I had a chance to talk with former UW football coach Don James for a little while this morning, getting some stuff for a few stories down the road.
James was feeling a little better today than he was a week ago, when he was just leaving the hospital, having had a defibrillator installed in his heart. That followed a visit to the hospital a little while ago to treat some skin cancer.
James, though, says not to worry, that he’s on the mend.
“I’m being put back together,” said James, who is now 78.
He said the defibrillator was a planned procedure dating to examinations that followed a cold and cough he suffered last winter. He said doctors determined the lower part of his heart “wasn’t pumping right so you don’t have the energy you need. It was either a pacemaker or a defibrillator, and they decided on a defibrillator.”
UW begins fall camp on Monday and James traditionally visits for a day early on, taking in a morning practice and having lunch with coaches and seeing old friends.
James said he thinks he’ll be able to make it.
“I don’t feel like running a 100-yard dash,” he said. “But I’m going to definitely try to get out there.”