Fifteen years ago today I awoke in the Prince Charles hospital in Brisbane Australia. On this day: my life changed forever…
I received 2 artificial valves. They tick away consistently. I don’t hear them much now. Just occasionally if I lean on my hand and create a sea shell shape I can hear the blood rushing through my system and the clear ticking of the heart valves pumping my life through….
I had previously received, on 2 occasions, a pig’s valve. Quite remarkable really. But 2015 was to be my 4th and final open heart surgery.
So far so good.
I am really tired as I write this. I have has an amazingly productive and for me high energy day.
What a gift all these extra days and years have been. All my grand children have been born since I had the surgery. I have travelled over seas. Zipped around in this country. Gained significant insights to pain and patience. Become compassionate in ways that I doubt I could have grasped from any other experience.
I feel a deep and abiding gratitude. There are moments when I am still and reflect…when I look about me and wonder….
So…thanks to all of you who have been a part of this journey; to those of you who held my heart, or held my hand. And continue to do so in very many ways.