Week 50. Wow.
I year ago this week, I was preparing for my pre-op testing; cardiac clearance, blood work, meet with the anesthesiologist, etc. Then news reports of Hurricane Sandy started to roll. While I’m about 50 miles from the Jersey shore, local news reports were scary. We started to prepare for power outages and other potential damage. Stocked up on non-perishables and water.
With the storm pending, I expected my pre-op work to be rescheduled. Partially correct. The cardiologist rescheduled, but my other work was set to occur at Jefferson Hospital and they didn’t close.
So, here I am, driving from Cherry Hill NJ into Philadelphia at 9:30 AM to complete some testing. Fairly empty roads, but stores were open. Some rather strong wind gusts did make me nervous.
There were 2 other people (or lunatics) in the waiting room. I couldn’t wait to get this over with and get home. 1 1/2 hours later, I’m done. Out the door, into the rain and into the parking lot. Clean escape. But the arm on the gate won’t lift up so I can exit.
Then, as I try to retrieve my debit card from the pay-at-the-exit machine, it blows away. I throw my car into park and I run down the street after it. Must have been a funny site.
Back to the car. Stuck in the lot. Finally, out of nowhere, an attendant shows up, opens the gate and I’m off. Driving back to NJ in slightly strong winds, hoping to make it back over the bridge and home safely.
Needless to say, I made it home, got cardiac clearance a few days later and had a successful surgery. I have to count my blessings.
On the hurricane side, my area was spared any serious damage but as you all probably know, many parts of NJ and NY were seriously damaged and are still struggling 1 year later.
Current day. Completed another 5k and a PR to boot. 29:39. While it may not be the fastest of times to many, I felt like Mercury.
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