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Oct 13th, 2005 3:22 pm
docwagner Finally a question on this forum that I really know something about. If I might echo Neodoc's comments. Everyone bounces back from open heart surgery a bit diiferently. I have seen guys 5 days post-op ready to go back to work and others that are useless for 6 months or more. Alot depends on how bad off you were going in. If you did not suffer an injury (myocardial infarction or a "heart attack") before surgery and you got five bypasses you will probably do fine. As mentioned before your sternum was probably cut, unless you had a minimally invasive or robotic surgery and it needs time to heal. Like a fractured leg 6 to 8 weeks is usually enough, but if you have other issues like diabetes it may take longer. You do not want to risk an injury to your sternum, either in a fall or my lifting something heavy too soon. If the sternum becomes unstable it can be a real mess. I might have suggested you wait a full 8 weeks before riding and then riding with a buddy in case the bike falls. You could then gradually increase exercise/riding time until back to your old self, whatever that is. I assume your surgeon has seen you in follow-up and has released you and that you have good follow-up with either an internist or cardiologist.
Bottom-line take your time. Ride safely.
Oct 13th, 2005 1:44 pm
tomc1394 She knows all right, but she's just waiting until the most opportune time to use it against you. Or is that just my wife?
Oct 13th, 2005 12:45 pm
dshealey Well, it could not possibly be worse than what I did!

After my first LT totaling accident in '01, where I totaled my 4 month old, 11,500 mile LT, I was recuperating at home after 2 weeks in the hospital. I had a full upper body "Kydex Jacket" on to protect my 3 fractured vertebrae. I had a brand new black '01 LT sitting in the garage that my dealer had delivered about 8 weeks after the accident. After three weeks of moping around the house, and going to the garage and seeing that brand new black beauty just sitting there, with a tear in it's eye, I just could not stand it any longer.

I had another member who lived relatively close by (John Wilson) who had said he would ride with me the first time I took it out. I called him and said "Let's Go!"

We left home, and after about 2 miles I felt GREAT! We rode for a bout 30 miles, stopped for a quick lunch, and headed back. I was wearing my Kydex Jacket under my riding gear.

I was feeling really good, but fatigued after many weeks of inactivity. We got to the last turn into my neighborhood, and I stopped for oncoming traffic. Put my feet down, and caught the pants leg on the footpeg just long enough to get the bike started over. Already pretty weak, and afraid to put any pressure on my healing broken back, the bike went down.

As John and I were getting ready to right the bike, John said something like "Boy, are you in trouble now!" My wife had gone somewhere in the car right after we left, and just at that moment she came from the other direction, and saw us there with my brand new bike on it's side in the middle of the road.

That is one time I will never forget!

It was more embarassing than anything else, and beyond that I felt GOOD to be riding again. Soon after that I was back into my 30,000 mile/year riding again.

Yes, it IS therapeutic. Tell her that.
Oct 13th, 2005 12:00 pm
sprdoorman Hey Mike,

They are right you know - she does know. Having met your wife, I'll bet she's not saying anything because she knows how much you love riding it, and that it probably is very therapuetic.

Go ahead and bring it to Shreve. I think she'll understand as long as you convince her that you won't do anything stupid like lifting it. Take Larry up on his offer and ride down with him. Once you get to Shreve, I know everyone there will be more than happy to help you out.

Nice to hear your up and about and doing better.

See you at the Shreve
Oct 13th, 2005 10:17 am
mkiesel
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Originally Posted by neodoc
Mike, Be careful not to lift heavy objects (like the bike) because although the bones are healed, they're not completely fused and you could hurt yourself. Moreover, if you have some deficit in your heart function from prior damage, it could rear its ugly head while you're exerting yourself. Enjoy yourself, but be careful.
Thanks for the insight. I have made a promise to myself that if Katerina decides to lay down, I'm just going to get out of her way and find someone else to help her get back up.
Oct 13th, 2005 9:46 am
neodoc
I'm impressed

Mike, it's great to read how well you must be feeling to have taken your bike out for a ride. It usually takes several months to a year for someone to recover from such a surgery. One word of caution. Your sternum (breastbone) is wired together; they literally to a circular saw to it to "crack" your chest open to get to the ticker. Be careful not to lift heavy objects (like the bike) because although the bones are healed, they're not completely fused and you could hurt yourself. Moreover, if you have some deficit in your heart function from prior damage, it could rear its ugly head while you're exerting yourself. Enjoy yourself, but be careful.
Oct 13th, 2005 9:18 am
mkiesel
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Originally Posted by mkiesel
Hey, I've really tried to look as depressed as before my rides. Do you NOT think it has worked?
Ok, I must confess that I did leave Katerina backed into the garage when it's sat pulled in for the last 2 months (right next to where my wife parks her van).
The helmet, gloves, and jacket laying across the saddle may have also given my secret away. But then why hasn't she chastised me yet?
Oct 13th, 2005 7:53 am
justincase
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Originally Posted by McAllister
I hate to tell you this but, She Knows. They always do!

Well said...You're 1000% correct...She always knows.
Oct 13th, 2005 7:45 am
mkiesel
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Originally Posted by McAllister
I hate to tell you this but, She Knows. They always do!
Hey, I've really tried to look as depressed as before my rides. Do you NOT think it has worked?
Oct 13th, 2005 6:41 am
jazzbass I was wondering how long you would wait after we talked last week.

Glad to hear you got out. Think like you did when you first got her
and don't set yourself up for any off balance stops etc.

If you decide to ride to Shreve let me know I'll ride down with you.
Oct 13th, 2005 6:21 am
McAllister I hate to tell you this but, She Knows. They always do!
Oct 13th, 2005 5:36 am
pjessen Of course its Very therapeutic!

I'd make you promise to take your cell phone and to wait for help in case Miss Most of the Time decides to lay down in a pile of greasy wet leaves during your ride!

Best wishes on your continued recovery, Mike
Oct 13th, 2005 3:29 am
mkiesel
Fogive me Delila

I just couldn't take any more!

I'm 7 weeks post-op from quadruple by-pass surgery.
I'm still not supposed to push, pull, or lift more than 30 pounds.
I hadn't ridden for more than 2 months.
Katerina just sat there ... looking more lonely every day.
I just couldn't stand it anymore.
I took her out for a 12 mile ride on Tuesday - did about 30 miles yesterday.

My wife doesn't know yet! ------- It could get ugly.

What are my chances of convincing her that it's therapeutic?

I want to ride to the Fall Foliage Folly and clambake that the BMWMOC is hosting this weekend.

Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to break the news to her - or should I just secretly load the bike up and go?

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