2020 has probably been one of the worst years any of us have ever known, but in spite of that most of us still have an awful lot of things to be very thankful for. Our items of thankfulness for this year include: 1. Being retired from health care; 2. Having our extended family healthy, happy and stable in spite of a few job losses; 3. Ongoing close relationships with all of our friends who have mostly remained healthy and 4. Our own good health in spite of a hiccup or two this year. We have not been as strict as we could have been with social isolation but we have been careful in our own way. This blog will serve as our Holiday Greetings and Year End Review.
After leasing our condo for over three years we moved home on July 1 to clean and purge. On July 9 we put our home of 32 years on the market and were able to close a sale on November 10. With a few months on our hands before closing the sale we took an eight week road trip to North Carolina and Colorado to visit friends and family.
With three weeks to closing on the sale of our home we were busy packing and getting rid of more accumulated stuff. In spite of being busy we found time for two more long walks with Peggy and some more visits with friends.
On the evening of November 25 after climbing the steps and walking five miles in the morning Jim had the sudden onset of severe chest pain and actually called 911 (yes it is the same in Mexico). Sandy gave him an aspirin to chew and called Ivonne and Miguel as no ambulance had arrived after waiting for 20 minutes. They drove us to a local private hospital where an EKG showed an ST elevation myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack. As this local hospital was somewhat limited Miguel called in a favor and a sister hospital sent a cardiac catheterization team and supplies to Jim in the middle of the night and they inserted one stent into his circumflex artery around 1am on Thanksgiving. Sandy called our daughter Jennifer and she and Rob immediately drove from Newport RI to Boston and boarded a plane for Mexico City, arriving in San Miguel de Allende around 4pm on Thanksgiving.
We owe so much gratitude to Ivonne and Miguel for the ride to the hospital and the phone call which very likely saved Jim’s heart and his life. We are also deeply indebted to Jennifer and Rob who got out of bed in the middle of the night, hastily packed a bag and drove from Newport RI to Boston’s Logan International Airport and boarded the first flight that they could get to Mexico City, then drove four hours to reach us in San Miguel. Not exactly the way they planned to spend the holiday. Before leaving they woke up Jack to tell him what was going on and he thought he dreamt it until he found himself in an empty house Thanksgiving morning. Jennifer and Rob were an indispensable help in getting us from San Miguel de Allende back to Newport.
We returned to New England on December 1 and Jim had a virtual appointment with a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital on December 7. We moved to a beautiful penthouse apartment on the Boston waterfront on December 11 and Jim started in person cardiac rehabilitation on December 21.
We are really enjoying our quiet life in Boston’s North End with the salumeria’s, mercato’s, bakeries and restaurants only a few steps from our front door. Jim is not running yet but is trying to walk at least 4-6 miles every day. Sandy had been running until she decided to have cataract surgery on December 23 with the second one to be done in January. We had a quiet Christmas Day but had Tina and Peggy over for a turkey dinner on the 26th.
Who knows what 2021 holds? We continue to live and enjoy our life one day at a time. This year has been filled with family and friends in spite of the pandemic. Looking back at this recap it seems that we have not been following the rules very strictly. We do let our guard and face masks down with friends and family at their comfort level but we are otherwise quite strict with avoiding crowds and shopping as little as possible.
We wish all of you a peaceful and healthy 2021. Please stay in touch with us as much as possible with your comments on this blog and personal emails and phone calls.
We are septuagenarians doing our best to set an example as to what a good retirement looks and feels like. Feel free to travel along on a very personal journey with us. Just remember that the destination is not important, it is the journey that counts.
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