Property Maintenance – Dress Code

As a heart transplant recipient, I have to adhere to various rules to maintain my health. Among these are the proper precautions when working outside maintaining our yards and gardens.

In the summer, we wear large brim hats, heavy gloves, masks, sunscreen and usually long sleeves ….all to help prevent skin cancers and infections that we can get from mold spores that reside in the dirt and on some plant foliage. We often joke that we have our “Hazmat” suits on when gardening. And, believe me, all of this can be quite uncomfortable on a hot, humid day. Plus, it is quite a sight too …. thankfully, my neighbors are aware and no longer gawk at my appearance.

The other half of the year, when cold weather is involved, we still have to take precautions. This current winter season has been BRUTAL and we follow the same rules as anyone else in order to NOT get frostbite … heavy coats, hats, gloves, hoods if you have them. I still wear a mask, per my transplant team, to help the lungs process the frigid air better and to help prevent any cardiac irregularities. Instead of sunscreen, heavy applications of lotions are needed for skin care. And, I take frequent rests while operating the snow blower. I don’t truly “shovel” snow …. but I do basically scrape it aside as needed. (Side note – One can forget trying to find a youngster to PAY to shovel snow these days ….. it AIN’T happening around here!)

Regardless … life is good ….. any time of the year!!

Hazmat-All Seasons


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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