(Day 2 after heart surgery. Nice puffy hands from all the fluid in my system. That heart pillow wasn't for show. It made it less painful to cough or sneeze!)
It was 5 years ago today that I had heart surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Casale, Dr. Stella, my PA Doug Long and all the nurses & staff at the Geisinger Heart Hospital that got me through a difficult time in my life.
Before I left work, I sent out the following email.
From: Rocky Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:19 PM To: WILKES-BARRE USERS Subject: ROCK'S SUMMER SABBATICAL
I thought I'd get everyone caught up on my "Summer Sabbatical" in case you haven't heard. I will be off the radio for the entire month of July.
Last October I went in for a physical, and my doc found a heart murmur. Pretty crazy because just a month earlier I ran a 1/2 marathon and had no symptoms at all. More tests determined I had a leaky valve.
Hold off on the pig valve jokes as I won't need it replaced. Thankfully. Tuesday I am having valve repair surgery @ Geisinger, WB. My surgeon, Dr. Casale, says I should be in the hospital 3-5 days and home 4-6 weeks. After that, I should be good as new and able to run & workout like before.
Have a good day,
It’s still hard to believe. One minute you are feeling perfectly fine, and the next, doctors are telling you that there are serious problems.
What did I learn from all this?
Be proactive! Take care of your body. And don’t write off those annual checkups. One exam could save your life. It saved mine!
Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is. ~Norman Cousins
Yesterday was my 4th anniversary on air at WKRZ. Seems like just yesterday I was getting death threats cuz I was "new".... awwwwww. When I first moved here, I'd never been to Pennsylvania in my LIFE - I was terrified! Didn't know a soul, I cried a few (or more) times a week cuz I missed my family, never had money (hey did you know moving's expensive? derrrrr), and my apartment in Wilkes Barre was smack in the middle of Stabby Row. Not good times.
But now, happily settled, beautiful safe apartment in Pittston, boyfriend I love in Scranton, friends I'll have for the rest of my LIFE, and listeners who (save a few nutjobs) stopped threatening to kill me a long time ago. Haha I really appreciate everyone I've met in this NEPA community! I feel like the KRZ family is my own and I truly treasure it and thank God for it. Doesn't mean I don't cry from time to time cuz I miss my Michigan family, but knowing I have friends who'll watch a "Girl Meets World" premiere with me in sweatpants at 10pm on a Friday night and actually call it a "party" - well if that's not family I don't know what is ;) I mean this: I love you! And you, and you, and you, and you... Thanks for everything!
I love it when one of our off-air conversations make it on air.
This morning, while a song was playing, Freddie was telling us about walking out to the garage in his slippers to check on his cats.
Slippers??? Freddie wears slippers? Who knew?
He turned to Lissa for validation.
“You wear slippers, right?”
I hear the word “slippers” and I immediately think of my Dad. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it brings back memories of my Dad. Sunday morning. Robe. Slippers. V8 Juice. Later, he’d sit on the couch and light a pipe.
Slippers to me, are something Dads and Grandpas wear.
Are guys in their 20’s and 30’s that listen to our show REALLY wearing slippers???
Apparently I’m kind of standing alone on this! :)
Here’s what some of you said in the Text Club--
I absolutely hate feet so I'd rather have them covered by socks, slippers, or something. Everyone I know wears slippers.
My son is 19 and he is very particular about his footwear and he rocks his slippers!
I agree with Rocky. I'm 34 and don't plan on getting a pair of "slippers" for at least 30 years from now.
I'm a guy 23 and I wear Spongebob slippers...my girlfriends loves them too.
Rocky we can slap some skull and cross bones on them and whatever else you want on there to help you feel better about them
My boyfriend is 28 and wears his slippers (moccasins) all the time. I had to buy a new pair for Christmas last year bc his old ones were too smelly and ratty, I couldn't stand them.
Rocky join the dark side you get a Cookie with your slippers
I'm 53. Slippers? No way. Ever.
Yes! My 35 year old boyfriend wears slippers. Usually to step outside to smokeI am 39 and wear tweety slippers
Rocky that if you have a pet and have ever stepped in something warm and squishy at 2 o'clock in the morning you would wear slippers too
I am 33 and I have been wearing slippers since I'm like 16.
I agree with Rocky. Slippers remind me of my Dad.
I love it when a guy will wear slippers and be cozy with me. I wouldn't want him cuddling with me, with sneakers on xD LOL
Slippers are INSIDE SHOES that are clean! Why would u wear disgusting outside shoes that u step in spit, pee or whatever else on ur rugs!!!!!
I'm 35 and I wear slippers around the house and outside to water the flowers and my girlfriend 26 she also wears them
My husband is from Eastern Europe and as soon as he walks through the door at home, on go the slippers! - Allison
Yesterday was kind of a bummer day, spent Father's Day working in NYC, always hard to be separated from my mom & dad on holidays. Then on my way home, heading through Port Authority, I gave my sandwich to a homeless guy who wasn't homeless. Womp womp. So there's that.
