When it seems to good to be true, it usually is. Lately, I have been reminding myself that when it comes to my health, feeling good seems to be a prelude to some sort of unexpected setback. Just one month ago, I was hospitalized briefly with an outbreak of hepatitis. Today, I feel great.
You have to work to feel badly where I am now, sitting on the rocky shores of Maine in the company of six of our eight grandchildren with lots of family and friends of all ages. But, something inside me whispers; “You are feeling just a little too good.’ Being around these six boys and their playmates definitely charges the batteries. This is no time to let down one’s guard.
Then, I remind myself that this is why I received the heart transplant. These very special, precious time frames are the point. Were it not for the miracle transplant, I would not have met the youngest of these boys, Reid (3.0), our third youngest grandson, Matthew (4.0), and little Lily Doolittle, 3.5 years of age. In times of frustration, I wonder, “How lucky am I?” Every day is a miracle and every day is an opportunity to know these blessings a little better. Why waste a precious moment!
I am not swinging a golf club, but I am carrying Isaac’s (5) bag. We walked four holes the first day, five the second and nine the third day. Yesterday, I had a rigorous morning walk so a cart was needed to carry bags for three boys and Suzy. This trip has been so energizing, invigorating and inspiring. I need to see more of our eight grandchildren (number nine is on the way). It is amazing what being active can do for the soul.
Recently, I came down with a mild form of hepatitis that left me listless, unable to eat and quite weak. I lost nine pounds that I really could not afford to lose. Knowing this break was coming, I paced myself to gain a little weight and a build little energy back each day. I am so glad to have arrived here feeling pretty solid afoot and nimble enough to get around with ease.
Today, I am realizing the need to recover a little. We will take to the open water today and breathe more of this terrific air. I guess I am writing to say that all is well and that I hope you are taking some time to enjoy your family and loved ones. It is a very good formula.