Health Scares and Tenkara

Recently I had a very scary health scare which landed me in the hospital. After multiple tests the doctors at Parker Adventist Hospital were able to to rule out heart issues or any possible lung dysfunction. Sadly, it took three long days in the hospital to find this out. After much hemming and hawwing, it was finally decided that I have a case of Pleuritis.

Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough. (Pub Med Health)

Pleurisy makes it very hard to breathe as well as lay down. Unfortunately, it is also almost impossible to sleep laying down. Since this happened I have been sleeping sitting up. And because of this it is virtually impossible to get any sleep lately. Thus this post since I have had lots of time to think.

With the first day of Spring having occurred yesterday and with the rash (in a good way) of first fish of the new season for many I really started thinking about a few things. My love for the rivers and the fish that you can find has sparked a raging need to get out on the water. I was trying to figure out what it was that I missed so much. And now I know.

One of the biggest things I miss currently is the sound of the river and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. I also miss the interesting conversations with friends. And yes I do really miss the feeling of a fish on the end of my line.

The simple focus of Tenkara is truly one of the best benefits that I enjoy and after everything that has happened recently I desperately need this. I need to clear my mind of the fear of being so unhealthy. It also makes me want to make sure that I am fully up to par so that I can spend a complete day on the water with nature and my awesome friends and stalk a few fish.

I am sorry that this post is not my usual flowing style of writing but my mind is still a little clouded right now and hopefully I will be returning to my former self very soon. Thank you for continuing to read and bearing with me with my gaps in writing. With hope I will be increasing my post volume here very soon.

Tight lines to you all!

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