4) Allan in the street

This was filmed with the kind permission of Stagecoach East Scotland.

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“It took me a bit of time to get my confidence back. I worried that i might trip or fall and my wife coming out with me really helped me, but I was also worried about what people thought of me, how I looked. That really affected my confidence. Once I got over that I started to go out more, taking little steps, building up my stamina and pacing myself.

Getting the bus was new to me as I had always driven before. That was a challenge! Balancing, stepping up, getting my bus pass out of my pocket and holding my shopping bags. Not to mention getting to the seat before the bus took off. Although I now ask the driver to give me time and I can challenge people who are sitting on the disabled seats where they shouldn’t be.

I feel like I am mobile again and fitter to take on new challenges. I have started volunteering for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland a few days a week. I’ve even took driving lessons and now I’m back behind the wheel again. Being fitter has helped me take on this challenge.”

Something to think about

Do you think you can add these suggestions to your daily routine?