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Haird

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It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:46:53 AM »

Today, I rode into work!  It was glorious!  You don't realize just how much something you enjoy doing is missed until you can't or are restricted from doing it.  I don't have a bass boat, 4 wheeler, golf clubs or sports car.  We enjoy riding the bike as our recreation (and going to Vegas... ;D ).

God is good!  Praise to Him that on November 14 last year, I had a heart attack.  No previous symptoms, just wake me up at 0300 and 100% blockage in the main artery which leads to a stint in the emergency room.  During the stint process, my cardiologist (Dr. Sheth... "A" number 1 doctor) was looking around my heart and couldn't find one artery.  Stayed in the hospital for a couple days while they searched and found it in between two other arteries (birth defect) where it had been pounded 24/7 for 57 years.  Doc said they normally don't find these things (1 in a 1000) except in an autopsy...that can get your attention.  I ran for years (3-5 miles a day) and have hiked all kinds of trails (spent a week in the Grand Canyon hiking, hiked the bottom 250 miles of the Appalachian Trail and most of the confederate battlegrounds all over the south) and all SORTS of invigorating activities (some I'm not at all proud of) with this defect.  I look back at all of this and know that He is watching over me. 

I could'a been gone on many occasions and when I wasn't anywhere close to the example He wanted from His child, He still didn't allow this errant artery to kill me.  He allowed the heart attack so one of the best cardio doctors in the SE (who "happened" to be on call that fateful morning) could find it and put me in touch with one of the best heart surgeons in the SE, Dr. Hall (another "A" number 1 doctor).

Double bypass surgery on December 26th to repair the defect (and he decided to bypass the stint due to some additional issues he found past the stint).  Again, God is good, He is the great physician.  I wasn't due back to work until the end of March but went back a month early.  Recovery has been very good, cardo rehab is the best (and I highly recommend it if you are ever in a similar situation) and, after the update visit with Dr. Sheth yesterday, I'm completely released for "normal" activities and back on two wheels.

In the grand scheme of things going on in the world today, me being back on the bike is as significant as a grain of sand in the Gobi desert.  There are others here on the forum that have gone much longer away from our sport (and some that can't ride anymore) so I'm aware my joy is relative to my experience, but it's joy nonetheless.  I know God is working in all situations and still has plans for Vickie and me here on earth...otherwise I would already be singing with the saints in heaven instead of posting this thread... :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 08:16:46 AM »

good to hear you are doing well
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 08:27:10 AM »

ride on, brother!! :carrot: :carrot: :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 08:36:23 AM »

Great news Haird. Glad you are doing well.


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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 08:40:03 AM »

 The Best to you Haird and good to hear you are back to what frees your spirit. The Good LORD has had his hand on your LIFE from
the time you gave it to HIM. 
 LIVE Free and don't take for granted where it comes from.

 Yours in CHRIST
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 08:46:42 AM »

Great news. Apparently  God isn't through with you here on earth yet. He must have something great planned for you. Welcome back.
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2019, 10:16:52 AM »

Haird, Welcome back to the saddle. Happy Easter!  :huepfenjump3:
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2019, 11:08:47 AM »

Happy for you. I went through Quad Bypass 2 yrs ago. Blessed and thankful I can get on my bike and ride to Sturgis or anywhere I want.


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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2019, 11:29:06 AM »

Welcome back Haird! Being in the right place at the right time helps with heart problems. As you said , God has a plan for you as he does for all of us. We must put our faith and lives in his hands.

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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2019, 12:44:56 PM »

Welcome back Haird! Being in the right place at the right time helps with heart problems. As you said , God has a plan for you as he does for all of us. We must put our faith and lives in his hands.

Mike
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What MIKEYTEE said.  Warmed my heart (no pun intended) to read your words Haird, & glad you lived to tell the tale in the way you told it.
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2019, 02:59:07 PM »

Double bypass on Dec 26th, eh?  One heck of a way to spend Christmas & New Year, I'd say.

Thank goodness everything went well and you're back in the saddle, fit as a fiddle!

Here's to many, many more much happier Christmas holidays for years to come.

You're absolutely correct... God is good!
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2019, 03:22:19 PM »

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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2019, 11:17:09 PM »

Glad you're doing good. Yes, God is loving,caring & gracious. Take care my friend & brother.
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2019, 08:44:35 AM »

Glad you are doing so much better.  Ride safe and enjoy life!
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2019, 09:27:44 PM »

Great to hear!
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2019, 03:20:34 PM »

Thanks for the well wishes, prayers and support folks....we can never have enough prayer either lifted up for others or on our behalf.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you"
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2019, 07:23:06 AM »

God Bless,
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2019, 09:38:19 AM »

Thanks for the well wishes, prayers and support folks....we can never have enough prayer either lifted up for others or on our behalf.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you"
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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2019, 06:21:41 AM »

Just seen this glade your doing well Howard !!! I was though the same thing 8 years ago with a quad bypass a tough recovery
when they split your chest. Keep Riding Brother !!!

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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2019, 01:42:18 PM »

Yes sir God is Great! Praise him for the full recovery and allowing you to get back to doing what you enjoy!

We just had a female friend we ride with have heart attack early Sunday morning around 1 am. Ended up with three stents. She is home recovery now. She was riding to DC with us again for Rolling Thunder but the Good Lord had other plans.

Good luck to you and ride safe!

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Re: It's been 6 days shy of 4 months
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2019, 05:40:42 PM »

Haird, I’m glad the Lord is watching over you.  Sounds like he is doing an excellent job of it.  Happy to hear your back on the road again.

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