Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wake up call

So, I have been very absent on the internet for the past week. This is because my life has been turned somewhat upside down. My Mr. underwent bypass surgery last week just 3 days after turning 53, with no notice. One minute you are in the doctor's office, the next you find yourself checking him into the hospital. This was Tuesday. Wednesday morning, surgery, the longest day of my life. Six hours later, the recovery begins. The whole ordeal is one of those "out of body" experiences. You find yourself asking, "when do I wake up from this nightmare", and then finally the reality that, "never", is the answer.

You find out how wonderfully giving and caring your friends are, and who they are. You become humbled and learn to ask for help. You see the miracle of science and the mystery of the human body unfold. You realize how precious life is and how quickly it could all be taken away.

As for him, the road to recovery has begun, and a long road it will be. He is only 53 and in great physical shape, which will help. He had a 5 artery bypass as well as a Carotid Endarterectomy, all areas were 99% blocked. His surgeon said that he should have been dead.

The good news, it was caught just in time, before stroke or heart attack occurred.

I will return to blogging in the near future. Expect the focus to be on heart healthy recipes. Fortunately for us, we won't have to make many changes.

This is just the beginning of a new journey for us both. Today is the 1 week anniversary of his new, healthy heart.

So, savour the moment. Smile. Kiss your loved ones. Move your body and caringly feed it all things healthy.

And the journey begins.................