Greetings from Carl

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Carl Portman
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Greetings from Carl

Post by Carl Portman » December 24th, 2013, 8:47 am

I wanted to check in to wish everyone a Happy Christmas/Yuletide and truly hope that as much happiness and good health is spread around the New Year as possible. I know I do not frequent this site often but this does not mean that the wonderful friends I have made are forgotten. Far from it, I think of you all very much and still consider you to be the special ones.

I go in for a procedure on 2nd January (this includes a new ICD and hopeful repositioning of the unit) which I am so looking forward to, to stop the pain I have had for months now but it is all good. I am not one for New Year resolutions but if I were it would be to feature here more often.

You folks above all know that sometimes one just does not feel in the mood to say anything, even if there is much to say.

So, raise a glass to us, to absent friends who are still in our hearts and to the future, whatever it may bring.

Wassail xx
Right Ventricular Dysplasia
St. Jude ICD implanted 28 September 2009
Ablation on 5th January 2011
Ablation on 26 October 2011
Sotalol and Mexilitine tablets
St Jude generator replacement on 02 January 2014

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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by Eric » December 24th, 2013, 11:19 am


Wishing you and Sue a Merry Christmas. We do miss you around here. :)
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Idiopathic CHF/ EF currently @ 53%, Low point 26%
St Jude ICD implanted 6/2008 Device changed 6/2009
1 Shock (innappropriate), ICD reprogramed 6/2010
Lead revision 3/2011 due to fractured lead
53 shock storm 4/21/2011 (Inappropriate)
ICD turned off May 20111 through 8/16/2011
Lead revision 8/16/2011
VT episodes starting in August 2012
ICD Changeout 2/25/2013 St. Jude Inspire Assura
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Post by freckles1880 » December 24th, 2013, 11:33 am

Glad you posted Carl. I pray all goes well with the upgrade. Have a great and happy newc year.


Medtronic-Visia AF implanted 7-8-2016 stayed with the with 6947 Sprint Quattro Secure lead. Original ICD implant 2-4-2009. ICD turned off 10-6-17 as stage 4 lung cancer taking over.
Major heart attack, carcinogenic shock and quad bypass 10-13-08 post myocardial infarction, old inferior MI complicated by shock and CHF, combined, Atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic Aneurysm, Seroma 7 cm, left leg. Stent in the left main vein 10-7-2014

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Post by Jim and Sparky » December 24th, 2013, 12:39 pm

Carl, here's hoping your upcoming procedure goes well.

I was just thinking about those weekly sermons yesterday. I've picked some great poems and other ideas from you, some of which I have blatantly stolen and used elsewhere.

Take care! I'm sure that all of us here wish you and your relatively new bride a very happy holiday season.

MI 1/21/11; SCA's 2/3/11 and 2/4/11
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I guess my cardiologist is sort of a BS kind of guy.

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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by mykidsmom » December 24th, 2013, 2:50 pm

Merry Christmas Carl...and good luck with the procedure

hope you gave Ozzie a huge whopping Goozer from me..

Lots of love helen..
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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by Mary Kay » December 24th, 2013, 3:38 pm

Merry Christmas, Carl. You get to start your new year with a new pacemaker. Have a great year. :tree: :tree: :deer: :deer:
CHF, Cardiomyopathy and LBBB
EF 20%
St. Jude Bi Vent ICD CRT implanted September 9, 2011
7 shock storm inappropriate due to dislodged lead
damaged lead removed and replaced Sept 26, 2011
EF improved to 50% in December 2012
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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by Marie » December 24th, 2013, 5:10 pm

Happy Christmas Carl , Susan and your lovely doggies.


love and best wishes for Jan 2nd :armdown:

Marie x
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Non Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia.

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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by SuzieQ » December 24th, 2013, 10:11 pm

We miss you and prray that. all goes well with your changes.
2/11/09 MI, SCD
2/12/09 2 stents in LAD, 1 drug eluting, 1 bare metal
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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by ricatlga » December 25th, 2013, 2:41 pm

Merry Christmas Carl -

Good to hear from you. Hope all goes well with the ICD replacement.
Replaced ICD 8/30/18 with Medtronic Visia AF SureScan MRI ICD
Ablation May 2012 - Sotalol discontinued in September
VF unknown cause 1/19/2010, Medtronic Secura-VR 1-22-10
Mitral valve repair Dec 2007

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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by efpat » December 25th, 2013, 6:57 pm

Carl, Good to hear from you.

Best of luck with the new device.

Good health and happiness in the New Year!


Cardiomyopathy, LBBB, St. Jude Promote Plus CRT-D Installed Nov 9, 2009, QRS Duration - 180, EF - 25-30, EF NOW IS 50+!!!!!!

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Re: Greetings from Carl

Post by TruckerRon » December 26th, 2013, 5:56 pm

Great to hear from you, Carl. I must admit, though, that the only times I think of you is when a daughter is screaming for me to come dispose of one of the larger household arachnids.
Happy Boxing Day!
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