Collarbone Update, Canoe/Kayak “trainer”, and my experience with focusing on health not weight

I am now pretty much completely healed with my collarbone. I’ll get the final xray and hopng to get doc’s blessing to ride my bike and lift heavier when I get back (fingers crossed). In the meantime I’m still lifting lighter weights and doing a lot of walking. I'll be glad to get back to … Continue reading Collarbone Update, Canoe/Kayak “trainer”, and my experience with focusing on health not weight

Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs-Heart Valve Replacement, Part III

Part III-Long-term rehab and recovery. I saw my surgeon for a follow-up at one month post-op. He showed me my ekg that indicated sinus rhythm (normal heart beat- no afib) and said “this means you aced the test”. Karen said “no, you aced the test”! He said my body didn’t know it had undergone surgery, … Continue reading Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs-Heart Valve Replacement, Part III

Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs- Heart Valve Replacement, Part II

Part II- surgery and immediate aftermath. With good attitude in place, Karen and I showed up bright and early on August 11, 2017 at El Camino hospital for the surgery. Actually it wasn’t bright, it was still dark that early. But admission and prep for surgery went smoothly, and Karen’s beautiful smiling face was the … Continue reading Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs- Heart Valve Replacement, Part II

Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs- Heart Valve Replacement- Part I

Part I – Fit and Healthy to Severe Aortic Stenosis This post is kinda long (but so was the adventure it refers to) so I’ll split it into 3 installments . This part describes the developments leading up to surgery. As I mentioned in my post “Staying Active Despite Arthritis And Two Hip Replacements”,  I … Continue reading Staying Active While Aging Despite Life’s Curveballs- Heart Valve Replacement- Part I

Staying Active Despite Arthritis And Two Hip Replacements

I’ve been very active in endurance sports, like biking, running, and hiking, all my adult life. Then I began to develop some pain in my right hip, which was diagnosed as arthritis at age 49, back in 2002. So I had to give up running, my main activity at the time. You may think, as … Continue reading Staying Active Despite Arthritis And Two Hip Replacements