Not so very long ago, and not so very far away, there were three penmen issuing their weekly offerings to Live in the Philippines. Each had their own opinions and each had their own individual style of presenting those opinions in a most digestible way.
Their backgrounds were just as individual as their weekly pronouncements. Even their choices of residence in these wonderful islands were as “different” as one could find. They shared, however, one common trait, excluding their writing for this E-zine.
For lack of ingenuity, let’s call this trio “Two Pauls and a Bob.”
THE COMMON TRAIT
Followers of LiP may have already guessed their identity and the commonality among their individual characteristics. Newcomers to this E-zine, and occasional readers, may need a little more information to go on. Perusing earlier editions, one can read – in two of the three authors’ articles – of that common trait as presented after their self-imposed hiatus from the keyboard. It’s time, now, that number three chimes in.
That trait? Health. To be more accurate, poor health. Nothing as simple or uncomplicated as severe head colds or “the flu.” We’re talking major health issues – potentially “life or death” major health issues – that have afflicted the LiP‘s list of contributors. “One Paul” and “One Bob” revealed their involvement in this “phenomenon.” It’s time for “Other Paul” to return to print, at least long enough to explain his absence.
(Note: I’m writing this article in segments. So, along with its taking time to get “into print,” it may seem a little disjointed between segments.)
As you most likely have read over the past month or two, Paul and Bob spent a bit of time in hospitals, receiving “in patient” care. Their need for such care was immediate. Without it, consequences could have been very bad if not fatal. Thankfully, they’ve made it through the hospitalization phase and are back in their respective homes, where they both are going through their recuperation phase.
On the other hand, hospitalization for the “Other Paul” has yet to reach that crescendo. Over the past couple of months, it’s been “out patient” care for this writer. The care itself is another difference, too. Along with some “repair and cure” procedures that do not require an overnight stay, many hours are expended in “testing and resting.”
Make no mistake about it, “in patient” hospitalization is definitely on the distant horizon for your scribe. Just how distant, however, is an answer that is as illusive as the choice of methodologies that will be employed. You see, there are a few health issues that are currently vying for primary medical attention.
ISSUES? WHAT ISSUES?
There are a few “major” issues (and a few “minor” issues entwined among the “majors” that are not considered as medically problematic, yet) that are currently vying for primary medical attention. While issue (A) may be the “Problem du jour” one day, issues (B) and (C) take their turns jumping to the forefront on other days – a real medical three-ring circus.
I’ll get to the point and be honest with you. The threesome taking my time and energy are – in the current ascending order of problematic importance – are: (A) prostate cancer; (B) early stages of Parkinson’s disease; and (C) acquired atrioventricular (AV) block (aka “heart block”).
(A) is currently on the run. Having gone through a prescribed regimen over the past year, the urologist and I think remission may be at hand. While many men my age get this malady, most live long lives that are ended by some other issue, or even by “advanced age” itself.
Caught early, (A) is curable. Care (and testing) must be taken to insure it remains localized and doesn’t spread to other areas of the body. More testing later this month should provide confirmation that it’s disappeared. Fingers and toes are crossed in hope.
(B) is slowly progressing toward the ultimate end. Problems with such small things as balance, memory, and speech have become slightly more noticeable, though medications and therapy are helping keep them most manageable. Still, other symptoms have made a slight appearance, letting me know that (B) isn’t letting me go and plans to be with me into the future.
An upcoming visit with the neurologist, and his continued testing, will reveal the degree of progress; and will most likely result in an adjustment to health online pharmacy medications and therapy. Here, too, the fingers and toes are seeking the best.
(C), on the other hand, doesn’t have much silver lining its cloud. An “AV block” impedes the heart’s electrical system, causing irregular heartbeats at the minimum, and more serious problems such as heart attacks or stoppage at the other end of the scale. They come in three degrees: 1st – minor; 2nd – partial; and 3rd – complete.
Last year’s diagnosis put me somewhere between 2nd and 3rd. My first (of many) visits to the cardiologist this year has upped that diagnosis to “most likely 3rd. More testing is in order, to include more stress tests and more 24-hour monitoring sessions via a Holter Monitor. To be sure,” in patient” hospitalization and receiving a pacemaker have moved closer from that distant horizon.
WILL YOU BE ALL RIGHT?
Time will tell. The threesome definitely saps me of my energy and brings about fatigue a lot quicker than it used to. No need for major concern, outside of “following doctors’ orders” and submitting to all of the testing. I have been assured that, if all goes as the doctors have planned, I’ll be returning to the Philippines this October.
Not being one to rue the day or let this stuff get me down, I’ve already purchased the airline tickets for our return, and I wholeheartedly (no pun intended) desire to make the trip. I’ve also scheduled some “therapeutic” activities for our time back in the islands.
As I’ve often joked before, “I’m going to live forever! So far, so good!!!