Asking for positive thoughts. . . .

This morning’s adventure with my husband’s stress test and nuclear stress imaging test at the Heart Place ended up with us getting a call from the doctor’s office saying that we needed to come back in to talk to the cardiologist tomorrow morning at ten . . . and they wouldn’t say why. So we were hoping it was some small detail of heart rhythm, or some medication he needed to go on.

Then we got a call from our primary care physician saying that there’s a blockage, it looks like, and it’s registering in the lower left part of the heart, the worst part for it to be in. His cholesterol has stayed good for years, though, so the doctor said he hoped it wasn’t big, and that it could be taken care of with angioplasty. So tomorrow’s appointment is to set up the angioplasty. If the balloon doesn’t work, then you go to the bigger surgery.

Of course he’s terrified. He said he didn’t want to miss the client lunch they have tomorrow at noon, but we pointed out that this wasn’t an option.

I’m asking for your prayers and positive energies towards this being something we can take care of without going to worse surgery . . . and that it goes well, if it has to happen at all.

My knee swelled up pretty badly just from walking all over the hospital all morning and part of the afternoon, and I had just iced it down when the phone started ringing. So I’ve got to go ice it down again.

The way I look at this is, my dad had the same blockage except he didn’t know it (there was not an equivalent type of diagnostic test back in 1970) and his first symptom was a massive coronary with extensive heart damage. So we’re lucky that the doctor demanded that hubby go take the test. On the other hand, we’re disappointed that there was anything to find.

I suppose it’s best to find it, if it’s there. Anyway, if you are so inclined, please keep Don (and me) in your positive thought stream. Stay tuned.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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