Thanks for the update. I figured you were feeling like something was wrong since we didn't hear from you for a while. It's good to get checked and rechecked by someone else. Some people can see what others can't. Hope you are continuing to entertain yourself with good music and happy thoughts. This is good therapy and an important part of the healing process. Hugs, Ariel
Glad to hear of your progress. Listening to music is an excellent way to get back to health. Listening to your body is also the best thing you can do. Nobody knows your body like you. Doctors are practitioners which means they are always practicing - and sometimes they make mistakes - especially if they don't listen to what their patients are telling them about their body and it's reactions to medications. Ariel
Hahahahah, Kenny, you are as bad as I am about stopping drugs as you describe in your "report." I guess we Currys are just plain incorrigible, but sometimes, yeah, we have to do those nasty drugs for a short time... .
Neat on your 1000 1950s era pop music mp3s. Woo hoo!
Onwards! Keep making the fantastic healing progress you have been.
Good to hear every day seems to be an improvement. Can understand your dilemma about the drug dosage, perhaps 2 October result should make a big difference. Glad to haven't lost your sense of humour. Keep on keeping on. K3
I've been out of touch and have taken a look at your website and guestbook here just now.
Kudos to you for keeping track of your situation and for keeping others very up to date. The detail and perspective offered in your journal writings seem to show that you're very much still yourself. I'm quite happy for that!
Wow. 2 - 5 km a day. That is pretty good. I don't know about you but I'm doing a lot more walking after my surgery than before. I'm gonna keep this up for sure.
I hope the A-Fib resolves itself. Sounds like you are on top of it with your cardiologist. Do you have the ability to also e-mail him? My health system allows me to e-mail my cardiologist without having to always make an appointment. She answers right away. I don't have A-Fib, but I do have a very high heart rate (92 to 96 beats per minute).
Glad to hear you got a good report from the doc! It seems you are doing all the right things then? Just need a little more patience to regain the stamina. Sounds like you are doing well with the walking. Are you mapping out different routes so you don't get bored? Or take along a little picnic and book on a nice day.
You've got a great heart doc. He really cares. What an excellent report for where you are in your recovery. The A-Fib will continue to decrease in frequency and intensity and your lungs continue to dry out as long as you keep on the regimen and BELIEVE this is so. Laugh a lot and sing, too, in addition to all of the other. A well-oiled sense of humor is additional needed and important healing medicine. Let's all sing... "An Old Cowboy went riding to the surgical ward one day, This tough old coot survived in style with a pig valve in his heart, hooray! And now he's recovering way ahead of the curve, but he thinks he's really slow. Sheesh! what a lot of nerve. Yipee i oh, yippee i ay, Cowboy walking the streets, yay hey!" (To the tune of "Ghost Riders in the Sky")
Love you, good bro. dj/bzzzzz
I really like the Ode to a Scar poem from your No. 1 fan - my favorite so far. Glad to hear you got a good report from the doctor and you're able to get around much better now. What kind of frozen meals did Isabelle make? Sounds yummy! Ariel
Hi Ken! Just catching up with your progress... sounds great! Excellent blood work readings, maybe you will be able to stop taking those pills soon?
Walking is the best and being able to judge how far you have come and what the inclines are so you can adjust your challenges is a good plan.
I hope Izzy's meals are keeping you going! Are you supplementing with chicken, fish or eggs? Need some good protein to keep you mending well.
Let me know when you are up to a lunch meeting. I noticed there is a fresh sushi place just a couple blocks away (I think on Montclair or maybe the next street, at Spadina?) on the east side. Do you need some assistance with any cleaning too? I'm available if you need.... just call.
Stephen started grade 11 today. First semester he has: Communications Technology, Gr.12 Statistics, chemistry, and Media Arts (animation, video, etc.).
My Mom made it up to see our new cottage last Friday. she came up with family friends so she didn't have to drive. First time she's been there. We had a good visit over lunch and gave a tour, talked for a bit and then they headed back home.
Take care, keep us posted on your progress and keep up the good recovery!!
Hey Turkey: I'm beginning to think you like this program, there has to be an easier way to BS then fake a heart valve Transplant U think??Well I'll give you the benefit of the doubt for now, but I'm putting you on a 6 month leash>>>>>:<))
Hi ken: Sounds like you pushed a little to hard, That's not all bad, IMO at least the more you push the more progress you will make, Besides, what else do you have to do right now anyway, right !! So keep up the good work and tell nxt time Take care>>>>gr
Yup. The last several days I've walked way too much one day then have to take a rest day. Too wiped out!!! So I can relate to you thats for sure. So now, I'm trying to break my walk into 2 smaller walks for the day. We'll see how it goes. Good luck to you. Slow and steady progress is progress nonetheless.
