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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Back on course...

Yesterday, DH played his first game of golf in 5 1/2 weeks; the time which has elapsed since he collapsed on the final hole of that same golf course, early in December.
This was his chest a day or so after the pacemaker was implanted...still a bit swollen then of course. 



The plastic adhesive over the wound meant he could continue to shower as normal. The dressings were taken off a week after the operation and over the weeks the swelling and soreness had completely disappeared. Golfing was off the agenda for a while as the electrodes which had been attached by tiny screws into heart tissue could be ripped out by the action of the golf swing and the  follow through. After 4 weeks the electrodes would be anchored firmly by tissue growing around them.
Yesterday's game went well with him being placed 18th in a field of well over 100 players. So he came home feeling rather pleased.

But one day last year in July he was even more pleased with his game. After 40 plus years playing golf, he finally achieved that 'hole in one!' And in November we both attended the club's presentation night so that DH could receive his trophy.

The table all loaded up with the various trophies...

The main guest speaker for the night was another member of the club, who happened to be an Australian tennis champion from the 1950s to the early 1970s, Mal Anderson. My mum had been a really big fan of Mal and I remember how chuffed she was when her granddaughters had tennis lessons with him at their school. Mal was a very entertaining speaker having embraced golf after his 'tennis days'.  
 
 
After speeches, it was time for the trophies to be distributed...DH receiving his...
 
 
A close-up; it is the actual ball that he used that day. The club takes it and sends it off to the trophy maker to be incorporated into the piece. There were a few 'holes in one' winners last year; not all on the same hole as DH. His achievement was on the 16th.
 
 
So it's good to report that DH is now back golfing and possibly hoping to replicate last year's achievement; the hole in one that is...not the collapse or 'dispsy doodle' as he described it! lol

14 comments:

Jackie said...

So happy to read that your DH is back to golfing. Here is hoping for another hole in one this year.

God bless.

Becky said...

I'm so glad he is getting back to something he loves. Scott works for a company that builds pacemakers and neurotransmitters

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OH yay! My husband laughs when we pass the course with guys hitting a little ball around. I, myself, think the game takes a tremendous amount of skill. Congrats to him for his healthy recovery and for landing that most excellent shot.
xx, Carol

Lin said...

So pleased that all is going well for him Maria. Hugs and love. Lin xx

Sharmayne said...

Glad to see the pacemaker inpant has gone well and hopefully he will see a big improvement. I'm sure I had a tennis lesson with Mal Anderson one time when he came to our after school tennis lesson for the day - that was at Wynnum Central in Brisbane south side, back in the late 60s.

angela said...

Congratulations
and well done
Glad your on the mend xxx

creations.1 said...

Great to see DH is recovering well - you best be careful Maria - he could so fit he is dangerous!!lol!!

Cynthia said...

Double congrats to your DH for the hole in one and especially for recovering and returning to his golf game in fine form!

Susan said...

Well done on the Hole in One - what clever medical procedures are around - and that plastic dressing is so good! I think Bruce needs a pat on the back too for posing and letting you post those photos!! He's a good one.

margaret said...

so good to read pacemaker well embedded and doing its job. One brother John has had one for years and friday Richard was fitted with a defibulator which is similar I think.
So well done a hole in one such an achievement lots of glofers never reach that height, and good result in the tournament too

Sue (this n that) said...

So glad your DH was able to get back to his golf again. 18th place in that field must've been beaut for him too. Well done! Great achievement of the hole in one as well. A lovely post Maria :D)

Kim said...

Your DH does look rather chuffed! So wonderful he is now feeling better and back on the golf course.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Congrats to DH. I'm glad he's making a speedy recovery. I hope 2017 will be a great year for you both :)

Claud said...

Great news! And congrats on the trophy :-). Big hug to you my friend.