The last time you heard from me was over a month ago. I was watching the Olympics and musing on Coney Island Muscle Man (a picture of me in my former body perhaps?). And I was getting ready for a Valentine’s Day blog — waxing eloquent on love (as always) and beginning to choose from among my favorite love photographs. (Really… what isn’t love anyway?)
But on the night before V-Day, when I should have been putting the finishing touches on my blog, I found myself in the back of an ambulance headed for a week-long vacation in our local hospital. On Valentines’s Day some doctors were threading a small camera into my heart to take a look around. As one good friend said in her get well email: “Aren’t you the funny man, getting your heart tinkered with on Valentine’s Day!!”
Because the picture taking tour of through my heart determined that stents are not a possibility, and open heart surgery isn’t an option, I was eventually sent home with new medications and the good care of the Merrimack Valley Hospice, which sends a wonderful nurse to keep an eye on me a few times a week. Judith continues to feed me well in body, heart and soul and my friends continue to send me such good vibes that my ticker is beating strong and transcending the expectations of the medical prognosticators! Who knows… they may kick me out of hospice!
Even though Valentine’s Day was a month ago, I’m back in the saddle where I left off and with even more reason to share some contemplations on love.
Mostly I want to give a big THANK YOU to all those who have been sending me love and healing wishes.
Really, why is there only one day in the calendar dedicated to love? Love is in the eye of the beholder and I feel so grateful to see it every day in so many ways… and to be the recipient of it. Happiness loves company and my heart is feeling supremely happy.
Judith found an article today entitled: A positive attitude may increase longevity in patients with heart disease. I turn 83 in April and I think 20 more years seems reasonable, especially with friends like you. Thanks again for the love. It’s all any of us need! Here are a few ways love has revealed itself to me!