I had a pacemaker-defibrillator change this week. Because we live 60 miles away, because of the recent LVAD surgery I had to stay on aspirin and blood thinner so there's increased bleeding risk. I was asked to come back the morning after for a w... Read more
Crazy, man! I'm bionic, battery-powered. Three months ago, I'd heard of LVAD, left ventricular assist device, but knew nothing about it. Now I have one. As my son says, "Mom, you're turbo-charged."
It's been, excuse me, a helluva summer. A... Read more
My husband and I recently visited my parents who live in another state. We spent some time making their home a little safer. One of my nephews organized a work party of his friends and a few cousins to build a non-skid ramp at the back door as m... Read more
It's been a crazy week. But then it seems to be either doldrums or insanity :-)
My parents are both in their 80s. Dad just had his 87th birthday. A few days later, he fell. He couldn't get up, Mom couldn't help and called 911. They both en... Read more
I've never had more than a brief episode until the bad cold and cough last month. Have been in a-fib since. Last week it started getting harder to breathe, I couldn't lie down, couldn't sleep, belly felt like it would pop, heart pounded at times... Read more
When other things weigh me down, nature is the one I count on, my constant, my church. It can be found even in crowded cities, in the flight of birds, in the chatter of squirrels, in a weed growing through a crack in a sidewalk. When I really ne... Read more
This quotation has been attributed to psychotherapist Rollo May and to columnist/activist Jim Hightower. (HIghtower added, "even a dead fish can go with the flow"). Regardless of who said it first, it's food for thought.... Read more
When looking for high protein, low sodium snack ideas, I found this link.
When I'm out and about running errands I like to take healthy choices along to keep me fro... Read more
Not feeling so good at the moment but otherwise it's a beautiful Monday. Let's see, if I tell myself I feel great, will I? It's worked before.
I feel great, I feel great, I feel great! Just reading those words makes me smile, unclench and ... Read more
I tried something recently with surprising results. I easily get sick when I'm run down. Twice last month I felt crummy, had sniffles, sore throat, aches. When I'm sick I think things like "I'm exhausted, I feel crappy, my throat hurts," etc. ... Read more
You've probably heard this or something like it before: If a friend falls behind or trips, you would help her or him catch up and get up; you wouldn't be mean. Be as kind to yourself on your journey as you would be to a friend. Treat yourself wi... Read more
Yesterday while reading at the table, I began munching mindlessly on some "healthy" crackers. After a time, I realized I had no idea how many I'd eaten.
This morning during 5-15 minutes of daily inspirational reading, the next section I'd b... Read more