart monitors on me while i was in the hospital during 2011. The doctors never told me about my aorta valve. I thought i was fine with my heart then. The doctors a few weeks ago said they could have missed it (some technical reasons), but it sure would have been nice to correct the problem back in 2011.
     
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