To borrow a phrase left on my facebook status. A year ago last week I had Open Heart Surgery to replace my leaky aortic valve. I am doing well; having been discharged from the Surgical team and Cardiologist back in June and July. I pop to the GP Surgery on a regular basis to get my Warfarin levels checked. Once a year I will need a blood test to check the state of my kidneys due to the blood pressure tablets I am on. Apart from that I no longer need any medical intervention. Yippee. (Although, I have found out I am more expensive to insure. :) )
When the weather is better I am going to get training again as I am hoping to run a 5k in May. If I cannot run it I will certainly walk/jog it. I have not exercised much since the Autumn as I have been searching for a house to buy with my family. We think we have found the right one so watch this space.
I have learnt an awful lot since having surgery. On the day of the surgery I was amazed to wake up and find that I have slept the previous night. It was wonderful to know that God gave the grace I needed for that day; a lesson that I am trying to put into practice. I can only take one day at a time; this is coming useful in the house buying game.
I am also learning to try and step back from things which I cannot control. I need to do the things my skills suit and leave others to do what they are gifted at. Ultimately, God is in control of all.
I went to a Stress Busters Course; learnt some great things on it and have added them to some of the things I was already doing. Each day my intention is to write down 3 positives things that happened to me. I find it really helps put all of life into perspective. I am planning on writing more things in my quotes book that I kept up in the lead up to Surgery, it has been neglected over the past 6 months or maybe more. The trouble is I sing a hymn or come across something that is positive or encouraging and then forget to make a note of it.
My Surgery has definitely changed me for the better and I do thank God for His hand upon me all through that time.