Wednesday, June 8, 2016
An unexpected side effect of a heart attack
Regular readers will recall that back in 2009, I suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Since then, thanks be to God, my heart's chugged along just fine. However, I've been left with a zipper scar down the center of my chest where they cut me open to operate, then wired my sternum back together again.
Today I had to cut a padlock to which I'd lost the key, so I dug out my trusty bolt-cutters. Guess what? When your chest has been wired together, and you try to exert very strong pressure from both sides towards the middle of your body (like when trying to close bolt-cutters), that wire binding hurts like a sumbitch! It seems the inward pressure from both hands tries to pull it apart. I had to stop, take a deep breath, and admit defeat. One quick trip to the hardware store later, I now own a small Porter Cable grinder with a cutting wheel. Once I've learned to use it safely (the last time I used something similar was back in the 1970's or early 1980's - if I recall correctly, they were steam-powered in those days!), that padlock will be history.
(Something else I was reminded about today; the latest and greatest technology is not only often unnecessary, it can also be much more expensive than it needs to be to get the job done. A battery-powered grinder to do the same job would have cost me several times more than the wired version I eventually bought. It wouldn't have done a better job - simply been a little more convenient through not having to lead an extension cable to the work site. I'll take the savings instead, thank you very much!)
It's frustrating to be reminded that one's no longer in the first flush (and strength) of youth . . .