On A (Brief) Personal Note …

So many of you have expressed your concern over recent health issues that I thought a very brief update was warranted.  Yesterday, I finally consented to see the doctor, fully expecting to find I had some form of infection, be given antibiotics, and sent home.

Turns out, I have a fairly serious heart condition that will require a bit more than a round of anti-biotics.  After hours of tests, I refused the hospital’s generous offer to spend the night and came home.  My primary care provider obtained the test results today and has called in prescriptions that I will start tonight, after my bank account is fully drained.  I will be fine … and I should, according to my internal calculations, be fully back in the saddle by early next week.  Meanwhile, I will post here when I can, though it may not be full speed just yet.  This blog and my blogging friends & family mean too much for me to simply set it aside.

Thanks to all for the well-wishes … I love you all!

91 thoughts on “On A (Brief) Personal Note …

  1. Thank you for sharing!!… glad that you are on the mend and hopefully you will be fully recovered and ready to take on life’s challenges!… 🙂

    Have a wonderful day today, and every day, and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. Very sorry to hear of your health concerns. I just hope you don’t allow anything Trump related get to you now tocompromise your recovery. As you realize, he’d not worth the time or effort.

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  3. Sorry to hear this Jill but I’m sure you’ll be back to your best as soon as possible. I’m very lucky to have the NHS to fall back on. Its not perfect but helps so many people.

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  4. I go away from Word Press for one day, and I miss the most important blog you have ever written! Take good care of yourself, Jill. Now you really need to move to Canada. After a three month waiting period most of your prescription drugs will come at a much reduced price. As a senior, at least in Alberta, the most I pay for any prescription dru is $25 for each three month period per drug. (They cap the length of a coverage period so we cannot buy a year’s worth of drugs in case we die just after filling a prescription, before we can use them all! But a maximum $25 per drug every three months is way better than what you are paying down there, with no insurance fees on top of that once you hit 65, and I know you hit that mark several years ago, lol.) The only drawback is you cannot get brand name grugs if there is a reliable substitute available–but since the market is so heavily regulated non-brand names need to be about 99% as effective as the more expensive originals!
    Now, as everyone else has already said, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! And at our age, no putting off going to doctors. I don’t know that your condition got worse for putting off going, but we cannot take that chance! Vaccines are better than no vaccines for Covid. Well, doctors are better than no doctor when something goes wrong in our sebior years. One slip, and we may not be able to see a doctor anymore, OR ANYONE ELSE!!!
    Sent with all the love my old heart can muster up!

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  5. ok young lady…time for a bit of education. Having been there twice myself and knowing ABSOLUTELY nothing about heart disease in women (number ONE killer of women in USA) I am sharing info that I sincerely hope and pray you NEVER have to deal with. The signs of a heart attack are different for men and it seems everyone knows what they are…the arm pain, heavy crushing pain in chest, etc. WE don’t do that. Signs in women are : Sweating from the waist upwards (absolutely dripping!), band of discomfort under the breastbone that circles your entire chest and back, Numbness of your primary hand, breathlessness, nausea and diarhhea, tighness in the jaw on ONE side.. If you get ONE of these symptoms get help immediately. I can’t emphasize that enough. We put off getting help for ourselves to the point that we ignore life-threatening symptoms.
    I truly hope your meds take care of the issue. Blogging, while a wonderful means of connectibg and sharing is nowhere as important as your LIFE. Love you, and please do everything the doc says. heart surgery is zero fun and takes at least a year to recover.

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    • My dear Suze … thank you so much for your caring and for the information! I had none of the symptoms you mention, though, only an overwhelming exhaustion. However, I’ve committed your warning signs to memory and will be on the lookout in the future. Thanks for caring, my friend. Love you! ❤

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    • Suze, why have I never heard this list of symptoms before? Don’t try to answer that, it is a question for doctors and the media, not for you personally. Being male, the list does not affect me, but it certainly does affect the women in my life. This is a huge blind spot for half the population of this world! Something needs to be done! Could you please put your list into a blog post so that everyone we know can reblog it. Talk a bit about your own experiences to add import and urgency. Word Press does not reach everyone, but the more this information spreads the more people will talk to their non-Word Press friends, and maybe we can start a ground swell.
      I cannot believe I have never heard this before. It’s importance is without parallel! Thank you for letting us know. Even though Jill didn’t need it yet, someone else might, and probably will!

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        • Where did you post it? It should still be there. With your permission I would like to re-blog it on all of my blogs, if you can tell me where to look. I don’t have many readers, but some like Jill and Nan could help to start spreading it.
          I jyst spoke with my spouse, who used to work in the medical field, and though she had heard of some of the symptoms, she had no idea women”s heart attacks presented symptoms completely different from men”s heart attacks. To me that is a mind-blower. What the hell is wrong with medical professionals, and through them the media, that all women do not know this, or that the men they are close to do not know what to look for!
          I “need” to try to correct this wrong, so, if nothing else, could you please send me an email at gewcolo@gmail.com so I can post it on my blogs, and maybe get the ball rolling. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear this, and hope that the treatment helps you feel better and gets you though it. Whatever you do, don’t rush back before you’re ready – we’ll still be here and your only priority right now is yourself. Take care xx

