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Keep the humour going please!

I'm having such a difficult time with my h.f. and my husband's serious deteriorating heart condition. I do appreciate all the serious support and advice I get from this site. But what gets me through the day are the pictures and witty comments. They keep me from feeling overly sad 😢 so please let's continue with both. I do believe that laughter is a very good medicine. You all have so much to give unselfishly and you may never know how many have been helped but serious posts or funny ones.xx

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I'm completely in agreement with you, laughter is the best medicine ever. My husband has HF with other issues & we have developed a somewhat dark sense of humor but if we didn't laugh we would be feeling completely overwhelmed with everything. Best wishes you to & your husband. Have you heard of the Pumping Marvellous website & Facebook group, amazing group for support & understanding & no acrimonious posts either! Xx

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I have read a lot on Pumpingmarvelous and especially valued the wolf story but I have had to cancel my Facebook temporary because I was inundated with stuff I couldn't deal with but I will try again and get some advice on how to control what I get. Thankyou

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Hi

Interesting name do you have 100 cats or just want to have them?😺

I agree about the dark sense of humour definitely developed that one since HA. Other people don’t always get it but I have met a good friend at Cardiac Rehab we have a different banter. I’m taking her to hospital today for an op, we do keep each spirits up on all these numerous visits.

I think if I didn’t have her I would probably look for a heart support group to speak to other people who “get it”. Laughter is the best she took me to the cinema the day before my op 2 weeks ago to watch instant family which was funny. It can be so hard to have a long term condition as many friends fall away when you can’t do things like you used to. I think others cannot see your heart like they would if you limped so find it difficult to empathise long term.

My husband and I have Now TV, Netflix and Amazon and hardly watch normal TV we usually watch comedies more uplifting. If I can get out of bed and walk (one point I couldn’t), it’s a good day and I try to make the best of it as who knows about tomorrow? I hope you are both having a good day today and wish you all the best.

Heart patients do not have enough long term support I think a lot of us feel lonely with this condition we need more support like cancer patients have.

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I agree with your comment Nicky that heart patients need more support.

My husband and I have also developed a gallows sense of humour too. We both live with heart conditions. Better tears of laughter than sorrow.

When I am stuck on my bed enforced to rest I listen to comedy podcasts.

I enjoy comedy on the TV ...loved the return of Alan Partridge this week.

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I just have to comment on your post. Your point about being chronically sick really hit home. After admission to H I had so many cooked meals arriving I could cope now I don't even get visitors. They are very good at get well soon cards but not at permanent conditions. So it's a bit lonely. Today is a good day because nobody comes and we can put t.v. on and fall asleep in our chairs😒. The cats is in memory of my mum who died of heart failure 2 years ago age 96 and it was a boxed set of cards she gave me just before when she couldn't write very well. Thank you for your lovely comments. Have a good day too!

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I am so sorry you are struggling. It's particularly difficult that you are both unwell and caring for your husband. I absolutely agree about humour - when my husband was at his worst we used to watch Jeeves and Wooster together, and to laugh helped us so much.

I also found it helpful to look for 3 ( or even 1!) good things in the day. These were generally very small - a robin, or a new flower in the garden, but it helped similarly to notice and think about something external. Heart failure is so hard it can become all- consuming.

Are you still managing to walk a bit? Getting out of the house when possible helps.

All the best to you both

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Thankyou. I'm just starting to get out maybe once a week but just locally. I had a shock when the h.f. nurse told me I lacked oxygen and had to get out so each day I walk to the gate and back. Problem is elderly people stop and ask if I'm ok so I must be pale😗 I too have a positive frame of mind and am grateful for a quiet home, a beautiful garden, comfort etc. Support is what I need and I'm getting it daily via these posts.x

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I am an elderly person. I am constantly on the look out for people who look worse than I am. If I can talk to them and they fall down before I do it cheers me up no end.

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Wicked 😂 love it!

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Lanc 2 that made me laugh...

Must say I was terribly cheerful taking my friend to the hospital for an OP today. I couldn't get over that for once it wasn't me getting operated on. Did feel guilty!!! But so happy ..naughty! Well I get to pick her up and be her nurse for a few days that'll teach me!! I feel a nurse Cratchet coming on lol.😷🤯

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Nicky I have to tell you I loved your phrase about finding a good Cardiologist

' you have to kiss a few toads to find a prince'

Funny thing is when I bumped into my Cardiologist this week and he greeted me with a kiss I didn't turn into a princess.

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Very funny milk fairy met a Dr once that looked like a toad hate to think if he kissed me what would happen!

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See my husband is weird!!! His favourite programmes are people buying homes/holiday homes abroad & cooking programmes!! He passes out on planes & he can't eat anything they cook on this program!! !! That would be just torture to me!!!

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