In case I have any readers left after a long hiatus, here’s an update.
It’s now two months since my quintuple bypass operation. The recovery has gone well – I now feel better than I did before the operation, suggesting that it has all been worthwhile. As well as not getting angina symptoms when walking I also feel as if I get more oxygen out of each breath. This could well be the case as the bypass-enhanced arteries that feed my heart should be working much better now. I have progressed from five-minute expeditions into my own garden, to low-level strolls of a few miles. Here a link to an example from yesterday, with a map, pics and even stats Note for anyone interested in the technicalities.
This was an excellent little walk, through fields and Haskayne Cutting, where residue of dead railway has formed a nature habitat.
As well as being an essential part of my recovery, these walks have led us to explore our own environs a lot more closely. Way back near the start of the walk I commented on finding a nature reserve near my house but it has taken this to inspire us to actually go there regularly. As I intend to walk for exercise on a daily basis, rain or shine (part of the plan to keep my new mashup innards in working order for as long as possible) I anticipate seeing a lot more of these places.
I have also been writing all this time – just not here. I plan to put out a book, Bypass Pilgrim, some time in the next few months – details will be posted here.
So that’s ‘what I did on my cardiovascular repair holidays’. I plan to resume the main walk very soon – after a six-month gap I feel as if a version of me has been stranded in Langley, Bucks waiting to resume. Let’s go and rescue him.
Note: I recorded this on my iPhone using the Everytrail app. This was fun and very easy to use compared with ‘real’ geotagging. Basically you turn it on, leave it running, then turn it off and upload it at the end. You can record waypoints and take pictures as you go. What you can’t do is switch to any other app. It is also pretty hungry on battery, so I wouldn’t use it for a long trip. Note also one of the points is out of sync – it looks as if I hurled my phone away in a straight line… and that it came back using its ‘boomerang function’.BACK TO POST