Peggy's husband always called her Peg.
I heard a song on XM radio today called "Peg of My Heart". It was a song from the 40's era.
I thought of Peggy and R. as I listened to the words of the song. They are living a true love story that continues today. It continues as he visits every day with the woman he married. It continues even though she has forgotten her wedding day and the words she spoke from her heart that day to R.
That made me think about the heart and what it knows as love. What the heart contains and what it remembers.
Three weeks ago, I had a Heart Catheterization. I was able to see my heart as the procedure was performed.
I saw the arteries and the chambers of my heart as it was beating. I was amazed during the procedure as a tiny probe searched my heart. What I didn't see as I looked at my beating heart were all of the thoughts, feelings and memories that I thought were stored there.
What I saw was a beating muscle that was giving me life.
We use terms like...I love you with all my heart.
My heart aches or breaks for you and many others expressions to describe our heart as the seat of our emotion.
The real seat of our thoughts, memories and emotions lies in our brains not in our hearts.
Our heart keeps us alive. It's constant beating supplies the blood and oxygen we need to survive. When the heart stops...so do we. When the heart stops beating, we die and so does our brain.
The brain cannot live without the heart but....
The heart can live without the brain.
Peggy's heart is well and healthy but her brain is sick and dying.
While I was lying on a table in the cardiac lab, I saw an artery in my heart that just ended with no way to let the blood flow to other parts of my heart, an artery was 100% blocked. I watched as the probe opened the clogged artery and a stent was inserted to keep it open.
The procedure caused no pain and my prognosis is wonderful.
I live in a time when a serious heart procedure can be performed and you can be sent home the next day. Even 5 or 10 years ago, open heart surgery would have probably been the only way to open that blocked artery.
There has been so much progress in areas of the heart.
One day, there will be a simular procedure performed on the brain of patients like Peggy who develop Alzheimer's disease.
Areas of the brain that have been blocked by plaque can be opened, stented and blood flow restored.
Alzheimer's and other brain diseases will be a one or two day hospital stay and a patient can go home to a long, healthy life.
I am thankful for a second chance at life.
A second chance.....
Peggy did not get a second chance in life.... because of her brain.
I got a second chance in life..... because of my heart!
My Brain...... told my Heart to say....
I Love You Today, Peggy!