Larry Day, from heart-attack patient to record-breaking swimmer

Larry Day, from heart-attack patient to record-breaking swimmer

January 5, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


(xylophone music) – Swimming, for me, it’s
almost physical meditation. I kind of like to unplug
from life for a little while, and swimming does that. (easy listening music) I just had a belief system, I think, that I was bullet-proof. (easy listening violin music) Asked my friend, he said he was a runner. I said, well I’ll run with you then. He ran a mile, and did some
push-ups, and some sit-ups. All of a sudden, I just
felt a little bit nauseous. Eventually I learned that
I had had a heart attack. A good 10 pound sledge
right up side the head, that wakes you up. Quality is huge for me. Yes, I’d like to live a long, long time. Everybody would. But I would also like to pursue quality. And there’s a balance that
I try to strike there. My initial cardiologist,
he came to a point where he said, “You know,
I’m going to refer you “to Ann Arbor to Dr. Eagle.” (easy listening music) – So, I remember when Larry came. And he was very determined, as I recall, to get back to competitive swimming. But equally, I think fearful,
that he not do anything that might put him at jeopardy. The relationship between
a patient and a doctor goes way beyond knowledge
suggests you do this. These two people have to understand what the goals are for the patient’s care. They have to trust each other. That we’re doing everything we can to make sure his health is optimized. – I’ve been very fortunate
to have recovered from this. I actually think it can make you better. I think I’m probably
healthier than I was before. Then in Auburn, Alabama,
where the so-called Long Course National Championships in August of last year, 2011,
and I broke world-records in the 400 individual
medley, and in the 200-meter butterfly. (easy listening music) To move forward, and be
fortunate enough to meet somebody like Dr. Eagle, I’m his
patient, and he’s my doctor. (easy listening music) I just feel like I’m a
very fortunate person to have a faith, and
family, and a physician like Dr. Eagle. It’s part of my personal
makeup that I would prefer to try to thrive, than merely survive. (easy listening music)