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Five victories in my first week!

Monday, July 11, 2011

This is gonna be a long blog, but I can't even say good morning in less than 500 words, and besides, I have so many victories to talk about this week.

My first one is a scale victory:
Oh how I love Spark Honeymoons! You know, that first week back when you can lose a pound a day and don't even feel like you are working at it. I've lost 7 pounds my first week and even though I know it's not 7 pounds of fat and I realize that I only lost that large of an amount because of the Spark Honeymoon, I don't care. It's still nice and it lets me know that I have, indeed, made some changes.

My first nonscale victory of the week - I have actually had meals with members of my family. You see, although we own a kitchen table, we apparently have forgotten that it can be used during meal times. Normally it holds a few days worth of junk mail, some cat treats, at least one article of clothing, something that needs to be returned to some store, a handful of CDs, the packing materials from our latest ebay purchase, and a ball of something quite unidentifiable that seemed to involve dryer lint, a gum wrapper, and some pine needles. Unless you count the little pile of soy sauce packets from the Thai take out place, our table hasn't seen food in quite a while.

Well this week that changed. This week we reclaimed our table for the noble purpose of gathering around, in person, in order to eat a meal together. We did it several times and it wasn't even a holiday.

My second nonscale victory is that my treadmill and I survived the week without destroying one another. Oh it was close at times, but we managed to pull through. For some reason, my right hamstring is giving me fits and I am taking a very long time to recover from a jog. Because of that hamstring, I didn't make any of my jogging goals for the week, but I'm all for focusing on what I did do and not what I didn't do, so the victory is mine because I'm not giving up. I just jog when I can, stretch, use ice, and be patient until I am able to jog again. I'm hoping that in time, this nonsense will stop and I can go back to jogging as I used to do.

I actually am using the map idea that I mentioned in a previous blog. I've got a map hanging behind my treadmill and each time I jog I apply my distance to that map. I'm headed out of town now. According to my map, I'm on the outskirts of Port Townsend and headed south. I'm not sure where I'll go, but I'll get there eventually. I think I might head toward California. At my current pace, I'll make it there just before Christmas...Christmas of 2016, that is, but I'll get there just the same.

I keep thinking that I could just "jog" to Seattle and take a plane, but that wouldn't do me any more good than my bright idea about the bus did.

My third nonscale victory is that I have made more new Spark Friends and I've gotten to reunite with my previous Spark Friends. You all are so inspiring and you make me want to achieve more. Thanks everyone.

My fifth victory of the week is a philosophical one. Let me tell you about the day I got my treadmill. As I said before, I found it on Freecycle. I answered an ad and didn't hear anything back for about a week. Then I get an email explaining that the owner of the treadmill had planned to give it to someone else, but that someone hadn't arrived to pick it up and so now I had a shot at it. Let me tell you, I can move fast if I have to and I was in my van 10 minutes later headed to Port Hadlock to get a treadmill.

The woman who owned it said that she hated to get rid of it, but it was taking up too much room in her house and it just had to go. On the way to her home, I imagined that I would find a stick figure of a woman, 30 something, life long runner, probably has a local marathon or two named after her. She would weight almost 100 pounds and 98 of that would be muscle.

I thought that she would answer the door in size negative 2 jogging shorts, an athletic shirt, and maybe a super hero red cape. She probably runs a mile in 2 minutes as a warm up for something more challenging. She'll look at me and wonder what on earth I would do with a treadmill. She'll wonder if her beloved machine can even withstand the untrained lumberings of such an blubbery, overweight, hulking peasant. She may see me and not even answer the door. I thought she might look down her nose at me, she might even detest me.

Then I got there and met the woman. She was much larger than myself. No athletic clothes in her entire wardrobe, no wonder woman cape. She was very cordial and happy to see me. As much as she hated to get rid of her treadmill, she was very kind, and very normal. She looked and acted like someone's grandmother. I liked her and she had no problem with me.

When I later told my son about what I had expected and what I had seen, he said to me, "People are often much more human than we give them credit for."

Wow. He's right. The only person that judged me that day was me and too often I find myself imagining that others are so much better than me. How many times have I imagined that the guy jogging by must be in better shape than I am, have more time than I have, be stronger than I am? How many times have I imagined that successful athletes are more disciplined than I am, that other Sparkers are more dedicated than I am, that people who reach their goals are more enthusiastic than I am? How many people do I look at and imagine that s/he is just plain better than I am?

