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Hi Fiends.  Yep, you read the title right, I am still alive!

cabgI had a quadruple bypass operation on Thursday, November 10 after being admitted into the hospital on Tuesday, Nov 8.

Visa Assistance

Tuesday and Wednesday, my two pre-op days were used to teach me about what to expect, for the nurses and doctors to take vital signs so they knew what baseline to expect, and generally just get ready for the pending surgery.

My surgeon for this operation was Dr. Victor Hofileno.  I really liked this guy, an excellent surgeon and very nice guy.  Dr. Hofileno sent for me to be brought the the Operating room at about 12 Noon (I was his second surgery of the day).

Upon entering the Operating Room, I was introduced to my surgical team.  I was particularly interested to meet my Anesthesiologist, Dr. Philip Valencia.  Dr. Philip is the nephew of a friend of mine.  We had never met before, but I can attest that he did a great job because I fell asleep in only a couple seconds and don’t remember a thing!

Time in the Operation

The doctors expected that this surgery would require about 4 to 6 hours.  As it turned out, the doctor came to talk to Feyma after 11 hours and informed her that they were closing me up, so the overall length of surgery was around 12 hours in all, or nearly so.

I really have to give Feyma credit for sitting there waiting for 12 hours to get news!  That had to be a real ordeal.  Throughout this entire process Feyma has been simply amazing!

Multiple Operations

Really, Bypass Surgery is more than one operation!  In my case, it turned out to be a series of 4 operations.  You have:

  1. Operating on the harvest site in my left leg.
  2. Operating on the harvest site on my right leg.
  3. Operating on my heart.
  4. A few days later they had to do a fairly simply follow up operation which I will explain at another time.

Basically the “harvest site” operations (#1 and 2 above) are the places where they went into each of my legs and harvested veins that were then transferred to my heart to replace my damaged arteries there.  I had expected that they would take a vein from only one leg, but as it turned out, they took veins from each of my legs.

Recovery Room

When I woke up from the operation, which was sometime in the early morning hours of Friday Nov 11, I was, it seems, a bit agitated.  I don’t remember everything that happened there, but I can vaguely remember some of it.

I remember when I first woke up, I was thinking – “Wow, I thought was going to have an operation, what happened?”.  At that moment I glanced down to my chest and saw that it had a big bandage on it, so I quickly realized that I had already completed the operation, just didn’t remember it happening, of course.  I also noticed that I had a breathing tube going into my mouth, so it all because pretty obvious.

Basically, when I mentioned that I was agitated upon waking up, what it all came down to was that I was very thirsty, I mean VERY thirsty.  I requested some water and was told that I was not allowed to have any water.  This upset me because my mouth was very dry.  I started telling them things like “I am paying for this operation, and I want some water” and such, but they said that at the time it was not allowed for me to drink.  Ha ha… I argued a bit, and being under the drugs, I said some inappropriate things.. but I did not get my way!  Upon learning of these things in a day or two, I humbly apologized to the doctors and nurses for my behavior. 🙂

My roommate

After I got calmed down in the Recovery Room, I figured out that I had a roommate in there.  I could not see her, but, from time to time I would hear a toddler crying or talking with her mom.  Turned out that there was a 2 year old girl, Princess, who was in recovery at the same time that I was.  Princess and I would follow each other along the same path over time (next to the CCU – Cardiac Care Unit).  I never got to meet Princess, but I did meet her parents and I will tell you more about her in a future article.

Blending together

Because of the effect of drugs and such, truly, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday tend to blend together in my mind.  It is difficult to distinguish between these days for me.

Over the next few weeks I will be writing much more about my heart surgery experience, and also about how you can get medical treatment in the Philippines at a reasonable price.  Today, I just wanted to kick things off by letting everybody know that I made it through the operation, and get started on what exactly happened during my hospital stay.

Overall, I want to let you know that I am doing very well.  My recovery is going pretty much as I planned… which means that it is going faster than the doctors and nurses expected!  I have been home for nearly a week and a half now, I am up and around.  I go out and about… for example, I go to SM or other malls (but not frequently), and do other things.  I am feeling great.  I have a lot of bruises, cuts, aches, pains and such, but underneath all of that, I can tell that the fires are burning inside me, and that I am feeling good.  I can tell that my level of energy is higher now than it has been in years.  So, with a little more time to get rid of some of the aches and pains that go along with major surgery, I know that I have a bright and healthy future ahead of me!

It’s another good day to be alive!

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Pete
Pete
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Bob and glad you are doing well!

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  Pete

Thank you Pete, Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

ScottD
ScottD
4 years ago

Bob it is really great to hear you are doing so well after your surgery! I hope you continue the amazing progress you have had. God bless you sir!
Looks like I will hopefully be moving to the Philippines the week of New Years. Going to start my new adventure in the new year in a new country. I cannot wait to hold my daughter! I am truly bless and it gives me thanks on this Thanksgiving day here.

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  ScottD

Wow, Scott, your time for moving is coming up quickly. I wish you the best of luck with that, and thank you for your comment also.

Mike Coyne
Mike Coyne
4 years ago

Glad to hear it Bob. Wishing you, Feyma and your kids a wonderful Thanksgiving.

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  Mike Coyne

Thank you much Mike. I hope you and your family also enjoy a great Thanksgiving today.

LeRoy Miller
LeRoy Miller
4 years ago

Very good news to hear and I’m sure, even better for you.

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  LeRoy Miller

Thank you very much. I also consider it to be a really great piece of news myself.

Brent Finger
4 years ago

Glad you are looking better Bob. One day at a time.

Bob Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Brent Finger

Thanks Brent, Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Renne Patero Subido
4 years ago
Reply to  Brent Finger

The Lord is good Bob! He needs you to do something more here on earth.

Bob Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Brent Finger

Indeed, Renne. Thank you so much for your guidance and the help from Philip!

David B Katague
4 years ago

Glad to know everything went well. Have a rapid recovery, Bob Martin

Bob Martin
4 years ago

Thank you David, I appreciate that very much.

Byron Watts
4 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Bob!

Glad you’re getting up and still kicking!

Follow the new rules.

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  Byron Watts

Thank you so much Karen. I hope you also have a great Thanksgiving today.

Dennis Glass
Dennis Glass
4 years ago

I am happy to hear the good news

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  Dennis Glass

Me to Dennis! Thank you very much.

Patrick D Duffey
Patrick D Duffey
4 years ago

Wellllllll, this is truly something to be grateful for! !!!!! Yes, Happy Thanksgiving and all the blessings to you and loved ones!
Thursday, Friday and Saturday sounds like deja Voodoo to my 80’s lifestyle? ???
I am so overjoyed for your success and of course your wife Feyma always by your side!!!!!!!

God bless you and all~ Patrick

MindanaoBob
4 years ago

Hi Patrick! Thank you, my friend! I never got into the whole drugs/party scene.. maybe I was just getting my share over the past couple of weeks! The price is high though.

john.j.
john.j.
4 years ago

Welcome back Bob, just remember to do as you are told!!!!! lol.

MindanaoBob
4 years ago
Reply to  john.j.

Ha ha.. OK, I will do that. Thanks John.

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