Needles and Pins

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You would think that after eleven years, I would not be nervous about seeing the doctor, but I guess it’s just my mind fighting with my heart and leaving me feeling like ‘pins and needles.’

But that’s not until this afternoon at 2:00.

Until then, I plan to go for a walk on the Promenade in White Rock.

Earlier this week, my buddy Norm (the northern one) called me and said that his wife Dorean had had a nasty fall while walking with him.

Everything was normal, we were walking just like we have been doing each day when suddenly Dorean went face-first onto the sidewalk.  She was semi-conscious as I called 911 but the voice that answered was the 411 operator!  

Norm then called 911 and waited for the ambulance to arrive.

Within a couple of minutes, I heard the sound of the ambulance but it’s siren stopped and I could tell that they were at 142 Street instead of where we were on 140 Street, so I told the 911 operator that the ambulance was on the wrong street!

So, yesterday, when I met Norm for coffee, I could tell he was still trying to get over the trauma.  But Norm is not a wimp or whiner, and I was happy that he could meet with me for coffee.

I can’t imagine what would have happened if Dorean had been driving or walking alone.  It could have been so much worse.

Norm used to be a paramedic/ambulance attendant and then later, a member of the RCMP force, so he reacted with a calm that most of us would not be able to muster.

But Dan, I was really worried.  This has happened a few times but all of the tests that Dorean has had have not determined the cause.  But the ER doctor suspects it is her heart – so they are going to install a ‘loop’ surgically to her heart.  

After our coffee, we went for our usual walk on the Promenade and to the end of the pier.

As we said our goodbye, Norm said that he would go home to make breakfast for Dorean.  I told him not to burn the eggs or toast.  And that seemed to cheer him up.

I didn’t tell him that I was going to see the surgeon about my jaw today.  He had enough on his mind without the added burden of worrying about me.

Besides, I have had three months since my last checkup and haven’t had any pain – so, hopefully, my jaw has stabilized, and I can go on without a reoccurrence.

I am waiting to see the lung specialist – and that is contributing to some anxiety.

Life has ups and downs, but things could always be worse.

So, I am on my way to go for my morning walk at the Promenade.

I’m back to walking  10,000 steps per day.

And at least I know I will be able to keep up with my walking club friends – when the pandemic restrictions are finally lifted.

I’ll update this page after I return from seeing the surgeon.

Please say a prayer for my friends’ Norm and Dorean.

Dedicated to Dorean Wolff

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Needles and Pins – lyrics

I saw her today, I saw her face
It was the face I loved and I knew
I had to run away and get down on my knees
And pray that they’d go away

But still they begin
Needles and pins
Because of all my pride
The tears I gotta hide

Hey, I thought I was smart
I’d win her heart
Didn’t think I’d do, but now I see
She’s worse to him than me

Let her go ahead
Take his love instead
And one day she will see
Just how to say please

And get down on her knees
Hey, that’s how it begins
She’ll feel those needles and pins
Hurtin’ her, hurtin’ her

Why can’t I stop and tell myself
I’m wrong, I’m wrong, so wrong
Why can’t I stand up
And tell myself I’m strong

Because I saw her today, I saw her face
It was the face I loved and I knew
I had to run away and get down on my knees
And pray that they’d go away

But still they begin
Needles and pins
Because of all my pride
The tears I gotta hide
Oh, needles and pins

Needles and pins
Needles and pins

Songwriters: Sonny Bono / Jack Nitzsche
Saturday Night Out – Mono Version lyrics © Emi Unart Catalog Inc.

Heart of Glass – lyrics

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

In between
What I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine
Love is so confusing, there’s no peace of mind
If I fear I’m losing you it’s just no good
You teasing like you do

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Lost inside
Adorable illusion and I cannot hide
I’m the one you’re using, please don’t push me aside
We coulda made it cruising, yeah

La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Yeah, riding high on love’s true bluish light

Ooh, oh, ooh, oh
Ooh, oh, ooh, oh

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass
Seemed like the real thing only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Ooh, oh, ooh, oh
Ooh, oh, ooh, oh

Songwriters: Chris Stein / Deborah Harry
Heart of Glass lyrics © BMG Rights Management

 

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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