Quick Update 01/06/15

Just a brief notice for any and all followers of Tick Tock Ticker: I’m scaling things back a tiny bit to make this a monthly (instead of biweekly) blog.

While this project still matters to me (and I am far from out of ideas for it), after almost a year of recovering from my surgery I am ready to shift my focus to other areas of my life, including working on my fiction writing and expanding my educational horizons via MIT OpenCourseWare.

That being said, I do plan to keep updates regular and still will do my best to reply to any and all questions, comments, or feedback I may receive in the future. Expect this month’s post on my one year surgery anniversary, January 14th!

In the meantime, I wish you all a fantastic 2016. May every day bring you new reasons to smile. :)

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Impossible Dreams: How to Fix an Outdated Bucket List

Impossible Dreams: How to Fix an Outdated Bucket List

Ever see one of those posters with the kitten imagining itself as a tiger and the words “Dream Big” plastered across it like a random bit of fortune cookie advice? That’s pretty much the American dream, right? Shoot for the stars, work hard and believe in yourself, and all your big dreams will come true.

Unless, of course, they don’t. Or worse, can’t.
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Quick Update 12/03/2015

No proper post for yesterday — sorry about that! — but I promise I have been working hard on promoting and updating the site and preparing some high-quality content for the future. Also…

Tick Tock Ticker has an official Tumblr companion site! While all the full-length posts and core content will still be published here, the new companion blog will feature inspirational quotes, heart-related art, interesting tidbits, quick health updates, and of course reblogs/notifications of posts as they are published here on the main site. I am also considering adding an “ask” option to the Tumblr as well — but that’s another story for another time. ;)

Hope everybody had a happy Thanksgiving (and/or November, if you’re not into that sort of thing) — I know I did!

The Obligatory Gratitude Post

The Obligatory Gratitude Post

Historically, November has not been kind to me. Two beloved pets have passed away during this particular month, one actually on Thanksgiving night. In November 2013 my dad suffered a stroke just before the holiday (and a big moving day). The same time last year, I was in medical limbo, miserably symptomatic without the benefit of an explanation. (My valve diagnosis didn’t come until December.) And, a year ago today, I lost a friend and mentor to brain cancer — the same cancer which he had been diagnosed with just before Thanksgiving 2006.

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Dining and Discipline: Diet Tips for Coumadin Patients

Dining and Discipline: Diet Tips for Coumadin Patients

There’s no tougher time for dieting than the holidays. Whether you’ve got serious health restrictions or just trying to lose a couple of extraneous pounds, it’s difficult to maintain one’s sense of discipline when a big, fat turkey dinner is just lounging on the table, waiting for you, singing to you its siren song. “You know you want me,” it whispers seductively — and you do, you really, really do.

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No Road to Recovery: Wellness as a Journey

No Road to Recovery: Wellness as a Journey

When you’re sick, say, with a cold or the flu, you can’t wait till it’s over. From the moment you realize you’ve caught something, you look forward to the day it’s gone, over, finis. The first day you awaken without symptoms is the dawn after a long and restless night, the peaceful quiet after a thunderstorm. You are officially well and you know it, and the absoluteness of that simple truth comes as quite the relief.

Unfortunately, not all diseases or conditions are so mercifully uncomplicated as a 24-hour bug that comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Continue reading

Dreadful Dreaming: Nightmare and Sleep Tips for Cardiac Patients

Dreadful Dreaming: Nightmare and Sleep Tips for Cardiac Patients

As any good doctor will warn you, nightmares are one of the most common side effects of open heart surgery. Anxiety over an upcoming operation, the fear that another might soon follow, bad memories surrounding the first — with so many possibilities, it would be a bit surprising if you didn’t have a disturbing dream or two. But with all the stress of reality, who needs the extra burden of stressful slumber as well?
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