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RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
My Wife Made Me a Wonderful LVAD Vest! Email us at hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net for the Free Instructions. New 2018
Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:26pm

FOR FASTEST RESPONSE, Please email for instructions directly at hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net

We have received and filled more than 100 requests for the LVAD vest instructions. We hope that you were able to make your vest and are enjoying its benefits. If you would like to email us pictures of your creations, I can post them here. Thanks!

My name is Hank Richmond. I received my LVAD on Friday the 13th of June, 2014, and am going strong after almost four years. I want to share with you the vest that my wife Patty made for me for my Heartmate II gear. I've been wearing them (I have had 8 in all) since September 2014. I needed something comfortable and balanced that would fit under my shirt. After some experiments, she came up this one, see pictures. It's very comfortable, I forget I'm wearing it, and I can play golf in it! The wires are tucked away and protected too. Patty made a word document with pictures and instructions on how she made the vest. You can adapt it to your own size and desires. I would be happy to send the instructions to you, just send your request to the email above. We wish you a strong recovery with your LVAD.

acura's picture acura
Hi
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:34pm

Love what your wife made. My husband has the Heartmate 2 . It links like that's what you have. I would greatly appreciate the in structions. I do not have a printer . So, I can't give the instructions to a seamstress . I do not sew. I've tried to Dickie my ideas to someone, but not knowing about this equipment . They had no idea what I wanted. If you could mail me the directions . I would reimburse you for your time and trouble . Thank you, Patsy Ash 60 Lake Shore Dr. , North , Westford, Ma. 01886
God bless you and your family, happy New Year. Thanks again

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD Vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:14am (Reply to #2)

Dear Acura,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD Vest Instructions
Sun, 07/16/2017 - 9:43pm (Reply to #3)

Dear Patsy,

I am so sorry for not replying to your request. If you would still like the instructions, I will mail them to you right away. I apoplogize again for not sending them, I was having trouble with the myLvad web site and gave up on it. I see now that it is easier to use. Let me know, and I will mail the instructions out right away. My email is hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net

Malingss's picture Malingss
Hello
Sun, 01/03/2016 - 2:44pm

Hello my grandfather just had this same surgery done last year as well and your wifes creation really is wonderfull i would really like to get him one made here in az just like yours would you mind sharing how your wife made it my email is malingss@hotmail.com please and thank you

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:13am (Reply to #5)

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

randyman5775's picture randyman5775
lvad vest
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 5:26pm

Hi Hank,

I'd appreciate a copy of the instructions to make this vest. My email is randyman5775@gmail.com.

Thanks!

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:11am (Reply to #7)

Dear Randy,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

Myrna's picture Myrna
lvad vest
Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:01pm

You can send the instuctions to myrna.partridge@gmail.com I would be thankful to make this for my husband. Looks great!!!

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:10am (Reply to #9)

Dear Myrna,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

Mbdayo's picture Mbdayo
That looks awesome. I have a
Sat, 05/07/2016 - 12:14pm

That looks awesome. I have a Heartware and my cables aren't as long so they limit wearable options but I can modify these pics and send them to a seamstress

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:11am (Reply to #11)

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest instructions
Sun, 07/16/2017 - 9:35pm (Reply to #12)

I can send those instructions to you if you would still like them. I am really sorry that I did not respond sooner, I see that the myLvad site is easier to negotiate now. Send me your email, or email me at hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net. Thanks, Patty and Hank Richmond

Thomas Dircks's picture Thomas Dircks
golf vest
Tue, 12/27/2016 - 5:49pm

Please have you or your wife send the instructions on the vest. I am a avid golfer but only have my Lvad since August so a looking for a goog vest and this one seems to answer my needs.

Thank You

Thomas M. Dircks Email is ( tmdircks@gmail.com )

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:09am (Reply to #14)

Hi Thomas,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

pinegrove's picture pinegrove
LVAD Vest pattern
Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:47pm

Hi - Please send me the pattern for the LVAD vest shown. It looks very comfortable. My email address is sandi67@hvc.rr.com.
Thanks.

