Friday, May 10, 2013
Today my brother is finishing his 2nd semester at college. Another 3 semesters along with 2 classes next summer and he gets his Associates in Accounting. Hopefully by then he can get a steady job, and we can double our household income.
Both of us are working on weight loss, since we both have CHF, mine is just a bit worse, since I have a leaky heart valve. Once my brother has a steady income, I can have the valve replaced. A nurse at one of my recent hospital visits told me that a friend of his had a valve replacement done 15 years ago, and has owned a construction co. since, and worked full time.
My plan is to recover from that surgery, and go to college once I can afford a second car. Since I am not working, I can go full time. I graduated with a 3.7 GPA from high school, and that was because of a D in Spanish, since I was working 51 hours a week, and I did none of the homework. I got 102% on all the tests, so 61% for the class. I got a 97 on the ASVAB, so top 3%.
The smart road would be to continue on collecting disability, and having free health care, but I am only 39, and not ready to give up on life. I am healthier than I was 10 years ago, so I think with a non-physical job, I could work. I just need to go get a degree. Plus, after a valve change, my A-fib should go away, and if I keep losing, I will be even more healthy.
I have a few years and a surgery to get past, and getting to GW by then would be a goal, as well as a help when going through surgery. I just feel now that the opportunities are getting closer, and I felt like writing them down, since they have just been ideas that my brother and I have been talking about, but just in bits and pieces. My brother has his plans all set, and may get an internship this fall, and quit his pizza delivery job. His worst grade for the quarter was a 96%, so he will be on the deans list again. When he started going to school, I thought it was just something to do. Since we both have had CHF for over a decade, we first tried to get rich quick..lol. We had a vending business that barely broke even ( 12 machines ), and did well on stocks, but had to sell them all when my brother got sick to pay his bills. So I just thought he was tired of struggling to pay bills. He works 20-25 hours a week at the pizzeria, and we make just enough to pay the bills. In a year we pay off the car, and that will get us an extra $400 breathing room, but I just thought he was impatient.
Since he has been going to school though, we realize that most people aren't that smart, and are happy with C's, and ecstatic over B's. Since I got an A in every class I tried, I think why not give it a shot? At least I wouldn't just be wasting my life. Who knows, maybe in 10 years, they can grow me a new heart, and with my improved health, I could live to 80?
Of course I have to hope my heart valve doesn't need more immediate attention, and getting my brother a job is first, but it seems like things are moving quickly, and I hope I can rejoin society in some meaningful way, even if I just go to work for fun, since I won't need the income.