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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

9 years ago

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

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GoodhartPlasmana

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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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GoodhartLftndbt

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

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Goodhartgmoon

Reply 9 years ago

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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gmoonGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Here's to the new normal!

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Goodhartgmoon

Reply 9 years ago

Yes indeed, and also L 'chayim!

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LinuxH4x0r

9 years ago

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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GoodhartLinuxH4x0r

Reply 9 years ago

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

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LinuxH4x0rGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartLinuxH4x0r

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

Congratulations! Glad to hear things are looking up.

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GoodhartLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

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Goodhartskunkbait

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

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Goodhartgmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

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

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

. 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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GoodhartNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

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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NachoMahmaGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

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

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AnarchistAsianGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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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AnarchistAsianNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartAnarchistAsian

Reply 9 years ago

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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AnarchistAsianGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartAnarchistAsian

Reply 9 years ago

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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AnarchistAsianGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartAnarchistAsian

Reply 9 years ago

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

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GoodhartAnarchistAsian

Reply 9 years ago

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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GoodhartNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

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

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jessyratfink

9 years ago

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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Goodhartjessyratfink

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Keith-Kid

9 years ago

Yaay!! I had a great day too!

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GoodhartKeith-Kid

Reply 9 years ago

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

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AnarchistAsian

9 years ago

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