Maybe it is just as a friend says: “Just a matter of aging”. But seems like there are a lot of top senior tennis players on the mend. Here are some of their stories…
- Bob Dilworth/Hip replacement (of a hip replacement): “So far very good results from the posterior surgery vs. DAP. Problem pre -surgery has been fixed and I just finished multiple weeks of PT. We depart for Naples 11/19. Anxious to start hitting some tennis balls.”
- Evert Jonsson/Double heart bypass:
“25 days after double bypass. 21 days after homecoming.
First 30 days you are only allowed walking and no more than 10lb lifting.I record daily vital signs (bp, temp, oxygen, pulse, weight, breathing) and Fitbit (steps, rest pulse, sleep score, sleep time) data recording.
You watch for sudden changes, such as weight gains that could be signs for liquid build up. Then you need a doctor’s visit. For me, biggest issues have been sternum soreness and diminished lung capacity.
Step count has risen from 2,000 on second day at home to 11,000-12,000 steps/days now. Lung intake has improved from first morning at home 1300ml to today 2200ml. I think my intake before the operation was 2500ml. First days at home I got winded during easy walks.
Observations the first three weeks:
Lost weight, a lb. every 3 days. It has now stabilized. Fred Drilling had similar experience. Energy effort is different. A normal walk before operation was in Fitbit terms at fat burning mode. Now it is in cardio mode.
Doctor’s visit 3rd December. Hope to be cleared for more activities. Arriving Naples 9th December, starting heart rehab. Easy tennis against backboard and my wife.
January hope is to play easy dubs with you guys.”
- Fred Drilling/Quadruple bypass + knee replacement + spinal surgery: He was spotted at Costco by a friend and told him: he feels great and hopes to be back on the court in January.
- John Berry/Knee replacement: “I’m back playing and my knee is fine but my game needs a lot of work. Biggest problem is getting my feet to move and work properly for tennis. I couldn’t be happier with knee replacement decision. I’ve been playing 4 times a week for about 3 weeks. We are up north for Turkey day then back down for the season.”
- Mas Kimball/Pancreatic Cancer: “I was diagnosed on November 3rd with a high degree of certainty of a cancerous tumor on the tail of my pancreas. That was about 4 weeks after I first felt the effects of lower abdominal pain. It was quite a process of getting an appointment with my PCP, then an appointment with a gastroenterologist, followed by a colonoscopy and the CT scan. It was the CT scan that showed the tumor. I’ll be going in for Endoscopic Ultra Sound the week of 11/10 which will take a closer look at the tumor and take a sample for biopsy. Hopefully, by the next week, the medical team will be able to prescribe a treatment regimen.”
- George Wachtel/ Heart?? After following Evert’s lead and getting a CT Calcium scan test – which came back with a very high reading of 1,400 (0-400 being OK) – I went today for a series of heart tests to see what, if anything is wrong.
They started first with and Echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the heart muscle. I think the ones I have had before took about 10-15 minutes; but this one lasted 35-40 minutes. Don’t know if this was their standard procedure; or if the tech saw something that concerned him.
Then, it was off to the nuclear stress test….
- Establishing an IV in my arm and injecting the nuclear stuff,
- Shaving areas on my chest to attach the electrodes,
- Waiting half hour for the stuff to circulate,
- Sitting under a huge camera for seven minutes of heart pictures,
- Hooking up the electrodes and getting a baseline heart rate (“Wow, he is only at 33 beats a minute!”),
- Walking on the treadmill and trying to get to my “target maximum heartrate” of 121 (220- my age x 85%),
- Not getting any higher than 103 (and me sucking wind pretty good at that point),
- Going to Plan B and injecting chemicals to simulate the higher rate,
- Sitting for another half hour,
- And back for a final round of heart pictures!
And lastly (after 4.5 hours of poking and prodding), they fitted me for a heart monitor that I will wear for three days; and then mail to California (!) for them to read and send the results back to my cardiologist, who will meet with me December 8th to tell me what they have found.
Do YOU have any to add? Let’s hope we all — and all of YOU — stay healthy!
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