A new lease on life…

Colorful buildings create a pretty scene on the narrow roads in small towns in Cornwall.

Fascinating Fact of the Day About Falmouth

Falmouth was the start
and finishing point for both Robin Knox-Johnston and Ellen Mcarthur’s voyages
around the world (Knox-Johnston in 1969 and Mcarthur in 2007) – sailing
non-stop single-handedly.

It’s foggy, rainy and humid today but our hearts are filled with hope and optimism.  I am better…so much better it’s indescribable.  After 6½ months, barely functioning as a frail, shaky, unsteady pain-ridden individual, I am now a completely different person, only five days after completely stopping all three of the heart medications with horrendous side effects.
We wandered through one small town after another, often finding this style of row houses on narrow roads.  Banners fly in the main part of town where the shops and restaurants are located.

I can walk.  I can climb stairs. My hands don’t shake. My legs don’t swell. I can breathe more deeply. I can bend over to pick something up off the floor when over this extended period I suffered dearly in attempting to do so.  No longer am I sleepy at 10 am, about the time the drugs kicked in having taken them at 7 am.

Three drugs no longer fill my little pill case; a statin (Crestor), Amiodarone, and Bisoprolol and the side effects of each are rapidly being released from my system.  

We love driving down these interesting roads in Cornwall.
Oh, I understand the statin enthusiasts who totally believe in these drugs but I dare anyone to find a valid study (not funded by Big Pharma) that says otherwise.  So far, the only report I can find is that statins may extend the patient’s life by three days.  I’ll give up three days for quality of life. 

I won’t get on my Big Pharma soapbox here.  Each person must do what is best for them.  Please…do not stop any of these or other medications without consulting with your medical professional.  In some cases, there is an alternative medication that may be beneficial for a patient’s heart condition.

Both the Amiodarone and Bisoprolol were prescribed for me for aFib, (irregular heartbeats and high pulse) which I do not have.  Taking medication for a condition you do not have is dangerous and may cause serious consequences.
Suddenly, there would be an opening through which we could savor the view.

No, I am not an expert on this topic nor other medical topics.  But, I decided to take my own life into my own hands, as risky as it may have been since I knew if I didn’t the remainder of my life, albeit short, would have been as a frail, shaky, unsteady pain-ridden individual.  

Perhaps the final road to my full recovery is yet in the future.  My right thigh still has a painful hematoma that requires I sleep with a pillow between my knees.  The remainder of the horrific wound on my lower left leg still has a way to go to fully recover but is doing well.  The incision in my chest continues to be painful to the touch and may hurt during certain movements.

Many of these attached properties are actually single-family homes.

On occasion over these past five days, I feel a little breathless but it passes quickly.  This is normal in the first year after bypass surgery.  I don’t panic and I totally relax to find breathing easier a few minutes later.  In time, all of this will pass simply through the healing process but at least drugs aren’t paralyzing me.

Tom and I discussed what would have happened had I not weaned off these drugs.  I would have been wandering through my life in a haze of exhaustion, pain, immobility, and despair.

Boat lift in Maylor, Cornwall.

One of the most common residual effects of bypass surgery is PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  The trauma to one’s psyche as well as their body is astounding.  Somehow, although I felt anxious at times, I wasn’t depressed nor had symptoms of PTSD.  I was sick from drugs.

Although I didn’t have the daily face-to-face support of family and friends, I had Tom at my side.  He never wavered in his attentive care and emotional support.  He did everything for me.  Now, I’m attempting to encourage him to let me do things for myself, carry a grocery bag, cook a meal or lift anything over five pounds.  

Yes, it will take time to rebuild my muscles and build strength and stamina.  Here in Falmouth, the house is too small for indoor walking and its raining outdoors.  

This bike advertised the local business behind it, a bicycle repair shop.
But the frequent walks on the hilly road on a sunny day will serve me well.  Today, I’ve set my timer to go off every 20 minutes when I’ll walk up the stairs to the second level and then back down.  Good exercise.  My goal is to be able to do multiple flights at a time.

Thank you to all of our readers who have stood beside me during this lengthy struggle.  I apologize for perpetually discussing this topic but when I didn’t many readers would inquire wondering how I am doing.  Now, I can let this go and if anything changes good or not-so-good, I will share it here.

“They” say writing down how you feel is vastly therapeutic.  Could it be that I averted depression by being able to share what I was going through with all of you?  I always had a voice.  I always had YOU!

Be well.  Be happy.
Photo from one year ago today, August 31, 2018:
This was our first daytime giraffe visit at this house.  For more photos, please click here.

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