Morning Free Association: The King

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When Henrik Lundqvist played his last game with the New York Rangers earlier this summer, it looked like it could be the end of his career as a primary goaltender. With recent news, it may be the end of his career.

Lundqvist was looking for a fresh start after agreeing to terms with the Washington Capitals. A couple of weeks ago he was forced to sit out the season after having some some of cardiac issues. Yesterday, he shared what the next step is: major open heart surgery.

 

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The aortic valve regulates the flow of blood through the chambers of the heart. It allows oxygenated blood to flow to the left ventricle and closes to disallow blood to flow backward through the heart. When the valve malfunctions, it forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. This can cause arrhythmia. An aortic root replacement seems to suggest that he may have an aortic aneurysm, a bulge in his aorta that could eventually dissect or rupture. Having the surgery will no doubt save his life but will likely be the end of his hockey career. Life is more important.

Thankfully this condition was caught early enough that he could have this life saving surgery. May his surgery be successful and his recovery full.

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Got a call from our 80 year old neighbor last night. He had fallen and couldnt get up! I know where his spare house key is stashed, so Jo and i wentnover and picked him up.... no damage done, apparently. Had him call his family after getting him into a big easy chair. Hes okay this morning. Glad we were around! His meds made him dizzy is the explanation we got. Whew.

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Glad he’s okay! He’s lucky to have neighbors he can call in an emergency!

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My mom never really had falling issues – fell once or twice, but not really the “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” stuff. My dad has had a bunch of those – usually when he would get up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom he’d be all groggy and off-balance. Had a couple of bad falls during the day, was found by neighbors each time, and we knew that it was going to keep happening (though it did get better when he got his medication changed). That was why we pushed him to enter an assisted-living facility – figured that his elderly neighbors were in an unfair position, having to scoop him up & get him medical treatment.
Getting old is not for wimps.

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Hi folks.

Amazing what doctors can do nowadays. Our neighbour had some sort of emergency heart surgery a couple of months ago. Hes more or less ok now.

The snow has made it this far south yet, but its mighty chilly and cloudy…

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Good morning!
I feel bad for Hank, but hopefully he will be fine after surgery. There is life after hockey and its pretty awesome. Hank can just go right into modeling (not an option for me, unless i wanted to be the "Before" picture!). He will probably be first ballot HOF. The only thing lacking in his resume is a Cup. Anyway, Caps have signed Craig Anderson and still have a decent back up. It might be better for Samsonov having Anderson behind him. Having the King stealing games when you werent at your best might be hard on a young fella. So, best wishes Mr Lundquist.
Ray Bourques birthday yesterday.... it ought to be a holiday in Massachusetts! Heading north this afternoon. Cant wait to be up in Happy Valley again.

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Yeah, Hank’s all done with hockey now.

I know someone with an aortic aneurysm – the docs told him – if that thing pops, it’ll kill ya. We could operate, put in a big stent, but it’s a traumatic operation, and it could kill ya. And it will take a while to recover, as well. This guy isn’t a well-conditioned athlete on the good side of 40 – he’s old enough that they decided to roll the dice on letting it go for quality-of-life issues. Not a great situation.

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Morning all. Had a dream the other night I was watching Catherine O’Hara on a talk show and an audience member kept trying to touch her back and I kept yelling “Don’t touch Catherine O’Hara!” at the TV.

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Catherine O`Hara – “Touch me not!”