by lucky dog
A metaphor for my take on life and how it affects me.
|I've been wearing a heart monitor for the last 8 days. This is to see if I'm still dealing with Atrial Fibrillation after having the Ablation surgery which was suppose to (no guarantees) correct the problem. Sunday at 3:30 AM I was awoken by my phone ringing and it was the people at the other end of my monitor. She said an abnormality had occurred and they were wondering how I felt and what was I doing. Though I was not called I had another episode at 6:30 AM.
On Monday while I was out walking my dog, I received a call from my Cardiologist office and was told the doctor wanted to see me and If I could come in at 10 am. Of course all kinds of thoughts go through your mind, but I told my wife on Sunday I thought I would be getting a pacemaker. The Doctor told us that my heart was stopping and restarting several times, one was for 3 and half seconds, along with AFib and this concerned him. He confirmed that I needed a pacemaker. I'm now scheduled to enter the Hospital on Friday at 11:30 and will stay overnight to make sure all works well.
It's been an eventful couple of years, in 2016 I had prostrate cancer and was given the radioactive pellets placed in my prostrate and it worked. I've had no more indications of cancer so far. Then in 2018 I had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery which went well, but I continued to have Atrial Fibrillation. So I had that surgery in November of 2018 to hopefully correct it.
My father had heart trouble and went through three bypass surgeries. It started in 1976 and he passed in 1996. In 1976 they were not doing stints (as far as I know) or my dads arteries were not candidates. Things have changed and 2001 I had 2 stints put in and when they did my 3 way bypass the corrected both stints. My father had 3 brothers who died from Cancer various forms, my dad had prostrate cancer, my mother had colon cancer and brother has had rectal cancer. As you can see I've followed in the family footsteps having both cancer and heart problems.
I told my wife she missed her chance at trading me in for a newer model.
I must admit I'm thinking more about meeting my maker and being called home. A week ago I told my minister that I was not afraid of dying, my only concern was for my wife and making sure she won't have any money issues. I use the computer for most of our bills, and my wife is not computer savvy. So I must leave written instructions for my oldest daughter to guide her through my affairs. I have yet to completed this task!
I'm 71 turning 72 this year, I retired at 56 so I've had a considerable time away from the rat race. I've enjoyed every minute of it and I don't think I would change a thing. Life's been good to me, I've had a few ups and downs and delt with one major problem. I'm still living and will continue to look to the future and not dwell on what it may hold.
Live one day at a time and be thankful for each day!
Life Is Good
|We closed out February and according to the record keepers Southern California never made it into the 70's during the entire month. I believe that was the first time since records were being kept.
March showed up in the same manner as February closed, with temps in the 50 & 60's and rain. More rain to come in the days ahead. Will this never end? Spring is just around the corner with Summer to follow, and we'll be asking if the oppressive heat will end. Sounds like a country western song.
We've had intermittent rain so far this morning and I'm wondering if I should get out and walk, but here I sit writing in this blog and only my fingers are getting a workout. My Apple Watch has no accounting for finger exercise, so my day is being wasted away. I've become more consistent riding the bike, and I've been out walking more frequently since we had a few days of clear weather.
I broke out my golf clubs and push cart and walked nine holes. It didn't go quite as planned, because I tried to hurry up when I saw others coming up on another fairway. I pushed myself trying to stay ahead and that was a big mistake. It's been along time since I had a golf club in my hand, and trying to hurry did not help. It wasn't until I decided to slow down and let the others go bye, that I found my swing/game and my heart rate slowed down. I didn't have that many holes left to play once they went bye, but I was pleasantly surprised how my shots were going.
I'm still waiting on my golf buddy to get better, he's been having problems with medicare and a supplemental insurance. He has an appointment this month and hopefully he'll find some relief with his hip. It's always more fun to play with someone you know!
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|I've been reading back over some of my previous post and thought I would catch up a few items. My daughter did get the new job close to her home and is very happy not to be driving up and down the Cajon Pass. Working four, ten hour days with no overtime and 3 days off is like a dream come true. It brings a smile to her face when she talks about it!
Our weather has improved some, this morning the low was 37 instead of being in the 20's. Our daily highs have been going up also, we're now in the 50's instead of the 40's and today we may reach 63 degrees. With the better weather my dog and I have been walking again. Since it's been awhile I'm only taking the dog for one mile instead of two; I on the other hand walk the additional mile after I drop her off. I've also been on the bike 3 days in a row and will hit it again a little later. We are expecting more rain on the weekend, but I'm hoping it won't be bad or last too long.
