You might be wondering why there have been no posts since 11 February when I mentioned that I would be undergoing a short stay in hospital. I have been in recovery.
On 13 February, I had double cardiac by-pass surgery. It went well, although not a picnic, it was not too bad. I have had a few more painful and alarming experiences in my life.
Huge compliments to the doctors and staff at University Hospital in London, Ontario for a level of care and professionalism that I did not imagine possible. Every one of the scores of people who attended to me went out of their way to make me comfortable and help my recovery.
I was discharged on Friday 17th and have been recovering at home. Some days have been more comfortable than others. I am sleeping well, walking 2 km twice a day, doing the prescribed exercises and feeling good. My times for the 2 km walk are back to those before the surgery. With my heart working more efficiently and no longer taking medicine to stop my heart speeding up, I feel as if I could soon run a marathon.
The biggest benefit of all is that I now have a strong possibility of living and being active for another 20 years. A huge improvement over the chance of perhaps 5 years as I was and then a decline with increasing risk of another heart attack.
Although I was not depressed about my condition before the surgery, a weight has been lifted, the future is brighter. I have a different perspective for the future. For that I am grateful.
As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, I cannot understood the urge of younger generations – and many older people – to flood social media with personal details. For me, it’s partly an inbred desire for privacy and partly a huge suspicion about the motives of governmental information gathering. That’s why I have not and will not write about my condition and recovery on Facebook or twitter.
Interestingly, I am finding it uncomfortable to sit still for more than an hour at a time. If I sit at my desk as I am now, I get uncomfortable. Then I sit in an easy chair until after an hour I get uncomfortable again. That gives me a wonderful excuse to avoid computer or writing work! I am most comfortable when I am outside walking. However with today’s -6C temperature, wind and snow, I will only be walking once.
Many of you have wished me well for my recovery through emails and phone calls, thank you, I appreciate your good wishes.
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