Since the unfortunate event at the beginning of May, I have been told to become active as soon as possible as well as to stay calm as much as possible and since I am restless by nature I tend to choose the first. But there is a chance to combine those two when I go out in the fields to relax.
Ever since I had a camera I have had a special interest in nature and now in the days of digital photography and smartphones, it is so easy to be able to catch everything that makes noise, has beautiful colours or flies around.
The past two days the weather has been nice but rather muggy and a little cloudy too, excellent conditions to go out with my camera as I can no longer be out in the sun for a long time without getting sunburnt due to the medication I have to take for my heart.
I am also not allowed to walk for too long so with a camera I can both move and relax at the same time, walking for a bit, stand still, aim, shoot, walk on etcetera.
Today was a treat as -besides I spotted a Reed Warbler- in the ditch next to the car park in the fields also a frog concert was taking place and I love to share it with you, here it is. Quite relaxing, isn’t it?
If you knew everything that could happen beforehand, you could go around the world on a dime is what my grandmother used to say to me, it’s a Dutch saying.
In the run-up to my heart attack, my health tracker already indicated that my heart had to work way too hard for it, but I didn’t recognize the signals, I thought I was just a very busy man (May 2 and 3).
Six weeks after my heart attack, check up time. This morning I woke up a little more excited than in the past weeks, today I had several appointments in hospital for the first check up on my heart.
At breakfast, I read the instructions for the appointment which told me I had to take the boxes of the medication I had taken in the past weeks, one of each and also the list they had given me at discharge from hospital days after I had it.
I have two best friends, we have been friends all our lives and often spent time together. We even went on holidays together sometimes, on our pushbikes or by car.
On one of these occasions we decided to venture into grounds where we were not supposed to go, we were trespassing. This adventure stayed with us all the rest of our lives as a great memory and anecdote, we often talked about it at birthday parties or the occasional reunion. Until now, we now have the pictures too.
So, this is a sensitive subject for me and I’ve been thinking for quite some time this morning if I should write about this or not. But I decided I should do it regardless the expected criticism of some people as it could be a benefit to other men dealing with the same issue.
The fact is, all men wonder after they’ve had a heart attack if and when it is the right time to have sex again and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
In the midst of my darkest moment, my greatest fear and the most excruciating pain I experienced, I cried to God. Then suddenly this thought came to my mind: This is where you shut the door behind you for the first and last time and wait for the light to go on in your new room. And for a few seconds I got excited!
I really thought I wouldn’t have the chance to say goodbye and had to move forward to spend eternity in heaven. Physically I wouldn’t have been able to fight my way back, in a spiritual way I was led by a higher power, God, and would not have wanted to if He had taken my hand right then and there.
There are some things in life that you can not predict nor see it coming. This week I had a heart attack.
My Tuesday started like any other weekday, breakfast, shower, coffee. In this case, shaving my head was added to the routine as you can see. Little did I know, when I was making myself a cup of coffee, about the events that followed that day. And then it hit me, literally.
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