More Stray Thoughts…

This is the first weekday in about a week and a half where I haven’t had to go somewhere during the morning. I thought that would provide for a busy day getting things done at home, but instead I’m tired and a little fuzzy-brained and fighting off a headache (due, I think, to the air pressure system). So It seems like it would be a good day for a ramble. πŸ™‚

I had my post-op visit with the cardiologist yesterday. I had been discouraged because I’ve still felt a number of heartbeat irregularities, mostly minor, but some longer, one as long as 12 hours. The most recent long bout was five hours last Friday. They had told me to expect some irregularities, that the surgery itself could cause some. But in my mind there shouldn’t have been that much, and certainly not 5 1/2 weeks out from surgery. But the doctor was cheerful and said everything was “just the way we like to see it.” I see him again in 2 months. I’m still not feeling particularly cheerful about it myself, but I am a little more hopeful, especially as the last couple of bouts were considerably milder than usual. I’ve been told that occasionally people have to have an ablation for atrial fibrillation more than once, and if we have to do that, we’ll deal with it, but I sure hope the one I had will take care of it.

Part of the longer healing process is due to the fact that what they’re trying to accomplish with the ablation (as I understand it) is creating little teeny spots of scar tissue along the nerve that’s causing the irregular beats, either by heat or freezing – not so much as to impair heart function, but enough to disrupt that particular nerve’s signals. So not only does all of that need to heal and settle down after surgery, but then it takes time for the scar tissue to develop – longer than I had thought, evidently. I had thought everything would be “done” by this visit, which led to my discouragement at still having issues.

So we’ll see where we are in a couple of months. I also got some much-needed clarification about what to do if I do have a longer bout of afib at home – how long to just rest at home and when to see a doctor.

Well, enough of that.

Other thoughts that have been accumulating recently:

  • My own little corner of the Internet has been on the quiet side recently. Some blog friends have taken a hiatus for the summer, or for a longer spell, for various reasons, and some are only posting sporadically.
  • Is anyone thinking of doing Write31Days in October? The idea is to choose a topic, any topic, that you’ll blog about every day of October. I’ve done it a few times before with 31 Days of Missionary Stories, 31 Days of Inspirational Biographies, and 31 Days with Elisabeth Elliot. I enjoyed doing them, and they were well-received. But so far I don’t have anything in mind to write about this year, and I don’t know if I have the “umph” to do it. We’re coming off of a busy time between the surgery, the eclipse, the family stay-cation, and “birthday season” (several family birthdays July-September). I was just thinking today that it was nice to look forward to nothing major on the schedule in October. But I am praying about it. Let me know if you’re planning to participate.
  • Recently I’ve seen a few comments on social media judging people for not commenting on particular issues. Seriously, people. Not everyone wants to participate in every online debate or wants to strew their thoughts on every topic, particularly divisive ones, all over the Internet. Plus, some issues are too big for the 140 characters of a tweet. I’d rather have a serious, in-depth, informed, and thoughtful discussion on a issue than trade snarky sound bytes. So don’t take media silence as indifference or lack of caring. I’m not saying it’s wrong to discuss divisive issues on social media, but, honestly, a lot of those discussion that I see are more about scoring points for one’s own side and portraying the other side as stupid or dangerous or uncaring than they are about shedding any light.
  • I never saw or heard of leaving two spaces between typed sentences until fairly recently, and I’ve wondered where that came from. I never had a typing or keyboarding class, so I have wondered if it’s taught there, or if it is a regional thing. I just looked it up, and this article delves into the history and tells why it is considered wrong. This one says it’s especially a no-no in writing proposals.
  • Do you ever go back and edit old posts? I’ve discovered some of mine have some photos missing or broken links. I used to use sources like Photobucket to upload and share photos so I didn’t use too much of my free storage space provided by my blog. Though Photobucket is still in business, I think some of the others must have gone out of business over time, because I’ve discovered some old posts with a place for a photo, but no photo there, and nothing happens when I click on the icon that is there. Plus there are some broken links here are there, where the post or site I linked to is no longer online. It would be a lot of work to go back through 11 years worth of posts to fix that kind of thing, yet I hate to leave posts like that, especially the ones with missing photos. So I’ll probably correct them as I come across them and have time. I know for some of you, whenever I do anything with an old post, it shows up in your feed as a new one. I apologize for that. I don’t know how to avoid it. If I start fixing old posts on a larger scale, I’ll try to let you know.
  • Do you find yourself living back in the “dark ages” in some respect? For me, it’s the price of clothing. I can accept that the price of gas and food changes, even though sometimes I am horrified by it. But I still find myself not wanting to pay more for clothes than I did back in college – almost 40 years ago. A lot of times I can still find clothes at those prices, or close to it, but it’s getting increasingly harder to do so. I recently upped the price range I consider acceptable, but there are some clothes catalogs I immediately toss because they are so ridiculously high.
  • ‘Tis the season…for corn mazes. Have you ever done one? They do not sound like fun to me. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s probably more than enough rambling for one day.

