|On the beach in San Diego, CA - July 2011|
I woke up on the 22nd. The first thing I saw was my wife leaning over me smiling. She said, "You've got a new heart." I will never forget it. The other thing that I noticed immediately was that my hands and feet felt warm for the first time in about four years. I looked down at my hands and they were even red !! I could feel my new heart pumping and pumping strongly. In fact, it was so strong it was a little spooky.
I have thanked a lot of people since then, including the doctors, nurses, my donor and his family, friends who helped out during my recovery, and many, many others. However, as I complete overtime #6 and begin #7, there is someone else I need to thoroughly thank publicly - my wife. She stayed by me through the 11-year long battle with heart disease. She was my nurse, my encourager, my advocate, and my helper. I wouldn't have made it without her.
Today's blog post is a combination of a Music Monday and a Transplant Tuesday / Thursday rolled into one. I am dedicating the song and music video embedded below (you can click here to watch, too) to my wonderful wife. It is Bad English's "When I See You Smile." It reminds me of the first time I awoke after my transplant and saw her smiling. I will never, ever forget it.