Day 3172: National Grateful Patient Day

Since the day I was born in 1953 with a very rare heart condition, I have been a grateful patient. And today — as well as being the first day of Rosh Hashana — is National Grateful Patient Day.

This morning, I am a little less grateful and patient than usual to be a patient, because my nose bleed — caused by the unfortunate combination of our new kitty Joan scratching inside my nose and my being on anticoagulants because of my mechanical heart valve — has not completely resolved.

However, if I focus on being patient and grateful, I know that I have wonderful people on my medical team who will help solve this problem, just as they have solved so many issues with me before.

I am especially grateful and patient, every day, because it’s so unlikely that I would have survived — with such overall good health — as long as I have with my very unusual heart.

And really, what’s so terrible about a little nosebleed? I have been a grateful patient through so many surgeries, set-backs, scares, disappointments, surprises, dangers, close-calls, and physical and emotional traumas over the years, and look! I’m still here to blog about it today.

So let’s try our best, during these challenging times, to gratefully and patiently celebrate another precious day. Here are the other images this grateful patient has to share with you on September 7, 2021.

The Daily Bitch is right about this: with my heart condition and my tendency to catastrophize, the way I do things may not always be the easy way. However, the way I’ve done things has helped keep me alive and resilient, even if I’m not always the most patient of patients.

Here’s something I find when I search YouTube for “National Grateful Patient Day.”

If you’re patient enough, you’ll always find gratitude at the end of my blog posts!

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7 thoughts on “Day 3172: National Grateful Patient Day

  1. Happy new year to you and may you celebrate with acorn squash and beer for a trifecta celebration if you so choose! You are inspirational in your gratitude and I’m grateful for that

  2. I am grateful for many things, I’m mostly patient, so I’m more than halfway there!

  3. puella33

    Hi, Ann, I understand your frustration; I admire your inner fortitude and courage as a patient. I’m grateful for knowing you, and for participating in this blog. I love the photo with the flock of birds. If i were to be reincarnated, I would want to be a bird, so I could fly freely. Happy Rosh Hashanah, Ann

  4. A high school friend wrote in my yearbook, “Approach problems creatively. When life gives you lemons make orange juice.” I’m regularly grateful for imagination—not just my own but to everyone who finds creative solutions.

  5. You speak with authority when you reference being a “grateful patient,” and I really believe that the experiences with your unusual heart must have given you a remarkable perspective on the grousing and complaining that too many of us regularly trot out! Your resilience inspires me, Ann.

  6. I am sorry about your nosebleed and hope you don’t have to endure anything stuffed into your nose again, for pressure. Feeling cranky is definitely warranted but I hope that your nose is already better at the time I am writing this.

  7. I will attempt to be more grateful and patient, Ann.

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