Positively Positive

It was a busy week in clinic and I really enjoyed being back to “normal”.  We are transitioning to an EHR (electronic health record) in the office and it can be a nightmare.  The process takes almost 12 months and we are nine months in.  The learning curve for the staff has certainly been stressful, but in the end we are hoping for a smoother running, more productive office.  I also really missed operating and have bumped up my volume.  I have 22 surgeries next week. My yoga instructor told me to watch how busy I get and offered a quote from a Buddhist teacher, “young people of today are sacrificing their health to assure wealth, and when they get old will sacrifice their wealth to assure their health”.  I appreciate my health more than ever before and will try and heed this advice.  Unfortunately, I happen to be one of those trying to assure people’s health. 

I have an exciting weekend with Ella and Lily with a Daddy-Daughter Dance at our country club.  The girls have new dresses and of course I will be wearing my tux.  They are very excited for the fancy evening and Kathy promised them some elegant hairstyles.  Kathy and Hugh have a big “date” planned of their own.  Hugh and I are planning our Star Wars I 3-D for Sunday. 

My physical rehabilitation continues to improve.  I have continued my 5 mile runs and starting to get under 50 minutes.  Still about 18-20 miles per week.  I saw the cardiologist who gave me a green light for more weight-toning/training.  He never wants me lifting really heavy weights again.  That’s OK.  I am awaiting the results of some tests, but hopefully everything checks out.  I haven’t gained much of my weight back and with my exercise schedule and improved diet, I decided to stay in this range.  I upgraded the wardrobe a little to accommodate.  My strength is really turning the corner and I have no pain.  I feel so good about my future.  This far out, as tough as it was, I have perspective enough to know I could do it again if some unfortunate relapse were to occur. 

The view I have of the world has continually changed throughout my life, as it should.  Experience in life, love, death, health, occupation molds the way we look at ourselves and those around us.  I think that the ability to adapt to the dynamics of life is what brings us a fuller appreciation of the world around us.  I don’t want to change my core values, but I do want to be able to adjust my daily activities positively as a reflection of my ability to see my pitfalls and potentials in a clearer light.  Facing your own mortality, real or imagined, is a very cathartic and awakening process and I encourage everyone to try and imagine your own life in this spotlight.  It will help you appreciate all that you have.

3 thoughts on “Positively Positive

  1. Hey Mike,
    Congrats on your continued rehab progress. The work you’ve put in to regain strength and confidence has it’s own rewards. I appreciate what you have shared of your self through this ordeal. You have communicated the chronicle of your journey as well as any author I can think of. Thanks for that. It has helped me to appreciate the things in my life that have been taken for granted.

    I heard from Alan this morning, whose in Florida on a hospital trip. He reminded me that the 3 of us need to schedule a tee time this spring. I’m sure we can find a 4th out of the many supporters who wish you well. We are ready to play when you are (and over 50 degrees). Continued success.

  2. Hi Michael,
    Its been awhile since we last talked. Sounds like you are making an amazing recovery…I’m so thrilled for you! Thank you so much for your kind words. All is well here. Just had my 4 month check up with my cardiologist and all went well…I won’t see him again until August…I year anniv.
    So, to get off the subject a little. My brothers, Tom and Mike wanted me to see if you could put the word out there to vote for James McDonnell who is running for Cuy. County Prosecutor and he is running against my dad’s nemise and old enemy Timothy McGinity. James McDonnell has been a long time friend of the family and my brothers are working hard for him. I don’t know where you stand as far as Democrat or Republican but thought you could put the word out to your patients. Anyway, I’m so glad you are doing so well. I think about you often. Take care and keep in contact.

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