Day 753: Better days ahead

How do I know, dear readers, that better days are ahead?

Because I’m getting a !!&$%(@!!? Transesophogeal Echocardiogram this morning and the days ahead HAVE to be better, in comparison.

What is helping me feel better about my day ahead, right now?

  1. Writing this post.
  2. Realizing that my amazing readers will be reading it.
  3. Looking forward to recovering at home, with my boyfriend Michael and my son Aaron.
  4. Looking further forward to February, when I’ll have (a) a birthday and (b) a trip to sunny California!
  5. Knowing that I’ll be accompanied to the test today by my friend Carol, who has already bettered many of my days and who sent me this link yesterday (bettering my day ahead):

If you like cats, you can better your day ahead by clicking on that link, above.

When I showed Michael that Today Show piece about The Meow Parlour, “New York’s first permanent Cat Cafe,” Michael wondered whether there might be better days ahead for us if we open a cat cafe  in Boston!

That IS a great idea, but — as much as I love cats — I don’t want to leave my job, where I get to witness people in group therapy working very hard to better days ahead.

Last night, people in my therapy group worked on many issues, including “uncertainty” and “balance.”


The things I learn in my therapy groups always better my days ahead.

Last night, after that group, I received a text from Peggy (my Panama travel buddy and long-time friend) who had another great suggestion for how I might have better days ahead:

One Thought — never Too Much Pat!! Listen profusely!

Then, I heard this on my walk to my car after work:

There are “Better Days Ahead” here on YouTube and for me, I believe.

What do YOU think about better days ahead? (Guess what will happen, for me, if you leave a comment below!)

Many thanks and better days ahead to Carol, the Meow Parlour (for bettering the days of humans and felines), Michael, Aaron, people who heal in groups, honey badgers (for their persistence and for showing up on the board, last night),  Peggy, Pat Metheny (for, as usual, bettering my day with his music), and — of course! — to you, for bettering my days ahead by being here, now.

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37 thoughts on “Day 753: Better days ahead

  1. There will always be better days ahead. I like to compare life to the tidal chart- the tide is in and the tide is out. We mightn’t like the schedules, but the fact is- tides do always change! 🙂

    I am wishing you luck and all the best!

    To the good days ahead! Ahoy! 😉

  2. Soon your !!&$&(@!!? Transesophogeal Electrocardiogram will be a thing of the past. Then, happy days are here again!
    Just think lovely thoughts of the Meow Parlour during the procedure and you will be fine.

  3. May Pat, cats, family and all of us here be with you in spirit today Ann!
    Feel the love.
    Val xo

  4. My thoughts are with you today, Ann. I know you’ll be brave, as always. Thank goodness for your lovely family and friends.

  5. You can handle this too Ann. Maybe one of your cats could join and calm you down, if needed. Wish you all the best and send healing your way 😉

  6. Enjoy the time at home this afternoon – TEE is such a great way to get a look at what the heart is doing and hopefully one day you’ll have a good day NOW, and not be waiting for better days ahead! Happy Friday!

  7. What I think is that there are definitely “storms” before ‘the better days ahead’, and perhaps we can think of these storms as their prelude, but the better days are definitely “ahead”:

  8. Yes, there are better days ahead Ann! HUGS ❤
    Diana xo

    • HUGS back at you. My day is much much better because the test was much easier than the first time and it’s OVER. I look forward to sharing better days ahead with you, Diana.

  9. As I get older the world seems to get to me a little more and more. I had breast cancer a few years ago, and came out clean. I think ever since then I’ve been very conscious of my very existence. So I find when I”m edgy or out of connection, I play some fun music (Beach Boys and Molly Hatchet come to mind), make a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, and watch some favorite movies. It won’t cut back the chances of the cancer coming back, but it is one way to live for the day and plan for tomorrow. So let yourself be spoiled, girlfriend!

    • Great advice, girlfriend. I shall do my best to let myself be spoiled (and I hope you keep doing the same). Here’s to better days ahead!

  10. Better days ahead for you, Ann Koplow, because the people who love you will be able to pamper you in the manner you deserve as you get over this special heart test. Yes, we in Team Koplow, too!

  11. Transesophogeal echocardiogram is a tongue-twister that not many of us have mastered. At the time that you were undergoing it, I didn’t even know what it was. I learn so much from your blog (and not ever what I expect).


  12. And Penny will be there!

  13. yours are always
    gentle, sweet
    continuations 🙂

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  15. I am way behind, so by the time you see this your better days will have come. Even though I am so behind, I couldn’t resist a peek at the Meow Parlour – slightly mind-blowing to a staid Britisher – I hope it distracted you from your anxieties for a moment.

  16. Ann,
    A speedy rebound from your T.E. May your better days be happy days!

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