Vince Grantano

Posted by: Rich Galassini

Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 07:19 PM

I spoke to Vince today by phone. He had just been through a stress test and his doctor advised him to have bypass surgery asap. It will either be a triple or quadruple bypass and the procedure will happen tomorrow morning.

It was originally supposed to be today, but the hospital sent him home as the operating rooms were already taken. As he left for a day at home to think about it, the doctor advised him against doing anything strenuous, he should not stay up late, couldn't eat a big dinner, and advised that he not drink.

Vince shot back, "Then what the %&$# am I going home for?"

Keep good thoughts for Vince. He is the best!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 09:11 PM

Vince has my prayers and best wishes.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 10:22 PM

If he's that unstable he shouldn't be home...
Posted by: Rank Piano Amateur

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 10:22 PM

Good luck Vince!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 10:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini

Vince shot back, "Then what the %&$# am I going home for?"



Obviously, to sit around reading PW and the good wishes and energy we are all sending his way!

I'm sorry to hear the news... "bypass surgery" is a scary phrase indeed, especially when modified by the words "triple" or "quadruple." The good news is that cardiac surgery has really advanced in recent years. I'm guessing Vince will be back on his feet within days and will soon resume his helpful role of informing newbies that their "valuable antique" uprights are really worth less than the cost of moving them to a dump... laugh

Our thoughts are with you, Vince. Hope it goes well for you tomorrow. smile
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 10:39 PM

All the best Vince.

I had a triple in 1999 and look at me.
Ok, maybe that's not the best example :-)

The first thing I did when the nurses got me up to walk
was ask where I could find a computer with an Internet connection, so I could
check Piano World (I kid you not).

They let me use the one in the nurses lounge.

It's ok though Vince, you can wait until you get home.

Seriously though, you'll be fine, but trust me when I tell you...
DO WHAT YOUR DOCTOR(s) TELLS YOU!

Eat the way they tell you, exercise the way they tell you.
Get the rest they tell you, take the meds they prescibe.

Before you know it, you'll feel better than new.
Posted by: Jeff Clef

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/10/09 10:39 PM

"Vince shot back, "Then what the %&$# am I going home for?"

Sounds a lot like a memorable quote from Woodie Guthrie; unfortunately not the kind of thing you could reprint on Piano World.

Any kind of big surgical procedure is scary, but this is one that can really give you a new life. My best wishes.
Posted by: VGrantano

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 04:20 AM

It's 4:15AM, I'm due at hospital at 5:15AM. Only a 15 minute drive. A wonderful niece stayed over and is driving me.
I would like to thank Rich and all of you for the well wishes, and prayers.
Vince
Posted by: Roy123

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 07:40 AM

All the best, Vince.
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 07:47 AM

Vince,

Get well, and get back here. soon!
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 07:55 AM

It is amazing what medicine can do to make things right again.

Best thoughts will be with you today and no chasing after the nurses during your recovery!
Posted by: Nina

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 10:45 AM

I hope all is well--remarkable what doctors can do. You'll be entertaining the nurses in no time!
Posted by: jodi

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 12:47 PM

Holy Cow. Sending loads of good thoughts your way.

Jodi
Posted by: Rich D.

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 12:55 PM

Vince,
Do take care.

Rich
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 05:40 PM

Any updates on how it went today?
Posted by: kluurs

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 06:04 PM

Hope all is well - you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Steve Cohen

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 08:03 PM

You're in my prayers. (After all, you're one of the few that are MUCH older than me!)

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Posted by: Axtremus

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 09:56 PM

All the best to you, Vince. smile
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/11/09 11:40 PM

Vince, all the very best. We're in your corner. Looking forward to seeing you back here soon!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 09:30 AM

Any word? If he had the surgery yesterday, they probably have him walking already...
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 09:48 AM

Good morning all,

I know that at this moment he is in the ICU. The hospital would not give me any other information over the phone but I have left a message for his niece, who he is close to.

I am sure she will give us the straight deal.

Mark, you have me nervous. Is this out of the ordinary if they did a bypass yesterday??
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 10:55 AM

He will be in the post cardiac surgical ICU for a day or two and then will be stepped down to a more regular ICU unit. The first 24 hrs he will have one on one nursing. Most of the tubes will also be removed at this time and they will have him walking before you know it. Sounds normal to me. My guess he's at JSMC which does a nice job. I did some training there in the past.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 12:39 PM

Just got more info.,

Mark is "spot on". Vince is in a cardiac ICU and will be stepped down later today. They would like to get him up and moving, but at this point there is no timing for that.

Thanks all!

I will keep you posted as I learn more,
Posted by: the nosy ape

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 01:04 PM

Hang in there Vince. Do your rehab and you'll be fine. We're all pulling for you.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 01:37 PM

For those who don't know Vince personally, here he is with his friend, Andre Watts:



This was taken at Cunningham Piano Company just before this past Christmas.

Posted by: M.O.P.

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 03:54 PM

Our best wishes from Florida to Vince!

Rich - Get that man some piano music in there! He'll recover much quicker!
Posted by: George K

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 10:23 PM

In my thoughts and prayers as well, Vince. There's hundreds of people thinking of you. You'll be better in no time!
Posted by: Piano Peddler

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/12/09 10:25 PM

Hey Vince!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from all of your old buddies in the National Piano Traveler's Association. I know you will be back on your game in no time and hope that you can make it out to NAMM in January (maybe one of your old colleagues will invite you out to work their booth and pay your expenses and commission for orders). Then you can attend the annual party!

