Wintry Woe

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

The weather the past few days, including today and near future have me counting the blessing that I am pretty much home bound these days. With the temperature not moving far above zero and wind chills dropping into the minus territory, the warmth and coziness is a real comfort and joy.

This amplifies my appreciation for Mom, Bill, Susie and Dad as well as my hospice assistance braving the frigid conditions to make sure I receive the care and assistance I need.

I am truly blessed.

Yes, and I know, at times I can be a real pain as well. Set in my ways and frustrated that I have to give up so much of the independence I once had.

Sometimes I say things I shouldn’t. Sometimes I try when I shouldn’t. Sometimes I don’t say when I should. Or I do not do when I should.

That is how it is this Hump Day in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Wednesday going?

That’s my Momma always ready for a yardsale LOL

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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.