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Good evening I'm been a big fan of John's since 1973 when Crimson played the Academy of Music in Sept. of that year with Spooky Tooth and Strawbs. Now those were concerts!!That was in NYC and fast forward 34 years later and I just heard John had what I had last October 2006. A triple bypass. I had 8 coated stents in my arteries that collapsed and the night I had  a 4th row ticket to see Barbara Streisand I had the bypass. My point is this although I'm a drummer they take a artery from your leg to replace the bad artery after they split open your chest like a lobster. This is where his bass playing may be a bit unconfortable. Before the  operation both arms are threaded with a thin wire and you're up for the process. It hurts. You're not put out after all the tubing is in place. When you wake up you freak because your're dreaming about Billie Piper but in reality you have a tube shoved down your throat and because it was a triple his stomach will look like it has 4 0r 5 stab marks from the tubing. They'll give him painkillers and eggbeaters and sleeping is not an option. I love John's playing and singing but please give him more time to recover.Off camera Letterman and Philbin are hurting. Plan the tour at a later start, we would all love to see John play until he turns 100 and then he can stop and just produce. My prayers are with you and make fast friends with the nurse practishioner. Your life is in her hands. Take it slow I've been with you for 34 years , I'll be there another 30(I got heart problems that's all I can promise).

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Im sure JW is taking great care of himself and making sure he is doing it in a very healthy manner!!  JW will be back strong and ready for Bass b0mbs in 08!! peace phan!!

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Yikes.... I know my first task of tomorrow is to toss out anything that has even brushed up against cholesterol!

Take all the time you need for recovery, John!

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Well,Stent,old boy--spot on! That's all ringing painful memories for me. By the time we do our first shows it will be over 6 months since the op. The state of my vox after the 'tube' is a worry at the moment.
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John..the vox will be ok..but all in good time my man.The Rams are the worry!


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Rams up creek without paddle. This season could be excruciating.
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John was that really you? I had to take a nitrostat. Your "vox" will be perfect,hell I'm back to yelling at my wife at full volume(JUST KIDDING!!!). The occasional chest soreness will always come around,make sure your road crew  carry everything and never move a Marshall stack unless you have enough booze in your system to bear the brunt. I pray you're pain free and the drugs prescribed are at a minimum.

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Fascinating insight, SB--painkillers at minimum and alcohol at zero, as per usual,thanks.
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Amen. Yelling at a minimum too, no?

And, erm, Johan, when the time comes, I think there are several people more than willing to grab your Marshall Stack for ya.  I'm just sayin.'  Fnah.

Not that I know what that is, or anything.


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Very thorough explanation of what a by-pass procedure feels like, stentboy. I hope it will help us all (including me ofc ) not to zerg John about getting back on stage too soon. He is our Master not our enemy : P
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Once your sternum heals you should be free to lift whatever you were lifting prior to the surgery, unless your doctor advises otherwise.  Hell, you've got stainless steel holding it together now, once the bones fuse it should be quite stable.  But as for any chest 'soreness', a crucial differentiation needs to be made.  There's muscle soreness that we all get, which is certainly normal as your thoracic muscles heal from the surgical insult, but if you're having chest pressure or burning, esp if accompanied by sweating or shortness or breath, get thee to an ER, stat, do not pass go, do not collect $200. 

Just about all of your post-op pain should be gone in around 3-4 months (although the leg incisions, esp around the knee, can be more difficult).  If you're having regular discomfort after that, get it checked out.  Sometimes scar tissue can be the culprit.  Six months should be quite adequate to return to your previous capacity, although it does take as long as a year for some of the more micro-chemical changes to get back to normal.  Remember, it took years for these arteries to occlude, and it takes a while for your whole body system to get used to the newly improved blood flow and all of the minutiae of chemical changes that go along with it, but as for getting back to touring and life in general, 6 months should do it, especially for someone in such good spirits and strong motivation to do so.  Your doctors can tell you in much more detail how to build up to that point as you are recovering.

Topical throat sprays (those sans alcohol, for obvious reasons and also because it's a drying agent) should soothe the throat until it heals -- and it should heal without difficulty.  Sometimes it takes a while though. 

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Merci buckets,April. A couple of questions: A, Does my new metallic thorax pose an airport security threat? B,Should I let chest hair grow back,thereby concealing gash--I mean 'scar', or maintain hospital-imposed 'Britney' status?
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Johan, once the bone fuses, much of it will eventually mask the stainless steel and not be a problem in airports.  Should the metal detector buzz you, they will 'wand' you and you can then show them your pearly whites and your gash, er, scar.  Showing them your gash would be certain to cause massive security concerns (not to mention serious hounding by the press).

As for whether to let your chest hair conceal said ... evidence, whatever floats your aesthetic boat; however, there IS the sympathy it might elicit.  (Note the spell check of that last word).

Stentboy -- I'm sorry you had such a horrific time of it, that's far from the usual course CABG patients usually experience.

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As for 'maintaining hospital-imposed Britney status', I trust you're going to let the hair on your LEG grow back, eh?  While you're at it, please pass me a mental handi-wipe.

(ever notice that scar rhymes with fnar?) 

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My intrepid cardiologist referred a lot to 'cabbage'.
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