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 my body feeling like being pricked by ‘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.

UPDATE:  I just got home from the surgeon’s office (it’s 4:20) and got some good news: my jaw seems to be good and I don’t go back to see him until September!  I am concerned about my recent diagnosis of lung disease but remain positive.  I am now scheduled for a CT scan every six months but overall, things are better than I expected – especially the news from the surgeon!

That’s put a smile on my face that will probably last for the rest of the day.

I am going to make a bowl of soup and then watch some Netflix.

But first, I’m going to call Norm and see how Dorean’s doing.

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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Keep On – lyrics

Started crawling in my skin
Looking for a way out
I can feel it happening
So I talk myself down
‘Cause right now

The walls are starting to cave in
Sometimes, I wish I was somebody else
When my mind starts misbehaving
Is when I tell myself

Okay, baby, you’ll be okay
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on
Rolling even on the bad days
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on

Every time I run away
It catches up somehow
But I’ve been learning what to say
So I talk myself down
‘Cause right now

The walls are starting to cave in
Sometimes, I wish I was somebody else
When my mind starts misbehaving
Is when I tell myself

Okay, baby, you’ll be okay
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on
Rolling even on the bad days
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on breathing
Even when your lungs have run out of air
Okay, baby you’ll be okay
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on (just gotta keep on)
Keep, gotta keep on, you just gotta keep on (just gotta keep on)
Keep, gotta keep on, you just gotta keep on

The walls are starting to cave in
Sometimes, I wish I was somebody else
When my mind starts misbehaving
Is when I tell myself

Okay, baby, you’ll be okay
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on
Rolling even on the bad days
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on breathing
Even when your lungs have run out of air
Okay, baby you’ll be okay
You just gotta keep, gotta keep on
You just gotta keep on (just gotta keep on)
Keep, gotta keep on, you just gotta keep on (just gotta keep on)
Keep, gotta keep on, you just gotta keep on

Songwriters: Sasha Alexandra Artourovna Yatchenko
Keep On lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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.

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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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