I have shitty veins. They break, I bruise and most times, it’s nothing. Occasionally it is something.
Something that should have killed me.
Those times I was in the hospital and stents were placed.
Recently, I’ve become more exhausted than usual and moderate to light activity causes chest, and limb pain. Sometimes a headache or neck pain.
The two smallest toes on my left foot are mostly numb. It’s a weird feeling.
I believe I may have Peripheral Artery Disease in addition to the Coronary Artery Disease tiara I wear currently.
I brought it on myself. I don’t exercise regularly, if at all. I have a sedentary job. I have a horrible past of eating like crap and weight has always been a problem for me. Smoking too.
I can talk the big talk by saying that no matter what, I won’t fight another episode; but, frankly speaking, I’m sad and afraid to allow my life to end. This is painful.
Yet the current state of my life, with the stressors of my job and family…I kinda do want a clean out.
I know! I just got done watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the second time this season and I cried as always knowing that life is a gift not to be thrown away.
It’s a pity I did whatever the hell I wanted while young with no second thought to the damage I was doing down the road.
I’ve read the articles on reversing heart disease and I do eat a mostly vegetarian diet. My daily fats don’t include butter (unless it’s nut butter) and I eat high fiber foods for breakfast and lunch and add it to our dinner with lean meats or a vegetarian option.
And yet here I am. My left leg numb and stinging after light activity, eating nitroglycerin like tic tacs.
I keep thinking if this is an aneurism or dissection or claudification, I just want to be home to die. I don’t want it to happen while driving or in a stinky hospital or god forbid — in the bathroom stall at work!
I’m finding it harder and harder to go to work in this kind of pain. I’m actually finding it very hard to justify working until I can either recover or just spend my days where I want to be. Home.
I’m also afraid to sleep while in this pain. What happens if I don’t wake?
The control freak in me worries about what mess I may be leaving you and your father to clean up. The paperwork, outstanding bills and accounts to close down. It’s all just a hairy pain in the ass.
I never wanted you to deal with my passing. That’s why I paid for my funeral in advance. That’s why there’s a book that has instructions for after I go. I just don’t have all the rest of the shit in it. Like accounts and passwords. Contacts.
I really must do that for you. I promise if I’m given tomorrow I will get that done.
And if I stroke out (and it’s not deadly) but leaves me where ultimately I am in a vegetative state, do not waste the money keeping me alive. Let me go.
Our healthcare system will ruin you and your father financially if you try to keep me going.
I hope that the afterlife is true and even reincarnation is possible. If I had that assurance I might not be so scared to let go. But this is where I am.
Jealous of those who have shittier habits and will outlive me.
A teensy bit angry at myself for wasting the time I had.
Just know that I bragged that my veins were mostly Twinkie frosting when I was your age. How ironic it was for me to hear you brag that yours were filled with cheese this weekend at your grandpa’s house?
I’m here to warn you that even if you don’t smoke and you do stay active, your dietary choices will lead you right down the red carpet I genetically rolled out toward artery disease.
Please do the research now and make the necessary lifestyle choices that reverse the damage you’re doing and you outlive your mother.