Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Good to be Alive

Sometimes events happen in your life that dramatically changes your entire perception of life, life style, spirituality and life priorities.  That just occurred to me.
On June 11th, after months of what I thought was incidental or old age periodic chest pains, my new friend, Cardiologist Dr. Mark Reger M.D., admitted me to St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY for open heart surgery.  I call him my friend because of his refusal to allow me to return home until scheduled surgery five days later.  Surgery took place three days later because of the scariest moment in my life as I struggled for air while suffering chest pains in the early morning hours of Monday, June 14th.  Surgery was moved up to immediately.  Approximately 10 hours later by-pass procedure began.
Now, as I rehab, I along with my wife Shirley have begun planning our new future. This is not the platform for most of these changes, but my blogging hobby will be a big part of it.
The fact that I will now retire this year and have more time to learn, write post and travel to some blogging and blogger events and visit more wineries and hopefully get to meet many of my fellow bloggers is one of my priorities.  My next few post will follow the learning experience I absorb through books, videos and blogs(of course).  Although my surgeon, Dr. Joel Rosenberg M.D.,  told me he is a wine collector with over 2500 bottles in his collection, I doubt he would like me reviewing wines right away.
I am presently reading "The Only Wine Book You'll Ever Need" by Danny May. Wow, do I have a lot to learn.  Gotta get back to my reading lounge chair and my glass of OJ.
Joe

P.S.  My wife has set up a really cool recovery area in the family room.  Got my lounge chair, a hospital bed, a 46" LED HD TV and all the wine books I own but never read.  Unfortunately, my wine fridge is at the foot of the bed. Ya think she's getting even for something? :)

6 comments:

The Wine Whore said...

I had no idea! I'm so glad you are doing better now.

Isn't wine supposed to be good for the heart? Maybe you just need to drink more! ;)

Winelady Cooks said...

Hi Joe, Get well soon and recover quickly. The sooner you recover the quicker you can begin enjoying more wine and more traveling.

joeshico said...

Hi Randy, Nice to hear from you. Think maybe wine kept me alive for awhile. Been doing lots of heavy yard work for a few weeks not knowing I had 100% blockage in main left Artery. Daughter says it was because of my wine usage.
Thank you for commenting Winelady, Going to have to change my diet drastically and you recipe for Chewy Chocolate cookies looks nutritionally good. Definitely a good replacement for my creme puffs.

in vino veritas said...

Joe,
Hope you are feeling better soon. Maybe you could give us a list of wine book reviews and suggestions, along with more wine reviews.
To a Speedy Recovery - CHEERS!
jason

Anonymous said...

Its true there are times that change our life perception, that s the way it just to be. Let the change proceed. God bless you and your family. Nina

Sue said...

I hope you feel better soon Joe! Take care of yourself and rest up with those wine books :-) Wishing you all the best Sue & Nick