LVAD... Left Ventricular Assist Device

THIS BLOG POWERED BY THE THORATEC HEARTMATE II LVAD:















PARTIAL HEART PUMP = LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE = LVAD = THE HEARTMATE II



THE LVAD ALLOWED ME to go HOME and conquer my normal and newest tasks once again.



Thank you Columbia-Presbyterian... Dr Naka and his Surgery Team, LVAD Nation, Dr Bijou & Dr Bonoan, Dr Mascitelli and Dr Shulman-Marcus!!!



AND TO THE SCORES OF PHYSICIANS, NURSES, PROFESSIONALS AND PEOPLE THAT PUSHED ME ALONG THE WAY... FORWARD.



Thank You God For I Am Blessed!



If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR

If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR
I would look like this :-)

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LVAD DAILY NEWS AND INFO FEED

21 February 2010

HAVE LVAD? WILL CLIMB! Hahaha


EARLY MORNING DEPARTURE WITH BACKPACK OF BACK-UP LVAD EQUIPMENT In The Event That Anything Fails... such as my lithium batteries, LVAD computer controller and other various equipment that sustains my life.

1st stop, my wife, the designated driver takes me to the pharmacy for my refills

ME? I ride shotgun (doctor's orders as my chest wound from the open heart surgery not healed enough in the event that the AIRBAG deploys!) I have about 1 more month before i can drive : )

AT THE PHARMACY, my wife sneaks a photo


TODAY I WANTED TO CLIMB, SO WE FOUND A 30 FOOT MAN MADE "MOUNTAIN" : )


VICTORY! I DID IT! ONCE ATOP, A PERSON BELOW YELLED UP, "ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD!" He didnt know how correct he was... " I replied to him "ALWAYS!" : )


...AND I AM TELLING MY LVAD BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT THIS HOLSTER-SHIRT MAKES LIFE EASIER : ) THE LITHIUM BATERIES TUCKED OUT OF THE WAY. NO SHOULDER OR BACK STRESS!

WHITE VERSION:


BLACK VERSION:

THESE SHIRTS ALSO COME IN A V-NECK TOO!

SEE THEM AT:

http://www.511tactical.com/

THE LVAD (LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE) BY: http://www.thoratec.com/

VIDEOS OF THE LVAD FOUND UNDER THE POST CALLED:

LVAD VIDEOS & VIDEO OF MY SURGEON
http://fromthebottomofmylvad.blogspot.com/2010/02/lvad-videos.html

and the good saga continues...

6 comments:

  1. Glad to have found your blog from your suggestion on Twitter. Keep us up to date on your journey. It is a valuable lesson for the medical community. The holster idea is great and I will share it with all the people I know who work with LVADs.

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  2. Some things that Pallimed (my blog has featured on LVADs as destination therapy. This is a big issue in the palliative care community and obviously different then your goal of transplant. Though that you might find interesting to read/blog about.

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  3. I tried one of the 511 vests but the pockets where too small on the one I tried. Didn't see the holster vests though.

    Here is what I am using now:

    Controller

    Battery

    I have been using this since July of 2009. It consists of a heavy duty belt, 2 leather holsters for the lead acid batteries, and a custom fitted leather pouch with snaps that hold the controller to the belt. One battery holster is on my left side, the other on the right. A large polo shirt conceals all the equipment. I carry the extra batteries and controller in a laptop bag.

    This has the added benefit of keeping the perc lead very close to your chest in a loop and completely contained under the shirt. Thus preventing the perc lead from accidentally being caught in a door or snagged on a object.

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  4. thanks WILLIAM for sharing the photos and insight about the LVAD... i tried to link to your blog, but was denied!? Anyway hope u get this message... thanks for your valuable info.
    josh

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  5. thanks Dr CS... i am a member of your website since i was discharged over 2 months ago! and i just sent you an email.

    thanks for the visit

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  6. You're welcome.

    No blog to link to...

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