How to land on your feet when the world is upside down

Landing on your feet in an upside down world is difficult.

You have to be able to handle uncertainty

I went with Opa to the cardiology ward. The doctors who performed the pacemaker procedure spoke briefly with me. They quickly explained the procedure, repeated the potential risks, and asked if I had any questions.

The heart is probably the most important body part.

Let the professionals handle it

I am not a doctor, nor a nurse, and have no relevant medical knowledge.

Reston hospital has many doctors, and they did a great job for Opa.

Modern medical devices are pretty amazing

While I waited a medical technician explained to me how the pacemaker works. It basically helps your heart beat regularly when your own heart cannot handle it.

A pacemaker helps patients keep their heart beating normally.

Modern technology enables you to stay connected

Perry and I were able to connect throughout the entire process.

It was convenient to text everyone updates about Opa’s situation.

The ability to connect with your uncle was really helpful

Perry made sure other family members were informed as much as possible throughout the ordeal. I cannot thank him enough for doing his part.

Hope is all you need to get through the night

Everything went fine during Opa’s procedure.

One of my favorite pictures of Opa and me.

You never know what tomorrow will bring

The next day when I arrived in the ICU I could tell that things were different.

Opa is a tough old Ranger. He knows how to survive.

He was back to normal, or as normal as Opa gets

Your Uncle brought Oma over for a visit.

Opa is the man, the myth, the legend.

Opa would not have survived without a lot of help

The list is long of people who helped keep Opa alive and get him through this ordeal. The paramedics, doctors, nurses, medical technicians, and hospital workers all played a part.

Reston hospital is nearby and an excellent medical facility.


I write a blog for my sons called Doug Keating Letter to Sons. I am sharing content from my blog here. I hope you enjoyed it. All feedback is welcome. Thanks for reading it.



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Doug Keating

Doug Keating

Leader and learner. husband and father. Novice blogger,, Founder of All The Way Leadership!