Today I kidnapped my girly friend as soon as she got off work. I had to drive her over to this beautiful little piece of property my realtor found this morning. I can’t tell you where it is because you might win the lottery before I do and buy it. I can tell her where it is because if she has such great fortune she will let me sleep on her front porch every night so I still get to enjoy the view. Plus, the spring bulbs are in bloom, the trees are just about to burst open, and I figured this was far better than taking her a bouquet of flowers to celebrate some great news she got yesterday!
We walked the land and portioned off pieces for the garden and the chickens, then decided the pair of alpaca can be free-range. We fraternized with the neighbor’s faithful guard dog, who might be chow / golden retriever mix, and is probably a girl on account of the way she squatted to pee. She told me what the house I’d build ought to look like, because she’s good at those things. Then I drove her back home.
Just seconds before turning onto her road, something hit me; not in the literal sense, but may as well have been.
“What day is this?” I asked in the middle of jabbering about other things.
“I mean the number! What number is this?” I was getting excited.
She told me today is the tenth.
Ya’ll, this is the twelfth anniversary of when I was supposed to die any minute!
And then it was going to be maybe in a few weeks. And then during child birth. And then, because doctors are sure about these things, sometime within the next 5 years, for certain.
And for the first time ever, I forgot the anniversary was approaching!
A dozen years ago I was put on a medication regimen that not only stabilized my (low) heart function, but exacerbated my ADD. I think both effects can be credited with saving my life as I’ve clearly been too distracted to die.
I’m frequently humbled by the tribe of heart sisters I’ve made all over the world – women who’ve had the same diagnosis and handled it with far more grace than I could ever muster. And last year I wandered into the wilderness of Montana only to bump into a heart brother, too. This disease has given me far more than it took, so here’s a little toast to all the wonderful people cardiomyopathy has brought into my life, and a spill to all of the superfluous and poisonous things it has removed. And may next year I forget the date all together.