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Cardio Rehab Journal Week 21

IMG_6236It finally happened, my sixteenth week of the Cardio Rehab Program I have been diligently following.

I arrived at the hospital knowing it was possibly going to be my last week but not sure. No one called me or told me after my stress test that I was for sure graduating. So I came to the class like any other class, ready to exercise. I was on the treadmill and the manager of my program came over to chat with me like she did any other day. I finally asked her if I was going to graduate today and she said “yes!”

She went onto to tell me how well I did on my stress test the week before. I went longer than the last time I did my stress test. 2 minutes longer. I did 13 minutes. Yeah, I beat my mark! I was hoping I would but forgot to ask the nurse after my stress test.

Then she told me she had never had someone in all her years or working at the Cardio Rehab Program had someone do so well, both in my goals and my health. She called me the “Poster Boy for Cardiovascular Program!”

After the hour of exercise they had a special ceremony to tell everyone I was graduating. I was even given a diploma and I got to say a few words. Very official.

August 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM Leave a comment

Cardio rehab journal Week 20

I had my stress test this past week and it seemed to go well. I get the results next week and possibly will be graduating from my rehab exercise class. I’ll keep you posted.

But the exciting news is what happened before that stress test. Of course you remember I had to get a blood test (not my favourite thing to do). Also last week I got a blood test and results came back quickly. While I was waiting to be called to do my stress test Robin came over and sat beside me and wanted me to know how good the results were from the blood test.

She told me that she had never seen anyone not only bring down their bad cholesterol but bring up their good cholesterol. She even put the word “great” on my paper with a smiley face. I told her I was going to show my kids and put it on the fridge. And I did! haha.

July 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM Leave a comment

Drastic change

Four inches and almost 20 pounds. I can prove it, take a look……

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July 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM Leave a comment

Lifestyle change

One of the benefits of cardio rehab that I didn’t mention in my past posts was not only was eating healthy and exercising regularly but I started to loose weight and started to look much healthier. Since I started getting serious about this lifestyle change I have lost almost 20 pounds and 4 inches. Check out the pictures below of the changes just in my face. Drastic!

I still have another 10 or so pounds to go to get to my goal weight but I am on my way. I even bought a golf shirt to wear when I reach that goal weight. When you see me wear it you know I reached my goal!

The first picture is just before I started eating healthy in January, the second is of me right after I got out of the hospital and the last was a few weeks ago when I was on a Daddy-daughter-date with Faith.

July 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM 2 comments

Cardio rehab journal

heart vital signAs many of you know since the heart attack over a month ago, I have been waiting to be healthy enough to start cardio rehab. That happened just a few weeks ago.

My first taste of rehab was my first class where I met with five other heart attack victims and we were taught about heart disease, how it is can be treated and then understanding the cause of it.

The best part of the class was the Q&A where I could ask our instructor many pressing questions on my mind, like when I could drive again, when can I pick up my kids (literally pick them up) and of course go back to work. The last question I had to wait for my follow up appointment with my cardiologist. More on that as I start to put entries into my cardio rehab journal.

So in the future I am going to update all my readers here about all I am going to learn and go through as I go through cardio rehab. So stay tuned.

March 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM 2 comments

Chest pains updated

In my last post I told you I was waiting for my procedure. In this post I thought I would update you on all that has happened.

Like everything I experience in life, my procedure didn’t go as planned. I did get transported to the other hospital that specializes in angiograms / angioplastys on Mon, Feb 11 in the morning, which went as planned. Everything else didn’t.

After arriving at the hospital for my angiogram they started to prep me for the procedure. I won’t go into detail but it was very intrusive to say the least. There was shaving, putting stickers all over my body (again), and asking very personal questions. So much fun (read with sarcasm).

Once they had me all prepped De-Ann arrived and we waited. I have to admit I was very anxious because I knew I was going to be wide awake during this procedure. And second, it was going to be on my heart so that made me nervous as well. But eventually they called my name and I went from one waiting room to another, then finally into the operating room. It was a very large room that was freezing. They put me on a very narrow table and took off the one thing that was keeping me warm and dignified: my gown. Eventually they put lots of warm blankets on me so I wouldn’t freeze to death during the procedure. How considerate.

