Dear Gator friends, just a short note to let you know I will be out of order or commission for a few weeks. Going down to Miami tomorrow to have open heart surgery - replacement of the mitral valve with a pig valve by a specialist, Dr, Joseph Lamalas who does this microscoply vs. sawing into the sternum. Hope this doesn't mess up my Sat. football games. Say a good Gator prayer for me and as Arnold says, "|'ll be back"!!!
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My initial surgery was cancelled as I had a viral infection. I have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30th At the Univ. of Miami Hospital by Dr. Joseph Lamales. cardiothoracic surgeon for the minimally invasive surgery to replace the mitral value with a pig valve. I will be going down to Miami the 29th for preop, then admitted to the hospital the next morning with surgery in the early afternoon. I have been on antibiotics, steroids, etc. etc. to get over the infection.
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I'm an inch away from the same thing. A not pleasant but necessary thing to do. My very best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope while you're under anesthesia your brain will re-circuit and you'll find that you are a Gator after all.
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DaytonaCane you'll do fine - I went thru the same procedure except my doc missed the memo on not cracking open the chest! It really was easier than I thought and now I pay homage to my porker ancestry at breakfast! You'll do fine, piece of cake. Come on back when you've added to your family tree and we can work on getting you the Heart of a Gator!
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