Cough… Cough…

25 January 2020… Another weekend, weather a bit cold and dreary, decision is made to stay indoors with my wee mate Alfie… The cough that is a side effect of Ramipril is becoming a little tedious, cough… cough… cough… day and night, not for much longer I hope because it is hampering the healing of the sternum… never mind I will survive, got through the surgery so I will get through this…Test cricket it is then…

Cough…Cough…Cough…

Another Friday is here…

24 January 2020… Another week flies by, really feeling foul today maybe the weather, maybe the boredom but it certainly does not feel great. Decided on a bus trip today, not far but just needed to be in a different place, how people ride on buses daily I will never know, getting in and out of the car can be an effort some days, driving on the roads around home with the speed humps does not help, every bump and pot hole felt, but that is nothing like the discomfort of a 12 mile return trip on a local bus…Do they actually install suspension on the buses? I am sure that the passage of time will help and the discomfort will recede… But some good news today, my consultant has changed my medication, Ramipril was prescribed for me 6 weeks post op and I have had a constant cough ever since, everyone I have spoken to has confirmed that is is the main side effect of this medication and it has been getting me down, but after continued questioning of medical and support staff the phone call came today that it is being replaced by another medication, not sure what it is yet but as long as I lose this cough I will be happy…

Switch Off…

23 January 2020… Today is a rest day, had three reasonably busy days this week averaging 9000 steps a day so I am trying to improve the daily level of exercise. Awaiting notification of the next level of Cardiac Rehab, hopefully it will come soon. Please do not avoid any chance of getting exercise provided after surgery it is of great benefit to the recovery process. Chest pain is still there and it is attributed to the sternum, the information given to patients says to allow up to 12 weeks for it to heal but speaking to various other individuals that have gone through the same operation the response is very different, even specialist nurses have advised that it can take up to 12 months in some cases to really heal… So the message is relax, it will heal itself, there is no way to hurry it up…