I so appreciate each one of you that take time to stop by my blog. I thought about renting out a hotel room right across from the medical facility we use because that is seemingly the only place I have been this fall. I am a list-maker, so each time something happened that I considered ‘bad news’, I made myself come back with something positive or beneficial from the experience. For example:
- The weekly trips each week for my mother’s cancer treatment, combined with the management of symptoms, infections, and continuing decline with her Alzheimer’s. . .
- We had some good news about the cancer. A follow-up exam showed that the bladder cancer is stable.
- We will do a reassessment in a few months, but for now she has a retrieve from the BCG treatments.
- Plantar fasciitis
- I was at my pulmonologist’s office for a visit, when he noted two things. I had edema in both ankles and elevated blood pressure. That may not sound like good news, but. . .
- I was at physical therapy the following day for treatment of my foot when I casually mentioned this to my therapist. Within hours, I was on high blood pressure medicine because the numbers were now much higher.
- Now that I was paying better attention, I paid more attention to that nagging chest pain I had been experiencing. This led to a trip to the ER.
- The unexpected gallbladder surgery. . .
- I went to the ER because of a possible heart attack. I have continued saying nearly every day that a surgery is almost always better than a heart attack.
- I am unable to eat certain types of food still. . . such as foods with very much fat. Instead of having great plans to change to a healthier diet, I pay dearly if I do not eat correctly. This just might be one of the best things that has ever happened to me!
- The EKG at the ER
- My EKG did indicate a problem with my heart. I have rarely mentioned this, but my older brother passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack at age 42. I am extremely grateful for a warning if there is a serious problem.
- An alert physician and cardiology nurse recognized the potential for a serious problem, and I saw a cardiologist for further treatment. I am going through several tests this next week, but the cardiologist believes the previous EKG’s gave an incorrect diagnosis.
This is the short version of why I have been away from my blog.
Does it change what I believe when there I can’t find a STOP button to press? Absolutely not. I found this blog, A Super-charged life, which says it well.
- Pressure refines us like gold and makes us stronger.
- Recognize the difference between internal and external pressure. This was especially true for me. I had to prioritize if I wanted to avoid creating my own pressure.
- The worst case scenario is usually not as bad as we imagine.