Loo Roll? Discuss…

17 March 2020… St Patrick’s Day today, a disappointing day for the Irish around the world and at home, COVID-19 really has turned peoples’ lives upside down and the horizon looks just as bleak for quite a long time… I may be considered in the “with health conditions” category as besides the Aortic Valve Replacement operation I also have Type 2 Diabetes which is classed as a chronic illness, it might mean 12 weeks of self isolation…hmm… The burning question I have today though is why is everyone buying up every toilet roll in sight…I did venture out early this morning and there were individuals before 9am with trolleys full of toilet rolls, nothing I have seen with regard to symptoms of COVID-19 alludes to having to repeatedly visit the bathroom, there is no mention of diarrhoea or any associated issue within the symptoms posted on the NHS website and other media outlets… Let us hope that this confinement and restricted access to all parts of daily life hurries up and leaves our shores without major damage to human life… Remember the symptoms listed below…

Where do you use the toilet roll?

Rehab Rules…

16 March 2020… On a day that many people are now housebound due to self isolation or are “working from home” I decided to end my isolation for 2 hours and attend the Monday session of Cardiac Rehab. A smaller number of fellow rehabiteers showed up but enough for some banter and exercise… A full hour and I can assure you that I felt the effort when I got back to my cave. The rest of the day will be spent indoors with Charlie the cat and Alfie, both will be sleeping so very little company… Perhaps a film this evening, I am looking forward to another boring day tomorrow… Stay safe and remember… Let’s be careful out there!!!

Road to Nowhere…

15 March 2020… I have spent two days indoors, due to the AVR operation I could be classed as “at risk”, I do not have the recognised symptoms, but I am reluctant to spend any great deal of time mixing with large gatherings of people. Life in the UK is going to get a lot harder, more deaths since yesterday and the number of those tested positive is growing daily. Compared to the rest of the countries affected by the virus the UK appear to be doing far less to try and contain the spread to the masses. An update released in the last hour does not give me confidence that this is going to be over anytime soon… Take care everyone and remember to follow the guidelines so that protection is total…

Reduce the Risk by Following the Advice…

Stay safe…

14 March 2020… As the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic widens all cardiac surgery patients should be looking after themselves even more…The British Heart Foundation advises that individuals with heart and circulatory conditions should be extra vigilant as the threat of Coronavirus increases. I am following their advice this weekend by not going out, spending the next 2 days indoors. Some medications prescribed after heart surgery gives the runny nose and cough as a side effect but it does not affect everyone, I am one of the exceptions and have put up with it now for the past 2 months, you get used to it but it is tedious… Please heed the advice and take care of yourselves during this extremely serious turn of events that is affecting the population.

Basic protective measures

Let’s Walk for Sports Relief…

13 March 2020… Lovely spring day today, just the weather for getting out and about with my wee mate Alfie. The local school that I am Chair of Governors had planned a walk to support the annual Sport Relief charity cause… The planned walk amounted to around 3.5 miles along the coastal path. I decided to take advantage of the weather so I accompanied the children and staff on their sponsored walk… By my reckoning the walk for me was about 8500 steps… total steps for the day 11,078 steps so that is my exercise for today and tomorrow completed… Well done to all the children from Penygaer School for their efforts and I hope lots of money is raised for charity…

CAT got the Cream…

12 March 2020… The AVR journey I am undergoing is not like anything I have experienced in my somewhat long and diverse life… Today has been one of tiredness and lack of interest in what is going on around me…The only highlight today has been the CAT passing it’s annual MOT without any issue… I have managed a walk to the shopping centre and a short walk with my mate Alfie… not much interest in anything else…

The CAT…
The DOG…

Sit, Stand and Change…

11 March 2020… Apologies for not posting lately, too many meetings and time spent sitting instead of exercising… But we have reached the middle of the week and another visit to the Leisure Centre for the hour workout that will assist with my recovery back to work mode… A good turnout with a couple of new faces, 12 different aspects to the circuit, similar to Monday’s class. I am managing quite well with the majority of the tasks but I still find the sit to stand exercise the hardest, today was 2.5 minutes of discomfort, got through the exercise before moving on to the next. I am in no doubt it will get easier, time will be the leveller but anyone who has gone through the experience of Cardiac surgery will be well advised to try the rehab and persevere as long as you can… it is beneficial to your own health and recovery and the enthusiasm shown by yourself gives the rest of the group impetus and confidence to continue… Well done everyone today…the next session is coming up soon… I feel the effort this evening…

Early night sir?…

Rest Day… I Think Not…

03 March 2020… Today is supposed to be an easy day, a little bit of relaxation before another fairly crammed day tomorrow… But, it is and was not to be… A visit to my surgery and a visit to the podiatrist, prescription and foot care, one to keep my heart and body in good shape, the other to ensure I can do the steps daily… Today’s tally is nearly 9000 and the day is not over yet… This evening there is a school governors meeting which might go on a bit… late finish probably…​Looking forward to a different day tomorrow…No two days the same…

Rehab Day…

2 March 2020… Start of another week, must be Cardiac Rehab day…my second class of this session, different coach this week, Penny not available so Tracy in charge. 12 different exercises using balls, bikes, rowing machines, step up equipment and various other weights and straps… Warm up first for 15 minutes then complete the circuit by visiting every exercise for 2 minutes then a cool down session for 10-12 minutes… All in all it does benefit and all done with smiles and good grace by all… There is never the intention of turning anyone into an Olympic athlete but there is the emphasis on getting everyone’s health a wee bit better… Below are the group taking part today…

Today’s Pulse Group

St David’s Day…

1 March 2020… Today is St David’s Day, for those that are not familiar; he was the patron saint of Wales… A little bit of history… Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century, though it is not a national holiday in the UK.  

I am happy to be here on the this day as it marks another milestone in my recovery, last year I was in Southport at conference and turning down the invitation to a UNISON social evening as the walk to and from would have caused some issues with breathing and pain… 7 weeks later I was on my way to Ward 4 of Prince Philip Hospital with issues related to my heart. 7 months later I am recovering slowly from open heart surgery that corrected the problem with a valve in my heart. It has been a long journey but worthwhile as it has extended my gift of life and time on earth… Thank you to all the medical staff for allowing me to wake up on St David’s Day, life will get easier, nobody said it was a race to the line to finish first and break the tape.