The Bum Ticker
or, How I Got a Valve Job and a New Fuel Line
A heart surgery blog, before they called 'em "blogs"
"The home page of Steve Goldberger, this site is a personal and detailed account of his experience as an open heart surgery patient. The 44-year-old from Toronto, who does not smoke, is not overweight, and runs a small property management company by day and plays music at night, expresses the emotional and physical pain he suffered pre and post surgery. "I keep thinking it would be good therapy for me, and possibly others, who are about to go through open heart surgery of some sort," he writes. His journal touches on how all aspects of his life are affected by the surgery. How he sat at work waiting for the doctor's call that would confirm he was scheduled for the operation. And how the doctor initially explained that his aortic valve was leaking blood back into his heart.
By playing down the danger and making light of the pain, his story is touching. Entitled The Bum Ticker or How I Got a Valve Job and a New Fuel Line, the journal illustrates the human side of the surgery and will show all Internet junkies who log on to the site that there is nothing simple or straightforward about open heart surgery."
Reprinted from the National Post Newspaper from an article by Sarah Galashan -
Thursday, June 17, 1999
© 2007 Steve Goldberger