I know there are some heart transplant patients that can climb mountains, run marathons and participate in decathlons.

I am NOT one of them.

However, I do lead what I consider to be a very full life. I’m active, I work around the house, I go to the gym, I volunteer, I try to walk 7 miles a day total. Since Labor Day, we’ve been working on redecorating  “My2ndHeartBeat World Headquarters”. Some of what’s been accomplished to date ~ torn out old kitchen flooring (3 layers and sub-floors), painted the hallway, stairway, living room and dining room. All of which required multiple furniture moves.

Tired? You bet’cha ……. I’ve been butt dragging tired many days in the past couple of weeks. However, I listen to my body. When it says “STOP and rest”, that’s what I do. I’ve found, by personal experience, that it does no good to push into total exhaustion as it’s not good for you and it takes longer for the body to recover.

Not every day is the same. Some days I have a little more or less energy, so I can’t say I’ll work on this for “X” amount of time. What I do say, is I’ll work on this until I’m tired, then I quit.

Know what your body is telling you, listen to it carefully ……. and react accordingly.

I may not climb mountains, but I could, if I climbed a little each day until I was tired. Take it slow and easy …… that’s my reality!

Painted Heart


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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