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Nick Lappos - Get Well Soon

Old 25th Sep 2016, 10:10
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Best wishes, Nick, from a Brit who was always grateful for your help and advice many years ago.
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Old 25th Sep 2016, 11:47
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Sorry to hear the news Nick....Sounds like you were fortunate with those around you at the time.Am also sure you will bounce back so good wishes from the UK.
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Old 25th Sep 2016, 14:19
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Glad to hear you are ok Nick!
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Old 25th Sep 2016, 17:45
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Get well soon Nick.
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Old 25th Sep 2016, 17:58
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get well soon, Nick... I too, lost my medical after a small stroke in 2003 and a triple by-pass in 2008.... I have found we make great passengers!!!!
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 00:22
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Get well soon Nick, and come "see" us.
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 06:55
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Nick,

Speedy recovery mate ,

Take care,

Cheers
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 08:19
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I wish you a speedy recovery Nick!
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 13:39
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Nick,
The big pond is no barrier to your fame, so i send best wishes from the UK to you. Get well soon!

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Old 26th Sep 2016, 15:44
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Get well soon Nick - I have just lost a colleague to ischaemic heart disease who was younger than you and wasn't so fortunate with the medical profession.
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 16:43
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Best wishes to a speedy recovery from Brazil to you Mr. Lappos, your contribution to this forum has helped many of us.

God Bless!
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 17:28
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I am reminded of the Douglas Bader story of graciously greeting a beer hall full of former Luftwaffe pilots by asking, "Christ, I thought we killed you all!"

I am quite fully recovered with no residual damage, and feel great. Thanks to you all for the wishes and support, and the kind words!

Here is the story, an expanded one from the shorter one I sent via email to a few:

Mary and I had one heck of a scare last week that started last Sunday. I am quite well now, but the story is something! Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
On Sunday, Sept 18th, my heart went into fibrillation while sitting in Mary's Later Day Saint's church in Madison, CT. My blood pressure went to zero, next thing I knew my head went down on the pew!
As divine luck would have it, in the congregation were seven medical professionals including a cardiac surgeon. Mary organized the best CPR money could buy that kept me alive for the 10 to 15 minutes it took for the ambulance to arrive with a defibrillator. I truly owe my life to these fine folks who stopped the service and turned that pew into an ER. The team worked on me from head to foot, with a thoracic surgeon who reached to my femoral artery to call out the pulse (there was none). They switched off the compression guy about 6 times. Overheard from the team: "Push harder!", "But I'll break something if I do!" "Then Break Something!"
Their teamwork paid off, my heart and brain are entirely undamaged.
In the hospital they searched for the cause. A dye check showed that here is no heart blood flow blockage so it really wasn't a classic heart attack. Later an MRI found an inherited 3/4" growth on the interior heart wall that is the absolute cause. It is possible that my kids can have it. They will check my genetics to see. I think it is from my father's side but am not sure. On the internet: "an inherited condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which causes a thickening of the heart muscle, especially the wall between the two ventricles. In severe cases, the extra muscle obstructs the passage of blood out of the heart and may cause fainting or even sudden death. This disease usually occurs before the age of 40 and can affect children as young as age 10. It has been responsible for the deaths of several young athletes."
To fix it, a defibrillator/ pacemaker works like a charm. They put one in at Yale Hospital this week. I am home recovering for a few weeks and feel great. Mary is a great helper so I am as comfortable and happy as someone with an electric train set implant can be! My pacemaker logs onto the internet each night and downloads the days experiences for the Doctor's office.
I still work for Sikorsky and I am looking forward to retirement in a year or two but I'm having a lot of fun at work right now. I am a senior fellow for Sikorsky now part of Lockheed Martin.

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Old 26th Sep 2016, 19:05
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Glad to hear you are recovering and now have a Heart & Usage Monitoring System.
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 21:53
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Glad to hear you are recovering and now have a Heart & Usage Monitoring System.
Nice one

NL. May your recovery continue unabated.
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Old 26th Sep 2016, 22:27
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As that new fangled monitoring is a Bluetooth device....better hope your memory doesn't get deleted by a Hacker!
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 04:44
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Glad to hear you are doing so well, Nick. Very best regards.
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 13:10
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Get well soon Nick, I always take a look at every post you do and they are always worth looking at. Good luck with the recovery.
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 15:02
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Nick- Glad to hear you are doing well!
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 15:25
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Glad you're doing well and looking forward to retirement.
Guess nobody's getting your boots, Nick. (Maybe it was only my company that initiated FNGs with that question...?)
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Old 27th Sep 2016, 18:45
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Whilst I don't know Nick directly.... I must say that all of nick's posts are thought out, considered and extremely well written and focused on a technical level.

It is so ironic that out of all of us members that Nick yet again leads the way with technology and is one of the first to have an Internet of Things (IoT) healthcare device implanted.

I will chuckle intently when he decides (in a couple of weeks no doubt) to publish a list of experiments he will have conducted on himself to see how the device works and understand it's "flight envelope"..... just make sure you don't turn the darn thing off...

Speedy recovery
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