Wow, what a wake-up call. It’s the time old adage – you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone, or in my case, almost gone. No lie, earlier this month, my life virtually passed before my eyes.
In early November while on my post at work, I was having difficulty breathing. A couple of the supervisors were concerned and asked if I wanted to go home. Being the hardhead I am, I refused to leave and finished my shift. I had been a little more tired than usual, and with the next day off, I figured I’d recover and be fine.
The following day, my wife came home and found me passed out in my recliner. Knowing something was wrong, she convinced me to go to the hospital – good thing because I had 100% blockage of one of the major arteries of my heart.
After having a stint put in, I’ve been recovering nicely. One of my first thoughts after getting this marvelous procedure done was “Wow, I’m amazed at how much better I can breathe”. This Thanksgiving, simply put, I am thankful to have survived.
I really thought my number was up, and I had made my peace with my maker. I’ve lived a good life, and am truly blessed with the family and friends I have. My wife is a rock, and without her love and support I wouldn’t be much of anything. I don’t know how she does it, but she always has a smile on her face and in her voice. I’m a lucky man to have her. My 15-year-old giant of a son (he’s 6’ 5”) makes me proud as he wrestles, chases his Eagle Scout as a Boy Scout, and works hard to get good grades in school. I could not ask for more from him. My home is cozy, and so far we have kept up with everything needed there. One of the things I looked forward to after my hospital stay was to sit in my recliner with my buddies, Lucy and Lillie (our 2 lapdogs), snuggled up in my lap. A dog’s love is unconditional.
I have a great job at J&P Cycles and it suites my skills and talents very, very well. I feel that through the years I have developed a good reputation in the motorcycle industry, and I’m extremely proud and thankful for that. My co-workers respect my work ethic and listen to me as I do my job (most of the time). Not everyone is as blessed in this regard. I would like to think that if I were gone, my knowledge and skills would be missed. To top it all off I really LIKE my job! I know that many in the workforce can’t say that, and I know they are jealous of me.
Through the power of social media, my friends nation-wide have been able to stay connected to me, and me with them, especially during my recent scare.
Another great thing I’m blessed with is I live in the United States as a free man! The peace and freedom I enjoy has been bought and paid for in blood.
As we all go about our Thanksgiving holiday in our own ways, let’s be thankful for each thing we have been given as we never know how long it will last. Say a thank you and maybe a prayer for those who paid the ultimate price giving us freedom, and also those who are unable to share this holiday with a lost loved one.