Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
Happy New Year

Monday, December 18, 2006


I have just read my journal and blog entries from this date in the past. It seems I have failed to comment on this day, December 18.

December 18, 2003 was a month after my near fatal heart attack. The first stent had been implanted to unblock 100% blockage. This surgery was to implant second stent to unblock 80% blockage. I told my family, other than Ron, not to bother coming for this procedure because this would be routine and a piece of cake after the more crucial episode in November.

My death occurred on the operating table. I learned of it when I was awakened in recovery. Apparently my heart had stopped for 30 seconds as the stent was being inserted. They gave me a good jump-start and brought me back. (From that evolved the leg injury that took six months to heal, but that is an entirely different story.)

December 18, 1984 was almost my dying day as well. That Dec. 18, I had a drug crazed bank robber hold me hostage with a loaded gun pressed to my head as he demanded money.

Today is December 18, 2006 and I shall celebrate it as my day of blessings. :-)

From Today’s Upper Room Devotional
Cast all your anxiety on God, because he cares for you.
-1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV)


  1. WOW thye are both scary, my grandfathers heart stopped and he used to count two birthdays and two ages...(hes passed now but that was after a long illness and stroke)

  2. Yes, I felt like the day after both of those events were birthdays for me.

  3. Wow. You have many blessings to count! What scary stories. I hope the rest of your December 18ths are filled with joy and laughter!

  4. Granny Annie, thanks for the visit and the nice comments. I don't usually do that much decorating at home (since I do so much of it at work), but this year, my younger daughter asked for more than last year - which was just a tree. I love the new cabinet you got at the yard sale - it's a beauty!

    How did you find me?