Posts Tagged With: Mount Auburn Hospital Cardiac Rehab

Day 1524: This is it

Yesterday, when I went to cardiac  rehab, I saw this:

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And this is it, for cardiac rehab, because I’ve now completed all my sessions there.

This is it, for Danise.

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This is it, for Carla.

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Carla is saying, “This is it! That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen” as she’s watching this:

This is it, for Kathy.

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Kathy is saying, “This is it!  Joel Sartore‘s Photo Ark  is perfect for any animal lover!”

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This is it, for me and cardiac rehab.

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This is it, for the rest of my photos from yesterday.

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This is it for today’s blog, as I thank Danise, Carla, Kathy, Mount Auburn Hospital Cardiac Rehab, Joel Sartore, the city of Boston, Tifa the Rabbit, Oscar, Harley,  everyone else appearing in today’s post and I also thank you — of course! — for being here, now.

 

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Day 1499: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers — in hospitals, in unfamiliar territories, and elsewhere. And it’s strange how often strangers have been kind, even though we’re taught to fear strangers.

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” is a quote from A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Have you depended on the kindness of strangers?  When you’ve depended on the kindness of strangers, what happened?

Throughout my day yesterday, I depended on the kindness of strangers and  I showed kindness to strangers, too.

Would it be strange to look for strangers or kindness in the strange kinds of photos I took yesterday?

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I have always depended on the kindness of strangers at YouTube to share music I want to include in my posts.

Yesterday, kind people at cardiac rehab played the theme from Rocky to inspire us to work harder AND to celebrate the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win, which was stranger than fiction.

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers here in the blog-o-sphere.  For over four years of daily posts, no stranger has ever been unkind.

Kindly leave a comment about kindness and I will kindly respond.

Kind thanks to all those who helped me create this post about the kindness of strangers and to you — of course! — for your kindness,, here and now.

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Day 1417: Tough

The tough title of this post is inspired by the first photo I was tough enough to take yesterday, while I was doing some tough exercises at cardiac rehab:

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Based on my understanding  of (1) the word “tough” and (2) the staff at cardiac rehab, I assume they meant  I am “strong and resilient” rather than “difficult.”

If you want me to provide citations for those two definitions of ‘tough,” one word:

Tough!

The last few months have been tough for me, as I’ve undergone several  tough cardiac-related surgeries and suffered other tough slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Apparently, I’m tough enough to take it,  because here I am, writing this tough post today.

Now, some of my tough readers probably want to know how tough my day was yesterday, since I mentioned in yesterday’s tough post that I’d be seeing lots of tough doctors and getting some tough tests at my tough hospital.

I hope it won’t be too tough for you to tough it out through several other tough photos from yesterday, first.

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For those of you tough enough to make it through all those tough images, here’s my news from my tough day:

The news is good.  My tough doctors told me that all the tests show that I am exactly where I should be, after all the tough things I’ve been through.  As a matter of fact, my tough doctor, Mark Estes (not pictured), said this to me:

We’re going to keep you going until your 90s.

While recent events have shown lots of tough people that it is VERY tough to make accurate predictions, that was not tough for me to hear.

It’s tough for me to decide which tough music to include for this tough post, so I will leave that to my tough readers.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The tough writer of this tough blog does need to get going, but not until I express thanks to all, with three more tough photos:

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Day 1387: Parallel Realities

Yesterday, I encountered several parallel realities, including:

  • happiness and sadness,
  • blame and forgiveness,
  • health and illness,
  • life and death,
  • hope and despair,
  • improvements and setbacks,
  • old and new,
  • ups and downs,
  • pain and relief,
  • poverty and abundance,
  • ins and outs,
  • driving and walking,
  • connection and loneliness,
  • Democrats and Republicans,
  • fear and safety,
  • hot and cold,
  • cats and dogs,
  • doctors and patients,
  • belief and skepticism,
  • apples and oranges,
  • comedy and tragedy, and
  • one of my favorite CDs,  Parallel Realities,  with drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist Pat Metheny, and keyboardist Herbie Hancock.

