POTD: Adult Vocabulary (The Geography of Survival #1)

Adult Vocabulary Bozeman, Montana 2012

There is a whole body of impressive sounding ten-dollar words and phrases out there that, if you’re lucky, there’s no compelling reason to learn as a kid (or even in middle age). But at some point they are forced into your every day vocabulary. I’m talking about things like aortic stenosis, postprandial angina, echocardiology, angiography, and hemi-sternotomy, all of which I’ve come to learn in the last year. The upshot of all this is that next week Tuesday I’m getting a new aortic heart valve over in Billings, MT. I expect it all to go routinely and should be back home in Bozeman on the weekend. Although I am planning on being back on the computer a day or two after surgery, expect to see some pre-scheduled automatic POTD posts next week while I am in the hospital. But, there may be a missing day or two as I have sometimes botched the POTD scheduling when I’ve done them automatically in the past. The notification emails may or may not get sent out either as they are hard to pre-schedule in Gmail for some reason. I took this photo just last week, as part of a collection of aspen tree bark images I’ve been working on lately. At the time, the relevance of this particular marking escaped me even though I had just been to the cardiologist. It took me working on the collection on the computer for it to dawn on me how apropos it was.]]>

13 thoughts on “POTD: Adult Vocabulary (The Geography of Survival #1)”

  1. Wow, Larry – that sounds serious. We will hope that all goes well. I’m guessing that being in a hospital bed for a few days is not your idea of a good time. You will be in our thoughts.

    1. Judy, the surgeon says it’s very routine, and I’m sure it will be–for him anyway. Anytime in a hospital bed isn’t my idea of a good vacation, but you gotta do what you gotta do. And, I’m looking forward to having a lot more stamina in a few weeks.

  2. Larry…I’ll add my wishes for an “uneventful” surgery (if such words can be used in this context!) and a speedy recovery so you don’t have to spend so much time with a heart doctor next year!

    1. Thanks Kathy and Jane. I’m hoping that a lot of the down time will actually be productive time–it doesn’t take much effort to push a mouse around in Photoshop. But I am looking forward to more camera time and less doctor time.

  3. Larry,
    I hope your new valve will keep you healthy for many years to come. Staying down for a little while may really help you in the long run even though I’m sure you won’t like that. Take care and keep us posted when you’re able.

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