You are healing and recovering ahead of the curve, so keep following "Festina Lente" please. :-) Keep me proud of you by stopping to smell the roses, and by luxuriating in what we have left of summer.
Get your uke out and strum and sing, "With a hey and a hi and a ho ho ho...." "Go with the flow," good brother mine, wonderful Wzzzzz.
Love, dj (bzzzzzzz)
Hi Ken: Sounds all good to me, keep up the good work. You are doing quite well IMO,,,Of Note I have been on Metaprolol since my heart attack, has to be at least 2 yrs now. Keeps blood pressure nice and low. one pill at night. Take care as always and am waiting for yur next progress report>>>gr
Ken, You'll never know how much your writing, your news, your gradual improvement, your slowly getting back to normal, is appreciated ! Thanks for taking the time to keep us posted allowing us to share with you every moment, with such a pleasant way !
Keep going, and keep up the marvellous work you've done ! Bises, Dalal
I will try once again to get a message through to you.
I always get a reply saying no address when I
send reply. I am following your progress and
recalling Jack's recovery of 25yrs ago.
My thoughts are with you. Ruth.
Glad you are doing good. We have been really busy. We had a lot of wind and rain from Issac. We thought it was going to be awful. But, it keep moving away from us. But, we still had high winds and lots and lots of rain. The bands of rain reaches a long ways form the storm. It was about 150 miles from us. But, you can't image how much rain we still get from the storm. The BANDS of rains are really something. We put eveything in on the pool area and closed all of our shuretters. So,we didn't lose any-thing. A lot of work putting everything in.
We really have nice shutters. They are new. We had a lot of high water and lot of flooding. The flooding wasn't real close to us. We are 17 feet above sea level. Our canal came up some but, didn't hurt us. So, we were very lucky and very thankful. God really watched over us. Can't thank him enough.We are all well and doing good.
Glad you are doing good...I think of you every day. It takes a while to heal Ken. Take it slow....
Good Morning! Your recuperation update
today is a winner. But there is no "race",
just the satisfaction that each day you can
feel the progress. The loving advice from
all your friends is on the mark: Enjoy these
slower days, luxuriate in what might not
have been ovious when you were going
"full speed". Sleeping better each night is
a gift, waking with less anxiety and no
sternum damage. You remain in our
thoughts and prayers.
And to dj, your limerick was great. I enjoy
yours and Lee's comments. . .always.
A rewarding journey Ken allowed us all
Ken's No.1 Fan in Palm Springs
Make the best of your lazy life - it doesn't happen all that often! Glad to know you are recovering albeit slowly. Hope they can adjust your medication to suit as that is most important. We have had a few very hot spring days - which confued all the plants and flowers (as it did myself - I thought at last spring has sprung) and now it is back to overcast grey skies once again. Looking forward to having Renee stay with me when I have my op, 21 September. Continue to be good. K3
OK Kenny and his No. 1 Fan, I didn't have much time to spend, and the result shows it, but it will have to do for now.
A Limerick for Ken on Atrial Fibrillation:
Is a wretched tribulation.
A rhythmically perfect heart beat
Is cardiac music so sweet
It brings you, and us all, great elation.
Good news, Kenny, that the A-Fib seems to be lessening. How great of Izzy to clean house and cook up all those meals before leaving.
Walking slowly, resting frequently allows you to see the world around you. See? Walking slowly is a good thing. Accentuating the positive here. Now let's all sing: "Baby Steps, you take the cutest little Baby Steps...."
Wow! Your No.1Fan sure wrote a fabulous "Ode to a Scar." Wow, she's GOOD. I also love Marilyn's Socrates, Sartre, and Sinatra quotes in a row. Wonderful!
OK, I'd better make some baby steps of my own.
I remember clearly how my mother felt after the surgery. She kept saying it was like having a truck running on her body. She felt weak and even her brain did not process well at the beginning. Yours seem to work very well!
Time is the key . Big hugs,
Hi Ken: Sounds like all is well, hopefully the Afib will go away soon so you can maximise your recovery. Must feel good to get out and walk at any rate. NOt much new here, just hoping we can fire Obama and save this country before it is to late, keep the rehab going and will talk agian soon>>> gr
Checking on you now that you are home, perhaps without Izy? Your tiredness brought back memories for me when I had my heart scare I was exactly the same. I even found lifting the plates out the dishwasher a bit much! However, I am also here to tell you time does make a big difference. Keep smiling. Thinking of you. K3