Like many of you, we’re still praying for those still dealing with the effects of the hurricanes on the east coast and the wildfires in the west and for the help they need, financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


7 thoughts on “More Stray Thoughts…

  1. This is one of those posts where I wish we could just get together for lunch. So many thoughts! I loved your 31 days posts in the past — I remember the missionary ones and the EE ones. Not sure I have the ‘oomph’ required for 31 days straight though. I have had plenty of trouble coming up with blogging topics lately (not that that’s the end of the world). When I learned to type in high school, it was 2 spaces after a period. It was a big pain for me to change when the internet taught me it was just 1 space! I’ll have to read the article you linked to. I’m so glad the dr was happy with your progress. Often, I think it’s true that just hearing something like that from a professional can make me feel better emotionally, and soon that translates to physically too. Praying that will be the case for you. On silence in social media — yeah. I’m going to a conference in a few weeks that I’m getting a bit nervous over. It’s about speaking up for our Christian faith, and I’m friends with the leader of the conference on FB. She keeps posting that the enemy doesn’t bother her as much as Christians who keep silent. I have very strong values and beliefs — but don’t always feel led to spout those in social media. I’m hoping this conference will be a good thing. We’ll see.

    • I hope I didn’t sound unbalanced on speaking out vs. silence on social media. I do think as Christians we need to use social media to share truth and spread light. But sometimes complicated issues like health care and what the president should do can’t be reduced to one-liners, and that’s what bothers me with a lot of online discussions. That and the fact that so many of them don’t know what they’re talking about. πŸ™‚ That’s another reason I don’t say much on some issues – I have no idea what the best thing is, either, LOL! But where there is a clear spiritual or moral issue, yes, we need to speak up and stand for truth.

      I am gradually feeling more encouraged by what the doctor said. Though I wish progress was farther along, it does seem at least it’s going in the right direction.

  2. I really hope you heal up quickly and all is well soon!

    I edit old posts all the time because I’m a lazy blogger and post without thought sometimes hahaha. I’ve also found that people will judge on anything, speaking to your point about the post where people don’t speak on issues. We all get to choose what we discuss right? πŸ˜„

  3. I’m sorry you’re still having to deal with your heart issues, but hopefully the doctor is telling the truth and you only need a little more time to heal! When I took typing in high school, we learned to put 2 spaces between sentences. It was HARD for me when I learned I only needed one these days. ha.

    I don’t think I’ll do 31 Days this year either. I don’t have a topic in mind, and I remember how much hard work it is. ha. But I hope many others do because I love to follow along!

  4. I hope to hear very soon that your health issue is resolved! πŸ™‚ I don’t get involved in any political or divisive discussions. I don’t like to debate and I don’t want to hear someone try to convice me I’m wrong in the way I think any more than they want to hear why I think they are wrong…
    Yes, I was always taught two spaces between each typed sentence. My posting is rather random. I don’t think I could do the 31 days. I can’t get posts done daily right now. I love corn mazes! They are so fun and it has been a long time since I have enjoyed one! πŸ™‚
    Hope you have a great weekend! Hubby and I are off tomorrow on a weekend motorcycle ride.

  5. I enjoyed your ramblings. I was planning to do a 31 days this year, but I am currently traveling in the USA and it would just be too much. My plan was to have at least half of them scheduled before I left Japan, but so many things happened those last couple of weeks including a funeral. It just seems like the Lord is telling me to wait. About the 1 vs. 2 spaces between sentences…that was very interesting. I took typing in high school and college and we were taught to do that. I went to grad school where I had to type a myriad of papers and it was required. It is so ingrained in me that I don’t even think about it. I don’t think I could change…HA!

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