But TODAY we're interviewing Jennifer Lopez! Woot!! So I wore my extra large J.Lo hoop earrings! Was feeling BADASS til I ran my fingers through my hair and pinky totally snagged, almost ripping my ear off……. That's why she's Jenny from the block and I'm Lissy from the farm.
Thanks to everyone that rode in the 5th Annual Heritage Valley Bike Tour on Saturday. Despite a limited amount of sunshine, it still turned out to be another great day on a bike. In fact, any day on a bike is a great one!
My team, the 4 Stooges, rode the 22 miler to Carbondale & back.
The start of any bike ride is always the most challenging part of the day. One screwup, and it's Dominos!
Hello Carbondale! We're halfway to the finish line.
I took a second to take a selfie in Archbald. Not sure why my piehole is open. Things with wings soon discovered it.
The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is a 70+ mile long recreation trail along the Lackawanna River. It runs from the NY border south to Pittston. It's a simply amazing trail system with new sections opening all the time.
Welcome home! This morning we talked about this growing trend…living with your parents. In fact, one third of American adults ages 18-34 now live at home.
When I graduated from college I was forced to move back home until I found a full-time radio job. It was the longest 6 months of my life!
If my Mom & Dad were reading this, they would understand. We had a great relationship. I loved them very much. But it was a tough adjustment going from living on my own for 4+ years in school and then returning to “the nest.”
Even though I was lucky enough to find full-time work, it wasn’t in my field. In fact, it wasn’t even close. I was working the overnight shift as an orderly at a nursing home! And I was reminded of that fact EVERY DAY by Mom and Dad.
Dad: “How’s the job search coming? Any prospects?”
Mom: “How was your day? Hear from any radio stations today?”
Me: “No. But the guy in room 217 peed his bed twice last night. And Fred in 206 was screaming out Elvis lyrics til 2am.”
I understand times are tough. A lot of you are socked with college loans, or are having a tough time finding work. But if you CAN swing it, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!
Nothing burns me more than a kid that still lives at home with Mom & Dad just so they can drive a hot car with sweet rims. I’d much rather live paycheck-to-paycheck and drive a beater knowing that I’m trying to make a go of it on my own.
It might be a struggle but at least you're trying to be independent.
Cut the cord!
Comments from todays show--
--My 34 year old son moved back home and I want him to leave. I constantly have to tell him to clean up after himself
--I totally agree with Lissa that living alone is awesome. I'm a single mom of two and I'm in no rush to have a man live with me again. They're like another child. Love you guys!
--I'm 32 an still live at home. Reason being I work so much that it makes no sense to take on a mortgage or rent for a place to just eat and sleep. Don't get me wrong I pay more than my fair share at home. Least I could do.
--I just moved back home. I moved out at 18 and was gone for 10 plus years. I moved back home after getting out of an abusive relationship. It's been tough to be back under their roof but it is great to have a safe place to get my feet under me. Hopefully I'll only be there short term.
--I'm currently 20 and living at home with two more years of college left and I lived on campus the first two years and now I'm moving home to save some money. The good things are it's cost effective and you're with your family. However the bad things may be that you might not have that freedom like you would at school and it might hold you back! It's always great to get the experience of living on your own. –Rachel
--My parents are as busy as me so it's pretty much like I'm living alone. However my dad still picks on me when I get home late
--I'm 27, female and have been living with my dad for about 4 years now. I’m totally not planning on moving out until I’m ready to settle down! Been there...done that..not making the same mistake of moving in with someone who’s not compatible.
--I'm 24, moved out at 17 moved back at 23, moving out in a month. I'm a full time student, hold down a pretty good job and take care of a little boy. Kids need to be OUT at 18 haha!
--No privacy.....someone always giving their 2 cents when you don't really want it......much better paying rent and being on your own!!!!! I'd rather live in a cardboard box than live home again!!!! LOL
--Generation of entitlement. Most don't take jobs because they think they are worth more where the older generation worked 2 low paying jobs to make ends meet. In the 80s my first mortgage was 14%. Our parents told us you make your bed you lie in it moving home was not an option.
--I would never be able to live at home with my parents or my Hubby's, can u say no privacy?
I'm sorry to do this to you, but I have to share a couple supercute pics of my boyfriend and I. I'm extremely freaked out that I'm so blissfully happy and losing all traces of cynicism, but it appears I'm smitten and there's nothing wrong with him. I know. Disgusting. If you wanna stop being friends with me, I understand.
Here we are at a wedding party yesterday :) And the pic below is my first EVER Phillies game! I'll try to space these out so you don't throw up in your mouth. But HAPPY JUNE!! haha loooove youuuuuuu!!!