It's been about 3 weeks since I last made an entry in my "Journal" but not because of anything negative. It's been ALL positive!
Tomorrow afternoon, I will have completed 24 of my 36 Cardiac Rehab sessions and am feeling VERY physically and emotionally strong! In fact, the CR Nurses are having to hold me back once they notice that my Heart Rate has exceeded 130 bpm (beats per minute) on the treadmill which is the maximum allowed by my Cardiologist.
I'm in my 4th week on my new "appointment" with the State government entity and enjoying the work A LOT!
Last night, my wife joined me at the site of my new job so that we could drive together to have dinner with a high-school buddy of mine and his wife. After dinner, we stayed overnight with them and left early this morning so that I could drop-off my wife a nearby train station to get to her job some 90 miles away.
She LOVED the relaxing train ride which got her to the office on-time and is now much more willing to help me find a place where we can live together closer to my new office where I can also drop her off each morning and pick her up each evening at the train station.
This post-op lifestyle might actually work out even BETTER than before!
12-Week Post-Op Anniversary & 2nd Day on My New Job
Journal posted on March 12, 2013
WOW! It's been over 5 weeks since I last made a Journal entry and, my-oh-my, it's hard for me to believe all of the changes in my personal and professional life!
On February 12th, I received a call from the HR Dept rep of a governmental entity with whom I had interviewed back on January 18th (my 1-month post-op anniversary). I had almost forgotten about the Program Manager position for which I interviewed more than 3 weeks earlier. She was calling to extend a "provisional offer" pending the performance of a "thorough vetting process" of me to be sure my appointment would not embarrass the Chief Executive Officer of the entity. As a result, a "target start date" of March 11th was set.
I accepted the provisional offer and, within a couple of days, I provided 16 pages of documentation to be used to verify my personal and professional background.
Within 2 weeks, I was notified of successful completion of the process and, right on schedule, I started my high-level appointment yesterday.
In the meantime, since the new post is located 75 miles from my home and I would only be able to finish 10-12 of my Cardiac Rehab sessions by the time I would start work, I "googled" hospitals in the immediate vicinity of my new office. Then, I determined that one of them would be the right choice for me and immediately began the "transition process" of transferring from one CR Program to the other. As the result of my persistence and follow-up (plus 2 long round-trips to the new hospital), I was able to get all of the approvals and clearances as well as all of the paperwork faxed such that I did NOT miss one of my CR sessions.
I've got 24 more sessions to go and since the new CR Program has conveniently-scheduled sessions at 4:30 pm on Monday-Wednesday-Thursday afternoons, I'm able to leave my office by 4:00 pm sharp and get there by 4:15 pm to get changed and ready to go! Excellent!
I've decided to stay at a local hotel 3-4 nights/week so that I don't have to fight rush-hour traffic in the mornings until I finish the CR program (probably in early May). By that time, my wife (who works at a global bank near our home) and I will have the opportunity to assess our lifestyle options going forward.
So, today, Tuesday, the 12th, please join me in celebrating, not just my 12-week post-op anniversary, but the 2nd day of my new, professional career path!
Today's my 2nd day without my wife or some other caregiver around to support or assist me.
In fact, I returned the many sacrifices my wife made during the previous 6 weeks by actually getting up early to drive her to the train station so that she wouldn't have to search for an open parking spot and (likely) have to walk back in the snow to catch the train. She seemed to appreciate it and even had enough time to exchange some unused tickets before the train arrived.
I've been married to "Vivi" for almost 34 years now and there's no question that it was the BEST decision I ever made when I decided to propose (to her father!). I'll post a photo or 2 of her on the "My Photos" page of my Journal after I finish this daily entry.
Anyway, since the Train Station is located close to our Community Center and it was cold and snowing at that early hour, I drove there as soon as I dropped her off so that I could use the Indoor Track (18 laps/mile) to do my daily walk (40 minutes at the rate of 3.5-4.0 mph). It was great!
I think I prefer going through this post-op recovery period during the COLD Winter weather instead of during warm/hot Summer weather. I tend to perspire too much to start with but less so when it's cold out.
This afternoon, I'm helping out my daughter and son-in-law by taking him to the airport to catch his international flight. It's nice to be able to drive again after having felt like "Miss Daisy" sitting in the back-seat for 6 weeks!
That's all for now! As Adam always says: "Keep on tickin'." Pass it on!