During the angiogram they discovered I had two arteries that were heavily blocked. One was 90% and the other 80%. But thankfully the third one was fine, because I would be looking at open heart surgery–the doctor told me later on. Phew! The surgeon managed to stint the first artery which had 90% plaque build up but as he did so some of the plaque fell into my heart and caused some complications. So the surgeon decided to leave the artery with 80% blockage for another day.

If you want to know more about the angiogram and angioplasty procedures, Google it. It should give you a good idea of what I went through.

After the procedure, all I remember leaving the operating room freezing to death. I felt like my arm with the IV in it was laying on ice. They put me in my “stall” and loaded all kinds of blankets on top of me. I looked like a mummy. [blame De-Ann for not having a picture to show you. She wouldn’t take a picture for me. I think she thinks I am nuts]. Eventually I warmed up and fell asleep. I slept on my back for a few hours. Then more poking, more stickers and other unpleasant things I don’t want to mention. Let’s just say I was fully exposed.

After my recover from the procedure the surgeon came and told me what happened and that he wanted to give my heart a break before he put a stint in the second artery. It would probably be on Wednesday or Thursday. Man, I was not looking forward to that. The next day I was transported back to the first hospital I came from and I stayed there all day and into the night.

While at the first hospital I had some great visit with people who are so special to me. My brother and his wife came all the way from Ottawa. One of my co-workers dropped off a really nice care package with all of my favourite things in it from all my co-workers. They really know and love me. By the time night came I was exhausted and went to bed early. I almost forgot I was visited by my cardiologist and he told me I will be transported tomorrow morning to have my second procedure. I wasn’t looking forward to that. But I was so thankful for my brother’s prayer and one of my volunteers’ prayer as they prayed for me to have peace as I went into my second procedure. They both knew I was very anxious because of all I went through with the first procedure.

The next morning, Wed, Feb 13, came with me being poked three times. It was bad enough they wanted to take blood, but to miss my vein two times before. Uggh. Still I didn’t faint. Not sure why, but I just grit my teeth and let her poke me. [Am I becoming immune to this poking?] Then the transport guys came and brought me back to the other hospital. [Here’s a question you are all probably asking: why didn’t I just stay at the other hospital since I was going to be doing the second procedure in a few days? If you find out the answer, please tell me. No one knew the answer to that one].

I arrived at the other hospital at 6:45am and my procedure was at 9:30am. Of course, like everything else, it was delayed and I finally went in at 11:30am. This time they got me to walk to the table and put myself on it. Again I was exposed for all the world to see…okay, only the five people in the operating room. Unfortunately since my first procedure was only two days ago they had to enter my body on the other side of my body so now I have two incisions to heal. During the second procedure the surgeon was not able to use a regular mess stint, he had to use a full metal stint because the way the artery was shaped and where the plaque was built up. But the procedure went well and there were no complications. However it was almost twice as long and many times during it I became very cold or in a great deal of pain.

I came out and was put into my new “stall” [a bit roomier than the last one] where they put more blankets all over me and I slept for hours. I finally woke up and I got to see my beautiful bride sitting there beside me.

So thankful for my wife, De-Ann for being there every step of the way with me. And I know now that I am home she has an even bigger role to fill. My recovery is going to be long and I can’t do much for the first two weeks, including things I usually do like vacuuming, shovelling, laundry, collecting the garbage, etc. I am going to owe her big-time once I am completely recovered and able to do all of my regular duties.

As you probably have figured out by now, I am homeFINALLY! Now it is time for me to recover. The cardiologist has told me 4-6 weeks of recovery. I can’t even drive for a few weeks. Homebound I guess for now.

Thank you to each of you for your prayers, visits, cards, messages, gifts and love. They mean so much. I really do feel cared for.

February 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM 19 comments


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