So what if Wonder Woman Super Olympic World Recorder Holder had answered the door that day. She might have been the sweetest woman in the world. She might be very excited at the thought of her treadmill being an instrument of change in a rookie runner's life. Instead of thinking that she must look at me like I'm some kind of pig, I could have thought to myself that I was meeting a wonderful source of information and inspiration - not someone who is better than me, but someone who may help me to be my best.

I've been looked down at by various people all my life because of my weight, and now I find myself expecting it. Well it's time to change my thinking on this. Sure there are going to be those who look down on fat people, but this isn't junior high anymore and I'm really cheating myself and others when I expect everyone to be and / or think that they are better than me.

People are often more human than I think.
It will serve me well to remember that.

Wow, five victories in one week! That was awesome!
I can't wait to see what the coming week brings.

  
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SEESTARS 7/14/2011 10:00AM

    Turns out most people are average, and you and I are average right along with them. Every time I start freaking out and feeing depresed about anything, I remind myself that I'm an average human and millions of others have had the same experience. They lived through it. They learned from it. And they are out there somewhere if I need help. And knowing how much I like helping others always makes me feel more comfortable about aproaching others I think are better than me at something. Usually they will want to help you out.

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CINCYDORA 7/13/2011 11:06AM

    Good to see you back and kickin it. I hope to see you post more blogs about future victories!

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DENRNAJ 7/13/2011 10:26AM

    I need to have "it's not junior high school anymore" tattooed on my forehead- in reverse so when I look in the mirror to criticize myself it's there-
Thank for posting. Stay with us- we'll all be better for it!
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LOVESLIFE48 7/12/2011 10:23AM

    Love this blog!!!! You are doing a great job my friend!! I'm here, cheering you on!!! Hope your hamstring gets better, ouch!! I know how that hurts!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIE627 7/12/2011 10:05AM

    you are doing great.. you know we can't achieve all our goals in one week.. if we did we would have no excuse to have goals.. keep up the good work.. you are one your way.. emoticon when you get to California, take a picture of the golden gate bridge for me.. LOL

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/12/2011 8:56AM

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DOR2BFIT 7/12/2011 7:46AM

    So true- lets stop putting words in other people's heads and worrying about what others think! Your son sounds awesome. Congrats on the weight loss too! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/12/2011 7:11AM

    emoticon on the non-scale victories and rekindling your spark!!!!

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ONEWEIGH 7/11/2011 10:56PM

    Oooooh! That son of yours is scary smart! I hope your Spark honeymoon continues for the rest of your long, healthy life. emoticon

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JOYATLAST 7/11/2011 10:55PM

    Bravo! Your son sounds like a chip off the old block. *wink*

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The $550 Cake

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

That's right. I'm eating cake...and by gum I deserve it, too. It's a $550 cake so I'm gonna take my time and enjoy the heck out of it...

...and just so all my Spark Friends can have a chance to make their own, I'll be glad to give the directions right here in my blog so that, one day, if you were so inclined to eat cake, you'll know just how to make this type of cake happen.

Should I be giving directions for cake making in a blog on an exercise and fitness site? No. No way. Not just no, but h311 no. Certainly not...

...but this wouldn't be the first time today that I did something on the irresponsible side, so why not?

First, start with a really crappy day. Have an argument with your spouse, tick off your boss, get a flat tire, let the nearest dog bite you, and have a large pimple come up on your non-teen aged face. Now your off to a great start.

Next, get all engrossed in your work, your email, your garden, yourself - get a real big head and let all good judgment and common sense leave you.

Then allow your teenager to take your scooter to the store. After all, it's only a 49 cc scooter, not a Harley, not a race car, not a limo, a semi truck, a city bus, or the space shuttle. It's is scooter for goodness sakes, barely more than a toy and he's 15 and a half and very responsible and knows all the laws because he is studying for his driver's permit, and the store is only 6 or 8 blocks away anyway.

He loves to bake and he knows you've had a bad day and he just wants to get a cake mix to bake and try to make you feel better.

You can probably see where this is going...

The ticket my son received for driving without a license is $550.

I'm eating cake.

  
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KANSASROSE67 7/12/2011 9:09PM

    Just gotta say...you're a really good writer! Read the update too so I know it all turned out ok. Your son must be a real sweetie!



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AHEALTHIERME9 7/12/2011 11:13AM

    Ouch! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 7/10/2011 8:18PM

    Wow. That sooooo sucks! Can you take it out of his allowance?

