Day 815: The more you know, the better you feel. 

Here are some photos I took yesterday in the office of my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Laura Snydman:

Do you agree with that? The more you know, the better you feel?

My answer to that?

Here’s more for you to know.  “Whatever” would NOT be my answer. That’s just a cup I saw yesterday evening. My answer would be:

Whether I feel better would depend on the knowledge. 

I DID feel better after I met with Dr. Snydman yesterday and I DID know more, including this:

At least one doctor in my crowd of cardiologists is recommending the  treatment plan I prefer (and which I recommended — in an email, months ago — to another cardiologist).

Knowing that helped me feel much better, because:

  1. That plan — replacing my pacemaker with a pacemaker/defibrillator combo to reduce my risk of sudden cardiac death and to try to restore my heart’s ability to speed up in response to exertion and exercise  — is a much less invasive plan than valve replacement surgery (which I know other knowledgeable cardiologists have been recommending) and
  2. I love feeling smart.*

What more would you like to know now, to feel better?

Here are some other photos I took yesterday, for more knowledge and/or better feelings:


That last image  reminds me of some more better-feeling knowledge: There’s an “ice cream social” today at work.

Do you know any feel-better songs that would fit today’s blog post?

I choose  “Beat 70” by the Pat Metheny Group:

… because I’m hoping my heart will keep beating until I’m 70 (and more).

You might know this: the more you comment, the better I feel.

Many thanks to Dr. Snydman, to the Pat Metheny Group, to medical teams everywhere, to people I know who felt better or who helped me feel better yesterday, to crowds of cardiologists and pacemakers, to ice cream, and — of course! — to you, no matter what you know or how you’re feeling today.

* I was going to write “I love feeling like a know-it-all” instead, but know-it-all’s don’t usually help me feel better.

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50 thoughts on “Day 815: The more you know, the better you feel. 

  1. The more you know the better you feel … yes indeed Ann.
    So glad there is smart perspectives aligned with yours!
    Enjoy the ice cream tonight! What’s your favorite flavor. Mine is dulce de leche….. 😛

  2. Ok. So I love that mug! 🙂

    And the fact your heart and mind may find some relief in a less invasive procedure.

  3. May Desert Flower

    Definitely a less invasive treatment is better and ice cream 😋 have some for me?

  4. Your courage and humour = INSPIRING!

  5. That whatever mug is fab!

  6. Wonderful news that your preference may be the right treatment for you! Had a recent test with the option for wait and see versus biopsy. i chose wait and see. But while i was writing this my SO texted me to say I need to call the doctor. Breathe and breathe again, walking, one foot in front of the other. One day at a time.

    • The more I know that things are okay with you, the better I’ll feel.

      • I’m good. Turns out the automated, “call in for your results..” robocall from the doc scared him into thinking it must be bad news. I called her and she denied calling, did a little research, and said “you’re fine, we’ll check again next year.” Whew! Thanks, Ann.

      • I feel better! Thanks.

  7. Beth Campbell

    I feel better knowing that you have a dog person in your life. I’m sure your cats are wonderful, but as one with cat allergies of the scary kind, I’ve surrounded myself with dogs and their people. Dog people will treat you with compassion and humor. They take their work extremely seriously but themselves not so much.

    And now a feel better song from your friend who never takes herself seriously!

    James Brown I feel good:

  8. I think that no matter what the question is, it is important that you are comfortable with the answer Ann – No one knows Ann like you know Ann. ❤
    Diana xo

    Here is my go-to vid!

  9. You are wise and smart, Ann. I feel better, knowing you even a little.

  10. Ann,
    I may not feel better for knowing it; the truth. But, at least I will know where I stand; on the right path.

    And a slice of thin crust pepperoni, mushroom and green pepper pizza for the road wouldn’t hurt.

  11. Dear Ann,
    The more I comment here on your site the better I feel.
    The more I see your whacko photos the better I feel.
    The more I read about you being right about your health needs the better I feel.
    The more I realize you’re right here ready to help put a smile on my face or drag a groan from my throat, the better I feel.
    And the sooner I stop, the better I’ll feel after I hang up the receiver!
    Oh. And the more I tell you how grateful I am for your off-the-wall humor, the better I feel.

  12. Craig

    You may be my favorite aw shucks know it all.

  13. One more agreeable member for Team Ann. Yay!

  14. I am not sure that the more you know can make you feel better. I think the more you know can be better for using the knowledge to better prepared.

  15. No, I don’t think that the more I know, the better I feel. But the more I know, the better informed I feel. I guess that’s because the more I know… the more I know. 🙂

  16. Mark! And another one —

  17. Well, even the old doctors don’t necessarily know more…

  18. If the knowledge involves ice cream or coffee, generally I will feel better for that.

  19. I absolutely agree with the title, and I hope you have a definitive plan (preferably the one you thought of) soon.

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