Catching Up – Because Life Gets In The Way


“Don’t forget to take time out of your busy life to stop and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds you.”

Life has become very busy here over the past few months that I have had little time to actually sit down and write here. Things are finally calming a bit. I’ve had some blog posts bouncing around inside my noggin for a while and today, I’m going to sit down and at least do the “Cliff Notes” versions.

Purdy Amazing –

This spring I would often sit and watch television with “Mrs My2ndHeartbeat” and we would watch “Dancing With The Stars”. It is a good show for someone like me that has two left feet and a long history of clumsiness to watch. What was amazing about the year’s version of the show was a young lady by the name of “Amy Purdy”. She was amazing for a long list of reasons. A few years ago she caught bacterial meningitis, which became septic and she had BOTH legs amputated at the knees. Another side effect of this is organ failure and she had a kidney transplant 2 years later. You would never know this young woman had gone through this life threatening and altering event. Wow could she dance. She was not the winner of the famed mirror ball, but she was awe-inspiring and came in second place.

Amy Purdy

 

“Well That’s About It, Ain’t It!”

A while ago I had to attend a funeral for an elderly member of extended family that had passed. The funeral went as funerals normally go and we all went to the grave site to say our final good-byes. As the casket was placed in position, each person said their own silent prayers and finally one member of the family, a person that is always good for a profound “sound bite” exclaimed, “Well, that’s about it, ain’t it!” The comment caught me a little by surprise but at the end of our lives, we go where we go and that is about it on the surface. But I immediately thought of my donor, and could argue that dying is not necessarily the end, because you can give life to others ……. just as you can give your love. Dying is not always …… the end!

That's About It

 

Bi-Annual Check Up –

A couple of weeks ago I had my first major heart check up in two years. I had the full treatment of blood tests, EKG, Chest X-rays and the good old right and left heart catheterization (through the groin). It was a LONG day, but the end result was all good news. All coronary arteries are clear, valves look good and everything is functioning well. I’m continue to be blessed with this wonderful, loving heart.

Cath1 Cath2

Fitbit ~

In the above picture you might notice the black band on my left wrist. It is a gadget that a good friend of mine recommended to me (Thank you, Holly!!) and Mrs My2ndHeartbeat bought me for my 7 year transplant anniversary. It has really streamlined tracking my fitness, but it is also a faster way to help me watch my diet and fluid intake. I had worn a regular belt clip pedometer for years, even before my heart transplant, but this gadget is amazingly accurate and very simple to use. My “BEST” day walking, until recently was about 11.5 miles walked in one day. Recently, with the help of my grand-kids and going to a HUGE mall, I set a new personal best ….. 22,400 steps, 14.1 miles. I admit, I was pretty tired by the end of the day. I HIGHLY recommend the “Fitbit”.

Fitbit

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day –

I lost my dad decades ago, and my Mom about 3 years ago. And, since we have one son, I am able to celebrate Father’s Day and Mrs My2ndHeartBeat celebrates Mother’s Day. Every year, on both “Holidays” I think of my donor and his or her family. What about his/her Mom or Dad? And, what if my donor had a child …. that lost his/her Mom or Dad? So, I silently say an extra prayer in honor of my donor’s family. Because they are my heroes too. This is for my donor family –

Your loss was tragic and heart breaking and I mourn with you each and every day.

Each and every day, I pray for this person that gave me a happy, loving heart … and ultimately saved my life.

Each and every day, I pray for the family of this magnificent person and hope God is blessing them.

Each and every day, I give thanks to God, to my donor and to my donor family. It is a deep and complete feeling of gratitude that most would never comprehend.

Each and every day, I weep for you, and I grieve with you.

Each and every day, I am in awe of your loved one. To have their heart beating in my chest. It is a privilege and an honor to be the guardian of their heart and their love.

Each and every day I think of you, the family ….. and I hold those thoughts close to my heart for you to hear the beautiful rhythm of life and love.

Each and every day I know that from your tragedy, sprung hope for another family, my own family. And, I am responsible for passing along that hope to others, each and every day.

I thank you for the ultimate gift …. you gave me the blessing of life!

Mothers and Fathers Day

 

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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1 Response to Catching Up – Because Life Gets In The Way

  1. Holly says:

    You really should write some kind of book. You are an amazing heartfelt author my dear friend! Love you and MrsMy2ndHeartbeat to death and am so glad to have you both in my life. Our journey’s may be hard but they bring some very special people into our lives that makes our 2nd chance at life have even more meaning.

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