Hispanic Heritage Month ends Oct. 15. Let us talk about some facts. We, as Hispanics, have to be cautious about two major league diseases that are to be reckoned with. I speak of heart disease/attack and diabetes.
Two weeks ago, I found myself aching with some serious back and chest pains. These pains lasted from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Surely it had to be more than heartburn, right? I took my blood pressure and it was at 170 Systolic (N130-139). OK, I thought to myself, "Don't panic."
Next, I try to wake my wife to let her know. Her response from a deep sleep at almost 1 a.m. was: "No honey, it's Saturday. Come on, let's go to breakfast later. Let me sleep late."
Well, of course, I persisted to let her know this was serious enough to visit the emergency room. After much pain and a long waiting period at ER, they gave me Nitroquick and the pain subsided almost immediately. They mentioned angina as a possibility.
Angina is marked by spasmodic attacks of intense suffocating pain. Nothing you quickly forget, more so by seeing reactions from our grandchildren that visited later on Saturday. This helped me decide to change my food intake, exercise more, lose weight and appreciate today with more effort to live for tomorrow.
My first point here is that we need to listen to our bodies. They give us warnings and information. We do not always listen. Due to unavailability of private rooms, I shared a room with a man from central Mexico that had his toes amputated due to diabetes.
What are the odds of a room full of heart disease and diabetes? The next day, Sunday, we watched "The Johnny Canales Show" and I thought it was a rerun. My roommate commented about how popular Johnny was in central Mexico.
Fast forward the scene to this past Sunday afternoon. All is well, I have taken all the testing that my fabulous family doctor requested and my prescribed medicine is handy.
I was at my cousin's house practicing my guitar to learn some new music for our church choir. We took a break and turned on the TV. Who is there? Well, La Mafia video was on and it turned out to be from "The Johnny Canales Show." It was on Time-Warner Channel 6.
Mr. Humberto Lozano Lopez, another Hispanic trailblazer, happens to own that station, TMV. Johnny Canales, an international celebrity music legend, was speaking after the Tejano video ended. Johnny proudly stated that he was from Robstown and actually picked cotton here.
It is fabulous that Johnny got an opportunity to return to what he does best, showcase music. His show will also be on the air in San Antonio soon.
My second point is that everybody deserves a second chance.
Thanks for your feedback dear readers. I always look forward to your comments. Look for a future column history update on former Robstown Country Western Radio Station KROB and the owners who also gave so much to our community, the Gossage Family.