An Appreciation

Today marks the two year anniversary of my stroke. As I begin this, I note that the time is, coincidentally, about the same as that when I first noticed my right hand wasn’t working anymore, ironically when working on a post to this blog.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to retain some semblance of sanity in the first weeks following the event, when I could read, if not post, here. I also wanted to publicly state my thanks to the PTs (particularly Susie, Karla and Amy) and OTs (particularly Kay, George, Sarah, and Krista) at Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, f/k/a Our Lady of Lourdes, for their constantly pushing me to do more than I thought I could. This provided the foundation from where my continued improvement (albeit a very slow one) comes. The deficiency remains, although it shrinks a bit over time.

This event caused me to directly confront my mortality, and reexamine my priorities. Changes have occurred in my lifestyle, some of which gripe my butt, but which were needed to continue some semblance of a “normal” life. I continue to evaluate my situation, appreciating the fact that I am able to awake, arise, take nourishment, and spend time with my family and friends, including, without limitation, those here on PPP, some of whom I have yet to personally meet.

This experience has also clarified my thoughts on the health care system, and how best to provide medical care to the populace. I won’t go further now, as this was not intended to be a diatribe or argument for or against any particular position, but as an appreciation of what has gone before coupled with a wee celebration of being able to give it. Everyone take good care, and have one on me today.


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8 responses to “An Appreciation

  1. That day two years ago was one of the luckiest days of my life! I’ll never take our friendship for granted. What a precious gift I was given!

  2. wicked

    We’re ever so grateful that you’re here with us to share those thoughts!

  3. As is always the case, when mentioning some, others are omitted by inadvertence. Thanks also needs to go to the nurses and staff at OLOL for their good care and encouragement during the six weeks I was there as an inpatient (remarkably, some of them had cared for my wife at the Catholic Care Center, and remembered me from there). I happened to drop by the other day, and saw many of them, including Joanne, the nurse on duty the day of admission. We had a good laugh about my statement to her that day that surely I would be going home after the weekend, and there really was no need to tell me about all this “stuff” I wasn’t going to need to know about, as I would not be there long enough to have to deal with it. Ah, the arrogance of ignorance!

  4. indypendent

    6176 – even though we have never met personally – I feel a connection to you because you have shared your life and emotions on this blog.

    And bottom line – isn’t that really what we should all feel? – connected to other human beings in this world?

    As you know all too well – life can sometimes be cut off too short. I learned that hard lesson when I lost my brother to liver cancer. But even with those memories – it makes me want to work harder to make this world a better place for all. For life is such a precious gift and we take things for granted.

    And as for the health care system – I think we all feel the same way. There has got to be a better way than we currently have in order to make our professed desire to make this world a better place a reality.

    Again – congrats on it being two years since your stroke. Enjoy each day, be thankful but also remember that life can change in an instant.

    But I’m sure you know that already. Now go and spoil that little granddaughter a bit more. I’m sure her parents would not mind…

    LOL – that’s the real joy of being a grandparent – huh?

  5. Zippy

    6, I’ve always enjoined having you around here for an exchange of ideas, and your mind has obviously been unaffected.

    You always bring calm clarity of thought to an issue (PPP is more likely to endure a diatribe from me, heh). I look forward to your thoughts on health care that have crystallized (I almost said “when you’re up to it,” but naw, I will not patronize such an agile mind: when you get around to it, that would be great).

    Besides, it probably drives a certain prosecutor nuts, heh (shut up, Zippy, be nice!).

  6. Zippy

    P.S. When I get done enjoining your company, I’m going to go quash my face.

    Heh. Absolutely random typo.

  7. prairie pond

    617, I consider you a dear friend, and I think often of the day we met in person and shared some food at fnord’s place. I wish it had been different circumstances, but I loved the visit, and always love the communications from you. I’m so glad you are here and that you are my friend. You are one of the strongest people I know, and I look to you for inspiration more than you will ever realize. Thanks for being you!