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Attack and Defense

Posted February 17th, 2011 at 01:51 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I have happily renewed my site supporter status. As Alias QTip has said, thereís a separation anxiety that comes with being a non-supporter.

It has taken me a little while to renew. I donít have a credit card and had to rig up some sort of way to pay. That took a little time and then about three I had a heart attack.

Having a heart attack really pissed me off. I am so not-interested in dying. I know I am overworked, over-committed and donít get enough sleep, but there is a lot of games I havenít played yet, Scape and otherwise and I donít want to check out just yet.

This whole losing your job but not today maybe tomorrow is certainly stressful, but as time has passed I have learned to care about it less. I donít really have any control over it anyway- so I might as well focus on things I like doing. Iíve enjoyed that. Stress is definitely one of my risk factors.

Iím not unhealthy. Iím supposedly slightly overweight, but I eat well, donít smoke or drink and get moderate exercise. Heart attacks run in my family though. Everyone on my motherís side seems to have some kind of heart defect. Sheís had seven heart attacks but sheís still here.

You know what brought on this attack? Cleaning. I was cleaning. I try to jam a lot of cleaning in a short period of time because I only have short periods of time. And I had a frickin heart attack. Lesson: Cleaning is bad for you. I resolve to clean less or at least more leisurely. If you love your family, donít clean for them.

Like losing my job, this could be considered to be part of a downward spiral in my life. It seems to me at this moment just the opposite. Never before have I appreciated my family and my life so much. Meals, games, conversations- I love them all. I feel so lucky to be alive.

And you know my old cat that ran away? I found him a couple weeks ago. He was trapped under someoneís house- there was a little wooden door that lead underneath the house and it was closed and locked with an eye hook. I heard meowing and to be honest I was looking for him. I did not hesitate to go into their yard, open their gate and let him free. I took him in my arms and heard myself saying ďmy baby, my baby.Ē He was in a sorry state. He had been gone for five days- heíd lost a bit of weight, and heís a very thin cat to start with. But heís back now- heís eating well and seems okay. He hasnít been picking fights with me either. Dare I say heís happy to be alive too?

My father has just been diagnosed with cancer. Heís been unwell for several years and theyíve never been able to figure out what was wrong or do anything about it. So now that he has the diagnosis, heís happier than Iíve seen him in years. He has an answer and literally a deadline. His days are valuable again. Heís happy to be alive too.

At some point in life we stop growing stronger and began growing weaker, sliding towards that inevitable end. I wish it wasnít that way, but it is. The best defense I think is to live well. Enjoy, be nice, be thankful. Sooner than you think it will be over. Iím lucky- I didnít die, just got a good shaking. I see things through new, thankful eyes. Iím so happy to be still around.

Life is the greatest treasure there is, but it is good to remember itís a temporary treasure glyph.
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MegaSilver's Avatar
Are you feeling better, StW? I hope it doesn't happen again. Glad to still have you around, both on the blog and alive as well.

MegaSilver
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 02:59 PM by MegaSilver MegaSilver is offline
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Heroscaper62's Avatar
Just wonderin', but how'd you become a site supporter without a credit card? Oh, and I too hope you feel better.
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 03:54 PM by Heroscaper62 Heroscaper62 is offline
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flameslayer93's Avatar
Glad to see your in good spirits Sylvano!

(I oughta show this to my grandma. I told her cleaning was bad)
Cheers!
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 04:00 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Sylvano the Wasabus's Avatar
Thank you all.
I'm feeling better. The first couple weeks were crappy, but I'm almost bouncy again. What the hey- it was just one wound...
I had a friend sign me up and repaid them. Friend with credit card...
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 04:33 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus Sylvano the Wasabus is offline
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clancampbell's Avatar
Scary man. I'm glad to see your back, and that your medical mishap did not take you out. I'm glad you found your cat too!
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 05:13 PM by clancampbell clancampbell is offline
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Bolo's Avatar
I'm glad to see you writing again, your blog is one of my favorites.

I have had 3 heart attacks myself and I learned 1 important lesson from them.

Do the things you have to do so you can do the things you want to do, this should be a 1:2 ratio. For every hour I send doing what I have to, I spend 2 hours doing what I want to. Family, friends and gaming is how I want to live my life.
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 05:19 PM by Bolo Bolo is offline
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Arrow Grut's Avatar
I'm sorry to say this man, but your kinda unlucky...
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 06:43 PM by Arrow Grut Arrow Grut is offline
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ZBeeblebrox's Avatar
Glad to see that you are doing better Sylvano.

Just have your kids clean up the house, after my dad's second heart attack (He had 5 before he passed); my brother and I were taught how to clean up around the house...we were only 8 and 9
Posted February 17th, 2011 at 06:57 PM by ZBeeblebrox ZBeeblebrox is offline
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The Wall's Avatar
Even if you don't know someone, it always sucks to hear about this kinda stuff. I'm glad your okay.
Posted February 18th, 2011 at 10:38 PM by The Wall The Wall is offline
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chas's Avatar
"We should be dead, but we're not. We're living on borrowed time!"
--Jack Kirby, The Challengers of the Unknown

Take a look at my Midway Meditation entry, and get yourself The Tibetan Book of the Dead if you haven't read it! I'm about halfway through what I want to do with the blog, and I hope to make it to the end. After that, it'll all be gravy...
Posted February 20th, 2011 at 08:35 AM by chas chas is offline
 
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