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#26 Darren Drake

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

Mark at my place with his Zeiss Telementor. We were testing it by aiming it into my 18 inch with an insertable artificial star.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Hi Mark,

Sorry you had to go through heart surgery, but I'm sure that you will feel so much the better for it. Slow and steady wins the recovery race. The stars will wait for you till you're ready, I promise! Take care!

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

Mark! Get better soon!

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:59 PM


My dad had a quadruple bypass a couple of years ago and today he's feeling better then ever he says. You will too. Rest up. Wishing you many, many more years of splendid nights at the eyepiece and fun-filled days playing with these great toys of ours.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:29 AM

Mark speedy recovery, :grin:
Debbie and I are praying for your health and heart. If we were closer we would be at your door. C&D (avepeople

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:13 AM

Best wishes for your recuperation, Mark (Australia)

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:03 PM


Wishing you a speedy recovery.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:07 PM

Hey Mark - glad to hear you're all fixed up; get well soon!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

Hi Mark,
hurry up and recover we miss you.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

Keep on tickin', Mark!
Best wishes and a speedy recovery from the left coast.
Clear skies and apple pies!

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

Speedy recovery!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:43 AM

Hi Mark, praying for your health and a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:15 AM

Hi Mark,

Glad the surgery went well. Hope that you up and about soon and doing the things that you love the most.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I just spoke to Mark and while he is getting better it was a very difficult time and there were complications that required another trip to the OR and he has been in great discomfort. He will be in rehabilitation for about 2 weeks and then be at home about 12 weeks before returning to work. His vision has been affected by high blood pressure and he hopes it can be improved with treatments. So while it was a very difficult first few days the surgery was literally a life saver as his condition was very bad and he was not aware of this until his last doctors visit. So it will be considerably longer than expected before Mark is active in the hobby again but he will be back and posting here on CN. He was very happy and appreciative to hear of the well wishers here in the classics forum.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

That's great news. Lets pray for a speedy recovery.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:51 PM

So sorry to hear about this! Hang in there Napersky Mark, all will be better in no time! Your diet will change dramatically, and you will eventually gain back your strength for full recovery - this is my second year anniversary after my own heart attack with complications and following 2-week stint in intensive care; with many doctor visits thereafter. But after this all passes, you will feel as good as new, and healthier to boot.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

I talked to Mark and he is doing much better. He has not had any internet accesss. He thinks he will be able to return home Saturday but it will still be a while before he can become active again. Also his vision is affected but still he hopes that can improve. I'm hoping we may hear from him here by the later part of the weekend.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

Thanks Darren for the thread and for everyone's kind wishes and prayers. The surgery was indeed life saving. 14 months ago I end up in the hospital with a 500 blood sugar count after a routine 6 month blood draw for my high blood pressure. The ER doctor back then ordered an EKG as I responded yes to mild chest pain. The EKG failed as a fluke, my electricals were fine and subsequent EKGs but this triggered my Cardiologist to order an Echo Doppler the next day which revealed two things.

First I had a congential condition of 2 leaflets instead of the standard 3 in my aortic valve. Second Severe Aortic Stenosis. The pressure gradient was a 44, 40 being severe.

The Cardiologist said that I would need to retest every six monnths. The next test the presuure gradient rose to 48 and the test I had a few weeks ago showed accelerationn to a 59. Surgery and valve replacemennt was necessary immeidately, I was given 1 week to get my affairs in order.

The day before the surgery I had an angiogram which confirmed the aortic stenosis but revealed that my cornary arteries were "excellent" so no additional bypass surgeries were necessary. Thanks to 12 years of my mom's Cardiologist's care with Crestor and hight blood pressure medicine.

I am home now recovering, my cousins showing themseleves to be closer than brothers to me, as I have no siblings. I am only on one blood pressure medicine instead of the usual four and my blood pressure is excellent almost unbelievable.

The fluke failed EKG and subsequent diagnosis of aortic stennois and valve replacement saved my life I might not have lasted another 6 months.

I really should change my screen name to "Swine Heart" as I have a pigs valve now.

Wonderful to see the replies from all my online friennds.

My eyesight is really really bad as the high blood pressure from the stenosis burst blood vessels in my retina. However I expect all to return to normal after a course of treatment.

For a while there is no telescopes or lifting more than 5 lbs per arm. I am happy to be home.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Glad your on the mend, Mark. Best of luck to you!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

The stars will always be there Mark. Gotta look out for number one first. Take care!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

Great news Mark and more important than any telescope, congratulations on a new lease on life.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:55 PM


Take care of yourself! Don't dkip the meds and listen to the docs!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

Or BraveHeart.

That is a **** of a journey to accept as an elective. Godspeed Mark.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

Great to hear you're home and on the mend, Mark.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

Hi Mark. :p I'll let Donna know that you are home and doing as well as can be expected. I'll bet it's nice to be out of the IC unit. Be so ever thankful for family be it close or extended. Take care my friend. ;) Mike

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