All of my life I've had an erratic heart beat. It was so reliably erratic that when I was in the rescue squad, they would come and find me whenever they wanted somebody new to know what an erratic heartbeat sounded like. Well, some years later I ended up needing a triple bypass and valve repair at the age of 58 (yr 2000). After the valve repair, no more erratic heartbeat. It was rough after that surgery, and for about 3 months I wasn't sure that I was going to make it. Then I began to realize that I was doing more and felt better than I had before all the work was done on me. Another 3 months and I felt like I was 15 to 20 years younger.
Well, that wonderful feeling only lasted me 14 years. Since then I have had to go back on the table 5 more times to have stents installed. I have 6 of them now, and died on the table when the last one was being installed. They got me going again and I'm feeling pretty good, but I tire easily now. At a fast walk I can now only go about 400 ft before I need to stop for a few minutes. They told me that they have done about all they can for me, except for fine tuning of the medicines, which they are doing every time I complain.
The last time that I got on an airplane I warned security that I had a lot of metal and plastic in me. When I went through the scanner the guy yelled "wow, you twinkle like a Christmas Tree", but they let me fly. I have metal knees from a fire fighting accident and I have survived cancer twice too. I consider myself to be sort of a time bomb now. I have no idea when the end will come, but I'm betting that it will be quick when it happens.
I'm kind of afraid to slow down, because every friend that I've had who slowed down significantly after they retired, aren't here any more. So I keep as busy as my body will allow. Right now I'm building a photo/video studio in an 18 X 26 second master bedroom in my house. (the reason why I haven't been posting woodworking projects this year). I've done a lot of photography in my life, but I never had my own studio or did many portrait type photography. I'll be able to do it now. I have most of my digital dark room set up and have ceiling mounted rollers with backdrops installed on them. I have all the lights for taking still photos and I'm gathering the props and building a posing bench.
My #2 son and his wife have started a business and they want to make some videos for their website. I have cameras with full HD 60 fps video capability, so all I need now to help them with the video production is a few more lights (different requirements for video) and they'll need a 4' X 8' white board that I'll mount on the wall behind the back drops. I've been re-finishing the floor, re-wiring, and painting the walls and ceiling in this room for the last 2 months and only the trim and doors need a fresh coat of paint now. A walk-in closet also needs re-painting. It will hold all of the photo equipment that isn't in use. Another small room needs work so it can be a hair and make-up area / dressing room. I'll be beginning work on these next week.
See, I'm staying about as busy as my body will let me, and I have a goal to keep me from getting depressed.
Take care buddy, and get them to tell you what they are doing and what their long range plan for you is. If they can't or won't tell you, find a new heart doctor. I got lucky and have one of the best in the Southeast USA taking care of me. He didn't do the bypass surgery, but has been keeping me going ever since.
Central North Carolina
Last edited by CharleyL; 05-04-2019 at 10:06 PM.