Have you noticed that even when we say “enough,” The News doesn’t stop?
Here’s the latest news: After I posted The News in yesterday’s new blog post, I went to cardiac rehab and told them the news that I was feeling worse and more out of breath after getting a new Implantable Cardiac Device last week. (That device was replaced because of the news from the manufacturer that two people have died already from prematurely depleting batteries, which has been in the news.) When I exercised on the treadmill at cardiac rehab yesterday, the news was that my heart was not speeding up correctly, the way it has been between the time of my open heart surgery in September and my getting the new ICD last week.
How did I react to that news? I had a complete meltdown, because the news has just been coming and coming at me for the past few months.
Then, I got into my relatively new car and drove to the hospital to deliver the news to my cardiologists. It’s probably not headline news that I was crying and upset. My worst fear was that I would hear this news: Your new device won’t work as well as the old one and your only hope is to get ANOTHER new device. That would have been too much news for me.
However, the news I got at the hospital was this: In more unexpected news, the pocket that holds my new device is filled with fluid, which means the new device can’t make my heart with its new mechanical heart valve speed up appropriately in response to new exercise. The news included this: after that fluid is absorbed, the new device SHOULD act the way it was supposed to.
While that news was “good,” I don’t think it was news to my medical team that I had some new skepticism about “shoulds.” Also, the new ICD won’t work correctly until the new and painful swelling and fluid go away, so I need to stay out of work for two more weeks. That might not be great news for my patients.
What’s the news, where you are?
More news: I’ll probably be watching the news tonight, because today is the United States Presidential election.
When I posted my news on Facebook last night, I included this:
I am just doing this to distract everybody from the election. You’re welcome.
What’s the photographic news from my not-so-new iPhone?
More news! We bought a new-to-us vegetable on Sunday, which Michael cooked in a new dish last night. It wouldn’t be news to me if one of my readers knew what that vegetable was (even though Michael and I didn’t). I’ll tell you this news: Michael said the vegetable looked like fractals, and the Wikipedia page about that vegetable said the same thing!
What helps you deal with the news? For me, it’s the power of love (also a song by Huey Lewis and The News):
The news would be good for me if you leave a new comment, below.
My final news is that I have new gratitude for all those who helped me create this new post and for you (and I hope that’s not news to you!).