How To Add 20 Years To Your Life By Doing A 180 Turn Around. (Part2)

TranquilpenStarred Page By Tranquilpen, 18th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The world back then wasn’t really doing any better than today and many thousands of young kids were battling to find work. So, at age 40, the agencies weren’t exactly beating down my front door with job offers, the truth is, they weren’t even looking in my direction, guys my age were like yesterday’s news...

The Dog Tag Makes Everything Alright

There I was, a dying has been, 40 years old with three children at school, a mortgage and a car to pay off. All of which, wasn’t going away at any time soon. The first lesson I was about to learn: “The true beginning of knowledge, is the discovery of something we do not understand,” It almost sounds scripted, like a familiar cliché, but happens to be true for me, just the same. I had to learn very quickly about life and death and no one could have spelt it out any clearer than author Thomas Hardy in his famous quote: “Teach me about death so that I can learn how to live.”

It had taken my slipping into a pain induced coma and lingering just beyond the outer reaches of my pain threshold, to discover some vital answers, for it was at that point of my existence, that I had suddenly experienced a total release from all pain, at least, all sensory perception of it.

Yet I can hardly recall another time when my mind had been more lucid, than at that moment. I remember wanting to tell my wife of this wonderful state of bliss I was experiencing. I gradually seemed to perceive, somehow, that I was "looking" down to where my body was lying next to my wife who was sitting up and pounding my chest with her fists. I wanted to tell her that I was fine, and instantly realized that this was clearly not the case. I remember asking whether I was dead, more of a thought than an audible question. A very distinct and somewhat familiar voice answered me saying: “Yes, you are dead, but you shall return to full recovery where you are needed to fulfil your destined purpose.

The next moment I "saw" dust on the surface of the pelmet and something else, that I had misplaced a very long time ago, it was my military identity disc commonly referred to as a dog-tag. The same intense pain I had experienced prior to this out of body situation, suddenly returned coupled with the pain of my wife beating on my chest with her fists and probably saving my life in the process.. I thanked her and I told her that it I felt certain that every thing was now going to be fine, somehow.

After catching my breath, I got up and walked over to the pelmet and reached up to where I had noticed the lost dog-tag. It was right there where I had “seen” it! All the time I had been thinking that what I had experienced, had been nothing more than a dream.

A few days after this, my wife suggested I go to and see our church minister. Once there, he asked me if I believed the specialist's diagnoses as well as the x-rays and I said that I did not want to believe it. He then said, that based on what I had told him of my out of body experience, he wanted to suggest that I go for a second opinion from a d specialist of my choice, he asked me not to mention the previous diaqnoses. He then said a prayer and we left.

The next day I had found a specialist willing to see me without a referral from a G.P. He first sent me for x-rays and after getting back, he wrote out a script for some anti biotic. Which I asked him about, since my lungs had been pitch black only seven days earlier. He held up the new x-rays showing my lungs to be virtually clear with only a small grey spot on my left lung, the size of a penny. He put that down to a slight touch of bronchitis…

We Discover That Slim Pickens Was Not A Texas Wrangler.

Things were really starting to get rough, and money, was beginning to sound like a dirty word around the dinner table. We were becoming increasingly aware of the fact that Slim Pickens wasn’t actually the name of a happy go lucky Texas wrangler.

I remember getting a useful tip from a fellow jobless colleague while standing in the line to collect our final unemployment checks, when he said, to stock up on cheaper meat cuts, and to opt for fresh veggies as apposed to the frozen or tinned variety, and not to buy the daily papers either but to read the free ones at the library.

Lamb’s liver, was a cheaper meat cut back then, chock full of vital nutrients and proteins and also contains large quantities of B group vitamins, so very important for soothing frayed nerves. I recall having bought a bulk quantity of fresh “A” grade lambs liver at a decent local meat market, who not only had a fresher product, but was also selling it at a fraction of the supermarket cost. Avoiding the large food chains however, is not a hard and fast rule with me, as we had discovered fairly early on, on our new journey, and the golden rule, if there is one somewhere, is to always shop around for better prices.

Remember to do so by telephone though, or walking and even biking if possible rather than driving around in your car for hours on end, burning a hole in your wallet. Phoning is also a heck of a lot easier when haggling about prices, with a non-descript voice at the other end, rather than face to face.

My wife, in using her esteemed culinary skills, had turned the lambs liver into gourmet meals, every time. The children loved the wonderful dishes she was turning out. I neglected to add, that our meaty likes and dislikes, prior to this situation, had been far less adventurous and was more or less limited to chicken, fish and ground beef, all of which, believe it or not, pound for pound, was more pricy at the time.