Here‘s a live version of the great tune “Jack In” from Parallel Realities, wherein Jack, Pat, Herbie, and bassist Dave Holland work it out.

 

Early in the day, I attended Cardiac Rehab for the first time since the winter of 2015 and encountered several parallel realities there, including …

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… a cardiac rehab student named  Tori and a cardiac rehab veteran named Danise,

… two parallel  measurements of exertion, and

. … two parallel signs.

On the way home from Cardiac Rehab, my long-time friend Eleanor, who is very much alive, drove us by some characters who were definitely dead:

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Do you see any other parallel realities in my other parallel photos from yesterday?

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What parallel realities are you encountering, right now?

Finally, here are some parallel and real thanks for those who helped me create this “Parallel Realities”  post and those who came to read it (including you!).

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Day 1370: I’ve never seen you like this before

Now that my  heart valve-replacement surgery is behind me, people are saying, “I’ve never seen you like this before” for different reasons, including these:

  1. I have new scars,
  2. I am even more in love with my wonderful and care-taking boyfriend Michael,
  3. I’ve got a cool new heart robe I’m wearing,
  4. I’m dealing with new levels of pain,
  5. I’m crying at strange times,
  6. I’m less patient with people than usual,
  7. I’m taking new medications including Coumadin/Warfarin, and
  8. Something major like open heart surgery tends to change people, doesn’t it?

Yesterday, my long-time friend Eleanor — who has seen me in many ways over the years — said, “I’ve never seen you like this before” when I got  angry and upset with an abrupt hospital administrator whom I needed to get past in order to my blood tested for another INR level. I’ve decided I never want to see the administrator like that, again, so I probably won’t go back to that same location for future blood tests.

After I got my blood drawn by people I had never seen before, Eleanor and I went to see people I really like to see and who have been seen before on this blog (like here): the wonderful staff at Mount Auburn Hospital Cardiac Rehab.

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That’s Kathy,  Danise, and Carla.  In a week or two, they’ll be seeing me like they’ve never seen me before, recovering slowly from  open heart surgery.

Here are some more photos you’ve never seen like this before:

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I’ve never seen the amazing pianist Lyle Mays like this before:

Have you ever seen a blog like this before?

Thanks to all who helped me create today’s never-seen-before post and to you — of course! — no matter how you’ve been seen before.

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Day 718: Cool cats

As I often invite other people to do, I am interrupting my focus on the future (as reflected in recent blog posts regarding uncertainties about my health) to be more in the moment.

What is happening in the moment?

  1. I feel pretty darn healthy.
  2. Nothing terrible is happening to me or to those I love.
  3. I have shelter, food, and work I value. And,  if those three weren’t enough (which they are),
  4. I am surrounded by cool cats.

In case you have any doubts about #4, look in the mirror, please. Also, I have ample photographic proof of other cool cats surrounding me:

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Already, this post is cheering me up. And if I looked around more closely, I’m sure I would find many more cool cats to show you.  However, I need to end this post and go to Mount Auburn Hospital, to work out with cool cats including Carla, Danise, and Kathy:

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whose picture appeared previously in this here cool-cat post.

Is there anything, in the moment, that would prevent ME from being as cool a cat as possible? Well, I am having some uncool worry, especially regarding some year-end challenges at work.

Here’s my resolution: I shall be as cool as all the other cats pictured in this post, as I face any obstacles or worries  today.

Because, you know what?  I’m a cool cat, too! If I weren’t, how could I be surrounded by so many other cool cats?

The only thing that could make this post cooler or cattier is some cool-cat music:

(“Stray Cat Strut” performed live by the Stray Cats found by this cool cat here on YouTube.)

If you want to join all the other cool cats in this post, just pass me a stray cat-class or cat-style comment below.

Cool, cats?

Many thanks to all the cool (or warm) cats who read any of my stray thoughts, ever!

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