04/04/2016: The Last Walk Before The 4/11/2016 Heart Attack
The walk was not very long as I began to feel "odd" after about fifteen or twenty minutes. Out of breath. I trudged on and made it and hour but could hardly walk up our entrance way to go into the house. It did worry me a bit.
Seven days later Paul's heart told him why... Heart attack!
As you can see, I was not walking very fast!
April roses were popping out all over
Did You Know? - Chest pain is the hallmark symptom of a heart attack, although it can take many different forms. In other cases, chest pain may not occur at all. The characteristic chest pain of a heart attack has been described as a sense of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain that starts in the center of the chest. The pain or discomfort typically lasts more than a few minutes, or it may go away and then return. It can spread down the arms, to the back, or to the head and neck. Both women and men report chest pain as a primary symptom of heart attack, but women more often than men are likely to have some of the other symptoms, such as nausea, jaw pain, or shortness of breath,
Big, bold, and red!
The white roses populate our entire neighborhood
Did You Know? - Approximately one quarter of all heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms and silent heart attacks are especially common among patients with diabetes mellitus).
Even though the symptoms of a heart attack at times can be vague and mild, it is important to remember that heart attacks producing no symptoms or only mild symptoms can be just as serious and life-threatening as heart attacks that cause severe chest pain. Too often patients attribute heart attack symptoms to "anxiety," "indigestion," "fatigue," or "stress," and consequently delay seeking prompt medical attention. One cannot overemphasize the importance of seeking prompt medical attention in the presence of symptoms that suggest a heart attack. Early diagnosis and treatment saves lives, and delays in reaching medical assistance can be fatal. A delay in treatment can lead to permanently reduced function of the heart due to more extensive damage to the heart muscle.
Reaching for the sky!
One bazillion and three leaves on this tree... I counted them
They look magnificent hiding in the bricks
Mother Nature does purple!
Waving in the breeze
Looks like they are on fire!
Can't ever get over the red leaves on the trees
04/26/2016: On The Path To Recovery Top
The hear attack was on the 11th and the operation (triple bypass) was on the 14th. We did a lot of "walking" around the house, in the back yard, on our block before we ventured out for a full fledged walk in the neighborhood.
Everyday you are supposed to increase your walking distance. We are supposed to be doing about ten minutes but with Sue whipping me along, we did almost 30 minutes this morning.
We actually walked a little more as we did our back yard.
Here are some general guidelines from the cardiac rehabilitation staff to get started.
Start slowly and gradually increase your walking pace over 3 minutes until the activity feels moderate (slightly increased breathing, but should still be able to talk with someone). If you feel too short of breath, slow down your walking pace.
Walk at a moderate pace for about 10 minutes the first time and each day try to add one or two minutes. By the end of a month, aim for walking 30 minutes most days of the week.
Remember to cool down at the end of your exercise by gradually walking slower for the last 3 minute of your exercise.
If walking outside, walk with someone or in short distances close to home so you do not get too far away and have a hard time walking home.
- Chose an activity that you enjoy such as walking (outside or on a treadmill), stationary cycling, rowing or water aerobics.
Nectarines are forming onour neighbors tree
Aother few weeks and yum yum!
Rossmoor is so very pretty
Standing right up and saying hello!
Executive suites for Mr. Byrd!
How gives a hoot?
Back home in the back yard PAul greets the tomatoes
The raised beds are perfect for sitting and cooling down!
04/27/2016: On The Path To Recovery One-Half Hour At A Time!
Nice walk this morning.. The weather was perfect!
Even the birdies have nice houses in our neighborhood
Gold flower are so pretty against the morning sun
Each house seems to have a small flower garden
The vine goes up the garage and then goes most of the way around the house!
We calls him Pinky!
04/28/2016: On The Path To Recovery Another Seven Minutes
We did fourty minutes this morning without running out of breath
Had to see the garden grow before taking off
We could not find the power switch on these roses...
Obviously plugged into a power source
The roses are beautiful
She jus sits around welcoming people to the yard
Very inviting but alas, I must keep moving
A railroad enthusiast lives here
Paul sits down and takes a nappy!... OK, not really
Did You Know? -
The "Passion" in "passion flower" refers to the passion of Jesus in Christian theology. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus and especially his crucifixion:
Blue passion flower (P. caerulea) showing most elements of the Christian symbolism
- The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance
- The tendrils represent the whips used in the flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (excluding St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the crown of thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
- The 3 stigmas represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
- The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.
Home after forty minutes.... Well ahead of schedule!