He was a real trooper :-) After his heart attack he helped hubby and I build our house. Because he couldn't do heights (scared of them which is funny for an ex Fireman) he helped with a carrying long sheets of roofing iron, passing up wooden boards (the inside of our house his all wood) and he and I did all the wood polyurethane/sanding. After that, he got an interest in wood. Bearing in mind he was in his 70's. He made some wonderful coffee tables, cabinets, bread boards, etc. right into his early 90's. His products ended up in loads of raffles, as gifts and for their own use. He even featured in a couple newspaper articles because of it.
I used to work in a Rest Home too, for a few years. I also did a few years as a caregiver for people in their own homes.
Kris, your step father sounds like a real super trooper! I use to work in a nursing home and we had many patients that walked and walked and walked until what ever their illness was they could not longer walk. these people that I cared for were my inspiration and I hope that I can be a inspiration to others like your step father.
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FOOTTREKKER - your story reminds me very much of my late Stepfather. He had a major heart attack in his 70's. He actually died in the Medical Centre and the defibrillator had to be used 7 times to bring him back. He was flown to hospital. I walked into his room at the hospital in time to hear the Cardiologist tell him that his heart attack was very bad ... any worse and he would have stayed dead.
When he came home he decided he was going to start going for walks. Where they lived there was a very steep hill to negotiate. He went for (usually) 2 walks a day summer or winter. The total distance of each walk was about 1 1/2 to 2 miles. He continued with this regime until just before he went into care ... at the age of 94, even tho' for the last few years he had required a walking frame. He also walked fairly quickly most of the time. When he went into care, and up until 2 weeks before he died at the age of 97 1/2, he walked around the outside of the hospital he was in ... again involving a hill but not so bad, and again, 2 times daily.
He also had a lot of other health issues!
Good for you, and hopefully others will read your post and think, "O.K. ... I can do this too!"
When I was 38 I had my first Congestive heart Failure. Years later I was plagued with AFIB and 2 heart attacks. I know have a damaged heart and am on medication for it. I have good days of breathing and bad days of breathing. But I do not let my heart define me or hold me back. My dog Buster and I walk, well try to, put in at least 35 to 50 miles a week and I am not afraid to tackle a good size hill. Mind you, a healthy person can tackle a hill no problem, but it can take me up to 25 minutes. I go so far and when I need to stop to catch my breathe I stop, this takes several stops sometimes. but the point is, I do not stop! I keep going. If I know I am having a bad day I do not take the big hills and only take small slopes. I once walked with a friend who has heart trouble also and she complained that walking with me was bad for her heart! I asked her how many times she was hospitalized for AFIB, CHF or a heart attack...never! So what is the problem? I am twice as old as her! The problem is she uses her problem as a excuse. I am starting this topic in hopes to help others stay motivated and to hopefully have others talk about what they do to stay active and aerobic. Do you walk trying to add miles? Do you bike and try to add miles? How do you know when to stop? What do you do on bad breathing days, slow your pace or find something easier to do. The whole idea is to keep your heart, no matter how bad it is pumping! So what is it you do to keep it pumped?