July 2014...

by The Squirrell 4. July 2014 23:02

Dear Followers,


Sorry for my absence from the blogging arena ! 


The duties of "Daddy" seem to fill every minute of every day!

(No complaints, as he is fantastic, bright, funny, charaterful

little guy!)


I am eternally grateful to my donor for

allowing me the opportunity to spend more

time with my loved ones and to allow me to pack

everyday full of experiences, memories and laughter!


Sam and I have "Adventures" and go here there and everywhere

on our "Boys Days" (Mainly in the hunt for steam trains, cars, and 

any large machinery for which he and I share a fascination !)


Here are some pictures from this month so you can see 

(to all those friends who enquire,) the lads progress... !






by The Squirrell 3. July 2014 21:34

Today was a routine check up at QEH.


Always an axious time, you HOPE they will give you

some reassurance that all is going okay and that your

"MOT" will keep you going longer, but this is tinged with 

a FEAR that they will find a problem....


Thankfully, all went okay, and apart from a telling off

about my weight gain, I am good to go until my next

routine check up!


( Wipes brow and resists temptation to celebrate with a cake!! )


Chipping Sodbury Car run....

by The Squirrell 29. June 2014 19:15

Today Jane, Samuel and I entered the Chipping Sodbury

Classic car event/run.


We dug out the Daimler, fired it up and had a lovely

day out!


The car, Samuels digestive tract, and my ticker were all reliable!!


(Even got to see my old School teacher after 20+ years. Added bonus!)


Much safer...

by The Squirrell 6. June 2014 19:19

Further to my April post...


I sold the trials bike as I realised it was to dangerous

in my condition so opted for something safer and more

restrained !!




May 2014....

by The Squirrell 29. May 2014 19:00

May rolled over me!...


Although life and my ticker cruised through May 2014

I managed to take a few shots of life and my blossoming

little lad....



What could possibly go wrong?!....

by The Squirrell 29. April 2014 19:12

I had a great idea for keeping fit over 

the summer!...


What could possibly go wrong?!




Steam Trains....

by The Squirrell 8. April 2014 23:38

Samuel is a huge steam train fan (Thanks to "Thomas the tank engine"!)


Today I took him and "Grampy" out for a day out on one!


He was great and loved every minute of it!


My ticker chuffed me along all day without a hitch to !


March Montage...

by The Squirrell 16. March 2014 23:49

Due to lots of family issues, etc I have neglected my blog

a bit.


Happily I seem to be on a level field at present so am

"Making hay while the sun shines" !


Sadly other loved ones are not faring so well, so we must

all adopt the"Carpe diem" mantra !   :-(


Here is a montage from my "March photo diary" !


(Thank you to all who ask after me and us all. Your ongoing support and

love is of enormous comfort to us all.)


Sunny Day outside!...

by The Squirrell 26. February 2014 20:14

Dear followers!


Sorry for my lack of posts, but life has been

troublesome lately and I have not been well 

in myself...


After a bumpy few months for me/us today the rain stopped

and the Sun dared to peak out for a while!


Samuel (Who is coming along a treat!) and I 

booted up, donned some coats and went for our

daily forage! (We go out every day looking for stones,

sticks, insects, animals, birds, plants, and anything else of a 

boyish/good fun nature to observe and explore!


The rain lately has been so awful for some many that

I am blessed we live on a hill so have experienced

minimal effect.


My thoughts are always with those who have had

homes flooded, lost precious possesions and ground

to the weather...


Here's a few pictures of Sam enjoying the sun today

(And continued thanks to all who enquire after him and us all...)


QEH... Mot

by The Squirrell 9. January 2014 20:43

Today was an anxious day...


I went for my 5 year "MOT" at QEH. Jane and

I went up early in a hopeful mood, hoping that

all would be ok, but tinged with trepidation in case all

was not well...


THANKFULLY, QEH are satisfied at present, and apart from a telling

off for my weight gain (And trying to do things that are a bit dangerous!)

I was allowed home with just some alterations to my medications!


After the 5 year anniversary, and now today, my spirits are

lifted from a dark mood following some complications and

angst earlier in 2013.


My thanks to you all for your continued support, interest,

friendship and caring, without which my ongoing life and loves

would be fruitless. Special thanks go to QEH Team, my Jane, Parents,

girls and loved ones (Samuel still a bit young to understand!)


I often think about my donors family and wish I could tell them

how grateful I am, and how I hope my donor would be proud of

the gift they gave me, and what it has allowed me to do...


About Matt.

My name's Matt. I was born with a congenital heart defect which hampered me in my youth, and sadly became a terminal conditon recently, and beyond the (amazing) care of the BRI-Bristol Heart team.

In 2008, my condition deteriorated, to a point I was happy to see Xmas 2008. I had prepared to die.

Then in January 2009, a late night phone call from QEH-Hospital Birmingham changed my world, when they offered me a heart transplant, if I could get there pronto!!

6 months on, after a rocky start, I am still alive, thanks to them!

Read on to see how my new life is taking shape, and my adventures to date!....



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