Visiting Hours

On Sunday my Wife was admitted to The Heart Hospital for a long planned procedure to replace one of her valves that was leaking. The operation took place on Monday afternoon and currently she is recovering well in the Intensive Care Unit. So I’m back and forward to the hospital every day which may impinge on my ability to post. With visiting hours starting from 9:00 and having been advised by the nurses that coming around 10:00 was best as the doctors do their rounds at 9am, I thought I’d take advantage of a beautiful sunny morning and go into town early for a bit of photography – it helps keep my mind at rest πŸ™‚ So here are some shots of people on their way to work on a Tuesday Morning…



  1. After a recent heart surgery myself I know what you and your wife is going through,, best wishes to her and you. πŸ˜‰

  2. Love the photos.
    Wish your wish all the best in a speedy recovery.

  3. Best wishes and a speedy recovery!

  4. Well wishes to your wife.

  5. Lovely shots. I hope your wife makes a full and speedy recovery πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Su on both counts πŸ™‚ We’re in the 1 step forwards – 2 steps back phase at present πŸ˜‰ If all goes well over the weekend she will be expelled like the bad schoolgirl she is early next week. Then we have around 3 months recovery to work through πŸ™‚

  6. I’m really glad to have an update on your wife’s condition and to know that she has had this major surgery which should really improve her health! I have wanted to ask, but didn’t think it best to do so, yet I recalled her lengthy hospital stay some time ago. I hope her recovery will be remarkably smooth and that somehow all the convalescing will just give you time as a family to draw close! You are so clever to utilize some of that hospital time by taking such wonderful photo opportunities. God bless you all, Martin. Not an easy time!

    • Hi Debra – Thanks πŸ™‚ The actual operation and recovery have been relatively smooth so far – certainly smoother than the last time 18 years ago. Epi’s heart rate was a bit variable over the week but it looks like that is steady now. They’re hoping to remove Epi’s jump-start wires today but that is dependent upon a temperature spike she had yesterday going away. I’m going to stock up on Bananas as Epi’s potassium level is low – then I can sit back and watch as she and Alasdair fight over them πŸ˜‰

  7. Like your nice crisp B&W images here, came across your blog as a result of your comment (much appreciated) on mine. I trust your wife makes a good recovery from her op.

  8. Wish you and your wife the best… You have a very nice blog, and look forward to seeing more. These B&W photos are great πŸ™‚

  9. Our son-in-law has had two of these kinds of ops, separated by 15 or 20 years, I forget. It took plenty of recovery each time, but he’s done well, and continues so for quite some time now. I wish for such a happy outcome for Epi as well, and for your whole family, Martin.
    Nice to think that maybe you’re all home by now — or soon will be tomorrow. Prayers and wishes from across the pond —

    • Thanks for your prayers Judith. This is Epi’s third time around. She had her first long before we met and she was quite shy about her scar when we first started courting. 1st time was a repair to her own valves then when we got married they said “no children until we’ve fixed your valves”, so she had to have replacement mechanical ones. Then when she was carrying our son it needed some very careful juggling of the blood thinning medication and a switch to self administered Heparin injections – I understand this was an almost unique procedure in the UK at the time and the doctor involved wrote an article for the Lancet about the knowledge gained! Last year she developed fluid on the lungs which was a direct result of the stitching failing on her Mitral valve so she’s had to go through it all again. It’s been a very Stressful 8 months 😦

  10. Talk about too much! But you’ve got Alasdair, which sounds like some sort of miracle in itself.
    And she’s obviously a trouper! As are you —
    So, onward!

  11. Gosh I sure hope your wife will be alright. God Bless!

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