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Farming after heart surgery??

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Well on August 2nd I under went open heart double by pass after a failed stent procedure. I was 99.99% blocked on LAD artery. I am 48 yo and am wondering if I will be able to return to normal farm duties once ok'd by dr's. Now I am not talking about just sitting in a cab as many farmers do today. I am talking about climbing-filling silo's, leveling and capping silo after filling, climbing silo every ten days or so to let it down a door, handling-working livestock, setting augers up to bins, scooping grain ect. I think u get what I mean by now. I have made a great recovery so far but all I can do now is walk around the farm. Just looking for words from others on here who have underwent open heart and farm and have livestock. I was told I can NEVER scoop snow again and my first thought was how in the heck does a fella farm and never scoop? I have appointment with my surgeon this week and will ask him these questions as well, I hope I can at least clean up behind the sweep in a bin but don't know what dr will say about it. I have to add that I am very thankful to be alive today and feel the good lord gave me a new lease on life! Prior to seeing my dr I had been cleaning out bins and we were in the process of moving, after failed stent procedure the heart dr told my wife they didn't know how I was able to walk into hospital and that I shouldn't be alive. So once again I am just happy to be sitting here typing this.

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My Dad, RIP, had a triple when he was 55. That was in 77 and doc`s gave him a vigorous regiment after surgery. He felt great and became even more active. Heck, he and I built my house! 

But better heed the doc`s advice first. 

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Better blood flow you should have increased energy and lower stress on heart should be able to all those things much easier now. 

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I normally don't post very often but I can weigh in on this topic. I turned 30 in February. February 8th I had aortic valve replacement which was my third open heart surgery. My first surgery was 12 years ago followed by my second surgery 10 years ago. I am plagued with heart issues ranging from leaking to hardening to rhythm issues. I have 4 wonderful kids and I am as active as anybody I know. I work full time at a grain elevator and farm on the side. My cardiologist wants my to be as active as I can and I have zero restrictions. I enjoy running and yesterday morning I ran 5.5 miles. With all of that being said it is what you make of it, don't over do it but keep working at it. Best of luck to you and I hope you have good recovery.

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I have no experience here but have an uncle that underwent heart surgery and recovered just fine. He and I farmed together until he retired and wanted to take the easy chair and enjoy life. I didn't blame him. I pray for a good recovery and over all well being for you. It might be time to find a kid to help out with some of the "heavy lifting"

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The problem is the farmer lifestyle. Late dinners after all day field work. lack of proper rest; no exercise; etc. Worry and anxiety more than most professions.

My father had triple bypass in the mid 70's; first thing the Houston Doctor told him was to get out of agriculture as a profession.

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Rehab is your friend! Do as the doctor tells you and you will heal up. Remember that they cut open some major bone and muscle structure to get to your heart so that needs to heal.

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At 48---------------------you've got alot of miles in front of you.   You definitely need to heed the doctor's advice and take in some healing time-------and then they will get you started on some physical rehab.   Everybody's results is gonna be a little different-------we all are carrying a slightly different load on a slightly different chassis!!!!!

I had triple by-pass surgery Christmas of 2015 at age 72.   Had one artery 100% blocked and the rest @ 95%;  plus alot of other health issues going along with it.    Came out of surgery with three by-passes and the fully blocked artery still @ 100% blocked.   I am now age 74+ and still here----------------but doing a helluva lot less than what I was before surgery (and two years older).  Don't reckon I've got any reason to complain--------had  the blockage for a long time.  The heart surgeon had told me several years ago that I probably wouldn't make it off the table with surgery at that time.  Finally got to the point that I didn't have anything to lose---------------so, I took a chance and survived.  I get disgusted and point out that surviving and living are two different matters-----------but, all at the same time, I am still here.   Just got roll with the punches and take what life gives us--------------there aren't any guarantees (surgery or no surgery).  

I had two friends (younger than I am) that are full time farmers here locally (one 10+ years younger------------and one 15+ years younger) that had by-pass surgery at the same time I did.   They were not as "bogged down" health wise as I was and both are doing great----------------they were able to follow through on the full physical rehab program while getting their feet back under them.   I kept building fluid up in and around my lungs with the exercise and finally backed off and  worked out on my own here at home as my old body would permit.   No doubt------------a continuing program of committed exercise will be of great benefit for you in the future.

