Well Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to report that I'm back to my self designed reality again tonight, after a little over a day and one half--two entire workdays actually--spending time waiting on various "medical procedures" and thinking about what it means to be healthy, and how often we take it for granted, no matter what form "healthy" takes in your life.
In my current existence, "healthy" has quite a different meaning than it did twenty-five years ago or even five years ago, but then again, in the slightly amended words of of Forrest Gump...
That said, what I went through the past couple of days only serves to remind me how lucky I am to be able to enjoy the day to day quality of life Pat and I have built for ourselves here in Eastern Tennessee.
In the early morning silence of my expensive "hotel room" last night, all I could think of was missing my girl and my dog and my bed and my new job and all of the projects I had going on around my new house in my new home town.
I was self important enough to worry about the three engineering projects I had going on at work and the current Mississippi stack project and the fate of the new stack bid I was working on located out in the Midwest.
The funny thing is, when you think about it...all of that work would have gotten done somehow by somebody somewhere, regardless of the outcome of last night's personal scare and my ongoing medical prognosis.
I guess what I'm saying is that the little philosophical tidbit which I came away with from the latest events is a renewed appreciation of the everyday and the "mundane" things included in every 24 hour cycle of life.
I'm quite pleased to be able to arise early tomorrow morning, traverse the 3.9 mile distance eastward to my office, and smile and grin through my day sitting upright in my office chair in front of my computer.
My brush with the alternative of spending days on end with IV's and other various tubes hanging out of my body, sucking down pain medications, while total strangers stop by and attempt to casually discuss with me my urine output and the recent performance of my bowels makes me quite thrilled to sit through every minute.
I truly hope that everyone's day is as good as mine is going to be...