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Old 10-09-2011, 12:54 AM
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Default Open Heart Surgery, party & more...

My "big heart" has FINALLY won me a DATE...

...with a knife!

11/07/2011 = catheterization
11/08/2011 = my 4th Open Heart Surgery; Recovery time, ~2-3 months.

More information in a bit, but first...

Anyone able to or know someone who will clean my 6 cars for me yet this October?
Since my "car season" will be over sooner than usual, I will not have time to detail them, let alone get to 1,000 miles on each of them for what would've been the 3rd year in a row.

Who is IN for a "PRE-SURGERY PARTY"? Stop in for 5 minutes or all 5 hours...
Saturday, 10/29/2011
@ Beef Villa
S Elgin IL
Beef Villa
FB event:

Hard to believe he will be THREE just a few days after my upcoming OHS:
September 11, 2011 ... 10 years | Facebook

...& now, BACK TO OHS NEWS....

I've been quiet because it took me time to process the news from my 09/29/2011 appointment with the surgeon, make some decisions & prep info to share. I'm NOT scared, but I dread enduring another OHS so soon after my 3rd one ... and I'm VERY frustrated/angry at the irony of how this will affect my finances/plans/cars/vacation/road trips. I'm starting to "hate" my "big heart", literally and figuratively. Remaining upbeat is tough with so much happening and on my mind (other than the surgery). I HATE medical bills and wasting time. Life is too short!

My surgeon appointment was originally scheduled for 09/15/2011, but that never happened. If a friend of mine at the hospital hadn't sent me a message that morning asking what time I'd be there, I wouldn't have known. She noticed I wasn't on the schedule. So, I called and was told the surgeon was out of town at a conference. They CLAIMED to have called me, but the number they told me they called wasn't mine. UGH. So, LONG story short, the appointment was moved to 09/29/2011.

The trouble my "big heart" has me in now:
My ascending aorta is 5.6 at the middle; 5.3 at the root.
The aorta (to the arch) & the aortic valve will be replaced with a tissue (cow) valve; I will have a small farm inside of me! The Tuesday, 11/08/2011, surgery will be performed by Dr Russell at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

This is different than my prior 3 OHSs, done at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital...
...November 1977 ... 1st pig's valve installed to replace the pulmonary artery I was born without
...March 1987 ... 2nd pig's valve installed (outgrew 1st one)
...January 6, 2003 ... 3rd pig's valve installed (2nd one too calcified) & 1st pacemaker installed

My CHD Quilt Block:
Cort's quilt block

I appreciate ALL of the continuing support.

Good thing about the surgery is that I'll have plenty of time to read, WRITE more of my Route 66 story, plan road trips, listen to music, etc.
Though, I wish I was on a ROAD TRIP or back on the RADIO ... or both.

My Route 66 story:
When the Going is Good | Blog | Categories | Route66

My road trip (& other) pics:
Cort's Monte Carlo Collection
Picasa Web Albums - faithcubsmc2691

My radio show playlists:
Radio Show Playlists

All of the above linked from:
Cort's Web Pages

With so much happening, it's going to be a rough and fast few weeks. I have LOTS to do [pre-op appointments, move stuff out of my room, drive my cars, work, etc.], so I'll be online sporadically....


Cort | 38.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker | 5 Monte Carlos + 1 Caprice Classic
CHD.MCs.CC + RoadTrips.models.RadioShows.legos.HO.us66 = Cort's Web Pages
"Wonderin' what's real and wonderin' why" __ Andy & Terry Murray __ 'Treasures For The Road'
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:04 AM
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Upbeat! Good luck. I can't imagine what that would be like. At least you will have the recovery time to work on your other projects.
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If I lived in your neck of the woods I would be at your party. I'm too far away to make an appearance. I wish you the best of luck and hope everything goes well. You will be in my thoughts. Gregg.
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Good Luck, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:53 AM
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Being on the West Coast (and not being able to schedule time away) I won't be at the party either, but you are in the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family. Take care and remain optimistic.
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Good Luck Cort!
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Good Luck hope everything goes smoothly
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man hopefully everything goes well. i'd be flipping out if i had to have the surgery! prayers are going out for you though
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Goodluck, and i could wash those cars for you
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:23 AM
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Thank you, everyone ... sure appreciate it....

Originally Posted by Enzo354 View Post
i could wash those cars for you
All it would take is for you to make a short drive to IL some weekend....... just sayin'!



~5:30p-10:30p ... Saturday ... 10/29/2011
@ Beef Villa
S Elgin IL
Beef Villa


Plenty of hotels around from which to choose, if needed.

For "EARLY BIRDS" or "LATE OWLS", we could plan afternoon stuff as well as go elsewhere at 10:30p....

If you are planning to come, please contact me via FB...
...or PH:

...or EM:

NEPHEW TIME, 10/16/2011

I caught an AWESOME pic of him, imho, anyway...


