If I Only Had A Heart

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192021

Wearing a heart monitor for 48 hours is no fun at all, I can tell you that. Terry gave me a little fabric bag that closes with a drawstring and attached it to a neck lanyard to put the monitor device itself in, which helped a little bit. But no matter what I did, the five cords always seemed to be in the way. I was more than happy to take the electrodes off yesterday and take the darn thing back to the cardiologist’s office, where I was sure to have them sign it back in so that I would not be charged $3,000 for it!

Then we had to wait for a few minutes before they took me back and did an ultrasound of my heart. And yes, I do have one, no matter what my ex-wife may have told you. I saw it on the screen and heard it beating myself.

We went to Big Joe’s Subs on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach for lunch when we left the doctor’s office. This long-time community favorite has never disappointed us, and they didn’t this time around, either. Terry had to smile when a bearded man on a motorized scooter wearing a T-shirt, his arms covered in tattoos, came in wearing a Santa Claus hat. A little boy at one of the other tables talked to Santa for quite a while, I guess telling him everything he wanted for Christmas.

It reminded me of my days publishing small-town newspapers in the White Mountains of Arizona. I would dress up as Santa and visit the kids at the women’s shelter every year, and myself and a couple of my “elves” would also go to the homes of children with families that were having a hard time and drop off toys my staff had donated. That was always one of my favorite events of the year.

I hadn’t slept well the previous two nights because of the darn cords on the monitor and Terry was not feeling up to par, and we were both pretty wiped out, so back at home we didn’t do much of anything.

A while back, I put an alert online for any RAM Laramies that might come close to what I ordered, which seems like it will never get delivered since it’s been six months now, and it’s still in the holding pattern waiting for parts. A notice popped up yesterday afternoon for a dealership in Palatka, about 80 miles away, saying a truck close to what I had ordered was in transit. I called the dealership to see if it was there yet, and the salesman I talked to said that it’s in Jacksonville and headed their way and should be there any day now. We talked a little bit, and even though it’s not the color I wanted, and it has a couple of other little differences, it’s pretty close. So when it comes in, we may take a ride up there and take a look at.

Besides that, there’s not much going on. The sky was gray and ugly most of yesterday, and during the afternoon a light rain started coming down. It was a good day to stay home and not do much of anything, which was just fine with me.

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  2 Responses to “If I Only Had A Heart”

  1. Next time you have to wear a heart monitor, insist that it be one of the newer wireless models. A relatively small sensor is taped to your chest and that’s it. No wires. I whore that one for 5 days and hardly knew it was there. Two years ago I whore another wireless unit for a month that had a monitor that you needed to be within 20 or 30 feet of since it phoned in results periodically. The phone/monitor was small so you just put it in your pocket when out and about.

  2. Too bad I can’t go back and edit my last response! I meant wore not whore!! lol!

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