Status Quo

March 30, 2019 – I learned earlier this week that my life is simply “status quo.” Actually my life is not status quo, but my current health condition – details below – is currently status quo. It’s a term used in a variety of situations, but I’m not sure that status quo applies to all situations. Here’s the definition courtesy of Google’s online dictionary:

Status quo (noun) the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues

Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues. In the sociological sense, it generally applies to maintain or change existing social structure and values. … To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. (Wikipedia)

I guess that’s a good way to look at it: keep things the way they are.

That’s the way my family would certainly like my health to be. Just keep Ken and his present condition(s) the way they are – if not, perhaps, improving them somewhat. Of course I understand that sentiment, but I continue to get irked by neighbors, friends, even extended family who act as though “no news if good news” means that everything in my world is okay.

Unfortunately, everything is never simply “okay.” I have good days and bad days – currently more good days – and I constantly worry about everything (and I mean everything). I’m not talking about my cancer or my heart. I’m talking about my family – including Emily’s health – my father’s health, my relatives, and just life in general.

That’s the rub – as I’ve stated many times before. Life moves on. Not much you can do about that.

So, I’ll take my current situation and move forward.

Or better yet, just maintain the status quo.

A heart-healthy meal.

Melanoma Update – As previously noted, my last CT scan and oncologist visit was late November. Tumors remain small and stable (meaning they have not grown or significantly changed). There are no new tumors, either. I remain on Gleevec and I now see my oncologist every six (6) months – instead of every three months. All around, good news to report.

Heart Update – I continue my cardio rehab through Methodist Health Systems at my cardiologist’s practice (Sutherland Cardiology). It’s been a good process to go through and I will finish “rehab” in early May. I have lost a little weight and continue to keep it off. In addition, I am eating much healthier (see pic of sample meal) and I’m learning to try and like new, healthier food options. (Quinoa anyone?)

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