Thinking Of Packrat...

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Turtle's Comment
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I've posted before that Turtle aspires to be a dispatcher. Obviously.

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Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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There is evidence that laughter is good for the heart.

I, for one, wasn't up to date about the recovery process after a heart transplant. This has been interesting to follow PackRat's experience. What really blows me away is that he will probably be back to work that soon. I had a hip replacement and I was off work for 3 months. But a heart transplant? Amazing.

PackRat's Comment
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Update on continued progress. Had the fourth biopsy yesterday and lab results this morning show good numbers, so no rejection. Decreasing the meds each week, but many more weeks to go until these are not being taken anymore. Follow up visits right now are weekly for the next few weeks. Thanks for all thoughts and prayers.smile.gif

Bird-one's Comment
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Great news Packrat. Sounds you'll be back on road in no time.

Turtle's Comment
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My man, that's great to hear!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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PackRat, what’s the recovery like? How much exercise do they recommend you get? Any special diet restrictions? It would be interesting to hear some details about the aftermath of a heart transplant.

PackRat's Comment
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Three meals a day, with each one being up to 35 carbs. I can have one snack about three hours after dinner, with that one being under 25 carbs. Changing medicines around weekly, or sometimes daily, depending on how my stomach reacts to them. Some days I’ll do several walks, and other days I’ll not leave the bed because of visits to the bathroom, or being lightheaded from the medicine. Try to have movement and exercise as much as I can stand without overdoing it.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Have you lost a lot of weight during this?

Marc Lee's Comment
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PackRat. Amazing!

You are truly inspiring!

I hope to do even remotely as well with my little upcoming procedure.

PackRat's Comment
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Have you lost a lot of weight during this?

When I was first in the hospital, I was on a fluid intake restriction of 1500 milliliters per day. That’s three Dasani water bottles a day (16.9 ounce each). I had to have my output amount of urine measured each time I went. After that reached 18 liters, I stopped counting! I have dropped more than 45 lbs, with most being fluid that my non-functional heart could not expell. I had been building this up since the early Autumn of last year, the time when my condition really started to go downhill.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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