Since my last posting, I've had Titanium spacers placed in the lower left side of my back. The surgery was a simple with a quick recovery time, and it relieved my intense agonizing pain. I had scheduled another surgery on my lower right side, which would have placed a small slender cadaver bone in my right hip but there were other problems which I was unaware of at that time.
Our home in Charleston has a small yard which I have always cut with a "push mower" and cutting the grass has always made me feel great, although I was always dripping wet with sweat and very tired afterwards. Alarmingly, I developed a pain down my left arm one hot summer day. I knew what that meant....
I had triple by-pass open heart surgery soon afterwards with a hospital stay of 13 days and an extra 10 days in a rehab unit. I don't remember very much of the hospital other than several PTSD attacks. Apparently, that's not unusual considering the trauma of open heart surgery but I had not anticipated this in my wildest dreams. Needless to say, I should never have visited Vietnam recently because I saw little difference in the South Vietnam of 1968 and 2022. It was depressing to me.
I had a bout with Covid a few weeks ago but thankfully, it was a mild case.
I have a pacemaker scheduled to be installed on March 22 now. Hopefully, I should feel more normal afterwards.