Sunday, May 20, 2012

Are You Lucky with Heart Disease ? Yes

Did you ever think about how lucky we are with heart disease, in that we know what it is and how to fight against it.  For the most part, it is a mechanical failure of a part of your body that you can understand.  And you know the lifestyle changes that you need to make in order to increase your chances of continued survival.

Now think of others who have suffered such things as cancer or a concussion. In those cases, the enemy is more difficult to clearly identify and to combat.

And their symptoms and continued annoyances are often not well-defined.  I know our heart disease can have all of these same things but usually ours are better defined.

And with their problems, a transplant is not an option.

Give thanks for what we do have and the advancements being made and don’t stress over what might have been.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wow, I Saw My Father !

I was thinking this morning that it would be great to have the medical attention that the U.S. President gets.  A phalanx of medical specialists there all the time so that you can get answers on any little ache and pain that disturbs you.

But then I realized that every President I’ve ever seen, all the way back to Eisenhower, aged so much during their terms in office.  Stress really does that.

So, I asked my wife if my appearance had aged from before my heart attacks to after.  My wife said yes.  I suggested maybe two years.  She said at least ten years.

That was a sobering thought.

Now, I know why, when I look in the mirror in the morning, I see my Father looking back at me.