Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Today is a long one. I am sitting in the 1st floor lobby of a hospital and clinic, waiting for my Pop to finish a test. We have been here since 7:00am, and it is now 12:15pm and he is getting ready for the second part of the test. He should be done by 2:00 pm. He is having a Nuclear Stress Test to check his heart. I hope they don’t find anything major, but I have been concerned because he has had a few episodes of severe light-headedness and nearly passing out. I've been really downplaying the whole thing, I don’t want him to freak, but I am a little worried. He is on the kidney transplant waiting list, and I am afraid if they find something wrong with his heart, he’ll no longer be eligible for transplant. I am going to try and not borrow trouble.
On the positive, I have made it through the first week of the New Year. I exercised every day! Sunday was my “rest day”, but I took my bike to work, and rode for 10 minutes to get to the beginning of the bus route that takes me home. I did go a little over/under with my food intake on a couple of days, but you know what? I am not stressing about it. The food that I did eat was healthy, and I refuse to get worked up over 50 calories, or 2-3 grams of fat.
Waiting here is also turning into a reinforcement of why I am making this journey. In my line of sight right now, there are 5 people that are overweight, two of whom are most likely in the obese category. If I spend more time getting healthy, hopefully I’ll spend less time with doctors.
The other good news, one of the doctors that my mom works with gave her his old laptop when he bought a new one. It’s an older model, about 4 years old, and the battery will no longer hold a charge, but it works great otherwise. He even upgraded it to Windows 7. It just makes it easier for me to track my food and exercise, since I don’t have to “fight” Mom for the computer.
Oh, surprise, Pop is done. Ugh, still have to wait until 3:00pm for the Handi-Van. I think he is going to call and see if we can get an earlier pick up. I've got my fingers crossed, but I won’t hold my breath. Oh well, at least he seems to be okay and not overly tired.
Like the commercial says, “Have a super sparkly day!”