Finally feeling human again. Right after the Poison Ivy, I caught a cold which went into my chest. For 2 weeks, I felt like a walking medicine chest. 7 days of Prednisone for the Ivy and 10 days of antibiotics for the chest infection.
The PI is gone and the chest cold is breaking up so I'll be back at work Monday.
I am getting to like my new laptop and the WIFI. Makes me portable now as I can use my printer/fax from wherever I am.
My dog snapped out of her depression as soon as I was able to take her walking again.
I think she is in her 2nd puppyhood ,racing around everywhere, She too is happy to be out and about again. She seems to know that the more she walks the less she limps, and there are so many smells to catch up on in the woods. It's a wonder she doesn't wear her nose out.
Now that I'm feeling OK I'm going to make another batch of Chef Meg's Baked Beans.
The last batch came out great and it is cooling down here so it is time for some warm food. I'm glad the recipe calls for very little bacon as the store near here is getting $7.80 a lb. for bacon. I figure a pound should last me through the winter.
After the wife and I had the inside of the house painted and the outside front re-landscaped
we decided it was time for a new refrigerator and stove as the ones we had were 22 years old and winter is coming. Now this winter we can sit and look at our new appliances and hope we can afford to fill them lol.
Although I don't like getting sick, it is a good reminder for me that life and good health are tentative so appreciate the good while I have it.
Just a brief blog. I had to get a new computer as mine croaked last week along with my
Fax machine. That along with a good (?) case of Poison Ivy has cut my computer use way down. When the "ivy" is gone I'll be posting again
I have been finding it difficult to be consistent exercising in this heat and humidity. Consequently, my weight started to go back up. It is just 4 lbs but I don't like it as it takes a lot longer to get it off than to put it on.
Even the dog is having a difficult time as she has Arthritis in all 4 legs and spine. She won't go down the back stairs any more so we go out the front (only 2 steps). I have put the dog back on meds for her Arthritis, 1000 mg. Glucosamine,750mg. Chondroiton and 500mg. MSM. The vet said it would take 4-6 weeks before she loosens up but this should help her a lot as she is even limping when we go for a walk.
The gym finally got the A/C fixed so I should be able to get my weight back down in a reasonable amount of time.
I get so tired with this heat and humidity, I find myself just wanting to sleep all the time. Neither the body nor the spirit seem to be willing to move. I'll be glad when the cooler weather gets here. I can't stay in the bedroom all the time as that is where the A/C is. At least when I'm driving/working I have the A/C in the vehicle and that really helps.
No more complaining. At least I have a home and access to A/C when it gets to be too much and I am reasonably healthy so I will deal with this weather and wait for the fall.
Went to my eye doctor yesterday for a Glaucoma checkup. Pressure was 11 on the left eye and 14 on the right. The doctor feels that that is close to normal. No further degradation with the Glaucoma. The Cataracts are at least a couple of years away from having to be dealt with. The doctor feels that I can now go 9 months between appointments.
In spite of the heat and humidity here my breathing is still good. The only reason I stopped going to the gym this week is that while the rest of the building has A/C, the vents in the gym are putting out heat. Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon. I try to get the dog and myself out for our daily hike before 9 AM as it is close to 90 with 71 dewpoint after then.
A couple of years ago I replaced the A/C in our bedroom and now that is where I stay in the afternoon until in cools down a bit in the evening.
It is nice to be able to have a cool DRY place to get my breath back when I have to go outside. With the weather this week, after 30 minutes Outside, I feel like I am trying to breath with a plastic bag over my head.
I will not to have to be going to medical appt. 2-3 times a week now.
If I can keep it to 4-5 a year I can deal with that..
I am up with the A/C now and my dog is with me. She didn't like it first but now she won't leave. I was hoping we would get some rain this PM but now NOAA is saying only a 30% chance but it is supposed to cool down to the 80s. As long as the heat and humidity are here, I will be getting up at 4 AM and get done what I have to outside and again from 6PM until the sun goes down. Just as well as it seems like the population here has doubled overnight. The roads are close to gridlock this AM.
That makes for more walking which is good.
I tried to get out this AM to get some driveway sealer to use this evening but after 45 minutes going less than 2 miles, I turned around and came home. I'll try again Monday.
I am glad all the tourist have the Cape to come to but they also have to go back. I am here and I am back and very thankful to be here,sharks and all!!
I am living on cereal, salads and fruit until the heat lets up
I saw my surgeon yesterday for post-op check up. He said things were fine but no lifting or heavy exercise for another two weeks. I told him that the bleeding had stopped two days ago and I wanted to get back to the gym. He said he wants my insides to heal first
He then told me the following. " The average American has 8 major medical problems in their lifetime. You have succeeded in having 5 of them in 10 months. You are approaching 70 year of age and don't heal as quickly as you used to. You should be thankful that you are walking out of here in as good a shape as you are. Rest up for another 2 weeks then GRADUALLY get back to the exercising. In the last 10 months, you have been diagnosed with Glaucoma, Cataracts, Tumor in one eye, Lung Cancer (again) and a bad Gallbladder. All have been treated except for the Cataracts which will be done in time . Now go enjoy your summer."
I was awake most of last night thinking about what he said. I am thankful that I am bouncing back even if it is more slowly. I was selfish wanting to get back to the gym quickly. I have made it through this. and also through SparkPeople have lost 50 pounds and am exercising consistently. I do have a lot to be thankful for. I hope and pray I never forget it because I know I could never have done this by myself. I will pray every night that I never forget the blessings that I have received.
The rain has stopped so I will take my dog for a long walk through the woods and while she checks out where other critters have stopped by, I will be enjoying the scenery and peace and quiet.