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Jim's Personal Blog - Post Cardiac Rehab

Life after Cardiac Rehab


As of August 7, 2022, Major News in Post Rehab


1. Volunteer Assignment at Mayo Clinic Update August 7, 2022

I began my volunteer work at Mayo Clinic on May 8, 2022

Since then, I have logged in 77 hours total

I am now volunteering at the Mayo Clinic’s Medical Supplies Store on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

I find the work rewarding given I get a chance to assist patients to find the supplies and equipment which they need for their recovery or rehab. I am continuously learning about all of the medical supplies and equipment and work hard to help the official staff address the needs of patients continuously during the time I am working in the store.


2. Volunteer Assignment at High Point Condominium Update August 7, 2022

I began my volunteer work at High Point Condominium where my wife Connie and I live in May 2022. I work on grounds upkeep (namely picking up twigs and scraps from the lawns around the complex). I also make sure our sidewalks and driveways are cleared of leaves, twigs, and scraps. Unbeknown to me was that the trees around the complex are subject to the impact of high winds during major storms which occur more frequently than I expected. It is a challenge but one I enjoy doing in that it gives me an alternative level of outdoor exercise which helps to sustain my Cardiac Rehab Life Plan. I even have worked on special projects of setting up special designated stone layouts for designated plant settings and property border enhancements. I am averaging 10 to 20 hours a week in this assignment and now have a buddy assisting me. Connie is now my right-hand helper in maintaining a neat appearance on our grounds and property.


3. Grandchildren visits

Connie and I have been blessed to have our three grandchildren visit us once or twice a week all this time since we moved up to Rochester. We engage them in all kinds of crafts, games, and Lego activities. Starting in the fall we will be working to have them come to our house once a week since they will all be enrolled in an after-school program at their school. This time with our adorable grandkids is good for both our physical and mental health. Being around these youngsters is a breath of fresh air and help us both appreciate our moving up to Rochester to be close to our family.


August 21, 2022

1. Mayo Clinic: this week I complete over 100 volunteer hours at Mayo. I am thrilled to have reached this milestone. I love the interchange with the patient(customers) in the store and I am learning a ton of material on what goes with what medical condition. It is a great challenge and keeping my mind hopping.

2. High Point Grounds Keeping: I am busy as ever putting up to 20+ hours a week. The weather has been for the most part fantastic and the setting is spectacular. I love getting out and doing the work and Connie and I are so happy to be providing this grounds-keeping for the Condo.

3. Grandkids: we are in the process of developing a plan to arrange for the three grandkids to come over weekly or we will go over to them after school lets out. We plan on watching the kids at least one a month at night to give their parents a “night out.” We will see how all this works out. More later.

4. Medical Update:

- August 12: A1c results of 6.7. Comments from my physician, Dr Suarez was: Your A1c is under excellent control. 

-Weight taken daily: averaging 184 which is the ideal weight Dr Suarez wants for me.

-Pace maker Remote Heart assessment:  In June the pacemaker underwent device interrogation. The supervising Doctor agreed that the device interrogation was medically indicated to provide appropriate care and continue routine device interrogations as indicated every three months.

So overall the news is great and my Cardiac Rehab routines I implemented for life are working. 

Labor Day September 5, 2022

Weather here in Rochester, MN has been great, and Connie and I try to get outside each day to do a little yard work around the Condo. Today I completed putting in large stones on the new rock garden in the back of the Condo building along a fence. Here in Minnesota, they use large stones instead of plants for accents. Our condo property had so many large stones which were hidden by plants that we were able to complete the large stone collection. But the biggest thrill was that this weekend someone put a large Candle lantern on the roadside for garbage pickup. Well, I went to look it over and it was in immaculate shape, so I brought to my workspace on my porch and cleaned it up and it now graces the entrance to our new rock garden in the back yard. What fun it was!!


Work at the Mayo Medical Store has been wonderful. Meeting great patients with lists of materials prescribed by their doctors and listening to amazing stories about their health progress. I have completed 120 volunteer hours and already have a pin on my badge designating this status.


Between the condo grounds and Mayo store I am keeping busy and still am doing my daily exercise routine and feeling fantastic. Fortunately, I have had no health setbacks and so far, so good. My next doctor’s appointment is in November, so I am on track in my long-term recovery.


Our grandkids start school fulltime this week and once they are settled, we will work out a schedule with their parents to see them at least once a week.


Fall is here and winter is around the block. Not sure what activity I will be doing to replace my grounds keeping work. But time will tell.