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From: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)1/4/05 8:03 AM 
To: All  (1 of 14) 

Hi, all!

Well, big news. I just had the once-over at the cardiac rehab center at Emory University Hospital (one of the top-rated facilities in the nation). The newest, way-coolest echocardiogram (it's really neat to see the inside of your heart working, with color-coded bloodflow) shows my mitral valve to be significantly improved, and my ejection fraction to be up to 35% - up from 15% a few years ago (oh, yeah - damaged mitral valves usually only get worse). I also managed 7 1/2 minutes on the accelerating treadmill (four years ago, I barely made 2).

Which means I just squeak by in no longer meeting a listing for totally permanently disabled, according to Social Security. And they say that if I stay at this level, I will have to start worrying abut things like retirement and paying for my kid's college education. Gee, I guess there's no unmixed blessings (LOLOL).


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From: MissBanjo DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/4/05 9:32 AM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (2 of 14) 
 9199.2 in reply to 9199.1 
Mixed blessing indeed.
Congratulations? LOL


From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/4/05 9:58 AM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (3 of 14) 
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That's incredible!

You'll BE around for your son's college education! Isn't that worth everything in the world?



From: MythBlade (Talismonger)1/4/05 10:58 AM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (4 of 14) 
 9199.4 in reply to 9199.1 


This also means that your son will be around to see you inducted into the Music Hall of Fame :P

It's interesting... I was just thinking the other day about music and cardio-vascular health. It's been ricocheting around my head ever since, years ago, I was in a club that was playing industrial rock with heavy bass, and my heart kept trying to speed up to stay with the beat.


From: Saffire (SAFFIREM)1/4/05 9:45 PM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (5 of 14) 
 9199.5 in reply to 9199.1 
Congratulations! I think anyway... LOL... yes, glad to hear your ticker's doin better! yeah!!

From: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)1/4/05 10:38 PM 
To: MissBanjo DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 14) 
 9199.6 in reply to 9199.2 

It really is weird. I had to accept to a certain level what my doctors said about my life expectancy a couple years ago (80% mortality rate for CHF in 7 years, and my internist was 100% convinced I would not live out the first year - he told me earlier this year). I HAD to put my life in order, as they say. I HAD to consciously live as an example for my son, because I didn't know how long I'd be around to do it (not to be morbid, just realistic). I never gave up hope or a positive attitude, and I've been off Social Security for two months now, after a year on the job. I still qualify for SS because of my other medical problems (if I ever wanted or had to go back on it). I'm just too d*mn ornery to sit on my *ss, though!

But it really brought it home when the doctor phrased it as, "You know, you have a very good chance of reaching retirement age." It's incredible, but kind of frightening at the same time. On a certain level, I had become used to not having to plan for the future. Now I need to. Whoopee!!! Now I'm working on some of the other stuff, while continuing with cardio rehab. Sky's the limit, guys!

I've even started dating again, now that I know I won't up and die on someone (*G*). It's weird, getting back into the whole dating thing after so long...but it helps being a not-totally-ugly single, intelligent, educated, musically-talented man with a sense of humor and a leadership position in the congregation of my UU church. I wish I wasn't so damn shy around women one-on-one...(modest, no - shy, yes).


  • Edited 1/4/2005 10:49 pm ET by Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)

From: Ralph (RBGlatt)1/5/05 5:41 AM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (7 of 14) 
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I'll bet you'll have the women falling all over you in no time. Glad to hear that things are getting better.

From: Ralph (RBGlatt)1/5/05 5:42 AM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (8 of 14) 
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You should do another song - When the Goddess Smiles.

From: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)1/5/05 7:17 AM 
To: Ralph (RBGlatt)  (9 of 14) 
 9199.9 in reply to 9199.7 

They already are...and it's pretty awkward, having to help them up off the floor (*G*).



From: Chakrachick1/5/05 2:02 PM 
To: Bluehawk (Bluehawk9)  (10 of 14) 
 9199.10 in reply to 9199.6 
Amazing! Congrats, Bluehawk, that is just wonderful.

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