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

23 February 2010

WEAN THE LVAD !

Today I had an appointment at the hospital for my LVAD weaning; it is part of a study I volunteered for. The study showed slight improvement to my native heart's function but not enough to cancel the transplant : ) ...a transplant can take up to 3 years of waiting as i am Blood type O.

I am in very good hands with the LVAD NATION, Big thanks to Rosie, Donna, Khristine, Jennifer and the vacationing Margaret :-)

EARLY MORNING SMILE FROM MY WIFE
is always a nice way to start the day...

In the Lobby of the Hospital geting ready to wean the LVAD : )

and the good saga continues...

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...