Saturday, May 21, 2011
I was in Church tonight at 6 PM because I go to the 5 PM mass on Saturday night so I can sleep in on Sundays. Mass went a little over because 14 children made their First Communion. Our Church is so big that the Church needed to spread the First Communions over 6 different masses at different times.
I spoke to Father Mark before Church as I usually do and after we talked about my shoulder, he asks every week I made a comment about 6 PM. I told him I know he is not a betting man as he is a priest but I said," How much you want to bet Church is packed tonight because of "The supposed Rapture?" He laughed and said I was probably right. I was, Church was packed.
It was packed with so many faces I did not recognize. Usually the Catholics that only go to Church on Christmas Day and Easter are not that up on Church doctrine. As Catholics we believe that we will not know when the end of earth as we know it.
Matthew 24:36-44 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him
Trust me I think half of the people there tonight do not know this as they just make the 2 appearances each year. I think they were buying extra insurance. You can't buy extra insurance, either you believe Christ died for our sins and we are supposed to live like good Catholics 365 days a year and not their courtesy 2. Sorry my opinion. Yes I was happy they made it to Mass but I wished they loved the Lord enough to come every week.
Anywho back to I am still here, what about you? I am saying that in jest because I know today was not Armageddon. However tonight I am attending an After the Rapture party at my girlfriends. She is going all out. Djay and everything. Her backyard is huge with a pool but I think it is too cold to jump in the water tonight. the weather is beautiful tonight and kind of still warm out but not enough to jump in the pool. Who knows the partying may get so rowdy some idiots may jump in.
We are requested to come dressed as either an angel or the devil. I am going to dress as an angel and one of my girlfriends is going to help me with my costume since I can't do anything with my right shoulder yet. She'll just pinup a sheet to make it look like and angel's robe. This angel will have one broken wing though and I will wear my sling tonight as I don't want anyone to bump into my shoulder. We made our halos during the week as well as our wings. They are cute.
I banked calories so I can eat up to 700 calories tonight if I have to. I plan on drinking water so I am not going to be drinking the calories. I am hoping I don't even hit 500 calories so I can be at the lower end of my calorie range. It should be a fun party. it gave a really good theme to a party even though none of us believed the world was going to end at 6 PM.
Off to go to the party and to get into costume. It will be amusing to see who chose to dress as a devil.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Today I started the 1st of 4 parts of a research study for people with mild cognitive impairment. I think I have the beginnings of Alzheimer's. The study is between 15 - 19 weeks. It is being run by Chiesi Pharmaceuticals which is an Italian drug company. The are working in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration. I will not know if I will receive the drug or a placebo. This drug is not yet approved by the FDA, thus the study.
The study consists of a Screening Period, a Baseline Period, a Study Treatment Period, and a Washout Period. Today was the Screening Period and I hope I pass this with flying colors because I really want to take part in the study. It is going to take between a week to 10 days for the results to come back and get analyzed. If my blood work comes back OK then they will schedule a MRI of my brain. If the MRI shows there is no physical reason for my memory loss then I will be asked to participate.
Today's testing consisted of:
1. Complete medical history and medications.
2. Measurement/testing of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and breathing.
4. Total physical exam including measuring weight and height. Says I shrunk 2 inches now down to 5'5". I am 56 and can't possibly see how I could have shrunk 2 inches at this age. Someone must be wrong, either the 1st doctor that said I was 5'7" or today.
5. A thorough skin cancer screening exam. Passed!
6. Urine sample
7. Complete blood workup including testing for liver and thyroid (hope it shows B12 levels)
8. Stool sample card I came home with - can't wait!
9. Some written, oral, and computer testing.
Crossing my fingers I get to proceed with MRI and then part 2.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Everyone was cranky today at Physical Therapy. We were all complaining of pain during our sessions I just kept counting the minutes till it was over so I could get the beloved ice pack on my shoulder to calm things down. Per my Physical therapist I will be able to predict the weather according to how my arm and shoulder will feel. The damper the weather the more it will hurt. She also forewarned I would also probably be able to detect when we were going to have bad thunder and lightening storms. Imagine that!
Still trying to get back to 100% Raw but not quite there because the chopping is very hard to do. I don't want to just eat fruit or smoothies till I gain back the strength I need to make precision cuts or even just the same size cuts of each veggie. Right now the sizes of my pieces are all over the place.
I am still eating healthy even though it is not 100% Raw. Smoothie for breakfast, raw food bar as a snack, a bean salad for lunch, and one of my favorite salads for dinner. I made my Cabbage Slaw with a Twist and did pretty good with shredding the cabbage. The only thing is I have now used up the cabbage my Mom cut in half for me before she went back to Virginia. I have another head in the fridge but it is a whole cabbage. I don't know if I have the strength to cut it in half to shred from there. We'll see what happens in the next few days. Everyday I do get a little more strength back. I think I will stick to romaine salads for the next few days.
My bean salad was not 100% Raw but most of it was. I used chick peas but chopped up raw tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, sweet red pepper, raw corn, fresh basil and dressed it with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I did pretty good at slicing the kernels off the cob on the corn, so I was happy about that. I used a really sharp knife to make it easier to cut off and was happy I did not slip with the knife and cut myself. It is amazing how something that used to be done so simply without even thinking about it is now a difficult task for me.
I love raw corn whether it is eaten off the cob or de-cobbed and added to salads. Raw corn tastes as sweet as candy. Try it sometime.
Now that I am done typing this blog I am headed to the freezer to get my ice pack for my shoulder. That is going to feel so good.
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