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Well, here I am, another week and I have to say this one is a bit different.

First of all, I do not feel very well.  Can’t say I am sick, but I am a bit nauseous, tired, and well done in.  Now, the tired could explain it all.  I mean, I am tired and when that happens, nothing else seems to go very well.  Are you that way?  I am tired because I sleep so poorly at night.  Small update! – I ran out of my Rx sleep aid two nights ago and so did not have any that night.  I took my herbals and, well, I slept just as good.  That is a striking difference from not sleeping at all when I ran out before.  So, yesterday, I picked up my Rx ($44) and decided to not use it again last night.  Result?:  the same.  I slept just as I did the night before.  I am setting the Rx aside for now and will keep trying.  I decided that if I go an hour without falling asleep, I will get up and take it.  I am also going to try going to bed earlier.

Next up?  My vegan diet attempt.  It has been over 7 weeks and I must say I feel I am still doing well.  My blood sugar may go up, but it goes up slower and it drops very fast when it is high.  I measured it today and it dropped 76 points in an hour!  That’s as compared to 8-10 before.  I think this means my body is doing better at processing the blood sugar.  We shall see.  I went to the doctor yesterday.  My weight was down a bit (my scales at home first thing in the morning show a current 6.2 lbs. in 7 weeks).  My blood pressure measured at 110/70 (great!).  I had my blood tests so I will know that by Friday and will update you.  My current A1c is 6.9 (Borderline).  I am hoping for about 6.7 with this test and an eventual 5.7.  As I have said before, I am also looking for a removal of some Rx.  Specifically, my Simvastatin (cholesterol) as I don’t take it in anymore.  Also, I hope that my sugar meds and my blood pressure meds can be reduced or AH! done away with.  We will see.  I am not in a hurry.  I feel better than ever; my movements are better and with less pain; and I have more energy overall.  Happy for me.

But, as I said, today I am BLAH!  It’s a bit late, so I will close here and head off to bed.  I will continue the practice of doing my two writing prompt posts on Wed and Thu evenings and try to do a Friday post like this one.  Thank you for keeping up with reading me and commenting.  I am still trying to read a lot of your posts.

Namaste,

Scott

The Day and After Effects

Well, yesterday was the procedure…my colonoscopy.  Obviously, I lived.  But, for the more curious, here are the details.

The Prep day was strange and, at times, a bit scary.  I began at 3pm drinking their liquids and taking their pills, finishing last bit at 7pm.  Nothing really happened until 10:30 except that I was nauseous.  I did  take my sleeping meds at 1:30am when I decided that things were just going to be whatever they were.  I was not as “cleaned out” as they would have liked.  I called their service at 1:30 and the Dr. on call told me to take my last two pills (that made 10) in the morning when I got up.  I took them at 6:30.

When Dad and Mom picked me up at 8:30, I was still not sure what would happen that day.  When I arrived and the nurse checked me in, I told her.  She went to refer with the specialist, but felt I would, most likely, have the scope, but they might have to stop and reschedule if it wasn’t clear enough!  Arg!

The doctor was an hour late (emergency), so I got in about 11am.  The scope itself went very well.  My blood pressure stayed good and my sugar was okay.  I told them I was awake the whole time, but I think I dozed off.  It went awfully quick for how long I was gone.  I left about 1:15pm.

The news was fantastic!  I had no polyps, no cancer, and was told to come back in 5 years.  It would have been 10, but she could not see some of the finer details and wanted to make sure in time.  She said, though, that she found no problems at all except for 4 pills in my colon.  I have no idea what they were as I had only had 2 pills since 1:30am.

My Mom came and stayed with me for a few hours (after we ate! Man, was that good!).  We watched “The Reef”, an animated show for Mom, but I fell sound asleep and she slept through a lot of it!  I slept on the couch that night and stayed there all day today.  I actually watched 5 movies while I lay there.  I am getting ready to go to bed right after this post is done and I am still exhausted.  I may have to stay on the couch again tomorrow.  We will see.

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.  Except for the tiredness, I feel great.  Big load off my mind.

Namaste,

Scott

Stop the World – or at least slow it down!

Yesterday, I drove to Indianapolis (about 53 miles) to go to a specialist and talk about receiving an injection in my hip (fluoroscope guided) that would both reduce the inflammation and lubricate the joint for about 2-3 months (closer to 2 from experience).

Regardless, I wanted to go by myself and assert my independence a bit!

The doctor had been moved to a new office in a new building, so after receiving a letter that told of the change and then receiving a letter that stated that the change might not have been for me, and then receiving a confirmation call that the appointment was going as scheduled, I decided to call on the morning of the visit and make sure.

This became more difficult than I thought it should have as, when I called the old place and found that I really did need to go to the other place, they gave me a number that differed from the one I had listed for the other place.

My thought was that this would be fine now; all I had to do was get the address and go there. So, when she gave me the address, I plugged it into my GPS and got my stuff together, and then left. The GPS guided me through a mess and onto the proper street and … into a dirt parking lot! (read: Article on GPS errors)

I checked twice, looked at everything, and realized that the GPS had taken me about 12 blocks from the entered address! I lived in Indianapolis for quite some time and managed to find the office. I am glad that I arrived 40 minutes early as it took me nearly 25 to reach the building from the lost spot.

