Had four coronary artery grafts on Monday afternoon and was home in time for the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday evening. I feel more battered and bruised than I imagined possible, but it seems incredible that it is over - the surgeon always said 5-7 days and he wasn't kidding.
I'm looking forward to 2014.
Retired in July, heart attack September, bypass next Monday. What an eventful year.
I was looking at my blog and realised I started this year with a minor celebration, that I had survived 10 years of cancer. But illness does make me think about my life. My dad had died of a heart attack in his early 60s within a few months of retirement. This was one of the reasons I decided to retire at 60, to make sure I had some time to enjoy not-working.
I was told 2 years ago that I was in a high risk group for heart disease so I went on a diet. I lost 50lbs which took me from a BMI of just over 30 to 24. I also exercised regularly and was feeling quite fit by the time I retired in July. So having a heart attack two months later has been quite a shock.
But not really recovering and feeling so limited has been even more shocking. I find it quite tiring to walk to the local shops and it feels risky.
I'm very hopeful that the bypass will make a difference, that I will have an enjoyable retirement. It appears to be quite a common operation that is also very successful, so by this time next week...