Maybe I am a little emotional today with it being Easter. But I learned the hard way a few months ago that no ones time here on earth is promised. I want to share this with all of you so you don't make the same mistake.
I started out the new year on top of the world, I got a new promotion at work that puts me one step closer to being the plant manager. My oldest son has been accepted to a few colleges and we were all planning our future, with it looking very good. My daughter is #3 in her freshman class, and youngest who has Down Syndrome had finally made it through a December without being in the hospital.
Toward the end of January my back started hurting. I ended up going to urgent care and they told me I had sciatica they gave me some pain meds and muscle relaxers and sent me home. I ended up making a couple more trips to the ER and my doctor over the next 2 weeks and I just kept getting worse. Finally it got so bad I needed a walker to get around. One morning I could not get out of bed or move my left leg. My wife took me to the ER again and when I got there my blood pressure was 59/40. They did an MRI on me and finally figured out I have a MRSA infection and they ignored it for so long that it spread through my whole body. I had a 10 inch pocket in my back, in both hips, down both legs to my feet, my left lung and in my heart. They told my wife to call in all the family because I was going to die.
After a few surgeries and 17 days in the hospital I was able to come home. I am still on IV meds and have a wound pump hooked up to my back and hip but I am alive. I go to the doctors at least twice a week and have home health care coming in twice a week. I am working light duty again and everything seams to be getting better. Then last week I go to the heart doctor to check the infection I had in it. He did an ECO on my heart and the MRSA has destroyed my aortic valve. So now sometime in the coming weeks I will have to have open heart surgery. The valve is falling apart, a piece broke off and ended up in my spleen and spread the infection to it. He said to watch for signs of a stroke because if more breaks off it could cause that.
I post this not so anyone will feel sorry for me, or for attention. I post this so you all will not take the ones you love for granted. We are only here for a short time and we do not know when our number will be drawn and we will be called home. I am a better man after going through this, I tell people that I love them and do my best to show them. So today take the time to do it yourself. You never know when you are going to run out of time to say it.
Happy Easter everyone and God bless you and your family.