Dear Dave: I'm older than you (52) but have been through a lot in the past 1 1/2 yrs. Katrina hit us and my house was really tore up; started having severe problems w/balance, cognitive thinking, etc and had to stop work on May 30, 2006; granddaughter diagnosed w/leukemia on May 30, 2006 (doing very well now); neuro problems kept increasing & now have diagnosis of periventricular leukomalacia (death of areas of gray matter in brain); spinal surgery on 8/28/06; heart cath on 11/16/06 & again on 12/13/06 w/angio & stent w/diagnosis of CAD, Cardiac Syndrome X, PVCs, PSVTs, & Intermittent A-Fib; week after stent suffered 2 TIAs. It felt that everytime I got knocked down, I would get up & was knocked down again.
For the past 5 yrs, I worked on the Oncology wing of a hospital & was taught a lot about life from the pts. It's things like our family & friends, the smile of a child, the affection of your pet unconditionally, the beautiful colors of a sunrise & sunset, the sound of birds, etc that are most important. They taught me that material things aren't what's important. I know God always has his hand out for me anytime I need it ... he probably has caluses as many times I've reached out for him (a little humor there).
A few hours ago, I had a "disagreement" w/painter who did an unsatisfactory job on our interior. This stress caused my BP to rise which resulted in neuro problems becoming exacerbated. I'm better now, but do not like the fact that I let him cause an exacerbation. I figure each day is a new start & the beautiful colors of the sunrise is just a little sample of life's artwork.
Laughter is a great medicine. Find something totally stupid that will make you laugh & keep it close at hand.
Hope things look brighter for you!