Warm regards,
Posted by: Jeff Bauer

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/13/09 12:16 PM

Good luck on a speedy recovery Vince! I hope you like vegetables smile

Thanks for keeping us all informed Rich.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/13/09 01:30 PM

No problem Jeff.

I just got off the phone with Vince. He is now in the stepped down ICU and can have visitors. He was surprisingly pleasant and mentioned that it did not hurt nearly as much as he imagined it would, although he said a martini would be delicious right about now. smile

I read him the posts so far and it really lifted his spirits to hear them. Please keep them coming.

He would have told me more to say but his throat was still sore from the tubing they had inserted, so I am sure I will have more later.
Posted by: Furtwangler

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/13/09 01:56 PM

Vince

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Posted by: mikhailoh

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/13/09 02:47 PM

You'll be up and in the kitchen in no time! Glad to hear it is better than expected.
Posted by: Rank Piano Amateur

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/13/09 11:03 PM

Great news! Thanks for keeping us posted, Rich.
Posted by: ftp

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/14/09 08:31 AM

Just saw this this thread. I read somewhere that there are bypasses done 300,000 times a year in the US. Bill Clinton is a great example and there are many more of how quickly one comes bouncing back--and then some. Having met Vince and his wife, I sure spirits are high, the hospital staff is being well tended to and Vince is being very well taken care of.

Best wishes to a speedy recovery- looking forward to posting of Vince playing flight of the bumble bee by Labor Day. grin
Posted by: ChrisKeys

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/14/09 08:54 AM

I, too, just saw this thread. Vince, I'm sure you are in very capable hands, and I pray for your speedy recovery. Try your best to do what the docs suggest. (Don't be like my father-in-law who continues to smoke even though he has congestive heart failure!)
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/14/09 12:26 PM

FTP wrote:
Quote:
Having met Vince and his wife...


Just for clarity, Jane is not Vince's wife.

For further clarity, I have lived vicariously through Vince for years now. What a stud. thumb
Posted by: Stevester

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/14/09 12:59 PM

Vince,

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/16/09 08:59 AM

Latest news from Vince,

He is going home today around noon!

He will have a visiting nurse (he asked them to send one named Phoebe) wink 3 times per week, but everyone is very pleased with his progress.

Thanks for posting here as Vince enjoyed hearing your comments. Hopefully he will follow up personally before too long.

(I wonder if he will post pictures?)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/16/09 09:58 AM

That's wonderful news! Sounds like the procedure went successfully. thumb
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/16/09 04:51 PM

Thats wonderful news. ditto
Posted by: apple*

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/16/09 10:48 PM

how did I miss this?

best of luck to you.
Posted by: Piano Peddler

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 12:22 AM

In the interest of a full and speedy recovery, maybe it isn't such a good idea to send Phoebe to take care of Vince. Perhaps a nurse named Bruce might get better results.
Posted by: VGrantano

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 01:43 PM

To all, I lived.Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes. I (or someone) heard them all. I'm not frisky yet so my thank you will be brief. More later.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 03:03 PM

WOW!

You are already home?

That is fantastic! We all wish you a speedy recovery. And will miss your contributions....especially to all the newcomers that want to know when their pianos were built!
Posted by: Bob Newbie

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 03:18 PM

Vince ..glad to hear everthing went well..I think we might have met before? you look so familar to me..it might be the cheese steak thing..(I'm sure the Dr's will want you curb that urge!..:)
Bob Newbie
Posted by: Ron Gardiner

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 10:06 PM

Vince:

Is this what I have to look forward to in retirement?
I hope all is well for a rapid recovery. I also hope that your day nurse is not a guy named Craig.
Best Regards
Ron Gardiner
Posted by: Jolly

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/17/09 10:56 PM

Originally Posted By: VGrantano
To all, I lived.Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes. I (or someone) heard them all. I'm not frisky yet so my thank you will be brief. More later.


Frisky will come sooner than you think. You're gonna feel better than you have in the last 5 years.

Every day will be just a little bit better...
Posted by: jtattoo

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/19/09 07:28 PM

Very happy you are home and doing well! A serious word to the wise if I may. Five years ago at the age of 53 I went in for the "standard routine stress test". No symptoms, just something that should be done as one advances in life. During the test, the news become quite horrible. The same day I went straight to the hospital for a quadruple bypass!! Please, if nothing else for the sake of the music, see your doctor and take the appropriate steps in evaluating your current state of health. I was lucky!!
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/19/09 09:28 PM

I saw Vince for about a half hour today.

He looked just fine and although he was moving slowly (he didn't take any pain meds today) he did not seem like they had opened his chest and messed with his plumbing just five days ago.

I was impressed by how mobile and totally normal he looked and acted. He seems well enough to post something here now. How about it Vince?
Posted by: VGrantano

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/19/09 11:01 PM

Rich, you left without paying for your drink.
Posted by: Seneca

Re: Vince Grantano - 06/20/09 06:42 PM

Originally Posted By: VGrantano
Rich, you left without paying for your drink.


I think he's gonna live.

Good luck with Phoebe.