At your age----------it's no big deal if you  have to modify your physical lifestyle/activity a little.   Just do what you gotta do and what your body allows you to do.     I have a highly successful business acquaintance that always said:   "we all work for the minimum wage from the neck down".    (lot to think about in that statement)

Call me when you make 74 and give me a report------------Good Luck!!!!!!

 

DD

 

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I had triple bypass and an unknown heart attack at 49 and now about ready to turn 53 with no problems . Still farm , still work in town , after the surgery and rehab I felt better then I had in a long time . I smoked at the time and quit when this took place and never looked back . Keep your mind set right and you can come back stronger then ever ! And yes I still scoop snow and clean out bins , they say you wont run a chain saw either but I cut wood for the shop every winter. I help pick up a few square bales each year to grind for the cattle. Good luck and let us know how your doing !!  

  

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Me Too!  Day after my 60th B-day I had triple bypass surgery.  Had never had heart problems but ate a poor diet, too much fat,  cholesterol, sugar, processed foods, etc. For all 60 years.  What started with just chest pains while I'M sitting on the front step smoking,  then eat a Culver's Super Bacon at or burger, deep fried cheese curds and a frozen yogurt.  4 weeks to the exact hour the third bypass failed,  they installed two stints.  Rehab started about 3-4 weeks after the stints.  I still have blockages in the arteries in my legs, standing and walking are part time activities,   I'M seeing a circulatory specialist next month to see if that can be fixed.

With the Doctor prescribed rehab you can bounce back, but stop smoking, cut down drinking, eat better, loose that 10-15 pounds. Walking to/from the barn doing chores is better excessive than an hour on the treadmill. Your Doctor won'the understand what you do, so just let him nod and shake his head.

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My father in law had a triple at age 70. Was always very active and at that point had quit deer hunting because he had trouble walking any distance and had never been able to sit in a deer stand very long.  

After the surgery he recovered very well and actually started hunting again. He was always a tree stand guy to start the day but couldnt sit in them more than 2 hrs.  Started climbing into tree stands to hunt again  at age  75. made several hunting trips to Colorado and even Alaska. It took him a complete year to fully recover but was really strong for years after that year. 

   

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Thanks for the replies everyone! As of now (21 days outta surgery) I am doing great, I am walking at least a couple miles a day with no trouble. Just trying to get endurance up. I'm glad to see that many of you were able to return to normal duty in time. I know each case is different but I'm sure I will be able to do what I did before once healed up. I've always been a strong stout man and I think that will help. BTW my heart had no damage and the flow was 65% which they said was great. I am hopeful to work harvest like normal, will keep u all posted. Thanks again for ur replies

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Good luck 1256! Keep spirits up and exercise sensibly and your body will tell you in time what it can handle....you just have to be willing to listen!

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Hope you have a fairly speedy recovery and are able to do all you want/need to in time.

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On 8/22/2017 at 7:03 AM, twisted856 said:

I had triple bypass and an unknown heart attack at 49 and now about ready to turn 53 with no problems . Still farm , still work in town , after the surgery and rehab I felt better then I had in a long time . I smoked at the time and quit when this took place and never looked back . Keep your mind set right and you can come back stronger then ever ! And yes I still scoop snow and clean out bins , they say you wont run a chain saw either but I cut wood for the shop every winter. I help pick up a few square bales each year to grind for the cattle. Good luck and let us know how your doing !!  

  

I saw you go blowing by while I was visiting with Drawbar a couple of weeks ago.  Had two granddaughters with me.

Oldest grandson and I are planning to come up, probably in October, to scare some squirrels.  We'll try to look you up while we're in town.

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On ‎8‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 8:00 PM, Steve C. said:

I saw you go blowing by while I was visiting with Drawbar a couple of weeks ago.  Had two granddaughters with me.

Oldest grandson and I are planning to come up, probably in October, to scare some squirrels.  We'll try to look you up while we're in town.

Steve, after realizing that was you I turned around but you all had gone on . Look me up next time your around .  

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12 hours ago, twisted856 said:

Steve, after realizing that was you I turned around but you all had gone on . Look me up next time your around .  

Will do.  Still got that 14 with the DTI466?  Carter would love to see that.  And I'd like to see it again.

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