My waistline has taken a hit with my in-activity, but I'm hoping getting back out on the road I'll see improvement with my weight and overall health. It does take a concerted effort to exercise, and my body doesn't always want to comply.
Politics, what can you say about it. We have an aunt and uncle who are conservative and my wife and I are liberal. When they visit we don't talk politics and everything is great. On facebook that is totally different. I'm debating whether to discontinue to follow them because of all of their right wing posts. I'm really tired of all the rhetoric and don't want to have to deal with it anymore. Of course that won't be the case with Democrats being in the majority in the house, and they will do what the Republicans did as far as the committees go. Will it never end? We're already beginning to get the 2020 campaign for President under way and we're still two years away from that happening. The Great Divide will grow larger! Where will it end?
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|I would like to say that time flies when you're having fun, but it seems to fly no matter what the circumstances are. It moves faster with each passing year. There are times when I would like to slow it down but I can't do that. I don't have a magic wand or crystal ball that I can wave to stop time from passing.
We've now had a little over two inches of rain so far and we have a chance of more tomorrow and again on Sunday. The cold temps continue in the 20 at night except when we have cloud cover then we're in the high 30's. We're lucky (as I've said before) we're not seeing snow and temps that are way below freezing. I hope to get out and walk a little later and I'll be taking my walking companion Gracy with me. She has missed our walks and I can't blame her so have I.
Yesterday I had our taxes done along with my moms. I drove down to Yucaipa to get her signature so they can be electronically sent in. We are both happy with how it came out, and I'm hoping getting them in early we can beat the next shut down (fi it happens).
The new rain gutters have been working wonderfully and we have extended the down spouts out so they won't flood the flower beds.
We had our 31st Anniversary a couple of days ago, we went to AppleBees to celebrate, and then we went to Sizzler yesterday to celebrate our tax return windfall. We can use any excuse to go out and have a good meal. We do the salad bar at Sizzler and that works well for us. I love their clam chowder, and I haven't had a bad cup so far!
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|Our Rams lost but we enjoyed one wonderful meal. My wife fixed a Thanksgiving type dinner, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, asparagus, biscuits, peach and cherry pie. The food was wonderful and desert was made better with a scoop of ice cream. My daughter and son came over, enjoyed the meal and took leftovers home.
We didn't get rain yesterday, but the temp stayed in the low 50's and the wind blew. Since I'm a fair weather walker, I once again failed to get out in the cold to walk. The bike did not get used either and I have no excuse for that one.
I've some running around this morning, making trips to WalMart and Target, if WalMart doesn't have what I need. Picking up some items my mother requested and looking for a Valentines Card. I'm the kind of person who puts blinders on when I go into a store, I know what I need and once found I head for the cashier and leave. I'm not a shopper, walking around looking for something I don't need or want.
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|My computer is, I picked it up on Saturday afternoon. They tell me I'm all set, the computer has been swept, cleaned and is now ready to go. While it has been away I've updated all my passwords and changed them to very strong, none that I can remember. I have Lass Pass along with iCloud Keychain. It takes a few minutes longer to get signed in when you have to switch between programs, but I believe I'm now more secure than before.
We have a morning reprieve from the rain but it is due back later this evening. We've received 1 inch in the last two storms and there are two more storms coming. Looking at Weather.Com, it says we will be in the 40's during the day and in the 20's at night. Didn't someone say "it never rains in Southern Calif?" That's not correct and I can confirm it.
|My computer was hacked and violated, and I had an extortion email sent to me. Currently I’m typing on my iPad with Fintie (small) keyboard, while my computer is in the shop being debugged! I’m not used to this keyboard so if I make mistakes please forgive me. I chose to ignore the extortion email but I have had to go through all my sites and change passwords with very strong ones. For a long time I used simple things I could remember and I paid the price.
I’m fortunate to have purchased a total repair program at Best Buy when we purchased our TV. I took in two computers, my Mac Book Pro that had quit working or would no longer load up properly and my iMac. Both will be worked on at no charge and I hope to have them back on Monday. Hoo Rah!
Our weather has not been the greatest but it’s wonderful compared to what others are going through in the mid west and back east. I can't imagine what -50 degrees feels like not do I want to find out. I put off walking for two days and it looks like it will turn into a week with this weather. I always have the recumbent bike, if I choose to ride it. Motivation.
I will keep this short since my fingers don”t glide across this keyboard like the bigger ones. I’m hoping I’ll be back on my regular computer soon!
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|This is the week that was for Doctor Appointments. Started on Monday with my Urologist, Tuesday was in Upland with the Doctor who did the Ablation procedure, Wednesday was with my Primary and Friday I go see my Cardiologist. Today Thursday I'm headed down to Yucaipa to visit my Mom.
