It’s been a while …


Well 10 days anyway. Nothing much to say really. My fourth, annual ‘op anniversary’ passed without any fuss. In fact it was spent working in the garden. What else … oh yes we updated our satellite television\telephone\broadband subscription. I have to admit, I was a little worried about this, given that when he’s at home, … Continue reading It’s been a while …

Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow


These were taken on the River Wharfe between Bolton Abbey and Burnsall. We were walking in the area just a couple of weeks before my heart valve operation. It was this trip that both K*** and me realised how bad I had got. It was hard work and only just over six miles each way! … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow

Happy anniversary to me !!


The title of this post refers to the fact that it is a whole twelve months since my operation. The actual date was the 26th so any celebration should have been on Friday. Only one person mentioned anything, and that was only because they had seen it noted in my work calendar. In fact, the … Continue reading Happy anniversary to me !!

Just give up now ….


I don't know why I do it. It's never going to happen. It's just a waste of money. I am of course talking about the National Lottery, or Lotto as we now call it. The chances of winning even the lowest prize are so poor, that it beggars belief why anybody does it. I have … Continue reading Just give up now ….

It’s been a while


It's been a month or so since my last post, and a few things have happened since then. The video change that I mentioned last time worked, thankfully. Which was more than we hoped for. Both K*** and I had this fear that it might cause a problem for the driver on his way in … Continue reading It’s been a while

Life changer – “Job done!!!”


This will be one of the last few of my 'Life changer' posts. As you may gather from the title, it's all over. I was admitted on the 25th of June and by 1pm on the 26th I was in the famed ICU (Intensive Care Unit). I shall not to into the gory detail of … Continue reading Life changer – “Job done!!!”

Life changer – “T” minus 10 (again)


I have a new date for my operation. This time should be a definite. They cannot bump me again. Can they? Well apparently they can. The number of ICU beds remains the same so effectively the same could happen. However, saying that, I do think that it might happen this time. Just a feeling. The … Continue reading Life changer – “T” minus 10 (again)

Life changer “T” – ‘Fu*k Knows!!!!!’


This is going to get a bit political and may be a little sweary, so be warned!! Today was going to be the first day of a new life. Today I felt the true effect of this Governments National Health Service decimation! My mitral valve repair/replacement operation was 'bumped'. Everything was in place. Respite for … Continue reading Life changer “T” – ‘Fu*k Knows!!!!!’

Life changer – “T” minus 11


Just to change the mood, only eleven more sleeps until I'm admitted. To be honest, at the moment, I have no worries about this. I say 'at the moment' because I'm not sure what the next ten days will bring. I have another appointment at the hospital on Tuesday (note to self – print the … Continue reading Life changer – “T” minus 11

Life changer + 22 …. feeling a lot (little) easier


Well today went better than I expected. After a 1 hour wait, I saw the surgeon (or at least his registrar.) We had a very relaxed meeting/consultancy and quite a lot of things were discussed. It would seem now that, after all my doctor/consultant said, it may be possible to repair rather than replace the … Continue reading Life changer + 22 …. feeling a lot (little) easier

Life changer + 21 … aka … bloody hell that was quick!


I did not mention it, but at the end of the angiogram procedure, the consultant told me that my arteries were ok. He also said that I would be contacted by the surgeon, and I thought he said within 3 to 5 weeks. The appointment letter came today, and the appointment is tomorrow!!! As I … Continue reading Life changer + 21 … aka … bloody hell that was quick!

Life changing day .. plus 1


    Firstly, let me get one thing straight here. This is not going to be a day by day diary of the build up to my operation. It is going to more a recording of events that have a connection to my op.     This morning I talked to my manager about what happened at the hospital … Continue reading Life changing day .. plus 1

Wednesday again … so soon


The hospital appointment went well. No waiting about much, which is one of the features of York District Hospital. That is probably why North Yorkshire NHS Trust is in such a bad way financially.  My consultant does not seem worried about the progress of my condition. He did explain a bit more about the problem … Continue reading Wednesday again … so soon