Forgetting Buddy’s Birthday

I am great at remembering dates and numbers. I know obscure dates, phones numbers from my childhood, even most of my account numbers and credit card numbers. Today I realized I forgot Buddy’s Birthday. It was his birthday last August 28th, and I forgot. It’s pretty hard for me to forget Buddy. At night, in…

Slap Me Again

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every white there is black. For every wonderful day of weather you enjoy, there is probably going to be a rainy one or two coming up. The day must be followed by the night, and vice versa. No matter how dreary your winter, spring…

Living Your Life For You And Not Your Disease

  I follow this person on Twitter that has an implanted defibrillator and he is campaigning heavily for a patient’s rights to access his or her defibrillator information at will. Although I do agree with him to some extent, a recent tweet of his was an eye opener. It read: “I’m afib free today (Or at least…

Returning To Life

Prior to developing cardiac sarcoidosis in 2007, and the ensuing heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, numerous prescription drugs and the fatigue that comes along with all of that, one of the things my wife and I enjoyed was long road trips. We would get in the car and take a five hour drive down to Washington…

Farewell Arlington Oak

The Mighty Arlington Oak, felled by hurricane Irene August 27th Arlington Oak, it has been but a fortnight since I gazed upon thee, standing majestically as you have since 1790, spreading your branches to cast a protective shadow over the graves of the fallen heroes, and allowing their presence to overshadow you as millions of…