29th January 2012
5 Weeks ago at the age of 44 I underwent open heart Cardiac Bypass surgery having three grafts (triple bypass)and I am very happy to report that I am gradually getting better. The recovery from the operation has been slow but I am making really good progress.
Here is a short clip which explains what happens in a Cardiac Bypass operation .Click here.
My chest and leg wounds are healing really well and I am no longer on pain killers but I will of course be on medication for life.
My heart condition is a hereditary one which doctors say has caused a blockage inside my main artery and this means that I will have to be very careful with diet and exercise for the rest of my life.
I have also agreed to be part of a clinical trial which means I will be monitored more over the next 5 years to see how the grafts hold up in my heart.
This week I started Cardiac re-habilitation which is a 12 week program of exercise and consultations with a dietician and physiotherapist to help me build my strength again.
My spirits are high and the general pain from the op has started to reduce and I can honestly say that life is starting to get back to normal.
I cannot lift anything heavy and I still need to have a nap in the afternoon but gradually I expect to resume my normal life bit by bit every day.
I am amazed at the skill of the doctors and health professional who looked after me and I now feel like I can start to rebuild my life with my girls.
It may take me an extra year to complete my Post graduate LLM but hey, who’s counting.
Every day I become more focussed on my future and life with my family and my life in Law. It is exciting.
Thank you for following my progress.