- April 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm #12166
Tali and I wanted to let everyone know about some surgery that is in my future. About 2 weeks ago, I
had a cardiac cath done to rule out some vague symptoms that I was having. We were able to
determine that, overall, the arteries around my heart are in good shape. However, during the
procedure, we discovered a congenital defect in the aortic valve. A normal aortic valve has 3 cusps that
open and close with each beat of the upper chamber of the heart. It seems that mine has only 2 cusps.
Over time, the opening thru the valve constricts causing a condition known as aortic stenosis. If this
continues unchecked, congestive heart failure, enlarged heart, kidney failure, etc. can/will occur. The
surgical solution is to replace the valve with either a mechanical or tissue (pig or cow) valve. There are
up and down-sides to either choice. The tissue valves have a lifespan of about 10-12 years and then
they need to be replaced but during their lifespan they are relatively maintenance free. The mechanical
valves will (for all intents and purposes) last forever. But, you have to take anticoagulant drugs for the
rest of your life with all the accompanying trouble that they entail (dietary restrictions, monthly blood
tests, etc.) At least I can monitor and dose my own Coumadin, so that will make it a little easier.
The surgery is scheduled for April 15. I chose that day because, apparently under the new Obama
administration, if you need open-heart surgery and have it on tax day, you are not liable for any taxes
due for that year. It has to do with the stimulus plan or something. Actually, we chose that date
because it is after the Lake Greeson Gathering and before the impending birth of our next
So, here we are. We are looking forward to seeing everybody in Arkansas next week.
Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher, Lucy and Rocky plus our beloved Storm and Maggie (both waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050 2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4April 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm #16536
Thanks for the update Steve. We have been thinking of your up coming surgery and were wondering about it.
Never the less, no slack for you in the Lake Greeson Domino matches !
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)April 16, 2009 at 10:59 am #16626
Steve and tali left Lake Greeson early to meet his appointment for surgery in Tupelo. Though we kept on fishing, they were on our minds. Campfire conversations frequently turned to "I wonder how Steve is doing".
Then Tali called with a good news report. The surgery went well and mostly as was expected. Steve is in Post Op intensive care and doing ok. Tali was to get to see him again last evening about six PM. She thought he might be awake by then.
Heart surgery is a serious thing. Hang in there you guys, we are thinking about you.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)April 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm #16633
We’re all looking forward to more good news.
Good luck, Steve and Tali.
And a speedy recovery, Steve.
Sherry and Paul
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12April 17, 2009 at 12:46 am #16634
Steve and Tali,
Hope you have a quick recovery. Tali you take care also. My thoughts and prayers are with yall. Jam49April 17, 2009 at 2:08 am #16635
Heard from Steve this afternoon. He called on the cell phone. He sounded good. Said he had been up and walking.
Said he had a double bypass and that the surgery went well and he was feeling good.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)April 17, 2009 at 2:20 am #16636
Glad to hear Steve is on the mend!!! Do what Tali tells you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chuck n Geri n crittersApril 18, 2009 at 12:32 am #16653
Hi, Steve & Tali,
We’ve been thinking about ya’ll, and are glad to hear the surgery went well. We had a goog time visiting with you at Lake Greeson, and hope to see you again soon. Take care of yourselves,
Thomas and KatyApril 18, 2009 at 1:01 am #16656
Talked with Steve again today. He had called while we were out on the lake picking up the jugs and I missed his call.
He wanted a report on how the mornings catch had went. he sounds even stronger today ! Good news indeed.
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