Frigid, Sunny Cornfield Afternoon

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

Talk about a bright sun, the one shedding light over the Cornfield today hides how freezing and dangerously cold it is out there. Rising this morning, the mercury was bottoming at -12 degrees – that is below 0!

There has been an ever so slight warm up to 13 degrees now with a feel of 13 as well. Thank God, the wind has calmed.

Now that I am not moving, Bill has been busy moving furniture and getting things set up for the hospital bed expected to be delivered at some point today from Mom’s house to Mark’s Den.

Waiting. Not much more is happening. As I noted in a Facebook post earlier today, TV and internet access have been disruptive since Friday. No techs coming to resolve the issue until tomorrow. That’s the way it is on this frosty day.

And how is your day going?

Stay bundled, safe and warm!

Loved the days playing and singing with The Crystal Valley Quartet. This was about the summer of 2004 in Cayuga, Indiana at the city park.

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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.