Prior to my heart attack and heart transplant I didn’t have the time, nor maybe the patience for a lot of television watching. While I was recovering in the hospital from my transplant surgery there was little to do but watch TV. In a recent post I wrote about infomercials. Unlike infomercials, I started watching HGTV and I still watch a little, every day or so.

Home & Garden TV ~ The concept is simple, watch professionals redecorate homes on a tight budget, or the sky is the limit. Over the years, my wife and I have owned a number of homes and except for the 2 new ones we purchased, we usually gutted a house and made it into what we desired. Sometime knocking walls down. We did 99% of the work ourselves. It was also coud be profitable.

I think why I got hooked on HGTV was that, at that point in my life, my days of major construction may be over, or at least slowed down a great deal. It was maybe more than a bit of  “transference” …… transfer the reality of redecorating, into the fantasy of watching others do their decorating.

While we have dome some redecorating, it’s been reduced to simple repainting of a couple of rooms, which is fine with me.

In reality I’ve slowed down from my pre-transplant days and it seems to take me forever on projects. I’m not as fast as I used to be, LOL.

My first home improvement project was about 6 or 7 weeks post transplant. Nobody had been in the house for a month and the seal dried out in the kitchen sink. It was the first time my wife left me home alone for any length of time. It took ALL afternoon to replace 2 seals. It was a humbling experience as usually a small job like that should take 45 minutes, or less. It was humbling!

Below is my den, 4 months after my transplant in 2007. Removed the blood stained carpet (courtesy of my heart attack, I crashed into the desk on the way to the floor and lacerated my eye ~ staining the carpet), plus a new paint job, new desk.

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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