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ETTEZEUS 7/6/2011 11:06PM

    Um, Yeah, I have to agree....I'd be eating cake too!

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LOGOULD 7/6/2011 10:44PM

    I think you deserved and earned that cake - and way to go staying within your range! Awesome willpower!

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PJC19671 7/6/2011 9:30PM

    Sounds like you should of stayed in bed bud. I hope things got better for you and you enjoyed the cake. emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 7/6/2011 2:19PM

    Just an update: The cake really was delicious. My son is a heck of a baker. He took a yellow cake mix and added chocolate chips and pecans and topped it with chocolate frosting.

...and in spite of the day I had, I only ate one single serving of cake and kept within my range for the day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/6/2011 12:46PM

    You have a way with words. Oh, and eating one reasonably sized portion of cake is OK. It's binge-eating cake until it's coming out your ears and then spending the rest of the week devouring chasers that would be a problem!

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KKINNEA 7/6/2011 11:52AM

    Wow, crazy :(

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RACINGSLUG 7/6/2011 11:19AM

    Oh, man. That is one heckuva day. I hope things turn around for you soon (and that you enjoy your cake.)

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LOOZINITNOW 7/6/2011 10:55AM

    Oh no! emoticon Sorry to hear that. I hope your week gets better.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/6/2011 9:55AM

    Boy oh boy, am I glad you're back. Here I am on vacation, and this might be the only blog I read all day! LOL!

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BONNIE627 7/6/2011 9:33AM

    oh no...that sure sounds like a do over day.. hope the rest of the week is much better for you.. emoticon

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MAGGIEX3UK 7/6/2011 9:26AM

    oh gosh...that sucks...so sorry.
Well, i hope you enjoyed the cake

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HEIDISO 7/6/2011 9:14AM

    Oh my! I hope he got your favorite flavor of cake.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/6/2011 8:41AM

    OMG!! Are you kidding me!!! That really sucks, A LOT!!! emoticon

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MEOWSNEWPAGE 7/6/2011 8:33AM

    When I was a kid I was in your sons position twice. the fines to my parents didn't seem that high.
Enjoy your cake!!!

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PRUPLEBEAR 7/6/2011 7:31AM

    That bites!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 7/6/2011 6:05AM

    Oi vey. Now that sucks.

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EUPHRATES 7/6/2011 5:28AM

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Wow.
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Another new toy!

Monday, July 04, 2011

I got on Freecycle recently. Freecycle, in case you haven't heard of it, is a Yahoo group where you can find cool stuff for free and get rid of old crap you don't want anymore.

Freecycle is awesome. You got an old couch and you don't know how to get rid of it? Post it up and some poor soul will come and get it. Looking for some BeeGees albums to round out that disco collection? Post your desires and someone will probably have just what you need.

Well, I saw a post from someone giving away a treadmill and I responded right away. Now I have a working treadmill right here in my office.

Now this treadmill is awesome. It has so many speeds. It ranges from Warm Up (very slow) to Performance Sprint (Speedy Gonzales on Meth in a Formula 1 race car). Well, when I am at a full run, I'm still in the Warm Up range! For me, the range shouldn't be from Warm Up to Performance Sprint. It should be from Coma to Snail. That would suit me well. Heck, I aspire to someday make it up to Snail!

Oh, but I have faith. I know I can do it. I'm mentally preparing for the day when I can get on that treadmill and go full tilt boogie.

In fact I have a question for my mathematically gifted Spark Friends. If a treadmill flings me off and my flailing body is traveling at the speed of sound in a southerly direction, will my family members in the northern part of the house be able to hear my screams?

Once was a time when my daily routine included a unicycle and an hour of Tae Bo. Now my routine includes 5 bottles of prescription pills and a CPAP machine. Oh you just haven't lived until you've had a sleep study done, but that's a subject for another blog. Right now I'm just going to write about my treadmill and it's amazing capacity for shredding my dignity.

A friend of mine heard that I got a treadmill and she suggested that I do something to make workouts more interesting and easier to do. She said that I could pretend to be traveling across town and she gave me a map of my neighborhood. It was a map produced by Jefferson Transit, the public transportation authority, so it was a bus route map. I agreed to try her idea, so I hung that map on the wall behind the treadmill and planned my route. Then I sat in my office chair and pretended to take the bus. She was right, that was much easier.

