Hey, Jakemoore and Knotwindy, cool it please. :whiteflag:
I came here to Kiteforum to ask if there were any other CABG kiters out there, and what their experience was regarding recovery speed and kiting levels after vs. before.
It appears a have a few years left, and might well be able to form the OFKC as previously discussed (Old Farts Kiting Club) I also have a few patent applications going in for Zimmer Twintips and Incontinence Harnesses. I am also considering the design of Colostomy Wetsuits.
To clarify things....
Regarding 3 previous heart attacks....Remember, this is all happening in a very fast Spanish, with unusual accents, and under the influence of several meds.
This is how it went down. I was busy measuring up to order a new mainsail for my boat/home. I went up the main mast to measure mast bend. This involves wearing a climbing harness and my wife belaying the halyard, while I climb up hand over hand on a thick spinnaker halyard. When I got to the top, I was a bit more puffed than usual, and put it down to covid related unfitness. I came down and went on with things, about 30 min later, I felt weak, had to sit, and became sweaty and rapid pulse, low sats (85%) I am located 3 hours from hospital. Phoned a Doctor friend, she said MI, get to hospital. So, I found a car who happened to be going in to the city, grabbed one of my oxygen cylinders, my pulse oximiter, and my wife got some cash, credit cards, a change of clothes, and off we went.
Arriving at the ER, I walked in dragging my O2 and pointed to my chest saying "Infarcto" they laughed, and said "no way" in Spanish, "you would not be able to walk" I was put in a wheelchair and then they poked light sabers down my nostrils as part of the covid test. This, apparently is the protocol, here in Panama there are designated covid hospitals, and covid free ones. Only once I had passed this test (and my wife) was I allowed past the curtains to the actual ER.
A cardiologist was standing by. They did the blood test to find high necrosis values, did an interview and EKG etc and decided I needed a stent put in immediately. Off to the OR, and Zzzzzzzzzz Woke up and feeling much better, they said that they did not put the stent in, and feeling better was from the tower of IV drugs going in. Then came the news...
Part of the stent process is an angiogram, where they pump a substance into your blood to be able to see the x-ray to decide where to put the stent. They noticed 4 areas of blockage, and decided that I was a candidate for bypass. So the stent ritual stopped and I was put into recovery, as they were not set up to do the bypass right then.
Next came the discussion that refers, after 3 hours of Cardiac Sonography, they said that prior to today, I had suffered some MI's as they could see the blockage, and the "shadows" necrosis downstream. They were more asking me about if and when I had noticed them...I could only recall one, that happened just after a battle of wits between me and a large Dog Snapper at about 25 ft deep, where I had eventually shot him but, he dived into a cave, and I had to get in there to untangle the gunline and pull him out. This made me overstay my bottom time, and when I got back to the dingy I felt really bad, but could not say if I was sweating. I managed to climb out into the dink, start the outboard, and get back to the yacht, but by then I felt fine....
So forgive the long story, but I understood them to say that I had had 3 Mi's (less serious) before...and just pushed on through them.
Jake, to answer your risk factors...
Tobacco Smoke NO
High blood cholesterol especially low density lipoproteins YES
High blood pressure NO
Physical inactivity NO
healthy diet YES
Family History YES
Really, I was the last person to expect this....and this is partially my point in writing this here on a kite forum....I am passionate about my kiting, and I don't want this to happen to you!
If you, my fellow mellow kiters, have a similar profile to what I had....PLEASE go and get yourself checked out and take it seriously.
This operation sucks, it is expensive ($55,000.00 in Panama) and it messes up your life, and your loved ones.