Something's wrong with Wally...
In 2009 I nearly died from a heart attack.
And the emotional part of my recovery didn’t exactly go as planned.
But two or three years with a psychologist cleared a few things up. First, we worked through my post-op depression (which over 150,000 heart surgery patients experience every year). Then we uncovered why I’ve always felt like the world was a tuxedo and I was a pair of brown shoes (to borrow a joke from 60s comedian George Gobel). HINT: my family, growing up, had something to do with it.
My doctor had me write a post-op diary the every week. You can read those entries posted by month. Or see how I’m handling day-to-day events since then in my Open Heart Blog…
So, in the cosmic scheme of things, all it took was a brush with death to fix what was wrong with Wally and find out what’s right with... Walter.
Read more at my Open Heart Blog
Trying to make sense of life after a near-fatal heart attack— anecdotes, observations, and information for people of a certain age.
Links of Interest
Captain Dad is the day-to-day "adventures" of author, New Yorker cartoonist, and stay-at-home dad Pat Byrnes.
The Mental Illness Happy Hour, hosted by Paul Gilmartin, formerly from TBS' "Dinner and a Movie." A critically acclaimed podcast and website featuring confessions from the entertainment industry...
Men Beyond 50 is a website out of England that "aims to become the energy hub for 50+ men to live better lives." Articles, blogs, and such by experts and regular guys (over 50) who've learned a few things along the way...
Depression after heart surgery is, unfortunately, not uncommon. Read more from the Cleveland Clinic, a premiere center for cardiac care and the hospital where my cardiologist did his internship and residency!
Proof that treating depression after a coronary “event” can lower the risk of a second “event.”