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 7/10/2011 10:47PM

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HIPPICHICK1 7/10/2011 8:51PM

    Oh how I have missed you are your sense of humour! I'm very glad that you "liked" something on my feed that let me know you were "back in town."

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DAWNFIRE72 7/5/2011 9:58PM

    Love your sense of humour. I applaud you for going and getting that treadmill, now don't let it mock you, jump on it and show it who's boss.

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PRUPLEBEAR 7/5/2011 7:28PM

    LOL! That is great! You go!

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TASTENSEE 7/5/2011 12:47PM

    Thank you so much for the laugh. I needed that. You will master that treadmill in no time!

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LOGOULD 7/5/2011 11:49AM

    emoticonYep, you're back...and we are sooo glad! Enjoy your treadmill! FREECYCLE is a ver good thing!

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PJC19671 7/4/2011 11:28PM

    Your so funny. I love reading your blogs. Awesome job on the treadmill. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2011 10:06AM

    Free treadmill, woohoo. You're so funny - I'm pretty sure they will hear your screams, but the screams will sound like "woohoo" because you're going to hit that Performance Sprint setting someday! :)

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LOVESLIFE48 7/4/2011 9:21AM

    Enjoy the treadmill!! I'm sorry, but I'm not mathematically inclined!! But I bet your screams will still be heard!!!

Have a great day and have a Happy and safe July 4th! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIE627 7/4/2011 9:01AM

    think I would have taken the bus too.. LOL emoticon sounds like you are getting back to your old self.. it won't be long before you get out of the snail stage..

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WINNIE1978 7/4/2011 8:35AM

    "I agreed to try her idea, so I hung that map on the wall behind the treadmill and planned my route. Then I sat in my office chair and pretended to take the bus. She was right, that was much easier."

Hilarious!!! Enjoy your new treadmill! You'll be up to that snail pace in no time!!
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DENRNAJ 7/4/2011 4:55AM

    What a score! Reduce, reuse, recycle. Don't feel too bad, I have a treadclimber that points and laughs as I enter the room. The commercial that says "just twenty minutes three times a week"- how easy can that be??? I can do twelve minutes on a good day on that monster!
Your first big step was to jump on that email and go get that treadmill- that says a great deal right there.
Hugs,
Sister J

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 7/4/2011 3:30AM

    What a great blog! You are hilarious and I enjoyed reading it! Sounds like you got a hold of an awesome FREE treadmill!

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EUPHRATES 7/4/2011 3:28AM

    LOLZ! :)

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Taking Rob's Advice - it's a "Do-over"

Friday, July 01, 2011

So there I was, sailing along through my fitness plans and using Spark daily. Then I did what I do sometimes: I started focusing on other things and not taking time to myself. What time I did have for myself I sure didn't use for healthy purposes.

I made some unhealthy choices.
Those choices caused me to gain some weight.
The weight caused me to develop sleep apnea.
The sleep apnea and weight worked together to bring my IH out of remission.
The IH landed me in the hospital and required me to take a lots of medicine.
The IH and the side effects of the medicine make everything I do so much more challenging.

...and now I am back at the bottom of my fitness heap.

In a matter of months, I went from sailing to sinking. That's what happens when good health isn't a priority - one poor decision can lead to another and another and another, and that can lead to a health issue that can lead to another health issue. It all begins with some poor choices.

If I can begin a downward spiral by making choices, I can begin an upward spiral in the same way. I dug out my copy of the Spark and read it again - especially the part about upward spirals - and I read some blogs here at the website, and that helped me to get focused again.

So, I'm back and basically starting again - starting again, not starting over. Every time I have to restart I come back a little wiser and mentally stronger, so I know what to do and how to do it and I don't feel like I am starting completely over. I've still got my TRX, my TaeBo DVDs, my Spark Family, and a lot of knowledge I didn't have before. That chin up bar still taunts me and I never truly mastered the unicycle, but I'm not done yet either.

Here's to second chances and do overs!



  
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KIERAE 7/13/2011 1:34AM

    Dude I am sooo glad to see you back around! I was just pondering where you have been! emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 7/10/2011 11:28PM

    You have a very positive attitude. Cheers to you and best wishes on your renewed spark journey!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/4/2011 10:03PM

    Good for you! I'm glad to see that you're back. Never, ever, ever give up!

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COLIBRI930 7/4/2011 10:56AM

    Starting over is just fine. Welcome back! Here's to upward spirals!


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 7/4/2011 8:32AM

    u make spark people so much fun.