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:07am (Reply to #16)

Dear sandi67,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

memerson2000@gmail.com's picture memerson2000@gm...
LVAD vest
Mon, 07/31/2017 - 8:46pm (Reply to #17)

My husband got LVAD/RVAD for Giant Cell myocarditis--so he's got two controllers, four sets of batteries to lug around. I don't even know where to start.

MikeJoyLVAD's picture MikeJoyLVAD
LVAD vest instructions
Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:11pm

Hi Hank,

My husband Mike has an LVAD HeartMate II and we have been trying to figure out a more comfortable way for him to carry around the batteries and controller. He is an avid fisherman and also used to golf but thought he would have to give up that pastime, but your post has given us new hope! Your vest looks like a very interesting option! Can you please email the instructions to me? I can sew and give it a try. Our email is myankjoy@comcast.net Thanks so much! Joy and Mike

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:06am (Reply to #19)

Dear Joy and MIke,

I am so sorry that I have not responded to you. When I first posted the information about the vest on the My LVAD site, I had so much trouble with the site that I quit looking at it. As a result, I missed many requests for the vest instructions, including yours. I feel awful about this. Just today I received a request to my email address, and then discovered that the web site is much more friendly now. I hope you were able to figure out the style anyway, but I promise to email the instructions to you not later than July 21, 2017. We are out of town for a week, and then I will be back. Again, I am so sorry, and I hope this response finds you well. Hank and Patty Richmond

Lawnman's picture Lawnman
Instructions
Sun, 07/09/2017 - 9:55pm

I would love the instructions on how to make the vest. My email is genkinger336@bellsouth.net. I just received my lvad this month. Thank you

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD Vest
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:20am (Reply to #21)

Hi Lawnman/Chris,

I got your request through an email from My LVAD and have responded to it. I will be delighted to send the instructions next week. Take care, and have a good recovery. Hank and Patty Richmond

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD Vest instructions
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:00am

Hi Everyone,

I am so sorry that I have not sent the instructions to everyone who has asked. I feel awful about this. I had trouble with this web site in the past, logging on and so forth, so I quit looking at it. I just received an email from the last request, in July of 2017. Looking again at the site, I see that it is much more friendly now. Please forgive me, I will send out the instructions to everyone listed here and will do so not later than July 21, 2017. Hank and I are in San Francisco for a week, and the instructions are back home on our laptop.

Once again, I apologize for not answering. I bet some of you figured out the design from the pictures, it is pretty easy.

God Bless you all. Thanks, and Sorry!!! Patty Richmond

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE SENT WITHOUT DELAY FROM NOW ON!!
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:31am

I are so sorry for not sending out the instructions in the past. We had a hard time loading our first comment with the pictures and all, and then it was difficult to log on and find our stuff. As a result, I stopped looking at it. That was over two years ago!!

A lucky email brought me back to the site, which is working much better these days -- or maybe I am working much better these days, both may be the case.

I hope that all of you who wrote are doing well. I am doing very well at age 70, and am very grateful for my LVAD for all that I have learned since receiving it.

We send our best to all of you. Hank and Patty Richmond

pschmaltz's picture pschmaltz
Hi Hank,
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 9:01pm

Hi Hank,

When you have time, can you send me that file with the instructions for the LVAD Vest? My mom would like to try making it.

You can send it to the address below:
prdfy@bis.midco.net

Thanks

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest instructions
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:38pm (Reply to #25)

Hi Phil,

I have sent the instructions in an email. Enjoy!
Hank

pschmaltz's picture pschmaltz
Hi Hank,
Fri, 07/14/2017 - 9:06pm

Hi Hank,

When you have time, can you please send me the instructions for the LVAD vest? My mom would to try making it for hers.

