So here is the short version: I am a hardhead who didn't:
- Stop smoking until three years ago (after 40 years as a serious smoker.)
- Listen to my wife who had been telling me since December that there was more going on than just a cold, and that I needed to get to the Doctor.
- Listen to my Doctor, who had been trying for a month to get me to go into the hospital.
- Ended up in the hospital for two weeks.
- Am taking a raft of meds.
- Will be convalescing for a while longer.
- Learned that no matter what you try to do with it, a hospital gown is ugly.
That is about it except for a couple of loose ends:
- What got me into the hospital was, in essence, an Intervention. My Doctor and my wife, Connie, forced the issue, and I went into the hospital that night. So remember, what "being a hardhead" actually means is "being really good at denial."
- Patients are called patients because that is about 99% of the healing process, learning to be patient. (Learning to be a patient patient, actually.)
- Nurses and techs make the world go around.
- The world goes on quite nicely without my active participation.
From Ann LaMott to William Styron to John Berryman there are a thousand writers who have done it better, with far more intelligence and wit than I ever could. And with a lot less whining!
Next time, back to the business at hand.