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Old 19 March 2019, 17:42   #1
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Ribbing after surgery!

Hi guys just been told I need bypass surgery!any of you guys had and returned to ribbing? Thanks Bob
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Old 19 March 2019, 17:49   #2
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Hi guys just been told I need bypass surgery!any of you guys had and returned to ribbing? Thanks Bob
I think you'll find a few have done so - I won't mention names.
I've known men take a year to really recover. Use of anti-coagulants may be an issue in what can be a fairly bumpy environment.

I tell a story about going for a physical exam with my doctor a few years back. He looked in horror at the extensive bruising on torso and limbs and asked me if everything "was OK?" It was just the usual bumps and knocks from boating but I'd not fancy it if I had to "be careful" as it were.
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hi Bob,
Good luck with the surgery,I'm sure all will be fine.
Can't see why that should stop you ribbing.
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Hopefully no coags fingers double crossed!! Just want to get back to sea!!Thanks for your replies Bob
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I know 3 people who’ve had bypass surgery.
Two of them needed the surgery mainly as a result of their own lifestyles.
Inactivity/overeating/excessive weight.
The third, a keen cyclist, who watched what he ate but who inherited heart disease, high cholesterol etc.
All three of them took 9 to 12 months to recover and all three reverted to their old lifestyles.
Needless to say, 2 of them claim they’ve never been the same since their heart ops. (I’d say they’re exactly the same - overweight, unfit, and unwilling to help themselves)
The third was back on his bike within 12 weeks and says he’s fitter and feels better than ever.
All the ops took place over 10 years ago and they all say they probably wouldn’t be here today without having their bypasses - it really is a lifesaver.
I’d say, take your time to recover, follow the specialists advice on post op exercise and diet and use this life saving surgery as a catalyst to do even more ribbing.
Good luck & speedy recovery
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My mum had bypass surgery 12 years ago, she was back sailing dingys 8 months later, she's now 80, still going strong, and nagging to come out on the RIB with me when she visits this summer!

My very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Think of it this way, your arteries were blocked before, that's why you had the attack/surgery.
Well, they aren't now are they?
So get on with it-life, I mean.
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Neighbour of mine had a triple bypass some years ago. In his 50s & reasonably fit.
Followed the advice of the doctors etc for rehab & within a few months was back sailing again.
He & his wife had done quite a lot of flotilla sailing around the Med & still do although they also have a 32' Benetau which they keep at one of the marinas on the Orwell.

Good luck & a speedy recovery!
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Thanks guys feeling more positive now but not going to scrape antifoul yet!!
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Hopefully no coags fingers double crossed!! Just want to get back to sea!!Thanks for your replies Bob


I’m guessing that we’re of a similar “certain age” where we are thinking “I’ve got a good 20 years left in me, after that it’s a bonus”. I don’t want to look back in 20 years wishing I’d done this that or the other. If it’s wasn’t for the miracles of modern medicine, you’d probably be in a box in the next couple of years, you’ve been offered a golden ticket, take it & don’t waste it.
Grab life by the balls & give it a squeeze.
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