Monday, April 25, 2016

What is coming

I finished reading a short story by Walter Clark about an 1880s prospector who returns from the mountains to town at the start of every winter. I was at Souplantation for lunch and sat at my table before beginning to eat thinking over what I had just read.

That was when it dawned on me that this story was not about prospecting, or about returning to the town of Gold Creek each winter. It was not about the prospector's horse or his mule or about the first look of the town as it came into view.

The story was about the impact on the aging prospector on learning that the few people who he was close to and who lived in town had passed on during his time away this year. The friend who owned the restaurant where he had eaten all of those years. The lady who owned the rooming house. The stable owner where he boarded his horse and mule. They had all died of old age.

He had taken their being there for granted this winter, as they had always been there before. Now, they were not there. The restaurant, the rooming house and the stable now closed.

As the story ended, the prospector came to first know in his mind that he had also taken his very own existence for granted. In that instant of understanding, he became a man who would not be planning his future years anymore.

Note: I believe that aging is a trick where what is coming is deliberately subdued and replaced by the thought that life goes on forever. And even though it doesn't, acting as though it does is the way to be.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Echocardiogram results

A message arrived from my cardiologist at Kaiser about the Echo test that I took on Monday April 18th:

"Good news. The dilated aorta is behaving itself & has not enlarged. The heart muscle is strong & the [replacement aortic] valve is working well."

I pretty much knew before the doctor's message arrived that my heart was working good. Before my 2014 operation which replaced my leaking aortic valve, I would be somewhat out of breath while walking. Now I never get out of breath.

When I go on my daily walks I may breathe harder, but never have to stop to catch my breath as I used to do.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

CT scan results

I received the message below concerning the results of my recent CT scans.

"The CT of your head and abdomen showed no acute abnormalities. Nothing to explain your recent complaint of involuntary movements of your limbs. Please let me know if you are still having this problem and if so, I will refer you to neurology."

I do not continue to have any involuntary movements! Yay!!! :)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hook

I'm re-reading a short story titled, "Hook" written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. "Hook" is the story of the life of a hawk. From its birth in a nest to death by a shotgun blast fired by a farmer.

I really like the way Clark writes about this hawk. He must have studied a lot about hawks. Reading about Hook is almost like seeing life thru the bird's eyes.

I biked to the Sun Valley Golf Course, and began reading in a shady and grassy place near the golf course pro-shop. After about an hour, I biked over to the baseball field and watched our La Mesa team of teenage players until they were ahead, 2-0.

Then down to CostCo for a polish hot dog.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Head scan

Last Wednesday I went to Kaiser Radiology to get a CT scan of my head. My doctor wants to see if a reason can be found for my right arm, hand and foot twitching. You may recall that this "twitching" began during my Guatemala trip. Thus, the CT scan of my head.

I have not had any twitching problems for several weeks. I am not overly concerned with the results of the scan. However, I want this thing behind me. So, this morning I am sending a message to my Kaiser doctor asking for the results.

The Jungle Book
As you may know, I am crazy about movies. Lately, I have not gone to a movie theater because the movies have not been so good.

But this morning I am going to see, "The Jungle Book". This movie has a very high rating!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kevin & Ruth

This morning Kevin and Ruth came to visit. I invited them in to my apartment in order to show them the flowers on the balcony.

Afterwards, we all went to DZ Akins Jewish Deli for breakfast. What a good time!

[L-R] Helen, Tony, Ruth, Kevin, George


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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Flowers

My flower garden needed some replacement Impatiens, which I just completed planting.

Would you like to see a pic from the kitchen window?


Friday, April 01, 2016

Active day

4:30pm - I just returned from a very nice bike ride.

I went to the library to return and check-out some movie videos. Then biked to the YMCA to workout. Finally, went to the Souplantation Salad place for a very healthy lunch.

Feeling very good
I've still not heard back from my Kaiser doctor about my CT scan results. I guess that it takes awhile for those scans to be reviewed.

Anyway, I am not having any health problems. No arm twitching. No insomnia.

Fiddler on the Roof
9am, Sat Apr 2 - As I went to prepare my breakfast, I played the video "Fiddler on the Roof" on my TV.

I love this story authored by the famous Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. My own ancestors who lived in Russia experienced the same hard life as the Jews in this story.