I was being rolled back to the OR exactly a year ago.  What a difference one year makes, huh?


Has nothing to do with the surgery, I just like the image.  #iphone #olloclip


In My Name?

The flowers in church last Sunday were in my name.  It’s was a crazy overwhelming feeling.  I’ve always heard them mention that the flowers were in other names, but this time it was me!  Thank you.

On another note, it’s weird to hear what people are saying in terms of my recent surgery.  On some levels it’s become a bit over-exaggerated.  I think, in some circles, I almost died.  It’s a bit Ferris Beuller-ish.

I can say, without hesitation, that the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.


It’s been a week now since my surgery ended and I suppose I’ve made a good bit of progress.  And although I’ve been slightly derailed from some of my early season goals, I feel I can easily get back on track.  That track will forever be a different track though, now that I’ve faced a fairly significant life event.  I know I’ll be much more motivated now to complete goals and to live an even more healthy life than I have been.  Let’s face it, there’s always something more healthy we all can do.

I certainly have a changed perspective on various levels.  For instance, I have a clearer grasp on how much pain my body can withstand.  And this experience has certainly made me more focused on my physical health.

I haven’t had a real camera in my hand in almost two weeks and, believe me, I’m chomping at the bit to get back out there.  I promise there will new images soon.  Most of my Facebook Page followers have seen some of these images, but I wanted to put them here as well.

But more importantly, I’m focusing on my recovery and am thinking back on all the nursing staff that got me through it all.  The care that I received from the nursing staff on the Step Down unit at Winchester Medical Center was just top-notch.  What an intensive line of work that can really test one’s patience (ha!).  Most of the time I really felt as if I was the only patient on the unit, they were that good.

So my sincerest gratitude goes out to the following nurses on Step Down unit at Winchester Medical Center:

  • Danielle
  • Stephanie
  • Skylar
  • Joe
  • Annie
  • Julie
  • Dawn
  • Amber
  • Somer

I had never met any of them before and will probably never run into them again, but man it felt good to get the care I needed to get through this.


A thrombosed popliteal aneurysm caused my lower leg to start “dying.”


On the road to recovery.