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Paris City Manager John Godwin shared with eParisExtra on Sunday his surprisingly swift recovery from a heart transplant and the changes in his lifestyle that lie ahead for him.
Here is Godwin’s reply to a request from eParisExtra for his thoughts as he prepares to return on Monday to the duties that were interrupted by a heart episode on June 14 and a transplant on July 2:
“I will be back in the office beginning tomorrow. I have three more sessions of cardiac therapy remaining, so will be late getting to the office tomorrow and two more days.
“I have clinic every other Tuesday for a couple more months, then it goes to once per month (so I will miss this week’s special council meeting). Clinic includes blood tests, x-rays, a nurse visit, a cardiologist visit, EKG, and a biopsy on the new heart.
“Evidently six weeks is about as early as they let a few people go back, while others take as long as six months. The medical staff and I have been surprised at how quickly I recovered. Tuesday morning will be seven weeks since the transplant for me.
“My only restrictions are wearing a mask in groups and not shaking hands for a couple more months. The concern now is infection, because in order to keep my body’s immune system from attacking my new heart as a foreign object, they have essentially killed my immune system.
“Long-term, I can never swim in rivers or creeks, eat grapefruit, go into caves, clean out cat litter boxes, drink alcohol, or keep a bird in my house.
“I will be allowed to drive again starting Thursday (one of my meds affects my eyesight, but I get to stop taking it this week). I think my wife will be glad to end her chauffeuring duties.
“I have been very fortunate to get the kind of medical care I received at UT Southwestern, and the support of family, friends, and so many more. The mayor and council and city staff (and the community as a whole) have been great, and I so appreciate Gene Anderson stepping in yet again.
“Right now, I’m looking forward to being back at work, and my wife Stacy and I are actively house shopping. We really look forward to being in Paris full-time. It’s a great community.”
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra