Beneficial? I Do Not Think So

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark
Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

According to the weather folk today is rated as Beneficial for those of us with respiratory concerns. I do not think so.

Since I rose at 8 o’clock, the pressure on my airways has been heavy and intense. The amount of mucus has been more than it has been for several days.


I do not think so.

You read that right a few lines above. I slept in until 8 a.m. today. How that happened is beyond me. Chooey was laying by my side on the bed without a whine or whimper.

It is a beautiful day in the Cornfield. As I look out the door of Mark’s Den at blue, clear sky, nice shade and relatively mild temperature. It is anyone’s guess how long it will last. But I do know the mercury will be rising as will the humidity.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Day on this next to last day in August.

And how is your Tuesday going?

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier. I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud; two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia. On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side. On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx. The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning. I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals. The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years. I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems. Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.