Summer of Anticipation

More than any other season summers seem to have themes. At least this is true in my life. 2017 was The Glide Path to Retirement. 1979 was The Time of Red Wine and Steamer Clams. 2005 was The Return to US Bank.

This summer, 2018, has been the Summer of Anticipation. In May an echocardiogram showed severe aortic stenosis. A condition which if left untreated has a death rate of over 80% within five years.  Fortunately, it is a treatable condition. As this appears I’m in the hospital for a TAVR – transcatheter aortic valve replacement.  From May until now I’ve been going through diagnostic testing to assure I’m fit for the procedure and waiting for the next step.

Today is the final step and my Summer of Anticipation draws to a close.