As she entered the Breeders' Cup on Saturday, the last words you would have associated with Laura Bell Bundy would be heart surgery.
Dressed in a Halloween-inspired ensemble of a long black-and-gold skirt, a black crop top and witch hat fascinator, Bundy looked like the stage and screen star she is and was that day, combining her role as Breeders' Cup celebrity ambassador with family time at home in Lexington.
But indeed, Bundy was a little more than a week removed from surgery to fix a congenital heart condition, a ventricular septal defect, essentially a hole in her heart.
"I lived with it until about 10 days ago, when I essentially had a cardio-cath procedure," Bundy, 34, said Saturday. "I had pretty much lived a normal life and was fairly symptom-free, and I was getting to the age where things could start to happen, and I needed to have the procedure.
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"But honestly, with medical technology, it was amazing how they were able to repair this," she said, explaining that her heart was repaired with a cardio-cath procedure through the arteries in her groin.
After a few days of rest, Bundy was able to return to an active schedule. And this weekend she will perform at the 12th annual Star-Spangled Celebration in Maysville, a tribute to veterans and a fund raiser for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Bundy is performing in tribute to her grandfather Wayne Bell, a longtime Lexington broadcaster who died earlier this year, she said.
"I'm going to be singing some jazz standards and some of his favorite songs," Bundy said of her grandfather, who served in the Army and the Merchant Marines in World War II. "He was a radio DJ in the '40s, '50s and '60s and loved all of that stuff. He would give me CDs with 'good music' written on them," she said laughing, "as if music I listened to wasn't good music."
Prior to her surgery, the Breeders' Cup and this weekend's concert, Bundy was busy. She has a new YouTube channel, Skits-O-Frenic, featuring short skits and songs with Bundy and a cast of friends and colleagues in bits such as Namastacy, about a yoga instructor who does not practice the peace and serenity she preaches, and Jeep Blondes, in which Bundy and a group of dancers do an entire dance routine while rolling through a fast food drive-thru.
The channel is introduced with a video featuring Bundy and her Anger Management co-star Charlie Sheen.
She also has a new series coming up, Recovery Road for ABC Family, and a new country album that dropped last summer, Another Piece of Me.
That's a lot for someone who just had heart surgery, but Bundy said it should not be so surprising.
"My heart has basically been working hard my whole life to supply oxygen to my body, and with the hole, there was a little leakage of the oxygenated blood, so it wasn't getting to all parts of my body," Bundy said. "Now, my body is getting its normal supply, and my heart is working as hard, so I've been getting a little light-headed with too much energy. I haven't been able to sleep well because all I want to do is put sneakers on and run around the block.
"When the doctor told me I'd have more energy, I said, 'I already have a lot of energy. I don't know what I'm going to do with any excess energy."
Based on Bundy's track record, she'll find something.