Well, they said I had a 50/50 chance of living after my initial open heart surgery. Then they said I had 50% chance of making it past 10 years, so here I am! I made it and continue to live each day very thankful. I am feeling pretty darn good, my tennis game is in a bit of a pickle as I have a bad case of Osteoarthritis in my left hip. I have seen 3 surgeons and they all agree. I got a cortisone shot and it feels a bit better and I am making due with it, it’s not that painful, just hard to put on my left shoe and sock. I have a special sock tool and my wife or kids help me tie my left shoe.

I just got taken to the cleaners on a bad Craigslist deal while buying a gift for my wife. I was going to surprise her, and drove 150 miles, rented a car, and when I got there to purchase what I was told was an excellent condition interior and a car “my wife would drive” I found out that it was missing the back seat and roof rack (which I didn’t know) till my wife told me. After I put a new muffler on it (my choice) I had the oil changed and was told the front left tie-rod was shot, so $500.00 later, $300 for the muffler and then $1200.00 for both front and back brakes plus the left front air ride shock was shot and had to get new ones up front. Lesson learned, don’t by on emotions even though I was trying to do a good thing for my wife. Now, the title will be here tomorrow and I have to spend another $500.00 to license it.

Financially, I have been pretty good, haven’t received any donations, but this site isn’t about me, it’s about giving back to others -that was the main goal of the site. I am glad that it’s been 12 years, I have not had a chance to get back to the ER and my thoracic surgeon, Dr. James Brevig to thank them.

All in all, I am thankful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am not perfect my any means and struggle daily with depression, been on Lexapro for 12 years and top that off with 200 mgs of Toporol XL, I am struggling in other areas as well 🙂

I wish you all the best and will continue to count my blessing and give thanks to the Good Lord for allowing me extra time on this stage.

Kind Regards,
Brian 🙂