THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Strawberry parking

Leave a comment

Woke up this morning to overcast skies but thankfully they cleared up and the sun is back out to start this wonderful Sunday morning. A morning walk and small breakfast and I’m ready to go. Time to finish reading that book today.

Strawberry fields. Photo by Mike Hartley

I saw a daily writing prompt asking the question if you ever had surgery. Well yes, many times but I’m not going into the past this morning. I’m thinking of the future because I’m looking forward. I started to have back problems around the first time I was diagnosed with cancer about 16 years ago.

So at that time back pain became a far secondary problem. Cancer and the surgery freaked me out so much that I didn’t want to spend any more time in a hospital. I wanted to be out living each day. Even though they said they believed they got it all, continuous testing for a few years had me on edge.

After a few more years passed and test results confirmed the doctor’s view I began to think about it again but another cancer developed in another area about 8 years ago and more surgery and radiation. I’ve been pretty dead set against having back surgery since then but the pain in recent months has been getting to me.

It affects my sleep. It sometimes keeps me from strenuous activities. It can make my eyes water from time to time. There are days I can work like a mule and it holds up fine. There are days I lean over once and I’m in pain the rest of the day.

I’m hoping I’m just in the middle of a bad stretch and fighting the discomfort a lot of the day, but that it will pass again.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I like rising before sunrise when I’m not working.
  • There is nothing wrong with relaxing. It just takes me a while to realize that.
  • I’m a fan of Tootsie Pops.
  • Young people really test my endurance levels.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

Leave a Reply