Rough Start to a Dynamic Finish
Thursday, March 05, 2009
So far this year has been a little rough. My DH has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was five years old. On Christmas day my DH underwent a pancreas/kidney transplant. This blessing not only means that he has a needed kidney, but now he is no longer a diabetic. It is an amazing new world for our family. We were also very fortunate that he did not have to wait very long. He was only on the list two weeks before getting the news. This is his second major surgery on Christmas in ten years, the first being for an emergency surgery for a blocked colon in 1998. Obviously there has been a recuperation period and he went back to work finally two weeks ago.
Last Friday, his primary care doctor noticed a spontaneous tremor in his calf while doing a physical and sent him to the hospital for an MRI. Following that, they sent him to another hospital to do a dye test and a lumbar puncture. He was admitted when there upon discovery that he had a tumor between his T1-T3 vertebrae. After being released on Saturday, we had to wait until Monday for him to get a hold of his MRIs and read them to discover that it was non-malignant. We don't know the prognosis so far, but it appears to be favorable from what we've discovered.
In addition, like many others we've had issues with the economy when we discovered that our retirement savings which are tied up in the family construction business might be in jeapordy since the general contractor on a major construction project was failing to pay the bills to the sub-contractors. This seems to be a situation that is improving though.
We decided during all this that we didn't have enough on our plates and decided to adopt an adorable red wooly-coat husky puppy, Neka. While darling, she is not exactly restful!
Overall, we've been very lucky and we are counting are blessings, but it has still been a difficult year and often exercise and diet have been overlooked. I worked with a trainer in February, and while I loved it, with the financial situation in jeapordy, I cancelled that. I've also been very good about running. However, despite the fact we eat very healthy, I haven't kept track of my calories and I've thrown alcohol into the mix regularly (not excessively, but certainly regularly.) I also have not been sleeping well for many obvious reasons. So I am back here daily logging my exercise and tracking my calories in the hopes of getting back on track and maintaining what I have worked so hard to acheive. Despite the rough start to our year, I am anticipating a dynamic finish.