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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Life Changed

I open my eyes and have a peek around me from under the covers. No wonder I am feeling so warm. Tilde is laying curled up between my legs and Zerline is laying fully stretched out on my side. I feel her warm breath blowing in my neck.

I sleep a lot. Ever since that day in the beginning of October where I survived a heart attack and they performed a PCI on me. With a lot I really mean a lot. I sleep most of the day. The heart took a hit, it functions only on one third of its former capacity. It will get better in time though, the docters told me.

Ofcourse I had to learn the hard way. On day one after leaving the hospital I went for a walk with the girls only to quickly find myself out of breath. My former body could push on, the new one couldn't, it just got dizzy and failed. It was a new reality. Life had changed. Not being able to walk the dogs was a shock, a crippling reality.

I had no other choice than to adjust. So did the girls. They quickly followed this new routine of sleeping a lot. I actually think they liked the fact I was joining them in all the naps they take during the day. We found a solution for our beach trips too.

We take the car and drive to a beach 15 km south of her where cars are allowed on the beach. I drive to a spot where we can be alone and there I just let them out. I shuffle a little through the sand in a pathetic pace, but the girls grab the opportunity to rough-house with each other, chase seagulls and scavenge for crabs. When we return to the car they feel fulfilled.

Later on the day I make one more trip. We mostly make some fun and do some tricks, I couldn't even measure it in miles. But we have to be patient, better times are around the corner. I hope we can at least do a 5 km walk again soon.


  1. Oh, this aren't good news. I hope, you will become better soon. Make all things slowly and look at your wonderful dogs. They will help you.

  2. Such a scare and such a humbling recovery. All of us are so glad you got through the heart crisis, and we send our very best as you recover and rebuild your strength.

  3. Leo, I'm so glad to hear that you're recovering! It will take patience but you'll improve, and that opportunity is a blessing.

  4. Beterschap! Leesvoer: human heart, cosmic heart.

  5. It'll take time. I'm so glad you are enjoying your days with this new way of going. Sleep is the best right now.

    Monty, Harlow, and Ramble


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