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Shot my compound today - 1st time since surgery

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Last shot I took with my compound would have been the day before early fall bow because I did hunt opening morning, but didn't see my EAB doe that day and then I was getting tests done and then surgery after that.  Since my rehab nurses cleared me for 90 lbs. on Friday of last week, I thought I'd try a few shots today.  Funny how tough it was to draw back since my shooting muscles were out of practice (I shoot some all year round normally).  But there was no pain, so that made me feel good.  First two shots a bit low, so I buckled down and focused and put the 3rd shot in the bullseye of my Blob target with a Muzzy 3 blade 100 grain.  That's it for today.  I'm afraid of overdoing things still, so I'll make sure I feel fine tomorrow and shoot some more until I rebuild my shooting form this spring.

 

Man, I can't wait to sit in a tree again this fall, even "The Tree"  (hear that, Rusty?)  :)

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Awesome man! Glad you were able to take a few shots and NO pain is a great thing! As you said, take it slow, don't overdo it...plenty of time! :up:

I'd bring a helmet next time you sit in that tree if Matty is around, hear he likes to kick things! :rofl:

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Matty is probably more excited to hear this than I am.  He had to cock back Rusty's crossbow for me up in the tree because I couldn't shoot my Hoyt (that Matty originally set up for me) :)

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Matty is probably more excited to hear this than I am.  He had to cock back Rusty's crossbow for me up in the tree because I couldn't shoot my Hoyt (that Matty originally set up for me) :)

 

Matty set up that crossbow too.   :up:

 

Glad to hear you are able to start shooting again. 

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That's it for today.  I'm afraid of overdoing things still, so I'll make sure I feel fine tomorrow and shoot some more until I rebuild my shooting form this spring.

 

 

You have plenty of time before the season.  No need to rush things!

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Really glad to hear this man!!! :up:  :up:  And not just because I don't want to cock your x-bow in a tree anymore. hahaha...

 

The fact that you're back to shooting a bow...does that mean you feel all healed up? Good as new? I hope so! :up:  :up:

 

And did I really kick you in the head? I'm getting self-conscious now...I know I have occasional twitches and spasms...and I shake my legs uncontrollably...but not usually a kicker.....lol...

 

You know I had that video from that day all edited up nice...and my computer froze before I could save it. I'll have to edit it again one day and get it posted. Maybe before the 2014-2015 season. lol

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Slow and steady... Take your time... treat your shooting like working out, give your muscles a little time to recover and get stronger... :up:

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Hey Brian how are you feeling otherwise? Any shortness of breath? Any lower leg pains? Vision well? 

Just thinking of things my pop went through after his bypass.

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Hey Brian how are you feeling otherwise? Any shortness of breath? Any lower leg pains? Vision well? 

Just thinking of things my pop went through after his bypass.

 

None of those things are health issues for me, thank God.  I actually feel better now than I have in at least 3 years which is likely around the time I had a heart attack.  Mine was a silent MI, but significant attack.  I had what seemed like a lot of stomach issues which were really bouts of angina (heart pain).  That is common for long term Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer survivors to have heart issues "masked" by stomach pain due to large doses of radiation and some of the chemotherapy drugs we took.  Since surgery, all those issues are gone.

 

Cardiac rehab was 36 days over a few months (3X/week) where you work out in a gym under close supervision of specially trained cardiac rehab nurses.  They keep you taking it easy at first until they see how your body tolerates workouts and then ramp you up accordingly.  I've been fortunate in that pre-surgery, I was told my ejection fraction which is the percentage of oxygenated blood your heart takes in from the lungs and then pumps back out into your arteries and throughout your body was down to 25%.  A normal heart functions with an ejection fraction of between 50% and 65% and even world class athletes don't use much more than that.  I was told not to get my hopes up that surgery would give me more than 10% improvement.  My last echocardiogram showed my ejection fraction between 40% and 49% which was better than expected and that was before I started rehab.

 

So now I need to continue to work out with the treadmill, upright bike, free weights, squats and pushups at least 3 times/week to keep the heart strong.  Today was my final in the gym at the local hospital and my workouts have been about twice as long and as hard as the next youngest guy in my group although I am a fair bit younger than most going through that same rehab.  I'm fortunate to know that my remaining heart arteries do not have fatty build up and remain clear based on the angiogram I had before surgery.  My heart arteries were "calcified" from radiation and my widow makers (main artery that runs down the length of your heart) was 100% blocked, two others were in the mid 90% blocked and the 4th was in the mid 80% blocked range.  With my aortic valve also severely stenotic (didn't open and close properly any more due to radiation), I was lucky I survived my heart attack, whenever it was.  The surgeon did a quadruple bypass and replaced my aortic valve with a mechanical valve instead of a tissue valve (pig, cow or human cadaver) because of my relative young age.  Nice to be called "young" when you're 48, going on 49 in May   :)

 

So we never know what life has in store for us.  At age 27 I was club racing mountain bikes, hunting and fishing all day and weighed 195 lbs.  Then cancer struck and life changed.  Twenty years later, the heart went out from those cancer treatments and now they've bolted me back together a second time.  In my walking stress test last week, they scored me in the highest percentile cardiac patients can be in and I was actually "cleared for activity including lumberjack", so I should have a few more good years left in this old body.......and no, don't ask me to cut down your trees and split your firewood.   :)       

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I can't even imagine all the struggles you've been through. Thanks for sharing. You have really motivated me to shape up! Keep up the great work and that positive attitude!

 

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I can't even imagine all the struggles you've been through. Thanks for sharing. You have really motivated me to shape up! Keep up the great work and that positive attitude!

 

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Thanks NJfarmgirl.  I just want to be there to walk my daughter down the aisle one day and grow old with my wife by my side.  But if that's not in the cards for me, to have at least lived life to the fullest while I was here and to make a small difference in my little corner of the world.   

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Thanks NJfarmgirl. I just want to be there to walk my daughter down the aisle one day and grow old with my wife by my side. But if that's not in the cards for me, to have at least lived life to the fullest while I was here and to make a small difference in my little corner of the world.

Ok ok now. Stop making me cry! :)

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Ok ok now. Stop making me cry! :)

 

 

Hey now!!!  At least he didn't say he wanted to walk Matty down the aisle.....

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well its good to hear you'll be around for another year or 2.. Congrats.. :birthday:

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Good to hear , It gives me some hope . Tired of carrying my compound and looking down a scope without looking forward to recoil.

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