You can send it to the address below:
philmcp1@bis.midco.net

Thanks,

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest instructions
Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:39pm (Reply to #27)

Hi Phil,

I have sent the instructions in an email. Enjoy!
Hank

marilynpointer@aol.com's picture marilynpointer@...
LVAD Vest Instructions
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 8:56pm

I received my LVAD April 12 of this year and have been using the holster that came with the Heartmate III. It is not comfortable; shoulders and back become very tired. I would like to try to make a vest if I could have your instructions. Thank you. Marilyn

marilynpointer@aol.com's picture marilynpointer@...
LVAD Vest Instructions
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 8:57pm

I received my LVAD April 12 of this year and have been using the holster that came with the Heartmate III. It is not comfortable; shoulders and back become very tired. I would like to try to make a vest if I could have your instructions. Thank you. Marilyn

donnab1944@aol.com's picture donnab1944@aol.com
LVAD
Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:59pm

WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE INSTRUCTIONS - THANK YOU!
donnab1944@aol.com

marilynpointer@aol.com's picture marilynpointer@...
Dear Hank,
Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:35pm

Dear Hank,

I would appreciate it if you would email me the instructions for your lvad vest. I haven't been successful in finding something comfortable to hold the batteries and controller. Received my lvad Apr 12 this year.
Thank you for your help.
Marilyn

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:24pm (Reply to #32)

Hi Marilyn, please email me your email address to hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net, so I can send you the instructions. Thanks, Hank Richmond

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD instructions
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:37pm (Reply to #33)

Hi Marilyn, I found your email address afterall, and have sent the instructions. Sorry for the delay. Hank Richmond

nurseacw's picture nurseacw
LVAD VEST
Fri, 08/25/2017 - 12:49pm

I also would love instructions for the vest - thanks
nurseacw@aol.com
Arthur Williams

Terik's picture Terik
LVAD Vest
Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:03pm

Hi Hank
My husband is to receive the LVAD in about 3 weeks. I'm very interested in the vest pattern your wife designed. I would be most grateful if you could email me the instructions. Thanks to you and your wife

Terikarrer@gmail.com

Terik's picture Terik
LVAD Vest
Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:08pm

Hi Hank

My husband is to receive the LVAD in about 3 weeks. Could you please send me the instructions for the vest? Thank you very much

Terikarrer@gmail.com

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
Vest Instructions
Thu, 10/05/2017 - 9:30pm (Reply to #37)

Hi Teri,

I will send the instructions to your email address. Enjoy.
Hank and Patty

mjakubowski's picture mjakubowski
If you are looking for
Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:16pm

If you are looking for something lighter, you can look at LVADshirt.

AS's picture AS
they have a promotion: https:
Thu, 11/23/2017 - 4:30pm (Reply to #39)
Vincent8's picture Vincent8
LVAD instructions
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 8:25am

My son has had his Heartmate II since April. He's 6 foot and only weights 130 pounds. Your vest looks bulky and the straps look like they'd be uncomfortable. We did buy a LVAD shirt but he didn't like it because the batteries by his body made him feel too hot. Do you have something in your instructions that keep the heat down? If so, please send the instructions.

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest instructions
Sun, 12/17/2017 - 8:51pm

Hi,

I will be glad to send you the instructions, please send your request to my email at hankpattyrichmond@sbcglobal.net and I will email them to you. Enjoy!

Mariza's picture Mariza
LVAD VEST
Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:28pm

Hi,
I am from Brazil and I’ve been using a Heartmate II since August 2015. It seems to be ok now, but I had several episodes of gastrointestinal bleeding due to the varfarin treatment. Any way, this post concerns the LVAD vest. A colleague followed at the same hospital than me (Hospital Procardiaco), in Rio de Janeiro, addapted a photograph jacket adding two internal pockets to put the batteries and we also use the belt for the controller and it works quite well to have an almost normal life. I use it all they long. If someone is intersted I can post the photos.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for the LVAD users and their families and caregivers.

Bj's picture Bj
Photograph jacket
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 1:46am (Reply to #43)

My husband had his lvad put in a month ago,would love to see your pics
Thank you

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
Photograph Jacket
Thu, 12/28/2017 - 8:56pm (Reply to #44)

Hi, we do not have that information, I think you would have to ask the person directly, not sure how! Good luck. Hank

RichmondLVAD's picture RichmondLVAD
LVAD vest
Mon, 12/18/2017 - 8:04pm

Hi, your vest arrangement sounds great. I wish you all the best. Hank