Hi, Friends and Family
You will have to admit, hearing from me is like a
soap opera. Let me bring you up to date.
Last week my heart doctor had me start wearing a
heart monitor because of the irregular beats and
lack thereof. I had to do a stress test, also last
week, and they found lots of strange things about my
ticker. So, I said, ok, I'll wear the monitor to
please the doctor. He's a great guy and needs the
extra car payment. It wasn't too bad except that I
had to call the info in about every hour because the
storage chip kept filling up.
So, this past Sunday morning at about 7:00 AM one of
the doctors at the Heart Institute called and told
me to get to the hospital in Albuquerque
immediately. Whatever the monitor was telling them
was critical enough that he thought I could die any
minute. Really! Me, Superman or at least Grandpa
Ardeth and I fooled around, washed up, ate breakfast
and had a nice drive to ABQ. We got to the heart
hospital and they had been expecting me. Whooooosh,
I'm taken to the exam room, hooked up, probed, stuck
and filled with a whole bunch of stuff.
As an aside, I had collapsed the previous week up on
the mesa while Ardeth and I were walking Pal. Also,
I had had the stress test just a few days later. Now
I felt like I was an alien held at area 51.
Bottom line, they said unless they put a super-duper
pacemaker/de-fibrillator into my manly chest I could
die with no notice. Not being the kind of person who
sneaks out without making an announcement I went
along with their plan.
Not a fun experience but probably one that was
needed. I can't really believe it but there you have
it. I'm now the proud owner of a super computer
embedded in my chest and no matter what happens, I'm
ready. Now I'll probably have to live until I'm 150
So there you have it. I'm alive, kicking and
shouldn't be working at all but had to let you know.
I can't use my left arm for about a month because,
right now, any movement could pull the leads out of
my heart. I was told that's not good. I have to wait
until scar tissue forms over the wires.
Greetings to ALL our family and friends out there.