Mending hearts

My father had a routine angiogram yesterday and was raced into surgery less than 24 hours later to bypass a blockage. The operation went as expected and he’s now starting his recovery. Phew! I didn’t sleep very well last night but I’m sure I slept much better than my father did before his operation. I’m impressed with the speed with which it all happened and have a big thumbs-up for the Australian health care system.

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago Dad walked from one side of Britain to the other in the Coast to Coast Walk, all the while with a dodgy heart. How’d he manage it? He’s always been very fit and healthy and has made cardiovascular exercise a part of his daily routine for as long as I can remember. He’s never been overweight, never smoked, and eats a well-balanced diet. Perhaps he needs to eat more nuts? But heart problems run in our family. My Grandfather, his father, also had a heart bypass operation. It too was successful and he lived for a number of years after that.

I’ve been busy packing this past week and there’s more packing to do as we move into our new home next weekend. After this we’re never, ever, ever moving again.

Elizabeth has been doing more writing lately and yesterday she produced this gem:

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Translation:

Out in the Sun
When we were sitting in some shade we saw some giant pirates.

This is part of a book she’s been writing 🙂