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MCGS62 7/3/2011 11:40PM

    before you thank your spark fanily you must remember that includes jerks like me .
the best way to start an upward spiral is to find a tall pedestal and put a good looking woman ( in a short dress) on top. It wil keep you focused!!
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DAWNFIRE72 7/3/2011 9:30PM

    Glad to see you back and I am sure that unicycle will tremble in fear at your mastery.

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ETTEZEUS 7/3/2011 12:31PM

    Do overs are great!
The only failure is not trying again and just giving up.

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LOGOULD 7/2/2011 10:48PM

    So glad you're back - we've missed you! You're right, you are sstronger and wiser and you've got all the tools.....so, hang in there buddy....we NEED you!

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PJC19671 7/2/2011 5:48PM

    So happy you are back. You will be feeling better again soon. emoticon

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TABBYARTS 7/2/2011 1:35PM

    YYYAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
U
PWARD SPIRALS!!!!
Make like a slinky! or DNA!

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PRUPLEBEAR 7/2/2011 1:08PM

    Glad your back!

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BONNIE627 7/2/2011 9:11AM

    you have been missed.. glad you are on the mend again.. look forward to seeing lots of progress blogs.. we are here for you.. emoticon

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DENRNAJ 7/2/2011 5:12AM

    Amen. Your Spark Family is always here for you!
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ELYMWX 7/1/2011 8:57PM

    Glad to see you back.

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ONEWEIGH 7/1/2011 4:26PM

    I think the most important phrase in your whole blog is: "Every time I have to restart I come back a little wiser and mentally stronger..." You aren't the person you were before and you don't have to keep making the same mistakes (my latest blog talks about that a bit). You're back and that's emoticon



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LOOZINITNOW 7/1/2011 3:29PM

    You have come back to the right place! So happy to have you back and putting you first again!

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LOVESLIFE48 7/1/2011 3:18PM

    So glad you're back!! Missed you!!! I'm on a "do over" too. In the past year I've gained back 15 pounds. Together we will succeed!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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doing better

Friday, May 06, 2011

Okay, I'm gonna live!
I had my 15th or 16th some odd spinal tap this week and began much higher med doses so I'm getting back up and around.
IH is the only illness I know of that will have a person begging for a spinal tap. Getting that pressure off makes a huge difference. The radiologists in Bremerton are the BEST! Dr. Rolfing, that was the easiest spinal tap I've had so far.

My vision is still pretty challenging and I'm fairly weak, but at least the major pain is over and I'm no where near as miserable as I was last time I wrote.

Here's an irony... and what's life without it, huh? The irony is that it was only a month ago that I filled out my yearly questionnaire for the IH Research Foundation (Yes, Kathy I am a member!) and I bragged on that form about how I haven't had any symptoms and I was in full remission. Well, there is the pride before the fall.

At any rate, I am on the mend....and on my way back to Spark. I'm gonna be starting out slow, got no choice about that one - I can't even drive right now, let alone go unicycling, but I've got great support and a great health care team who are doing some amazing things in order to get me through this.

There is a neuro-opthamologist in Seattle, Dr. May, that is booked solid clear into August, so what did he do? He came to work early and saw me before office hours started. There was an emergency room staff in Port Townsend that actually understood my condition and did everything they could do to try to keep me comfortable. I was in too much pain / too drugged up to know their names. They are real heroes. An optometrist, Dr. Mayor, and my family doc, Dr. Janssen, worked together to get me into a neurologist in record time. That neurologist, Dr. Bright, and the neuro-opthamologist pulled some sort of strings to get me into another specialist that is booked through till hell freezes. My team has been great.

The key player on my team has been my (sometimes ex and sometimes not so ex) wife. She heard about what was happening and flew in immediately to take care of me. She dropped what she was doing in her own life and flew to Washington to clean my messy house, wash my laundry, run me to appointments, pick up my meds, take care of my critters, and generally comfort me. She hit the door running about a week ago and hasn't stopped yet. You've heard the saying that a friend will let you get away with murder, but a real friend will help you hide the body? Well, Jess set a new bar - she gets up at 4 a.m. to drive me to a 7:30 appointment in downtown Seattle. I'm sure that if you asked her, hiding bodies would be easier! HA! Thanks Jess.

I have had people all over town pulling for me. Emails pour in wishing me well. Everyone from Buddhist to Baptist is praying for me. Spark folks welcome me no matter how long I have ignored them in the past. I'm really a lucky guy with a ton of support and some sort of get-in-to-see-the-specialist blessing.

