Today it’s one year since I had a double bypass. I was determined to focus on a positive recovery and said to myself that one year on I would be not just be better but a new improved version. So how have I done?
Without question I am vastly improved physically and the anxiety and fear of having another cardiac event (I had a major MI before the op) whilst not entirely gone is now more about the annoyance of having niggles and discomfort than fear of something horrible happening. The care I have received and support has been fantastic from the medics, family and friends.
I now accept that I still have a little way to go to be the better version I was hoping to be. The op, meds and lifestyle changes have meant that the adjustments still continue. Whilst writing this I still have soreness in the chest (muscle and nerves I guess) and frustratingly get nausea and fatigue fairly regularly which is a drag. But at the same time I can regularly ride 10 miles on my bike and walk for ages so there is some balance.
Lesson I’ve learned is to listen to your body, push yourself within manageable boundaries and try not to let fear take hold. Also I now keep Dr Google at bay. Time is a relative thing. In the grand scheme of things 1 year is really nothing and I know I will get to that better version - when is not so important anymore so long as I’m am a little improved each day! Good luck to all you hearties out there...stay positive.