as we puzzled over notes on the white marker board in his ICU room.
I decided shortly after midnight to see if I could find out.
My brother Roy texted me later,
"Sometimes a lack of knowledge is bliss - don't research too much."
He was so right, but it was already too late.
I had googled "LAD medical" and read Widowmaker.
I didn't sleep much Saturday night.
An LAD heart attack, a widowmaker, is the most serious kind,
and if one occurs outside a hospital, the survival rate is low.
It is "caused by a 100 percent blockage of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. It's also sometimes referred to as a chronic total obstruction (CTO). The LAD artery carries fresh blood into the heart so that the heart gets the oxygen it needs to pump properly." Google Search
It's the first Wednesday of the month, the day that members of the Insecure Writer's Support Group share their writing struggles and writing successes and offer their encouragement and support to fellow writers.
Throughout my life I have primarily written nonfiction,
in many non-fiction genres: newspaper articles,
scientific and non-scientific research projects, papers, and theses,
grant proposals, company reports, curricula, blogging, and memoir ~
You name it; I've likely written it.
I've used 1st, 2nd, and 3rd POVs depending on the situation.
I have experimented with writing short stories and have two published,
one in the Canadian literary journal The Antigonish Review,
and the other in the 2020 IWSG anthology Voyagers: The Third Ghost.
I am currently working on a memoir.
In my memoir and in my memoir-based blogging posts
I have dealt with controversial subjects:
starvation, sexual abuse, mental illness, and racism.
Some of my writing, especially on my blog has garnered angry or hateful commentary,
and I'm sure my memoir will generate some similar responses.
However, I will handle it, because I believe in writing the truth.
Why else would you write?
Arranging A Dream by J. Q. Rose:
This month I indulged in a gentle and courage-filled memoir by IWSG member J. Q. Rose. She shares her story of an undertaking many would never contemplate. She and her husband, accompanied by their baby daughter, leave the security of the known and familiar and strike out to achieve their dreams. It's hard enough moving to a strange town in a different state where you know no one, but image doing so to start a greenhouse and flower shop business! Vision, determination, hard work, and the willingness to eat a lot of mac and cheese can definitely help you succeed. But so do love, respect, new friends, and standing up for yourself. What I will long remember is the tender, fierce love of a mother for her baby and the poignancy and guilt of relinquishing nursing her to become an entrepreneur.
Enjoying a meal I didn't have to cook
with the special guy who made my dreams come true!