Mere Children Don't Like Liver-achi!

I remember an amusing incident one evening when my eldest daughter wanted to know what we were having for dinner. She and my wife had secretly agreed at the beginning of the liver saga, not to divulge the identity of the meat, to the two younger siblings, fearing that they would be put off by it, and decided to refer to it as matured, lean steak, this worked well and life went on. For a time that is.

As I mentioned, all was fine until one particular evening, when my wife had decided to coat the liver portions in bread crumbs for the first time. The golden steak shaped portions looked absolutely mouth watering. My eldest was about to sit down when she asked what those golden portions were, and my wife remarked that it was ;“steak off course." Not wanting to let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

My daughter on the other hand was still frowning, and with that she again asked: “But is it steak or Liver-achi steak?” at which point there was a sudden deathly silence around the table. My son, the youngest suddenly becoming noticeably pale, remarked: “So!” He exclaimed, and continued, that he was fully aware who Liverachi was and that he was a concert pianist, and not a body part of a cow and that he wasn’t going to eat Liverachi steaks or whatever other name it went by, ever again. As far as I know, he still doesn’t touch liver.

Toys Need Doctors Too

Even when I tried to downgrade my status by applying for junior positions, it wasn’t happening and guys my age were a dime a dozen. The day before my son’s 10th birthday, I was at the local Super-Mart picking up some groceries, on special, when I noticed a new marked down display stand at the front of the store and went over to look over their broken toys.

I found some great looking toy cars on the top shelf. Toys had been in short supply at home for a while. I was totally blown away at how cheap these items were. My mind was racing in overdrive, as I would so like to buy him a little car, especially since the kids were being pretty grown-up in their response to my being laid off.

This gesture would be my way of showing my appreciation of it, since truth be told, they were mere children and should not have to be exposed to such situations, I felt . Fran Lebowitz has this to say about the role of mere children: “I must take issue with the term “a mere child” for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.”

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author avatar Buzz
19th Nov 2011 (#)

I can relate to some of your experiences, dear friend. Thank you for sharing a great star page!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Buzz, I had a feeling that you would not be a stranger to this part of life my friend. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar Zach3000
19th Nov 2011 (#)

I like the Thomas Hardy quote.

When you say that you go to see a second specialist and he says your lungs are virtually clear, do you attribute this to be a miracle?

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

That quote was a great motivating factor in my life. Zach, I am not one to use the term "miracle" lightly, and left it kind of open ended, leaving it up to the reader to decide. There were several unusual occurrences in my life some of which I have written about here on wikinut. I cover this aspect in greater depth in part 3. I hope to shed more light there.Thank you so much for reading.

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author avatar Val Mills
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Glad to read more of your experiences. Children are remarkable at keeping us honest.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Than you once again for reading Val, That they are in deed, my friend:-))

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Ooops! Sticky K!!!

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author avatar johnnydod
20th Nov 2011 (#)

Congrats on your star Andre, and well deserved I say for this great article

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Johnny, your comments are highly appreciated.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Nov 2011 (#)

My dear friend, I just love your writing. 'liverachi' is just priceless. Made me laugh. Just great all the way around my friend. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. as always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Denise, thank you for reading. I wasn't sure who would remember Liberace. Kinda makes me feel a bit like a dinosaur, LOL.. Thanks for reading dear friend.

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author avatar Jojay
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Wonderful article!, Tranquilpen, and so deserving of a star page.
I especially like how you write about a emotional subject with such control (over the material) and humor. You don't even let it slip into sentimentality or 'woe is me' ism's. You write well, but of course I'm not telling you something you don't know.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Jojay, what a refreshing and insightful comment you write, I can but strive. I am in the midst of some truly gifted authors such as yourself, right here on wikinut, to encourage me. Thank you so much.

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author avatar Songbird B
5th Dec 2011 (#)

A well deserved Star page by an amazing and talented writer, Andre.. Looking forward to part 3..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Dec 2011 (#)

What with your great and inspiring comments below and Jojay's above, I feel enveloped by a positive energy field of joyful motivation dear Bev;-)) x

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Very wonderful...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Delicia so nice of you to drop in and thank you for your remarks. I wrote a fictional essay about a dying 100 year Northern Right whale, and mention The Gulf of Maine which as I seem to recall is in your part of the world. Any how, it's getting colder there right now, more so than usual if weather forecasts are anything to go by.

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author avatar Retired
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Great article

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for reading it Lucia.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Nicely written article. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Rezaul for reading it my friend.

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