I actually made it through the grocery store today and got some really healthy food. I'll be back in black and too cool for school in no time ...

thanks to everyone who has been so wonderful and supporting to me.

Michael



  
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HIPPICHICK1 7/10/2011 9:07PM

    The witch is praying for you too.
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CAMERONBEAR 6/1/2011 12:28AM

    Good luck with everything!

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ROCKOROB 5/9/2011 8:04PM

    I've been ignoring Spark and pretending it's evil trackers don't exsist for so long, that logging back on here and seeing you updating made me feel good my friend. I hope and pray (now you have Catholic praying too) for a speedy recovery. Now, where did I put that damn candy bar? Oh yea, IN THE TRASH!

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KATE3BOYS 5/9/2011 8:58AM

    I am so sorry to hear about the relap. My neurologist stated that once you go into remission,it can stay away or come back with a vengence.

Anything we can do here, let us know. One day at a time. And yes, I full agree with the statement, "The only condition that makes you beg for a spinal tap!" Everyone use to comment about how much they hurt, etc. Here I was begging the neurologist to give one to me.

Praying for you!


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PRUPLEBEAR 5/9/2011 7:56AM

    Hugs! Slow is always a good place to start!

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BONNIE627 5/9/2011 6:53AM

    we are so glad that you are back.. you have been missed.. take care of yourself first.. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 5/8/2011 7:09PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Take care of yourself!

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ALWAYSCHANGING 5/8/2011 7:54AM

    Ah Micheal, I have missed your wit and your ability to turn what would make most of us cry into something to smile and laugh at. I am glad that they are easing your pain and that Jess stepped in when she did to assist. Love truly conquers all. Hope you are up and about soon.
Hugs,
Renee

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MCGS62 5/7/2011 1:38PM

    Glad to hear you are doing well again!

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MAGGIEX3UK 5/7/2011 12:35PM

    I'm so glad to hear that your doing better. And i'm happy at all the support and love you have been given. Continue to take care of yourself and i can't wait to see you on spark!

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LOVESLIFE48 5/7/2011 8:54AM

    So glad to hear you have some relief!!! emoticon

This blog sounds so much better than your last one, I was so worried about you!! That is so awesome you got the best and fasted care, you have wonderful Doctors and ex/not so ex wife!

Keep rockin!! Lyn emoticon

Wishing you the best!!!

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WOLFKITTY 5/7/2011 3:21AM

    Congrats! I had no idea that you were going through all of this. I wish you all the best!

HUGS!
Jocelyn

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/7/2011 1:14AM

    I'm so glad you got some relief! I smiled at the shout-out! I'm glad you're a member - being a part of a community such as that helps you to at least not feel alone.
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LOGOULD 5/6/2011 11:19PM

    I'm so happy to hear that you are doing better. That's one awesome team you have in your corner fighting for you!!! You are truly blessed....despite the IH. Hear's hoping and praying that you stay healthy and well and that you are rockin' and rollin' it soon!!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/6/2011 11:10PM

    I'm happy to hear you're on the mend! That is such wonderful news. And a wonderful team of doctors you have too! And WTG for the ex/not ex to help!

If you're feeling better on June 25th, maybe you can come see me...I'll be running the Seattle Rock and Roll HM!!

Yep, I'm flying all the way from Forida to Seattle to run a 13.1 mile race...LOL

Well, I'll also be staying there for a week to sight see too. Can't fly all the way out there for 13.1 miles and turn around and fly back home, now can I?

I'm so happy you're back!

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MSSUNBUG 5/6/2011 10:52PM

    So sorry to hear all these complications, pal. This is really rough stuff. I'm glad you've got some good care and support--not luck, deserved! Thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...

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ARIANERA 5/6/2011 10:50PM

    Glad to hear you are on the mend. Kudos to Jess for being a true friend.

Pardon my ignorance, but I keep hearing about shunts for various birth defects, is this something that might help in the long run to manage the IH?

Ari

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SUZYMOBILE 5/6/2011 10:48PM

    Wow, it's so good to hear from you again! I'm sorry you've been so ill! I had no idea! I still sing the Badger song to myself and think of Merry Chrismoose at Christmas time, and look forward to lots more silliness.

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DOR2BFIT 5/6/2011 10:43PM

    So sorry for all of your troubles, but glad you are being well taken care of! You are in my thoughts, sending positive energy from 3000 miles away! emoticon

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