I've added a section, #20 (The Picture), 10/16/2011:
When the Going is Good | Blog | _THAT'S THE HIGHWAY_


As in 2003, my sister will send Email updates, and this time, she will post updates to my Facebook Wall...

Those who receive the Emails or see the updates on FB are WELCOME to share those updates on the various groups/message boards.

3rd OHS:
Some of the Emails my sister sent during/after my January 6, 2003, surgery....

>>"cort's surg.", 01/06/2003, 8:14pm<<
hello all:

it is about quarter til eight, jan 6. i just arrived home from the
hospital (children's memorial).

cort's surgery took approximately seven and a half hours by our estimation.
he was told to arrive at children's memorial around six for surgery by
seven thirty, but once we arrived we were told that nothing would begin
until seven, and that surgery wouldn't begin until eight thirty. i believe
they took him into the operating room around just before nine o'clock. we
were updated about every two hours on his status, which was good with every update.

sometime between four and four thirty i think it was, the doctor came out
to tell us that they were finished, and that it would take about another
forty-five minutes to an hour to close up the opening. they replaced the
artery. they also replaced the valve using a pig's valve instead of the
human valve. there was another valve between the two heart chambers on the right
side of the heart that was "leaking" that was also repaired. they
did not have to perform the arrythmia procedure b/c cort's heart regulated
itself. that would have added time to the procedure. the pacemaker was
placed in his abdomin, and according to the doctor it is one of the best
pacemaker's available. it can be programmed from outside his body,
eliminating the need for further minor surgery to change the program if
need be.

when we left (that is--cort's best friend, heather, my boyfriend, eric, and
i) we had seen cort in the icu. since this is really the first surgery i
have been fully aware of, seeing him in the icu may have seemed more
extreme to me than it really was...he looked pale, but he was breathing
well on the ventilator. he was under sedatives to keep him from moving,
and pain killers. there were a lot of tubes running everywhere and you
could see his heart beating in a sense...but the doctors and the nurses
said he was doing well. mom and dad will be staying at the hospital until
later this evening, but will be coming home to sleep in their own bed
tonight if his condition remains in good status.

eric, heather, and i will be staying the night at home as well, and headed
back to the hospital in the morning. the nurse told me that they would
decide in the morning when to wake him up. the three of us should arrive
home around four in the afternoon (tuesday) and that will be when i will
send the next update unless his condition changes at all.

to sum it up, he is doing well, recovering in the icu. he is still on the
ventilator and has a lot medication going through him to keep him from
moving, and to help for pain he might have. they will most likely wake him
up tomorrow, and go from there on taking him off the ventilator.

please feel free to email if you have any specific questions. i will try
to check my email tonight and tomorrow morning and respond to what i can
before we head back the hospital in the morning. please excuse any
gramatical and spelling errors as it has been a long day with not much rest
from the night before...

God Bless,
Joylyn aka Cort's lil sis.

>>"cort update", 01/07/2003, 04:20p<<
hello again:

thank you all for the many emails of encouragement. this morning when i
checked email mom and dad were with me, and we were all able to look at the
emails together. i am sorry if i don't email all of you back personally...

we all slept very well last night, and that rest was much needed.

cort had a good night as well. he was taken off the paralytic medicine
this morning. when the doctors were in this morning they were happy with
how he was doing. he is still on the ventilator, and taking breaths on his
own every once in awhile. he is still not awake. mom and dad are staying
at the hospital until later this evening, and will call if he wakes up
tonight. if he does, his friend, heather, and i might head back to the
hospital tonight.

i will return to work tomorrow (wed.) and won't be able to see cort again
until tomorrow evening. i will send another update later tonight, if he
wakes up, or i will until after we have seen him tomorrow evening.

again, thank you all for the love, support, and prayers. i will pass
everything on to cort when he is aware enough!

God Bless,

>>"another update", 01/08/2003, 12:52a<<
hello again:

mom and dad were at the hospital longer than anticipated because cort was
awake and wanting to communicate some tonight. he was motioning and
writing a little bit, asking how everything went, and questions like that.
he still is not yet breathing on his own, and he motioned for his tubes to
be cleaned. he probably won't remember what all went on this evening, but
we are hoping by tomorrow he will be even more alert.

i am looking forward to seeing him tomorrow evening, and i will send
another update after i get to see him again.

again, thank you for the amount of support all of you have shown. i have
printed off so many emails for cort to read in the hospital my eyes are
crossed! ;-).

God Bless,

Cort | 38.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker | 5 Monte Carlos + 1 Caprice Classic
* PRE-SURGERY PARTY = ~5:30p-10:30p, Saturday, 10/29/2011 at Beef Villa, 1225 W Spring St, S Elgin IL *
"Watch over them for me" __ Darryl Worley __ 'If Something Should Happen'
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