This morning the television reported the unexpected death of “Tony Soprano” who died at age 51 from a heart attack. It is said that his departure from this life was “too soon.”
Yesterday, “Joy” and I went to South Bend where I was fitted with a Nasal CPAP Bi-Level machine marketed by Apria HealthCare and I was instructed in its use. I learned that CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Last night I slept well, and today I sense that I am less drowsy. So far, so good.
This afternoon I visited Dr. Moore, my dermatologist, who has been freezing the pre-cancerous cells on the skin of my scalp. He said there was nothing for him to do today, and that I was looking good.
Not being one of Tony Soprano’s fans, most of what I know about him I learned only this morning. But, I wonder why he and others die so young and people like my brother and his Sally, and my “Joy” and I live into our eighties and beyond.
When I blogged about Ed Groff’s lecture on Sacred Humanism, Harold Bauman noted in a comment to me that Groff is young and has not yet faced the hard questions of life. Might the disparity in the length of life be one of Bauman’s hard questions. I hope that he and other readers suggest possible hard questions that a young person has not yet faced.
Tomorrow morning our family leaves for Akron, Pennsylvania where other members of the Krady family plan to gather for a reunion. Absent will be Ruth, Naomi and Paul, and Rhoda who left us within the year. This year’s reunion has been planned for the first time by the third generation.
Conrad, Diana, Zach and I hope to meet Kyle, another of Conrad’s sons, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon. I will not be able to blog for several days, so be patient with me.