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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bits & Pieces

Yesterday was none stop for me. I had a scheduled blood test and doctor visit. Spent hours, and I mean hours, on the road. Drove from one side of this city to the other, much of it in blistering heat.

Took two trips to the lab to finally get my blood work completed. I think every democrat in the city was in attendance; the waiting room was packed in a sea of liberals. Thank God I own a Kindle.

My blood work requires me to fast. My first meal came, yesterday, around 1300 - it consisted of a cup of coffee. Sixteen hours of fasting to face the end with a good dose of caffeine.

At the doctor's office I waited too. Not long, but it was a worried wait. This appointment was to find the end result of my nuke stress test. The nice nurse took me back to the exam room, performed her test, and said, "Good luck," and left.

I sat there with my Kindle. My left leg did a steady bounce. Guess I was a bit nervous. My cardiologist is a tall slim dude. Not very muscular, nice. He walks in and takes a seat and said, "It's the birthday man."  I smiled. Kept thinking, come on....out with it. The birthday reference was due to the fact I'd had my heart attack on my birthday. Nice of him to remember.

"How do you feel?"

I said, "Fine."

Then he gets down to business. "Excellent," then he smiled.

"Excellent, what?" He adjusted his chair, tapped on the keyboard, turned and pointed his finger at my heart. "Your stress test. You passed with flying colors. No other blockages can be found. If there was any heart damage its too slight for us to find. Whatever you're doing, keep it up."

Whew. I wanted to scream with joy. But, that's not a manly reaction. I just grinned. He asked me to take a place on the exam table, pushed me back, and that's when my cover shirt slipped and my carry piece was exposed. Pin drop...

Then, "Oh, you wear a gun." Not a question. I just nodded my head, and replied, "Yep. Never know when I'll need to shoot a surgeon."


He just laughed. Guess he'll make a good cardiologist. I return in seven months. Your prayers worked. Thank you.

We have an appointment with our new attorney today at 1400...and so it begins. I'll let you know of the outcome. Supposedly this new lawyer is known as the Barracuda of family law. I shall gently probe and push and demand some kind of unsupervised visitation for Birth Mother of our Little Bit. Standby.


Yesterday when I arrived home from my heavy morning of appointments I hit the yard at a dead run. I must have picked up two tons of Spanish Moss. I filled six old trash cans with pine cones and  broken limbs and moss.  By the time I was finished I was soaked in sweat. Felt good to hit the shower. All this to say, more storms are headed our way today. The weather critter said we're to have a stormy week. Seventy percent chance of rain and thunderstorms now through Friday. Fine with me. Should be fun.


Gotta run.

Stephen

32 comments:

  1. So glad your tests came out excellent!

    Good luck.

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    1. Well thank you, pretty lady. Don't tell anyone but so am I...

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  2. So glad to hear the great news from the doctor!

    Too bad you can't send us some of your rain.

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    1. I'll try and send a bit of rain your way, Mrs. S., standby. Thanks, dear lady.

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  3. Good news. And it sounds like you have a cooler doctor than I do.

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    1. He seems like a nice guy. Only met him twice. Once on the table and then the follow up visit. He smiled at my silly joke. Thanks, my friend.

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  4. Good news in the health dept is always welcome - good luck with The Barracuda.

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    1. Thanks, my friend. The meeting was long. Hope it works.

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  5. dear sweet one - i can't believe that after all that you have been through over the past several months, that your tests came back so positive?!?!??! i guess it just means that a strong man like yourself is just that - strong as heck! we have so few of men like you left in the world and i am happy to know you, and the other few! i have a little something that i found in some of my extraneous junk for your Little Bit - i'll wait till i hear from you that it is safe to send! love always to you and yours, my dear one!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Ah, I'm not strong, just stubborn and lucky. Thanks, sweet kymber. Little Bit will be thrilled. I'm really not sure when I'll see her again. Our lawyer will take steps, today, to help. Keep your fingers crossed. All our love.

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  6. Good news. Great! Hope your next personal trial with courts and lawyers goes as well. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, my good friend. So do I. This, is hard.

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  7. Yeah! Glad about the good news on the health front! Keeping you in my thoughts for the legal front. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, sweet lady. We need all the luck we can get...

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  8. Thank God...literally! Wonderful news to read.

    Continued prayers for healthy and for Little Bit!!

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    1. Thanks, pretty girl. I worry about my Heart. Had a dream about her last night.

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  9. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)June 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    So glad to learn everything is A-O.K.! You had a lot of people praying for you, and guess what? It worked! Just take care of yourself and eat right.
    Good luck with the Barracuda!

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    1. Yes, indeed, those prayers worked and I much appreciated each and every one. Thanks, my lovely Phyllis.

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  10. Stephen,
    I'm so happy to hear your ticker is ticking with no hickups, no blockages either :-) Your Sweet Wife must be extremely happy and relieved. As for you, I know your jumping for joy that you can do yard work and more strenuous things. I bet the doc's facial expression change immediately when he saw your gun. I snickered when I read your comment of "you never know when I'll need to shoot a surgeon".

    Barracuda's are good when it's necessary to get things accomplished. I will pray that this attorney will get what's needed done and Little Bit can visit her mom without supervison. The next time you and Sweet Wife get to see LB, give her a big old Oklahoma hug from me.

    Storms rolling in should make for a relaxing evening, take it easy and have a good day.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy. Yes, my ticker is fine. I hate to say it but I told Sweet Wife I was fine but she didn't believe me...bless her.
      I too hope our Barracuda kicks butt. This is serious business for us. I've never gone this long without a hug and kiss from my Little Bit. I can't imagine how she feels. Storms are always welcome to me. They match my mood.

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  11. Fantastic news. Reckon Sweet Wife's assistance also went towards such good results and news.

    Saying a prayer and holding thumbs for your appointment this afternoon...

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    1. Dani, Sweet Wife's nursing skills kept me on the road for sure. Thank you very much for your kind prayers; we need 'em....

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  12. Best news you've offered in a while, Bud. To say I am pleased just isn't enough.

    And thanks for the huge belly laugh...I'll just bet all could have heard that pin drop.

    As the man said, keep doing what you're doing, LOL.

    Winston

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    1. Thanks, Winston. It was a funny moment. Then he laughed. Gotta like it...

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  13. Great news Stephen! The power of prayer :)

    HankH

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    1. Thanks, Hank, my good friend. Prayers work...

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  14. Good your OK. Stay the course. We had rain here earlier. Opened the front door at 0830 and damn was it humid.

    Later........

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    1. With luck...I will try. Thank you, my good friend.

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  16. Really good news! We're waiting on rain too. It's hot and the humidity is even worse. I can barely stand it outside after 9am. I'm getting to be a wimp!

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    1. Mamma Bear, I hate humidity...hate it. I want a cool crisp Autumn morning....if you're a wimp, then so am I. Thanks, my dear lady.

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