one day at a time…
Saturday 31 May 2003

Not Quite Dead Yet…

Five weeks ago, after doing the weblog update for Wednesday 23 April 2003, I suffered my second heart attack. This time open heart surgery for five artery bypasses was required. After an initially rapid recovery, I developed complications that required re-admission to hospital and medications that overwhelmed me so that I was devoid of energy and needing to remain horizontal for most of the time.

Eventually after stabilizing me and adjusting the medication, the doctors advised that to recommence my recovery I had to undertake physical activity therapy: I am sure the irony of this paradox will not have escaped you. You will also understand why the machine in the spare room has become known as 'The Dreadmill', and why often I find myself humming the tune of the Dire Straits song 'Walk of Life'.

It is my intention (like they say, if you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans) to resume weblog entries on Sunday 1 June 2003. At first these updates will be just simple entries of pictures I have recently enjoyed. I still tire easily, and my attention span is even shorter than before. Additionally it seems a shame not to take maximum advantage of the best excuse for indolence that has ever come my way.

Thank you to all those who have been kind enough to send messages of concern, encouragement, and support. As I become stronger, and I hope more active, I will try to become a better correspondent. Most of all, my thanks to my dear wife, Beth, who has been an unflagging source of strength, and without whose support I might not have made it this far.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)