Interview of My2ndHeartBeat

A number of weeks ago I asked my readers to “interview” me ….  submit their questions to me, so they could learn more about me. I did receive numerous questions and I’ve decided not to identify those folks here. I also got a number of VERY personal questions that I have responded to in a more personal manner. Because in these cases, it was TMI (Too Much Information) and I had to exercise “Editorial privilege”.

What do (did) you do for a living? I worked for a large multinational corporation and was in middle management for most of my career. I spent 25 years in heat treating, and about 5 years as a business analyst.

What were the three best times of your life? I have thought about this for a long time and the answer is very bittersweet. The three BEST moments in time were when my three sons were born. Very sadly, we lost 2 of them ……. one a day after he was born, and a second one at 9 months after he had heart surgery. Our son is the high point of my life!!

What were the three worst times of your life? Being that my blog is about heart transplantation, you might think that would rank up there in the top three, but it doesn’t. If you refer to the previous question burying 2 sons were the worst things I endured. Burying my dad was the third worst!

Do you have any hobbies? Yes, I love to fix things, repair or rebuild round the house. It keeps the hands and mind active. I love going to the movies (dramas), I really enjoy gardening, and spending time reading and writing on the PC. I wouldn’t call volunteering a hobby, per se, but it is something I absolutely love to do. Going to my transplant center and speaking to patients or family members of patients that have just been told they need a new heart, or just received a new heart is the best job I’ve ever had. If I can give an ounce of hope to someone who is at the end of the road, then I’ve done my job!!

What is your favorite television show? This is more difficult, because even though the TV is usually on in the house, I’m rarely actually watching it. But, if I had to pick a show ….. it would be a toss-up between “Law and Order”, “White Collar”, lots of things on HGTV or the Weather Channel.

Have you ever done anything you are ashamed of? Yes, yes, yes and probably every day I do something or say something I’m ashamed of …… I won’t give specifics here ……. but I TRY to be a better person today, than I was yesterday ….. it doesn’t always work out that way, sadly.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Oh, it’s certainly half full, or more …… I am an eternal optimist and always am looking for the bright side in any situation.

In your story, you coded a lot ….. did you see the light? No, I did not see the light. I think I wrote in my story that I did not see “the light” ……. it was more like a light switch being flipped off. I was there one second and gone into blackness the next. I do NOT remember being shocked or anything physical associated with those AED paddles ……. I do remember “coming back” ……. it was always like I’d slowly open my eyes, or “fade to light” and all the nurses would be standing there staring at me with a very worried look.

Is your heart happy? This is a great question!! It took me a while to get over the surgery and all the immediate changes I had to make in my life, but I can honestly my heart is very happy.  I truly enjoy my life and living!!

Do you have any goals? Another great question …… Yes, I have daily goals, like walking 7 miles per day ……. or becoming a better person …….. however, my overall goal is to dance with my grand-daughter at HER wedding. At this point is time, she is only three years old.

Can you do everything now, that you could before your transplant? Yes, for the most part I can. I admit I am much slower now than I was, but I can do basically the same things. There are a couple of things that I won’t do, due to health risks, but I can basically do about everything I did in the past.

Have you heard from your donor’s family? Sadly, no. I am working on my 3rd thank you letter to them. I will keep writing to them on occasion. (Never give up)

Do you believe in reincarnation? The simple answer is, yes. But, I want to follow God’s Plan for me first. To fulfill my destiny and then I’ll worry about if I’ll be coming back as, say a house dog.

Do you feel any differently since your transplant? No, not really …… except I am WAY more emotional now. At times, almost hyper-emotional. Things tug at my heart-strings a lot easier since my transplant.

Do you have dreams, nightmares, fantasies? The answers are yes, yes, and yes! One thing that maybe has changed is that I can actually remember my dreams and nightmares now. And I have some very wild, off the wall ones at times. Others are mundane. And, fantasies are always good. 🙂

Is you life good? If so, why? Yes, my life is very good. I’m simply VERY happy to be alive. Life is good because I am now taking the time to share it with family and friends. Taking the time to give thanks for all the little and big things in my life. I am truly blessed. I’ve seen a miracle happen and it was inside of me!

Editor’s Note ~ If you have follow-up questions, shoot them my way.

Half a Lifetime Ago!!

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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