Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Nifty pill cutter tool and that delicious Chewable Cherry Adult Baby Aspirin!!!
Wednesday I saw the cardiologist for a 2 week check up since my minor heart attack.

He had a motto at the hospital: “One step at a time.”

I found that I also have a motto: “All the steps, how many are there and which way do I turn when I get to the top.”

So I thought we might have a communication issue. However, he was great, as was his nurse. Apparently his motto only applies when the patient (ME!) might be in a life or death situation!

They answered my complete list of questions and took a lot of time with me. My BP was down to 110/60 – LOW! – on the 2nd reading, the first slightly higher. And apparently the problems I’ve been having with lightheadedness in mid-morning are due to one of the pills – which he said I should be taking at night! I was not told that nor was it on the pill bottle! If that doesn’t work, I can cut the pills in half and take ½ in the a.m. and ½ at bedtime, so it seems to be a solvable problem. And I just happen to have the niftiest pill cutter! It’s actually some construction tool for cutting wooden trim work, but it works great for pills – cuts them straight in half!

I also get to keep taking my Chewable Cherry Adult Baby Aspirin (oxymoron??) every morning. I told the nurse I let it dissolve on my tongue and think of a big, gooey cherry Danish! (She thought I was funny!)

The doctor also said it will take 4-6 weeks to feel “normal” – that puts my timeline around the ViewPoint opening! So hopefully I won’t fall off the box my husband has threatened to put at the podium to elevate me while I’m giving my speech! (Last year he told me I was a “disembodied voice” during the speech and he aims to fix that this year!)

Anyway – all of the info from the doctor is good stuff to know. Barring any unfortunate incidents, I’ll be heading back there in January.

So now, apparently all of my impending health hazards are back to where they belong – our highways and byways. I always claim that any car I drive or ride in becomes invisible – cases in point:

Tuesday the car in front of me on the expressway ramp came to a DEAD STOP on the expressway – I had nowhere to go since a semi was whizzing along in the left lane. I had to slam on my brakes and the instant the truck passed me I changed lanes. Thank goodness there was no traffic behind me. A few minutes later the same guy who couldn’t find his gas pedal at the end of the ramp whizzed past me! Jeeeeeeeeeeeez.

Wednesday a large truck got over for me to come down the ramp – and then promptly pulled back into my lane – guess he had a very short attention span! (He received a rather UN-ladylike gesture and horn toot as I slammed on my brakes and got behind him and then passed him). And then another large truck pulled into my lane and then back into his lane for no reason I could see.

Gee – that’s enough to give a girl a heart attack!


Christiane Kingsley said...

I am so happy that things are slowly getting back to normal. Take good care of yourself, chew that aspirin and stay off the highway as much as you can :-) Happy painting, Deb!

Stan Hughes said...

I do hope you will be feeling stronger soon. Hour art is amazing.

Gaylynn said...

So glad the check up was good and informative. As for the crazy drivers/truck drivers on the highway...I HATE when they do that!!!!!!!!! Then I thank God that I made it by to me miffed. I am glad you made it by them :-)

jyothisethu said...

wish you good health...

Pat said...

Glad to hear its good news at the docs and that you have a timeline you can relate to.
take care, Pat xx

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

Darn those crazy Indiana drivers! :) I really do enjoy reading your posts.

RHCarpenter said...

Iam sooo glad the issues you've been having are due to the meds and can be moderated - nifty pill cutter, too, much better than the one I have that just crunches them into tny bits!! Stay safe on the roads and maybe put a big flag flying out the window of your car or something so they see you!!! I want you to be around for a long time, my friend :)

debwardart said...

Christiane, Stan, Gaylynn, Joy, Pat and Gretchen - thank you all for the good wishes!
Rhonda - I plan on being here a while longer too! (If for no other reason than to pester Mike!!)

Barbra Joan said...

Deb, wishing you all good things. You'll get better and better,, and watch out for those Trucks !!!

debwardart said...

Thanks Barbra Joan!