When I went out to start our Jeep so I could go to the Appointment, the battery was dead. I had to call my wife to come home so I could use our other car. I'm 3 miles away from the Doctors Office so I didn't go out to the car till 10 minutes before the appointment time. Needles to say I was 6 min late, but I sat in the outer office for 30 additional min before being called back.
Friday we have our handyman coming to paint the eves and hopefully he will finish on Saturday, The rain gutters are being installed on Monday and we would like to have the eves completed. If he can complete the eves on the front of the house there won't be any conflict.
I cut some more branches off the pine trees yesterday and was able to get them cut up and in the trash before pickup.
After the pick up my wife said she wanted me to chop off a couple more branches on another tree, which I did. She will cut them down to put into the trash.
My wife brought home a wooden Rooster she wanted to place on top of the refrigerator but it was about an inch to tall so I used my Mitter saw to cut the base. The base was too wide and I had to turn it over to complete the cut, it turned out alright and the Rooster no resides on top of the fridge.
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|On Saturday the 19 of January, my wife and I went out to lunch with my daughter and son. We had a nice meal at BJ's Restaurant, then went to Costco to pick up some items since we were close by. Upon our arrival home after putting away the groceries we settled down to watch some TV. To my surprise the TV wasn't providing us with a picture. The router on my WiFi was down, and we had no TV, Internet or Phone!
This is the second time this problem has happened and we were out for 5 days. When the repairman showed up he confirmed it wasn't our fault and he back tracked the wiring and someone had unplugged us (from a box) and put in new service for somebody else.
I called Frontier and advised them of the problem and after several attempts at trying to start the system from their end, a repair ticket was made. I was advised it would be Wednesday before another technician could come out. (the girl on the phone tried to tell me the reason for the delay was issues in Malibu from the fire and rain. We live in the High Desert at least 80 miles from Malibu and I knew that was not the problem! This young lady lived in Texas so she had no idea)
I put a call into Spectrum and asked for a quote and when could they install. Turned out I liked the quote and the installation happened on Sunday, in time for the football games.
I'm not sure what my closing bill will be from Frontier, because I called in on Monday to close out the account and he said they would show the disconnect being done on Tuesday. I told him we had no service after noon on Saturday and did not expect to be charged for the last half of Saturday thru Tuesday since we had no service. I may have another fight on my hands when the final bill comes.
My daughter had a job interview here in Victorville and she said it went well, in fact after the first interview they had her stick around and did a second and third interview. She said it was for less money than she is making now but she will save on gas and wear and tare on her car. She has been working in Ontario and driving up and down the Cajon Pass daily for 22 years and working all kinds of hours. We are praying she gets the new job if it's what she wants.
I have 4 doctor appointments this week. Yesterday I saw my Urologist and everything looked fine, today we travel to Upland to see the doctor who did the procedure (ablation - I think) in November and hopefully they will take me off this medication with bad side effects. They haven't happened yet but I'm sure the longer I'm on it my chances of feeling those effects increase. Tomorrow I see the primary doctor after having blood work done, so I can see how my diabetes is doing. On Friday I will see my cardiologist, he was waiting for the final report from the doctor who did the procedure. Throw in driving to Yucaipa on Thursday and it turns out to be a very busy week.
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|The weather has been frightful, cool temps, dark clouds, rain (sometimes) and throw in wind. Winter is here, and my gas bill reminds me how often my heater is running. Speaking of rain, the company who was suppose to install the rain gutter on Monday didn't, because rain was forecast for 4 days straight. It will be installed next week.
I have managed to get out and walk a couple of days during this period of off and on rain. I walk 2 miles most of the time but today I went 3.
I would like to make a correction on a statement I made in an earlier post that if "I walked 2 miles I would have covered 10,000 steps." That is a grave misnomer - according to my Apple Watch, "today (so far) I've walked 4.2 miles and 9,251 steps." I believe my 3 mile walk was 6,460 steps (give or take), considerably short of 10,000. I guess the most important information is, I'm walking on a regular basis for my health!
Not sure why I'm writing about me when I should be talking about the shutdown.
We have people out of work or working without pay for the Government. It's time all Americans should be making a big stink about this. If our Government can't work together and solve a problem then we should raise our voice and make them take notice. Both sides are at fault, it doesn't make a difference if you're Democrat or Republican. It's time to come together and get these people back to work. It shouldn't be a win or lose situation for Congress or the President. Their employees are hurting and no one is budging. Is this how we want our government to work?
What are we waiting for? Let's make our voice heard!
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