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Moduretic (Amiloride, Hydrochlorothiazide)

Call it the Protestant work ethic or just the need to be productive, but most of us enjoy some sort of work in our lives. The notion of sitting around and doing nothing isn’t at all attractive to the majority of men and women. As the old joke goes, the problem with doing nothing is that you can never stop and take a rest.
We’ve all known friends and relatives who died or deteriorated physically and mentally soon after retirement. Keeping active and alert seems to be essential to both health and happiness.
For those of us recovering from heart disease, return to work assumes an even greater importance than before. It signals a return to normalcy. Getting back to work really means we’re OK again, back in the swing of things.
Certainly the money involved remains important to most heart patients. Sure, some are in retirement or close to it, but most of us are still in the prime of our lives, at the peak of our productivity between 40 and 65. The bills need to be paid, and even if disability is picking up some or all of the tab, we’d rather be writing those cheques ourselves. That’s a natural part of feeling independent.
But the sad truth is that a large number of men and women who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery simply never go back to work, despite the fact that they’re perfectly capable of doing so from a medical standpoint. This has baffled and disturbed not only the medical community but also the insurance industry for many years.
Of course some patients are simply too ill to work again. Their disease is severe, and the cardiac event has left permanent, irreparable damage. But those patients are in the minority!
If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to have a frank discussion with your physician. The bottom line: are you one of the majority of heart patients whose event was uncomplicated and for whom the future looks perfectly rosy, assuming that you take the steps necessary to prevent another occurrence? Assuming you are, there’s no reason not to go back to work as soon as possible.
If you happen to be at an age when that return to your job or career is optional, owing either to your personal financial security or your proximity to a normal retirement date, make your decision carefully. Don’t burn any bridges. Your first impulse might be to “really start living” and spend lots of time with the grandchildren, do some fishing and travelling, and catch up with those things you’ve been meaning to do for years but just haven’t gotten around to doing. Ah, that sounds great at first, but it might wear off faster than you’d think. And after you accept that gold watch, you probably won’t be able to return to the desk or office you were so hasty to leave.
Talk it over with your spouse and friends as well, maybe even with a clergyman or other counsellor. You and your spouse may be marvellously in love, married for many years, and each other’s best friend. But being together day after day, every hour of every day, may prove to be a bit much.
Why not give yourself a bit of a transition? Make that return to work and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to give it up just yet.
If the time comes when you retire to more leisurely pursuits, be certain to factor in some productive activity as well as leisure time. Could you become involved with some charitable organisations? Are there some opportunities for consulting? Do you have an interest in the arts? Or education? Or health care in your community? Remember, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Having something to do outside the house, rather than getting in your spouse’s way, might also keep your marriage happy.

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