Pick A Card, Any Card

icdI recently underwent a procedure to install an ICD, or a defibrillator.

This little baby ensures that my heart beats properly at all times, and if I somehow slip into an arrhythmia, the device will shock me back into a normal rhythm.

Hopefully, I will never have to experience this particular life-threatening aberration, but it’s nice to know that I won’t drop dead face-first in my spaghetti if I do.

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The Continuing Adventures Of The Bionic Man

bionicThose of you who have been following my work for a while know that I have had prosthetic hips for almost twenty years now. I dislocated the left hip about a month ago (you can read the account here) and had to endure a six-hour trip to the emergency room. Indirectly, the hip incident resulted in the prospect of a new joint replacement ordeal, and the old concerns and fears are cropping up once again.

How did the dislocation of one prosthetic joint lead to the potential replacement of another joint, you ask? Well, it happened Continue reading “The Continuing Adventures Of The Bionic Man” »

The Import Of Support

supportA few days ago I experienced one of the most painful episodes in the entire tenure of my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had to be rushed to the hospital in the back of an ambulance, and then spent six hours in the ER while I was “repaired.” As I was lying on the gurney, I began to think about what life would be like if I could not count on the support structure I have availed myself of for years. Sitting in that hospital, I realized that having people you can rely on when you need help is probably the single most important asset in Continue reading “The Import Of Support” »