I’m Ken, a normally very private person, so my sharing of personal stuff will be surprising to some who know me well, but I feel compelled to share my experiences with my current heart health situation. Maybe my experiences can help someone understand what they’re going to go through. Maybe my experiences can help calm the feeling of uncertainty and of the unknown. Maybe my experiences can just be a little educational.
I don’t kid myself regarding how I got here, needing heart bypass surgery at only the age of 54. No lectures necessary. I didn’t eat healthy, I ate for enjoyment and taste. To me a good meal is one of the great pleasures of life. I like physical activity, but not the initial part of getting off the couch and getting started. It doesn’t help that I have an office desk job. No, I get it, this is primarily self-inflicted.
Please note that my experiences are just that, my experiences, nothing more. These are NOT any form of medical advice. From time to time I may share an article that I come across, but I am not a doctor. I do not work in the medical field, nor do I have any medical training. Please consult your doctor for medical information and advice specific to you. This blog is intended to help those get through a tough time regarding ancillary issues that you may not hear from medical professionals… i.e. how you feel physically and emotionally, potential timelines, what you may expect in recovery, and so on. Doctors and medical professionals can tell you a great deal, especially the technical aspects, but they generally cannot tell you what to expect when you’re home, what to do with you extra time, how to deal with your emotions, and so on.
The plan is for my wife, Missy, to also be a contributor here. I will give the perspective from the patient’s side, Missy will give the perspective from the other side, the person taking care of the patient. You don’t normally see it from the other side, so this will be great.
So sit back and enjoy. Comment, if you like.
<More or less copied from the first post where I introduced myself>