Carol recalls if she suffered from depression after heart bypass surgery and explains how she has remained active since her recovery.
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Carol's Active Life Following Bypass Surgery One of the questions that comes up in the rehab questionnaire is they say, “Do you have any depression?” And I said, “Why would I be depressed? I just got a second life? I am here to live and thanks to the hospital and the rehab nurses and the doctors and everybody at Banner Heart, I have everything to be happy about.” Depression isn’t s word that I probably couldn’t spell it if I had to and I don’t want to. Oh it’s just a good experience. I am glad I did it and it improved my health and you learn about nutrition and the things that you need to do to keep, you know, invigorated with your life. So that’s what I have done. I am 75-years-old and in fact, this last summer I gave myself a 75th birthday party by driving about 4200 miles around the country just to see some people that I care about and in so doing, my daughters and I had elected to take the raft trip, which we had never done before. We were staying in a little mountain cabin and we decided to do that. Well, grandma got tossed from the train and I went into the water in the rapids and came up with my paddle and said, “I’m okay. I’m okay”, and running at the water I thought, “Oh, well okay I am here. Do what you need to do,” and that was an invigorating experience. I bobbled around in the boulders like a ping-pong ball for a while and caught the next boat. So, it was a great experience. I learned later the water was 42 degrees but that didn’t, I didn’t notice that at the time. Anyway, so I a pretty active and I just live life as much as I can every day.