Depression – different levels for different folks – is common after open heart surgery. I believe I have heard the percentage as about 30% of folks have some depression.
I think your idea of thinking positive thoughts and maybe calling friends for a chat more often are two of the more simple aides.
You are not alone – keep after it and you should see improvement as time goes forward.
Cryo Ablation for Atrial Fibrillations December 2017
Volunteer for Mended Hearts and volunteer in the Cardiac OR area one day per week, visiting families in the waiting room to give them the status of the operation
Joe J Ft Myers
As has been said here before, everyone's experience is different, but depression in one form or another is not uncommon. My cardiologist prescribed an anti-depressant for me, which I found helpful. (People's experiences with these differ too.) Others find the support of Mended Hearts meetings or other groups helpful. (You are not a pill person; I guess I am not a meeting person.) Look, it's life; no guarantees whichever way you turn; but you say you are staying positive and that's a good thing and good luck to you.
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I've been enjoying this discussion – and my two-cents is that anyone who's had a serious illness may well have some variety of blues but the only authority I can think to cite at the moment is Jimmie ("The Singing Brakeman") Rogers's "T. B. Blues."
One interesting distinction between cancer and cardiovascular problems was pointed out to me by my cardiologist (See: Levin and Levin. I WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE. P. 159) "...cancer is something from outside, an invader, an enemy fighting against your body, But your heart is part of you.... You can not be mad at your heart."