It’s June already?! And life goes on…

It’s hard to believe, dear readers, that almost half a year has gone by… I remember as a child reading that life goes faster, the older you become… I used to think they were daffy!  No, not THAT kind of daffy… The other kind!  But I found out, they were right… I think back over the last 5 months and wonder what all has gone on… Well, tons of things have, actually… Some important… Some not…

First, the news on my aneurism… I found a new Cardiologist and I think he’s wonderful… I love his attitude about his patients, and I love how he thinks outside of his box…What I mean is, he sees me as more than just a heart on a scan… He looks at the whole being… He wants to know what you do with your life, and how any other illnesses that you have interact with your heart… He did a new scan on me; a much more detailed scan… The results were bad AND good… First, the bad news… The little bubble is in one of the worst locations it can be… It’s not in the ascending OR descending aorta… It’s right at the arch where the one becomes the other… What does that mean?  Well, it means no stint for me… And no repair either… When they finally do go in to take care of it, it’ll require a full out replacement… It also means they’ll have to go in full tilt, meaning they’ll have to cut open the sternum bone to get to it… Longer recovery, and more risk…. Ok, that’s the bad news… The GOOD news is that it’s smaller than we originally thought… It’s not 5 centimeters, it’s actually only 4.4 centimeters… That means I’ve got some time before they start talking surgery… He’s hoping that I can go another 20 years before we’ll need to do anything with it, and by then the technology will be such that they’ll have a better way to fix it…

OH, and my heart is not only completely plaque free, it’s also completely calcium free and defect free… And my EF (which means “Ejection Fraction”) is 68 which is fantastic… What EF means is that whenever my heart is pumping, it’s pumping 68% “of the total amount of blood in the left ventricle out with each heartbeat.”  (Thank you Cleveland Clinic for the definition and assistance in understanding this!)  The normal level is 55% to 70%, so I’m at the good end of this spectrum!  (Who knew that bacon diet I’m on would work?!)  The Cardio Doc was very happy with my results and it really helped to put me at ease… I still have to be careful about what I do and we have to make sure my heartrate and BP stay low… But compared to how my other Cardio doc made me feel, I now feel like I at least have something to look forward to!  My new Doc was very clear that he doesn’t want me to put myself “in a bubble”… He repeated over and over again that “you’re too young to be putting yourself in a bubble…  Now, don’t join an Olympic rowing team, or an Olympic weightlifting team and NO marathon running…”  I replied that he had just ruined my weekend plans, dagnabit!!!  LOL

I also have a new UC doc… My other one retired back over the Christmas holidays and it took me 3 months to get to see the new one… I haven’t decided how I feel about this one yet, but hopefully I won’t see much of him and that’s the way I like it… (That means that I’m healthy and have no need to see him…)  So all in all, I’m not too bad with the health side of the house…

On a side note: I asked this new UC about taking a prescription probiotic and he gladly agreed… I started taking it a week ago and it’s done very well for me so far… It’s called VSL#3… It’s a powder that you take once a day… You can add it to milk, water, yogurt, ice cream (yeah!), whatever… It is actually cheaper for me than the other probiotics I was on, so it’s a win-win so far!

The Fuzzy housemates are also fine… We went through a 7 month trip there where all three of my fuzzy ones ended up at the Vet’s… Beep, with her nose and ears.. Sophie, who (believe it or not) blew out an anal gland and have to have surgery to clean it up and stitch it up… And then my fuzzy boy, Squirt, who ended up going in for what the Vet says was pancreatitis… I disagree with his diagnosis, to be honest… And I was NOT happy with the meds he gave my boy… I believe my boy was poisoned, along with another critter that ended up dying under my house… It was just too coincidental that those two events happened at the same time, in my opinion… It’s taken a long time for my boy to heal and get back to normal… He still doesn’t go too far from the house anymore, and for this, I’m grateful… I do want to give a huge shout-out to my best friend… She stepped in at a time I truly needed help, and (although I’m sure she does) has no idea how grateful I am for her help… (BTW, Bestie, I WILL be paying you back for your help… I know, I can hear you from here, but deal with it…  LOL)  LOVE you!!!

I’m still in the process of trying to sell my motorcycle… Unfortunately it’s a smaller bike, which makes it appealing for newer riders, but they don’t want to pay the price for an almost brand new bike… So far I’m ok with it financially, but I do hope to sell it soon…

Overall, life is moving along!  I’m changing my work locations which can be bittersweet… Someone told me yesterday that the “mojo” in our current location seems to have died… And I believe she’s right… I used to love going to work and looked forward to opening my office door each day… Now, it’s an experiment in “what massive screw up will happen today?”… There’s a whole group of us moving and most folks seem excited about the change… I’m going in with my hopes high and eyes looking forward…

On another front, I have become a Grandmother in the last month… My Son had two babies, a week apart… My Grandson Julian and my Granddaughter Rylee are beautiful, fully equipped, and I know will have Blessed lives… Welcome to the World, little ones!  You will only add to the wonder and joy that is this big blue marble…

So, as I bring this to a close, I see the world with a little bit of optimism… It’s guarded, but at least it’s there… So as I leave you, remember this: ask questions (lots of them), don’t accept everything you hear or read at face value, try not to worry (still working on this one) and remember to try and find the humor in all that you do!!  Live well and we’ll talk again soon!