Thoughts and assorted philosophical musing about: Family, Friends, Fun, Hobbies, & other everyday things.
My continuing efforts to serve as a First Sergeant (Top) in the Army of God.
My latest interest is in Letterboxing.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My little metronome

Six years ago my heart had a senior moment and temporary forgot how to beat in synchronization. That led to several complications which put me in the hospital for about a week. When all was said and done I came home with an ICD or Implanted Coronary Defibrillator installed in my chest. I soon learned that stating "I have an ICD" at the airport would cause panic if the TSA screeners mistakenly thought that you were advising them that you had and "IED", trade talk for an Improvised Explosive Device.

This little "Metronome" sits quietly in my chest working as a pacemaker unless it believes that my heart has stopped or has an extended irregular rhythm. I have only had that happen once. On that occasion I yelped, jumped three foot in the air, and exclaimed "I think my Defibrillator just went off". Bystanders, wanting to escaped any involvement, scurried away like rats leaving a sinking ship.

Well after 6 years my health has declined considerably. I am no longer able to do much without detailed logistical planing for my transportation and oxygen requirements.

Now the battery in this little device is about to expire, so at six tomorrow morning I will be at the hospital to get it replaced with a new one.  This is expected to be a simple procedure, an incision through the flesh over my breast bones, slip the old one out, unplug it, plug in the new one, run some tests, sew me up, and send me home a few hours later.

Still I have some apprehension. The tests on the new device include speeding up, slowing down, stopping, and starting my heart with it. I don't like the stopping idea. Oh well that is life in the slow lane.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Supersonic Summer

This summer has been flying past at what seems to be a supersonic speed. Arriving here at the blog this morning almost by accident I was astonished to see that the last posting was in mid June.

Let me look back and summarize the intervening period: cleared up outstanding medical issues prior to vacation, made other preps for the beach, followed by 2 weeks away at the beach and on the road coming and going, back home for only a short rest before we made 2 more quick trips on church business then back home again. The last two weeks have been more catching up and just general unwinding.

This weekend Donna and I are off again for a short romantic getaway in celebration of our Anniversary. We will be in mid Ohio Amish country mostly just kicking back . I found what sounds like a nice suite at a new hotel in Berlin. I am looking forward to it. Donna still has a lot of work to finish in order to complete the two classes she took over the summer, but I did manage to arrange for her to get a massage while we are there.

Payton (one of our Grandsons) will be coming for his summer visit soon. His visits are always fun filled and full of activities. Both of us look forward to the time with him each year.

So far for me the highlight of the summer has been the days at the beach. I am really not a beach type of guy but this year the location was wonderfully suited to the needs of all. We were able to get Loren and Jennifer down for the last two days, and I actually spent time on the beach each day.

Even as much as I enjoy letterboxing, it is becoming less and less frequent for me to get out. Between the logistics of hauling oxygen around and my steadily improving skill.level at finding ways to loose my balance, I just find that the difficulty in getting out has counterbalanced my enjoyment of the game. Perhaps the scales will tip back the other way as time goes on.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Eternal Circles

This week the Mother of a friend from our church family passed on. Even before learning of her loss lines from an old tune had been making reoccurring breaches into my conciseness awareness. Perhaps this can be attributed to lingering remembrances of losses associated with Mothers Day and Memorial day which are mingled into health concerns of my own. Regardless of the reason these words seem to have a deeper and more profound meaning at present, a phenomena which it is anticipated will continue as each year goes zooming past.

Many of you are probably familiar with these stanzas which are the chorus of the Gospel version:

May the circle be unbroken
Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky

These words are an adaptation of an older church hymn. The original lyrics don't have the nice rhythm of this popular rendition, but a reading of them gives much more insight into what this song is attempting to convey, so here is the hymn in it's entirety as it was original written.

Will the Circle be unbroken
by Ada R. Habershon
There are loved ones in the glory
Whose dear forms you often miss.
When you close your earthly story,
Will you join them in their bliss?

Will the circle be unbroken
By and by, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, in the shy?
In the joyous days of childhood
Oft they told of wondrous love
Pointed to the dying Saviour;
Now they dwell with Him above.
You remember songs of heaven
Which you sang with childish voice.
Do you love the hymns they taught you,
Or are songs of earth your choice?
You can picture happy gath'rings
Round the fireside long ago,
And you think of tearful partings
When they left you here below.
One by one their seats were emptied.
One by one they went away.
Now the family is parted.
Will it be complete one day?
It is my earnest prayer that when I do pass on "In the Sweet By and By", ALL of my friends and family will either already be there or will eventually come and join with us "Up Yonder".

However, In the hear and now there is planning and preparation to accomplish for an immanent beach vacation here on earth.