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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Today's Question

I guess that would be, "What exactly is today's question?" Things seem so blah these days that I have little inspiration to write. I don't want to focus on the negative, so I've been keeping alot to myself these days. Other than the occasional MySpace survey, I haven't been sharing much. So, I guess I will take this opportunity to do a little sharing whether or not I really feel like it. In a couple of weeks, I'll be coming up on the anniversary of a nasty injury that kept me sidelined for much of September, October and part of November last year.

Last September, I had a heart cath done as a precautionary measure. I had been feeling alot of pain and was certain that I was going to have a heart attack. Thankfully, they found nothing to show that my fears were warranted. I left the hospital after several hours and came home feeling at peace for the first time in a long time. About twenty-four hours later, I started having pain in my leg. I told myself it was just some residual pain that would go away with time. As it turned out, the pain stayed and I went back to the hospital to have them check it out. They told me that it was nothing and even said, "Go home and take some Ibuprofen, you'll be fine."

I did as I was told. I came back home, I took the Ibuprofen, I laid down. About six hours later, I thought I was going to die. My leg felt like it was going to explode. It had swollen up to about three times its usual size and I was hurting. By the time I got to the hospital, I was in so much pain, I couldn't think. They ended up having to give me two units of blood and I was in the hospital for three days. I had bled out from the procedure and had lost about a third of my blood. All of which had settled in my poor, swollen leg. It took me about three months to be able to walk without pain. I still have some pain from time to time, but for the most part it is back to normal.

As I sit here today, I think about how lucky I am that things are actually back to normal and that I can sit comfortable at this computer and write this piece today. Although it may not seem relevant to whatever is happening in the world today, the experience really put some things into perspective for me. Aside from scaring the hell out of me, it made me realize that sometimes if you don't slow down, God will reach into your life and slow you down. I'm not an overly religious person, but I do believe in God. Had it not been for His intervention, I would never have made it through and had the appreciation I have for simply taking my time. So, as you flip through the channels today or page through the newspaper, try not to be too discouraged by what you see. Take some time to think about how you got here and what you want to do with your time and don't forget to take it easy when you need to. It will all still be here tomorrow.

Have a great day!

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Where I've Been...

Listen to my interview on the Jeffery S. Miller show.

Listen to my interview on Calling All Authors.

Listen to my interview on the Let's Just Talk w/Kathryn Raaker.

Listen to my interview on Radio Free Baxter.

Where I'll Be...

After a short break in the summer, I'll be at the following locations:

8/11/09 Allen Park Public Library, Allen Park, MI 6:30 p.m.

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