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Friday, November 08, 2013

Hi Spark friends !! Yes, finally my computer, my desktop, (old but I love it,) and I (not old but maybe a little) seem to be back in better health. Missed you all at Spark and many thanks to you who didn’t give up on me!
In the intervening months I’ve been learning a bunch of new stuff, for example use of a walker, how to cook and appreciate low/no salt cooking and thanks to Mrs. Dash, not as hard as I feared. Have to admit though, I really long sometimes for a loaded pepperoni pizza! I have learned to monitor weight to control fluids and to keep the blood pressure at a reasonable level, to keep the INR reading (for the warfarin) constant, to keep the pill box filled and then to take the things. I have avoided the pill-thing for years and it is a chore to remember them and take them at a scheduled time. Scheduled? When I retired I got rid of time tables and put my watch away. It was sure nice while it lasted!
But I discovered it was much like getting off one train and getting on another. After I cancelled my pity-party, I began to see that the past was the past and this was the beginning of a new kind of life. It started as I began to meet new people – the great medics on the ambulance run, the insightful doctor in the first visit to the ER, the nurses in Telepathy – one who remembered me from my last visit – another, the charge nurse who took special time away from her lunch to get my discharge papers in order so I could get home before dark.
I was required to have the visiting nurses to keep a close watch on my rehab and I was sorry when their visits stopped. They were a source of security I needed when first diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I was visited by a kind social worker who made sure I had the help I needed and the physical therapist had me out walking around block with only a hint of breathlessness today.
But best of all was the aide who came to take care of just about everything. Things all seemed to fit – we liked the same foods, entertainments, thoughts on religion, spirituality, family. Even her daughters were a delight. Gracie at college drove me when she was home - she was a camera fiend and did photos of her younger sister and her horse when they were in a show. How fortunate could I be! It was almost like having another family. Deb and her husband Chris are wonderful parents and their children reflect that care and love.
I have had the excuse to play on my computer, watch and learn a lot from the food channel and from the Animal Channel and read. Lately it has been reading more cookbooks than novels but definitely enjoying myself. I think I must have stock in Kindel by now and love reading on my old iPod Touch! It travels with me whenever I go out and I don’t even notice the time spent in waiting rooms!
Just wanted you to know what has been happening in the last six months –that with the help of my patient and loving therapist I have been making a good early adjustment to this new life. I must admit to one loss that is still in the adjustment stage. I don’t drive anymore. After too many close calls and a spell of confusion on the road I hung up my own keys and my pretty Scion sits in the parking lot until the lease runs out.
Know that I am doing well and apologize for my long silence. Hope all is well with you and yours and that winter will be kind to all of us
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    emoticon So glad you are feeling better and back with us! Sounds like you've had some pretty serious health issues, but thankful you've had wonderful people along the way to help you. Good for you to educate yourself and learn some new habits. Of course you know SP has a wealth of information as well. I have been neglecting things I need to do to stay healthy and your blog has encouraged me to get back to it! Thanks for sharing what you've been going through and remember we're here for you.
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    Comment edited on: 11/10/2013 8:55:00 AM
    WOW my friend, you have really been through a lot of life lessons in s short spell and have come out on the high end !!! Good for you what a success story this is and thank you for sharing it. I applaud you, BRAVO !!!

    Keep up the good work you are doing enjoying life. So glad to have you back and I look forward to our continued friendship growing.

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