Day 817: What kind of day was yesterday?

What kind of day was yesterday?

I’m not sure  how to characterize my day yesterday. Maybe  you can help me put words on what kind of day it was.

Yesterday was a day when I:

  • created and ordered this t-shirt online,

  • got a flat tire on the way in to work, after my car met up with one of the kashmillion friggin’ potholes in my fine, snow-ravaged hometown of Boston,
  • was enough of an expert on the experience of flat tires that I was able to take care of that and get to work only five minutes late,
  • got my taxes done,
  • had some macaroni and cheese in the cafeteria of the hospital where I work,
  • met with somebody who was very interested in my therapy groups,
  • took these photos,


  • posted this in a Facebook group for people who have (or who love somebody who has) a very unusual heart like mine:*

I have a question, group! I am a 62 year old with cctga who developed a-fib in September 2013, and my doctors are now considering valve replacement. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how adults with cctga become more prone to sudden cardiac death as we grow older. One of the cardiologists I’ve been consulting seems amazed that I have made it into my 60’s. Have other people heard about this as a problem?

One of my cardiologists is recommending that we replace my current pacemaker with a pacemaker/defibrillator combo before we do a valve replacement — an intervention I personally prefer because it’s less invasive. Actually, here’s another question: this same cardiologist says that if they replace my valve, this might actually make me worse. He is concerned they will put me on a machine during the valve surgery and will not be able to take me off of it because of the increased pressure to my heart because of the new valve.

Any thoughts, answers, questions about sudden cardiac death for people with cctga in their 50’s, 60’s, or beyond or about valve replacement dangers for people like me? Many thanks.

  • received several heartfelt and informative responses to that post–  that helped me feel hopeful, sad, scared, upset,  happy, worried, calm, surprised, and delighted — including this one:

Ann?! I’m like two towns over! I can’t believe that somebody with my condition is so close.

What kind of day was yesterday? What kind of words might describe it, for you?

I’d say that yesterday was the same kind of day as any other day:

  • A day that changed from moment to moment.
  • A day in which I had all my feelings.
  • A day of potholes and successes.
  • A day when I could connect with others, if I reached out.

I wonder what kind of day today will be? Here’s one thing  I know so far.

Today is a day when I’ve heard the song “Yesterday.

What kind of day is it, for you?

Thanks to the Beatles, to all who helped make my day yesterday,  and to people with hearts of all kinds, especially you!

* What kind of heart did I have yesterday? One with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (cctga). The same kind of heart I have today.

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47 thoughts on “Day 817: What kind of day was yesterday?

  1. Hugs to you my friend. Ann I love how you explore all the possibilities. You have a lot of courage and wisdom and I love the t-shirt you designed! My thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤
    Diana xo

    • What kind of person are you, Diana? Courageous, wise, loving, thoughtful, and kind.

      • whoa! I read this comment and wondered if I published tomorrow’s post instead of saving the draft! Thank you for your kind words Ann. ❤

  2. Yesterday was a morning of busyness followed by a nap followed by dinner with friends (my boyfriend did the cooking – I did nothing). Today is a morning of business, an afternoon as of yet unplanned, and a concert tonight by Gabriel Ayala. WOW!!! Check him out!

  3. congratulations
    expert 🙂

  4. thank you to Emilie for the link to Gabriel Ayala. Lovely.

    And to you Ann for having another day where you demonstrate for all of us how to live in the moment, accepting what is and creating your best to make it better.

  5. May your tomorrow and today be even better than your yesterday. Hope you find a satisfactory answer to your question, Ann. 😉

  6. It sounds like a day that tested your reserves and allowed you to express yourself creatively. Love that tee shirt.

  7. amusez798387

    Thanks for your thoughts, pictures, and music. The world is a better place with you in it.

  8. Sincerely hoping you find an answer to the question of your pacemaker replacement, Ann. You have a lot to consider. I love the words on your t -shirt – you must wear it with pride. Your particularly busy day yesterday sounds exhausting, so the weekend might be a good time to put your feet up – unless your job involves weekend word. Take care. :).

  9. yeseventhistoowillpass

    Sounds like a great day beside the tire thing… And snow thing…

  10. Two towns over!!!! Amazing!

  11. Now that was a full day to test your limits and appreciate life! Much more interesting than mine I think 😉

  12. You’re doing so great Ann! I love that t-shirt! Yesterday I was a bit sentimental, but today I’m more philosophical because I turned to Joni Mitchell’s lyrics about life:

    • What kind of WordPresser are you, Maria? A great one. What kind of writer and singer is Joni Mitchell? A great one.

      • Thanks Ann!. This is the version performed by Judy Collins, which I think did a great job as interpreter.

      • I love Judy’s interpretation of this great song, too, Maria. Thank you!

  13. This has made me think what kind of person am I………….I don’t know, I know what type of person I hope I am and that is a non judging, caring and thoughtful person

  14. But I also had lots of laughs, visiting this skit of an old butcher shop, and I remembered how my parents used to take me to these kind of shops when I was a kid:

  15. Thinking of you!

  16. sounds like a bit of a rollercoaster day, but so much accomplished- including changing a flat tire?? wow! and how great to make a connection with someone so close who knows what you are going through with your heart

    • Ooops! What kind of writer am I? A confusing one. I didn’t change the tire, I just figured out a way to get it changed during the day when I was at work. And it’s great to have a connection with you, here!

  17. You know — I don’t have anything heavy or witty to say, except I really liked this post. You are a really nice person and a really good writer. Sorry if I have overdosed on the really’s!

  18. You change tires? You are a goddess. Potholes are the first sign of spring in New England. That makes you the Queen of Spring.

  19. You’re compiling information, Ann, and information is power.

  20. Wow, what an astonishing day. it feels like you were very much in charge and making great progress.

  21. Pingback: Day 1914: Commitment | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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