|Bay view on a sunny morning in Connemara.|
“Fascinating Fact of the Day About Ireland”
Irish names begin with “Mac,” which translates to mean “son
|We spotted lots of cattle on a morning drive but few sheep.|
As I had promised myself over a month ago, on the 4th of July, I’d be able to walk up the hill from the driveway, on my own with no help from Tom. This morning, I gleefully accomplished this task and have decided to repeat it at least five times a week to build my stamina for walking up steep hills.
That is not to say my healing is complete. At a little over 4½ months from the bypass surgery and three months since the two leg surgeries, I’d be deluding myself to say the healing process is complete. I still have pain and discomfort in my sternum and legs. I’ve read that some patient’s chests don’t heal for over a year.
|Flowers blooming on the side of the road.|
The hematoma in my right thigh is starting to look a little better but requires a pillow between my legs at night to avoid keeping me awake from the pain. I’m hopeful and when I think we’ll be on a cruise in 5½ weeks, I continue to exercise, try to get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.
While on the upcoming cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam, we have a very busy and active two-day small group tour to St. Petersburg, Russia. I’m working hard to prepare myself for this tour. In the evenings, we’ll return to the ship for the night meeting with the van at the pier the next morning.
|The online translation of this monument was tricky to accomplish. Can any of our new readers in Ireland translate this for us? If so, please send an email or comment at the end of the post.|
And, not surprisingly, we cannot find insurance for me that would include anything to do with my heart and arteries. In the worst case, I may qualify 12 months after no further treatment was required. This 12-month period would begin on May 10, 2019, when I no longer required any medical care.
We still have coverage with the company that isn’t paying our claims and until they provide us with formal notification, everything else is covered. The rate is almost Euro 709, US $800 a month, which doubled after the surgery.
|A bull in a field with lots of what appeared to be pregnant females.|
You may think we’re nuts for not moving back to the US for this reason. But, we all have to make choices for our own lives this works for us. Quality of life is a huge factor, motivating us to joyfully continue on. I could make myself stressed thinking of this but I choose not to. Instead, we’ll continue to dream and make plans for the future.
As mentioned above, may all of our readers in the US have a safe and fulfilling holiday weekend. And may the remainder of our readers have an equally good day and upcoming weekend.
|This parade of elephants consisted of more than 30. For more photos, please click here.|