This post is mostly just an FYI, for the 1% of the population that doesn’t know this.
On February 28th, I went to the Emergency Room unable to catch my breath after playing a couple of games of 10-pin down at the local bowling alley. On March 2, I had a quadruple heart bypass. I spent the next week more or less half-conscious in the hospital.
My recovery has been slow, I’m still in a moderate amount of pain. On the plus side, I feel pretty good.. in some ways, I feel “better” than I did before I went into the hospital. Before just getting through my day was often a struggle. Now I don’t feel like I’m struggling to get through it, even if I need to occasionally sit down or have a nap if I spend too much time walking around.
One of the upsides of this was I got to spend a couple of weeks at this wonderful home of a friend-of-a-friend. It was a nice pastoral setting, kind-of out of the center of town. It was a very supportive environment, and a huge thank you to Helen and her good doctor friend for tolerating me when I was recovering.
Also, Matt, Mee, Brendan, and Silvia came to visit for a couple of days when I was discharged initially. If not for their support, I would have been kinda screwed. They made sure I had a safe place to go, and that means the world to me. Thanks guys.
So, that’s the short of it. I’m still hurting from the surgery, but the scars are healing. I have good days and bad days. But at least I have years ahead of me.
Heart surgery sucks, by the way. Would not recommend.