Off Topic: Stop And Smell The Roses

By Adam Pick on April 21, 2010

Several months after my surgery, I started gardening. While I continue to lack a knowledgeable green thumb, I really enjoy the process of working alongside Mother Nature. Even with all my gardening mishaps, I am super lucky to have a springtime rose bloom going on right now.

So, if you are interested in participating in the age-old cliche, I encourage you to… Stop and smell the roses. (Well, maybe not smell… But, I think you know what I mean.)

 

 

This yellow rose could be my favorite of the bunch.

 

This purple rose is incredibly bright and smells wonderful.

 

I really like the simplicity and symmetry of this white rose.

 

This peach rose smells fannnnnnnnnnnn-tastic.

 

Finally, I really liked this pink rose too.

Keep on tickin’ and smellin’!
Adam


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.


Robin Hirsch says on April 21st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

excellent. the biggest mistake many of us make post surgery is to fall back on all the old bad habits. We all have to remember that we have been given a wonderful gift of health and life. To simply fall back on old routines is to deny that gift. Appreciating the beauty of roses is a wonderful place to start.



Randy says on April 21st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Hello Adam. My name is Randy. I discovered your website and book while researching my heart condition on the internet. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve. After years of monitoring my condition (I am 55) and finallly experiencing symptoms it had became apparent that I would have to have it replaced. This was just six weeks ago. I purchased your book and became a regular visitor to your website. I guess I have always felt more comfortable being on the outside looking in when it comes to forums and blogs and thus did not post my own jounrnals here. I have been following a few of your other visitors who have been posting there journals though. Your book and this website has supplied me with the knowledge and hope that I and my significant others needed to get through the surgery and now recovery. I just wanted to thank you and wish you and your family the best.
You keep on ticking.

Randy



Joel Bryan says on April 22nd, 2010 at 8:47 am

Adam,

Thanks for sharing those photographs. We’re all more than just heart patients – we’re people with diverse interests. We all need a hobby to relieve the stresses of life and nothing beats digging in the dirt and watching the flowers grow!

Joel Bryan, Iowa



Patricia says on May 6th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Hi Adam,
After open heart surgery, I regained my interest in having my own orchard, but often would feel dizzy when standing up too quickly.
Watching a TV program, I learned that a hospital treated elderly or cardiac patients with a therapy that included growing plants and I was quite interested since they were planted in risen wooden boxes that would not require people to lean.
Hands on and I had someone make the boxes for me. Since then and it is a pleasure to eat my organic vegetables, it is nice not to be dizzy or with back pain anymore.
Boxes can be 3 by 3; 3 feet deep with stands to rise them from the ground.
My only recommendation will be to take a course on home orchards!
From sunny Mexico,
Patricia


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