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  1. LInn says:

    Michael-I will pray! My sister almost had to tie my bro-in-law up a few years ago to get him to see a cardiologist. He was like a brand-new person after he had his valve replaced. It was amazing! Rigorous recovery, but worth it he said later (as my sister gave her “I told you so” smile).

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linn!
    I’m hoping for the same…can’t do much these days…

  3. BrideofChrist says:

    I have a friend, 56 years old, who had open heart triple by pass surgery 6 weeks ago and he is walking 3 miles every day now! He still has to be careful lifting things, though. Michael, I am sure that you will recover just as quickly! Know that many here are keeping you in prayer for a speedy recovery.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you Bride…I’ll settle for being able to get through Costco. 🙂

  5. Em says:

    “Many here are keeping you in their prayers…”. AMEN
    Michael, if God takes you home, i will know “the end is nearer than we think. ”
    You are a voice for a real and an honest Christian walk. There aren’t enough like you! ! !

  6. Bob Sweat says:

    My 87 year old mother in law just had a valve replacement. They did the whole procedure without opening the chest. Praying that everything goes perfect!

  7. Michael says:


    If He takes me home He got tired of feeding my cats…thank you my friend.

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Bob…that’s the surgery I was hoping for…but I’ll take this.

  9. Captain Kevin says:

    Praying for you, my friend, and marking June 21st on my calendar.

  10. Michael says:

    Thanks, CK!

  11. Cathy says:

    You will be prayed for, never fear…remember He holds you close than any of the rest of us do…

  12. Michael says:

    Thanks, Cathy!

  13. josh hamrick says:

    Praying you feel the best you’ve felt in years when this is all done. Much love.

  14. Michael says:

    Thank you, Josh! Back at ya…

  15. Owen says:

    Michael, you’re always in my prayers, but I’ll step it up a notch or two now 😉.
    I’ve been through the same operation (about 8 yrs ago now), so if you’d like any personal experience notes, let me know.
    Glad to hear it’s coming up soon, I’ve been praying for that, too.

  16. Kevin H says:

    Will be keeping you in my prayers.

    May you recover feeling better than before and with an extra boost of cantankerousness.

  17. pstrmike says:

    praying for a successful procedure and quick recovery.

  18. Michael says:

    Thanks, Owen…I’ll be in touch soon.

  19. Michael says:

    Thanks Kevin…I plan on emerging utterly incorrigible… 🙂

  20. Michael says:

    Thanks, pstrmike…

  21. Em says:

    Michael @ 4:35
    Us too, that’s what we’re planning on …. 😁

    I’m old enough to recall a couple of men who went through this surgery, don’t be surprised if you are strangely emotional/sentimental for a few weeks … Don’t know what the connection is…..

  22. pslady says:

    Praying for you Michael!

  23. Michael says:


    People close to me wouldn’t know the difference…I’m pretty emotional already.
    I am worried about depression…

  24. Michael says:

    Thank you, pslady!

  25. Pineapple Head says:

    Praying everything goes smooth and you gain more vigor. And for an uneventful, speedy recovery.

  26. Em says:

    Depression? A successful surgery? Sure hope not…. Praying for NO depression! Father in heaven, keep Michael safe and servong You here! ! !

  27. Randy Davis says:

    I will be praying for you. I’m sure that your heart condition makes you tired and exhausted. I hope the surgery fixes it all and brings healing.

  28. Michael says:

    Thanks, PH!

  29. Michael says:

    Thank you, Randy…yes, it makes me always tired.
    The surgeon says I’ll be much better when I recover…

  30. Dave Rolph says:

    Praying for you Michael! You will finally have evidence to prove that you aren’t heartless at all.😜

  31. bob1 says:

    Praying for you, Michael.

  32. Jlo says:

    Praying for you Michael. Years ago my stepfather had this surgery, while he was still in the hospital recovering he went missing one night. The nurses knew he was in the hospital somewhere as his heart monitor was still registering. They searched for hours and finally found him asleep in a small family waiting room. The next morning when my mom, in all her gentleness, asked him what the hell he was thinking, he replied, I was dreaming I was still a little kid and was playing hide and seek.

  33. The New Victor says:

    My neighbor had bypass surgery. His wife told me that he went in Friday for tests and they admitted him that afternoon to monitor (wouldn’t let him go home) surgery that weekend. He had weeks of recovery, but he’s back right as rain now. I hope you have support in real life to help, if even with your kitties….

  34. Michael says:


    I’ll have a heart but it will be from a pig…. 🙂

  35. Michael says:

    Thank you,bob1!

  36. Michael says:

    Thanks Jlo…survivor stories help.
    I just want to be able to make it to the back of Costco and back to the car… 🙂

  37. Michael says:


    I will have a little support team here that includes the world’s best nurse.
    We’ll see how long they can tolerate me…

  38. Linnea says:

    Praying for a very successful surgery and a quick recovery, Michael!

  39. Outside T. Fold says:

    Michael, You’ve every best wish for a successful surgery and a swift, uneventful and full recovery.

    I’ve been the person closest to the heart valve replacement patient.

    My partner had valve replacement surgery some years back. Wildly successful surgery, and the “patient” continues to do well. The valve that pumps blood from heart to aorta had problems in that it didn’t open enough. Partner got the Ross procedure: own heart was donor, taking out valve from heart to lung and putting it where heart to aorta went. Then the “donor valve” was replaced by a cadaver valve. Advantage: patient’s own heart valve is perfectly sized to go from the one position to the other. No need for blood thinners.

    Because it amounts to a double-valve replacement, it was majorly major surgery, none of that space-age go in from the side stealth valve replacements, oh no. This was full open heart and ribs, with the whole titanium-wrapped ribs and everything (by the way, we still say “Titanium Wrapped Ribs!” to one another in comic book announcer voice). Because of that, it was a long recovery in terms of healing sternum bone. Heart itself healed faster (1 month) than bones knit back together.

    Oh, and since I was awake the whole time on surgery day, it was a much longer day for me than for the patient, who was unconscious for surgery and a fair while afterward.

    As the caretaking significant other living under a separate roof, I did all the driving and needed to be on hand to lift and carry anything heavier than 5 pounds. I was glad when that 6-week milestone arrived and the patient was cleared to carry items heavier than 5 pounds.

    Again, will be thinking of you knowing that it’s a biiiiiig deal. Hoping for healthy days ahead.

  40. Muff Potter says:

    You have my prayers too.

  41. Michael says:

    Thanks, Linnea!

  42. Michael says:


    Thank you…I will have the titanium ribs as well…I need to recover fast, I don’t have the help your person did !

  43. Michael says:

    Thanks, as always, Muff…

  44. Dan from Georgia says:

    Prayers Michael!

  45. Michael says:


  46. JD says:

    May the Great Physician and his human helpers heal your heart completely.

  47. Chris Long says:

    Praying for you Michael and sending love & hugs your way.

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