When I arrived, I took a moment and put my current location into the GPS and it matched up correctly, so next trip should be fine. I parked in the garage and walked to the building. Once inside, I was told that I had to walk almost to the other end of the building for the elevators and, when I got off the elevators, I had to go back to end up almost directly overhead from where I entered the building!

Even buildings may need signs like this!

Finally, arriving at the proper area, I was going to sit down; however, the woman behind the desk asked for my info and it turned out that, when they changed offices, all my information was misplaced. The receptionist and I spent about 15 minutes correcting that. She ended up giving me 5-6 pages of questions and fill-ins to do. Then I went back to see the doctor. That went well.

At the conclusion of the visit, I stayed about 30-40 extra filling out the forms I had been given. It seems the old place is still where the procedure is done, so I will end up going back there for the injection with a followup from my doctor at the new building.

Like one of those sales commercials, I get to say,

“But wait! There’s more!”

Machines may, indeed, be taking over!

When I left, walked to the other side of the building, took the elevator, then walked all the way back, the parking garage was different from the usual one I had been in.

These had no attendant, so when you were done, you were to insert your ticket into a machine that would tell you how much you owed, take your money or credit, and give you an exit ticket to put into the machine with the exit arm in the garage. Well, of course, my ticket would not scan. I tried it three times, then allowed a lady to go ahead of me. Hers worked first time. I tried mine again.

She suggested I press the “help” button which I did. A voice from the void started talking. It was a real person. He listened to me explain, then asked me to put my ticket in again. I did and the machine’s voice once again told me it could not scan my ticket. The help voice asked me to put my ticket into the machine next to this one (the credit only machine).

I did so and the machine scanned it right away and asked for payment. As I had a $5 bill in my hand and the machine only took credit, I had to mess with all my stuff (cane, etc…) while I dug out my debit card. I told the lady that someone was going to have this happen and drive “through” that exit arm someday. She nodded and, probably, hoped it wasn’t me.

I left and headed home. I used the GPS and it took me a different route that turned out to be faster. It was a little before 2pm so I stopped and picked up some lunch in a drive-through. I drove back across the street to the movie theater, ate in the car, and walked (in the rain) into the theater (16 movies) to see what was on.

I decided that, whatever was just starting, was what I was going to see. It turned out that “Alex Cross” was beginning in about 1 minute. I got my ticket and went in to watch the movie. It is an excellent movie, good thriller (PG-13). I was extremely happy with the result. Morgan Freeman, who played the lead in the last film, died recently. He is one of my favorite actors, but this new person was excellent.

When the movie was done, I got in my car, turned on the GPS (a habit, even if I don’t follow it for places I know), and headed home…right into Friday rush hour traffic on the Interstate!

I had already planned to get off the Interstate early because there was lane restriction construction at a certain point. What happened was that, as soon as I cleared the rush hour 2 mile spot, the right lane became closed due to a police car on the right side facing us. I got past this, heading to the point I was going to get off to “avoid” the traffic, only to find that about 1/3 of the traffic had decided to do the same thing.

Yeah, I know, it’s a winter picture – but, at least it’s Indianapolis and traffic!

This resulted in several clogged areas in places not designed for high level traffic. I took some other back roads, and ended up traveling about 26 miles in 58 minutes (a little less than 30 miles an hour). I got home, relaxed, and the rest of the evening went fairly well.

I wrote this after reading about Zoe’s trip to Hell.

I hope this helps her understand that I do know how she feels!

How about you?

Any recent trips to the Netherworld? (Yesterday, my post was a poem about a war with Hell)

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Namaste,
Scott

The State of Me and My Union

I went to the doctor last week for my 1/2 year blood tests and check up. The only scary part was that I have to fast from midnight to the appointment and I didn’t take any of my meds for the morning. That meant I was short two blood pressure pills.

Now, not by much time as I was at the doctor when I was, normally, getting up, but it made some difference. The doctor retook my blood pressure, I explained about the meds, and he nodded. He renewed my Rx (Prescriptions) and I had my blood taken.

I received my test results the other day in the mail: My labs were normal. I was pretty darn happy. I started to call and ask exactly what they were, but, since the doctor doesn’t need to see me and I measure my sugar and take my blood pressure (both of which are normal), I felt pretty comfortable with it all.

It has been almost 29 months since my stroke and I am in pretty good shape. The reflexologist is making a positive difference in my hip pain and I feel good about what I am taking to start helping the sugar.

What has come of this stroke is (besides the fact that you can misspell stroke as “stoke” and “stork” without word spell catching it) patience. I am learning to wait. I have officially slowed down and am not in a hurry all the time. This has had a severe impact on my blood pressure going down as well as just feeling better and enjoying life more. The time still shoots by but I have realized that, though I may not get as much done as before, what I get done is more satisfying to me and it is still enough. The state of me and my union (with me) is good.

We should all be that way: happy with ourselves, our progress, and satisfied with life. Try it. It’s been nice so far.

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Namaste,
Scott

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