Back in the Saddle

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

After a lazy day on Monday, when I was physically feeling fine, though sleeping off and on all day, I am back in the saddle today.

Rising around 5:30 this morning, I have remained alert and vigil. No falling off into Sand Land so far. Chooey rarely leaves my side any more.

Occasionally, I can get him to lay down on my footrest rather than right at my side.

Blame that torn, gnawed up spot on the footrest of Iohn’s dog, Frankie.

Trying to get Frankie to stop his chewing ways has proven difficult.

The weather will be nothing, but wonderful again today. It will be cooler than the past few days when the mercury rose into the 90s. Today it will be barely making the 80-degree mark.

I continue to improve for the moment. My appetite has returned. I believe I am gaining weight. I will know come Friday.

That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

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.

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