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    • Thank you, Clive! You are a gem. I cannot just sit doing nothing, so I will be posting, although not likely sticking to my usual schedule and not answering all comments, though I am definitely reading them all! Hopefully this is a very short-term problem, for I’m already out of patience! xx

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  7. Oh Jill I am so glad you went to the Dr!! Don’t mess around with your heart! Was getting ready to email you for I was concerned. Thanks for the update and take care of yourself! Praying the meds work. Many hugs and ❤❤❤

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  8. Dear Jill, the last months/years must have finally taken their toll… you have been thinking and worrying and warning so much … Self-care is important, too! – I know I have been absent from the comments for quite some time, but I was still thinking of you. So please, take good care of yourself, get some rest, get some more rest … and some more rest! Sending you a huge blanket of hugs over the Atlantic, to wrap yourself in!

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    • Ahhhh … my dear friend Jeannie!!! Yes, I’m sure the worry and angst have a role in this, but … it’s not something I can just turn off and on like a water spigot. Thank you so much for caring, for your loving thoughts, and the huge blanket of hugs!!!! ❤

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  9. Jill; you MUST look (better) after yourself! But then: You are a woman, a carer, not used to be on the receiving side – so be careful. It took me (too) long (enough) to realise that I can only be as good to others as much as I appreciate myself….
    Sending you barrels filled with love, bunches of flowers healing thoughts!

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    • You are so right, dear Kiki! I am not used to being on the receiving end of concern! But you are also right that I cannot give to others if I don’t take care of myself. It’s all about finding the right balance, I think. Thanks for the … hey … where did the flowers go? Thanks for the love and thoughts, my friend! ❤

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  10. Dr. Jonas Salk, the renowned American virologist, said : “Life is an error-making and error-correcting process”. There is more to it, but this short version is most applicable here. May I be so bold as to suggest that the error-making here was waiting for weeks before seeking a thorough evaluation and professional guidance from your physician. Drained bank account aside…YOU are most fortunate indeed to have a treatable condition! The error-correcting part (does this really need saying?) is taking the prescribed medication by the physician exactly as it is ordered and following any other medical advice as well. I know of only one Dr. Jill and that is not you…therefore, please obey the actual physician’s directions and not your ‘internal calculations’! Blogdom, beloved as it is, will wait for your return and so will your loving followers. WHAK!! Thank-YOU for your anticipated compliance! Love YOU!

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    • I would have been concerned if you had not given me a dressing-down for waiting 3 weeks before seeking a diagnosis! Drained bank account is a serious matter also, though … so far I’ve dropped $1,000 on medication and have no idea what the bill for all those tests and the 5 hours in the hospital ER will be! Guess we’ll start eating more beans ‘n rice! Ahhhhh … you’re thinking of Dr. Jill Stein, but there is another … Dr. Jill Biden! I am trying, my friend, for balance. No, I won’t simply ignore the blog … my work here will be reduced, but not stopped, for to do so would send me into an even deeper depression than I already have. Sigh. Love you, my friend! WHAK!!!

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      • Indeed, I was referring to Dr. Jill Stein as she is a physician. No offense intended but Dr. Jill Biden’s doctorate is in education. The skills of a physician were, and remain, essential for your recovery therefore only ‘one Dr. Jill’ was noted. That said, back to Dr. Salk’s error-correcting : “Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde. In other words, first and foremost…take care of Jill too!! WHAK!!

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  11. Oh Jill, I’m so sorry to hear this but am very happy you are getting the care you need. I fully understand your not wanting to cool your heels in the hospital. Please take care of you. Sending healing energy your way, my friend. 🤗❤️

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    • Many thanks, dear Cheryl! I’m trying to take care, but I’m not a patient person and I’m growing annoyed at my inability to do much of anything. Thanks for the healing energy and for caring, my friend! ❤

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  12. Glad you saw the doctor. Sorry about the bank account. Hope you and it recover quickly and fully. Meanwhile, you’re always providing us music so I thought I’d reciprocate. Here’s “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Hope it lifts your spirits a little. Hugs and cheers, mon ami.

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    • Awwww … that was just what the doctor ordered, Michael!!! It made me smile more than a few times! Thank you for the well-wishes and this video … just proves what I’ve always said … happiness comes from within! Hugs ‘n cheers, my very dear friend!

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      • An ectopic heartbeat was discovered when I went for a check-up after passing out ….. many moons ago.
        After a zillion other tests the diagnosis was ”Stress!”
        Then they handed me the bill and … Oh for F$%#s sake!!!! At that point I nearly did have a heart attack proper, so I know how you’re feeling.

        Lay back, feet up, chill out…. then go do some gardening.
        Works a treat.

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  14. Jill, take care of you. Unfortunately, our challenges raise their ugly head when we don’t expect it. I feel like I rattle around with pills each morning. So, do what you need to do to keep on keepin’ on. We enjoy your presence too much. Keith

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    • You are so right about that, Keith! I kept telling my body to ‘sit down and shut up, I don’t have time for this!’ Unfortunately, the body didn’t listen and ultimately won the battle of wills! Thank you for your very kind words, my friend!

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