Don't Take Life for Granted

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Elite RM423455
Don't take life for grantedIn 2001, I was attending the funeral of the father of a friend and I felt awful. Yes, I felt badly for the family, but I am referring to my own health. I could barely sit in the pew. There was no position in which I could find comfort and I prayed the service would soon conclude. Finally, the service did come to an end.

I drove home and tried to find some relief. A nap finally came, but I still did not feel right. That night, sleep basically eluded me. However, there was no way to avoid the work of the next day. Our congregation was to worship outdoors in a park. I was to serve as the worship leader. The service went well and the meal which followed transpired without event. Finally I would be able to head home and find some much needed rest.

Upon arrival at my home, I walked to the top of our split level steps. I was completely breathless and told my wife I needed to go to the hospital. While waiting in the hospital emergency room, I grew impatient, needing to wait over an hour. Persons in front of me would go outside to smoke while waiting to be seen. I kept saying to my wife, “Why in the world is he or she here?” I was unsure if I could go the distance required to wait.

Finally my name was called and I had trouble answering questions because I could not catch my breath. With some testing, it was discovered I had pulmonary emboli. I was shocked. How could a man of 40 develop this condition? Then I remembered I had a knee injury and had developed a blood clot on the surface of my thigh. Apparently this had developed into a deep thrombosis and travelled to my lung.

This experience was sobering and a reminder that life cannot be taken for granted. How might a person live without taking life for granted?
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Rainmaker
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Bill Gillhespy
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Hi Cal,  Your post should serve as a friendly reminder that we are all here on borrowed time.  Take care !

Jan 22, 2012 06:17 AM #1
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Joe Petrowsky
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I understand and you shared many wonderful words of wisdom. It is unfortunate that we have to wait for something like a death, to think these thoughts?

Jan 22, 2012 06:18 AM #2
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Marie Graham
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Cal-whoa, that's quite a story. Glad you sought the help you needed, and that it was resolved. COngratualtions, there must be (more) big plans awaiting you.  

Jan 22, 2012 06:25 AM #3
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Cal: What exactly is pulmonary emboli?! I will keep you in my prayers and hope that this finds you feeling much better.

Jan 22, 2012 07:13 AM #4
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William Feela
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Life is precious and it can be gone in a blink of an eye.  Syaing that it isn't anything when you know someting just insn't right does not make you superman...(or woman)

Jan 22, 2012 09:28 AM #5
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Cal Yoder
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Bill, we definitely only have the moment of this day. Beyond that there are no guarantees. It is a thought I have contemplated from time to time.

Joe, I hear you. The context of the death is when I experienced my health challenge. Just a good reminder that one never knows. Shortly after my PE, the journalist from NBC died of a PE. That was very sobering as well.

Thanks for your well wishes Marie.

This event actually occured 10 years ago. And ironically I have experienced one since then as well. A PE is blood clot on the lung. It is genetic, runs in the family. So I need to take blood thinners every ay.

Cal

Jan 22, 2012 09:30 AM #6
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Cal Yoder
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So right William. It was a tough thing for me. Now it has been ten years since this occured to me. So glad to still be on this side of life.

Cal

Jan 22, 2012 09:35 AM #7
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Amen my friend that is SO true. We take things for granted but NOTHING is guaranteed. If we all lived like today could be our last and truly had a fear of God things would be much different... and Better!

Glad to see you got treated and are still kicking it

Jan 22, 2012 01:12 PM #8
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
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Oh boy that is so scary!!!  SInce December I have been to 3 funerals!!!  it really causes you to stop and think!!!  Stay healthy!!!

Jan 22, 2012 01:48 PM #9
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Cal Yoder
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Thanks David and Deborah. It is a challenge to stay grounded and not take our life for granted. Have a great evening and a great week.

Cal

Jan 22, 2012 02:14 PM #10
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Hi Cal,

Wow, yes, it is so easy to take things for granted, life is such a fast moving set of events, that we tend to assume that we are somehow  some day can enjoy it, but if not today... when?

We are glad you are okay, and stay healthy my friend.

Jan 22, 2012 03:24 PM #11
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I am glad to hear you are ok. I too have had health problems my entire life. It all started when I was 4 months old. It's something that is always there, but you just find it in yourself to press on. One thing that keeps me going is that there is someone else who always has it worse. :)

Jan 22, 2012 04:19 PM #12
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Roger D. Mucci
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That's quite scary my friend.  You need to take care of you!  So glad to hear you got to the hospital and are on the mend.  Best to you Cal.

Jan 22, 2012 09:48 PM #13
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Cal Yoder
Keller Williams Elite - Lititz, PA
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I realized from the comments that I needed to put the year in when this took place. It was a full ten years ago that this event took place, so I am doing quite fine as I write this. I am on a blood thinner and will most likely be on it for the rest of my life. I greatly appreciate the well wishes from my friends.

Stacia, sounds like you are dealing with your challenges quite well. Have a great week.

Peter and Linda, thanks so much for your well wishes.

Roger thanks for your kind words.

Cal

Jan 22, 2012 10:23 PM #14
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your story. All of us should have regular physical examinations and not hesitate to go to the doctor or emergency room immediately when we do not feel well.

 

Jan 23, 2012 02:28 AM #15
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Kathy Clulow
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Cal - we really do need to listen when our bodies tell us something is not right ..... fortunately your body spoke to you (they don't always) and you listened

Jan 24, 2012 02:57 PM #16
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Cal,

Thankfully you were aware enough that something was wrong and took decisive action. :)

Steve

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