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I had one of the most amazing experiences today on my way to work....... Answered

I decided to walk to work (it is about 7 - 8 city blocks {sorry I know that doesn't help those that live outside the USA, um, about a 1/4 mile?} long walk). This was the first time I had walked to work since my surgery on June 9th (for those that do not know, it was a double bypass). Before the operation, I would sometimes get a late start and would push it a wee bit to get there on time, and end up huffing and puffing (many times having to slow down because of it and some pain) before I got to work.

Today, I started out feeling so good, I pressed it pretty hard to get there in record time. I was barely breathing any heavier then I had when I started, by the time I got to work. I can not say enough good about the therapy I received and and the exercise I continue to do to keep this wonderful state of being going. I was literally amazed !

I was also glad that, on Oct. 4th, I was able to give back a little to the therapy and research facility by going on their 4 mile walk. Not to brag, but I was able to raise about $355 dollars for the cause.

My spirits are peaked right about now :-)

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Plasmana (author)2008-10-15

That is really good Goodhart! I am pleased about that news!

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2008-10-15

Thanks, and as long as I get to keep up my cardio workouts, I will continue to feel as good as I do....

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Lftndbt (author)2008-10-11

Wow, that's amazing GH. That pleases me greatly. My friends father whom is the peak of physical fitness for a 50 yr old, (he does a substantial work out every day including weights, 5km run etc.) received news that he would need a quadruple bypass. The heart is such a fickle thing.

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Goodhart (author)Lftndbt2008-10-13

Well, it isn't so much that the heart is so fickle, but the body's ability to process excess cholesterol is somewhat genetic. Some of that process we can improve on, but we are not all the same, so we each have a different "ability" in that area :-)

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gmoon (author)2008-10-10

Good stuff, Goodhart, glad you're feeling better. Back to normal (or maybe even better-than-normal...)

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2008-10-10

Oh yes, much better then normal :-) I needed that boot in the butt to get me back on the exercise track again....

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gmoon (author)Goodhart2008-10-10

Here's to the new normal!

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Goodhart (author)gmoon2008-10-10

Yes indeed, and also L 'chayim!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-10-09

Yay! Congrats Goodhart, good to know you're doing better. I had a bad day. Got a spark behind my welding helmet, immediately detached the stinger from the rod, but in my hurry ended up putting it on the grounded table and flashed myself. Ruined my whole piece of metal. Ugh!

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Goodhart (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-10-09

Thank you. And sorry about your day. Living on, brings hope of better ones in the future :-)

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

It wasn't that bad. I can fix it all tomorrow

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Goodhart (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-10-09

That's the spirit. If it can be fixed, and if something is learned from the experience, all is not lost :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-10-10

Congratulations! Glad to hear things are looking up.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2008-10-10

Yes, I am feeling much better now. Now, if I could just feel better about my living conditions, I would be set :-)

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skunkbait (author)2008-10-10

Hey, that's good to hear. How does it feel to (sort of) get a second chance at life?

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Goodhart (author)skunkbait2008-10-10

Well, to tell the truth....really good. It WAS a second chance really. When I was walking to work before I knew I had a problem, I would really get winded, and if I was in a little bit of a hurry, I would actually feel discomfort in my chest. I was literally on the verge of falling over, on a sidewalk, where there wasn't a whole lot of traffic, and dying. We really DID catch this just in time.

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gmjhowe (author)2008-10-10

Thats great goodhart! its always good when you can give something back also?

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Goodhart (author)gmjhowe2008-10-10

Yes it is. I was happy to help back after having them put up with me for 3 months ;-)

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NachoMahma (author)2008-10-09

. Right after the surgery, it's rather hard to imagine one will ever feel close to normal again, huh? . It's amazing to me, the insults that the body can take and still bounce back.

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-10-09
Oh I know. And yes you are right. I mean, I am not squeamish in any way (I used to watch those surgery shows on tv), and am not bothered by too much of anything, but when they told me that, after they sawed through my sternum, that they pried my chest open, stopped the heart, and the lungs.....I had heard about enough. The fact that I survived is good enough...I don't need any more details ;-)

No wonder I felt so miserable for weeks after all of that LOL, and now, now I am in better shape then I have been for 20 years, honestly.

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

. LOL Your new nickname is "The Godfather Of Instructables."

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-10-09

ok, you lost me there :-)

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NachoMahma (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

. Mr. Brown is also known as The Godfather Of Soul. "Get funky!"

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-10-09

Ah yes, my memory slipped a disco there ;-)

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that name is a little modest, don't you think?

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AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

wait, wait! i'm getting a vibe from this... hmmmm... HMMMMMM... it's coming to me! is it: i feel good?

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i agree, the human body is VERY amazing... the way it heals and lubricates itself like a perfect machine...

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AnarchistAsian (author)2008-10-09
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Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-10-09

I was so tickled.....it will definitely keep my exercising for sure.....I have never felt so good well, not recently anyways :-)
BTW: Thanks, I think it is great too, and encourage everyone to take care of themselves so they do not have to go through what I just did !

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AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

well, my PE program sucks, so i'll start jogging in the mornings soon...

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Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-10-09

Well, I can't jog (to many things tend to "jog(gle)" when I jog, if you know what I mean). So I walk to work, and I use the exercise machines at work (the elliptical, the treadmill, the recumbent bike, the free weights as well as the universal).

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AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

ahh okay..
you weren't talking about what i thought you were, were you?

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Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-10-09

everything, when you are 95+ lbs overweight, everything joggles when you jog. ;-)

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AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

ha ha, so i guess that includes the you-know-whats...

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Goodhart (author)AnarchistAsian2008-10-09

well, that isn't anything compared to the 85 pound tummy bouncing about, and such. And that is SOOOOO hard on my knees ....

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AnarchistAsian (author)Goodhart2008-10-09

i should hope it isn't...

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Goodhart (author)NachoMahma2008-10-09

Thanks, I really was utterly shocked at how far I have come :-) it really tickle me to no end :-)

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jessyratfink (author)2008-10-09

It's so nice that you can walk to work. :) And it's really good that you're so excited about the exercise. Most people just give up on that bit!

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Goodhart (author)jessyratfink2008-10-09

Well, I certainly don't want a repeat performance on the Open Heart Surgery :-) (gasp that was horrible).

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Keith-Kid (author)2008-10-09

Yaay!! I had a great day too!

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Goodhart (author)Keith-Kid2008-10-09

Glad to hear it. To me, my walk to work was a great inspiration for me :-)

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AnarchistAsian (author)2008-10-09

yay, 8 minutes after you posted the topic, i posted a comment! YAY!

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