Archive for November, 2011

I Love Medical Technology:Part Deux

I Love Medical Technology, Part Deux: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Definition of Part Deux: A sequel to a classic film. Usually a second film in a series, though not always. This is exactly how I have viewed my life the past couple of years. Of course, excluding Charlie Sheen, infamous for his 1993 version of “Hot Shots! Part Deux.”

I feel my life is a classic film, with a surprising final sequel. All questions finally answered for my loyal movie fans. My life has more twists and turns than famed road “Mullolland Drive” in the Hollywood Hills. Who are my loyal movie fans? My parents and friends of course.

My October 13, 2011 post,  was a small window into my August 24, 2011 heart monitor implant procedure and new medical technology available. The heart monitor I received has provided life saving information for me. The heart monitor  provided my medical team with precise information needed; I am not the proper candidate for a pacemaker. The atrial arrhythmia I am experiencing is not coming from my heart. My heart rhythms actually look very good. In fact, the belief is perhaps a neurological injury in neck or spine area is the cause of my atrial arrhythmia. The news I received that my heart is in good shape, is fantastic news; a huge sye of relief! Ok-so now what? For now, my heart monitor stays in place-in my chest- to do … its job … monitoring. It can stay implanted for two years. Onward and up-ward I say!  Next stop, neurosurgeon.

Interesting enough, I hear all the time the topic of  pain management. When pain is not properly managed, the human body will cry-out in several ways. The body reacts to pain; regardless if the pain is coming from injury or from illness. Wow, am I now facing this issue, is this my Part Deux? Well, how I see it my life  continues to be an adventurous movie, waiting for the final sequel … with all the questions finally answered and a very happy ending!

Thankful for Good Old-Fashioned Funny

Good Ol Fashioned Funny: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching this month, I decided to give real thought this Holiday Season to what I was truly thankful for in my life. I definitely believe this year, of all years, I bring more  insight to the table. Gosh, a tad more clever than the typical cliché line, “I’m so thankful for.”

Then it hit me this past weekend,while celebrating my parents 55th Wedding Anniversary.  I am thankful  for good Old-Fashioned Funny!  While sitting next to my parents at The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies; I noticed my parents had not stopped laughing or smiling for 3 solid hours.

Laughter is the best medicine, laughter is healing. It was JUST what the doctor ordered!

The follies are an elaborate theatrical revue consisting of music, dance and skits. The follies provided the perfect outlet needed for my family that day. Old-Fashioned Funny comes in various forms, even down to the cartoons being played on the big screen prior to the follies. There is nothing better than Bugs Bunny and his pals to bring a HUGE smile to an adults face. It’s the perfect Old-Fashioned Funny! There are many acts in the follies my parents enjoyed, the show took them back in time -if only for 3 hours- to a more “simple” time.

My family suffered through a very tough and painful year, due to my father being ill with his Bladder Cancer surgery. He is now on a remarkable journey of healing and doing exceptionally well. My father has handled himself with pride and dignity. I can say with complete certainty, “there is nobody like my father.” My Mom and I began this journey with my Father one year ago, wow seems longer. This weekend we finally looked at each other and said “we made it.”

I began this blog post hoping to have more insight this Thanksgiving Holiday. This I do know, I am truly thankful for my parents. They have given up many things in their lives over several years, to aid other people. Never asking anything in return, except respect. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to share in my parents lives as they grow older. I truly am thankful to wake up every morning, able to share in great conversation, laughter and in some tears with my parents.

This past weekend, I was thankful to share with my parents a day of Old-Fashioned Funny. I hope to have many more days like last weekend … FUNNY is very healing!

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