‘TIME TO FIX THE TICKER’

By Mr. William

We apologize for the time between postings, but we have had a few things going on.

While I want to share about a major health issue I am needing to take care of, I would like to share first about some fun and celebratory family tidbits.

The second weekend in May we were out of town participating in the high school graduation of our oldest grandson. The celebration gave us not only time with him, but both my adult kids as well as my son-in-law and six of my grandkids, plus my older sister, my Dad and my younger brother plus sister-in-law.

This is the grandson that now towers over me at six-foot-two-inches, 290-pounds of a young man who now begins his work towards playing small college football while hoping to go into education as a teacher of the next generation and coaching the same.

One must admire a young man who, due to marriages and re-marriages, had the opportunity to celebrate his graduation with four of five grandmothers, all six of his grandfathers and one great-grandfather. All told, Keller had 44 family members at his graduation – not bad for a kid who only had 18 kids in his senior class.

This celebration continued late into the evening as my two kids, my son-in-law and those grandkids minus the graduate enjoyed some family time around an old-fashioned campfire at the campground my daughter and family had their new camper at.

The following Monday I spent with my son and his youngest out of town once again, this time celebrating the eighth-grade recognition of my second oldest grandson.

Then this most recent Sunday, my wife and I plus our trusty puppy Frosty traveled south into Oklahoma to celeb rate an early third birthday party for our youngest grandkid. I celebrated because I don’t see this grandson that much, but he still called me Papa. After we traveled home and my wife was on facetime with her daughter and the grandson, he asked for this Papa just to say thank you for coming to his party – doesn’t get much better than that.

Now comes the trip I really wish I did not have to make, but understand is a must do whether I like it or not.

After waiting several weeks to hear back from my cardiologist about the stress test we discussed in my last posting, and the news was good on some ways and disappointing in others.

The nurse who called informed us that my cardiologist was very pleased with how well my overall heart muscle looked and seemed to be operating, but!!

That word but, a word that always seems to take a moment of celebration and smack it down a level or two.

As the nurse continued, she said the doctor found what appeared to be the beginnings of blockage again in a couple of my arteries and they wanted to schedule a stress test sometime in May. The nice thing about saying sometime – it meant that while there was blockage found, my cardiologist wasn’t overly concerned to the point of putting me in the hospital that day.

So, after several weeks of waiting and trying to make our schedule and their schedule matach up, we finally found a day to work and that is Tuesday, May 28!!

I go in around 10:30 a.m. and will have my heart cath done sometime by 1:00 p.m.

They told us to bring a bag with overnight necessities just in case, which means if they have to fix a stent or two that I will be remaining in the hospital for up to 24-48 hours depending on what they need to do. Yippee!!

Hardest part for me will be to eat or drink nothing beginning at midnight. That means I might not eat again until sometime mid to late Tuesday afternoon – Yuke!!

But I am ready to go in, get it done and hope that cleaning up the ticker a bit may solve some of the problems I have been having of late with getting short of breath and feeling so dang tired so much of the time.

What will I be anxious about – that’s easy, it will be leaving my puppy Frosty at the groomer/boarder from Tuesday morning until maybe even sometime on Thursday. Neither Frosty, or I, seem to much like these days apart.

So as I finish this up, I see I have just 30-minutes to grab one more bite of something before my midnight cut off time and then it will be off to bed for hopefully some sleep before getting the job done and putting some true trust into the hands of my specialist.

And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ and Me are 4 today.

As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.

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