By Harvey Steron
Back in 1990, at what turned out to be the end of my being invincible days, my doctor said that I should talk to a cardiologist about what I thought was general malaise. One stress test and overnight stay at Rochester General Hospital, and there I was, being prepped for a triple bypass procedure. What an awakening!
But I survived it, and after a week went home.
My wife and I worked hard on my rehabbing by walking, walking, walking. And 22 days after the surgery I was able to go back to work part time. Fortunately, I had a desk job and was able to work half-days for about a week. I believe that the one thing that did the most for me to really get myself together again was cardiac rehab. I was very apprehensive at first, but I really grew to love those three days a week at Strong Memorial Hospital’s cardiac rehab facility. Those nurses are very special angels, and they helped me to learn a lot about my body and how to take care of it. I can’t recommend that program enough.
I had a Mended Hearts visit while at RGH and even got a phone call to come to a meeting. I really liked my hospital visit and what I heard and saw at Mended Hearts meetings; so at the end of 1991 I became an accredited visitor. I’m in my 18th year of visiting and have 10 years of experience as visiting chairman.
My next ten years were uneventful cardiac-wise, until my first myocardial infarction in 2001. That required a new mitral valve (yep, open heart again); and then the rehab regimen again. Somehow, I’ve had time for four angioplasties and six stents, and another M.I. too.
So, that’s my Mended Hearts story, a pretty good one, thanks to Mended Hearts and a very supportive caregiver, my wife Cheri.