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Fit vs. Weight Loss

It's finally winter here at home. We had a 24-hour period where it went below freezing. No iguanas fell out the trees. Me, I was 800 miles south in the Florida Keys, laying in the salon of my friend's cabin cruiser with the A/C on, not caring very much.

It was glorious.

I didn't care about anything so much, one day I ate Key Lime Pie for lunch. It covers the food groups pretty well, with dairy, protein, butter, carbs, and fruit. I also ate a lot of seafood while I was there, too: shrimp, salmon, tuna, cod, scallops, and oysters.

Then there was the lamb and prime rib.

All that is to say, my weight loss streak hit a speed bump called vacation. However, the sunshine, palm trees (We have a few of them at home, too.), and the sandy beach leading to the crystal clear Caribbean was good for my soul.

Since 2018 I have stayed in hospital beds more than I have on the boat.

I am grateful for gracious and generous friends. They know I need a lot of time laying down to manage my pain, so no one minded. I found the chaise lounge in the cabana just as comfortable as the bed back home. The same was true of the leather couch in the salon.

I am still working at this fitness thing.

I have lost 10 pounds since Thanksgiving. I managed two pathetic 3-mile runs while I was away. I have no idea where my blood work is at. At last look, probably due to the steroids, I was over the range for LDL and blood sugar.

That is not fit.

All while my body is self-destructing from the inside out, I still want to look in the mirror and admire myself. I just wish I had the energy to hit it hard like I did in 2013. I was hoping that diet and exercise would fix everything. Now, I am not so sure.

Today, I am in the hospital, again.

On the health front I have been denied medication treatment at two pain clinics. I would have to do 15 months of treatments all over in their network (including some experimental treatments not covered by insurance) just to get a 30 day prescription. I am having diagnostic spinal injections for the 5th time, today. Hey - why not keep doing what hasn’t worked at all? Whether they work or not, I’ll be seeing some sort of surgeon post procedure. 

It will be spinal surgery or a neurostimulator implant.

Wednesday I’ll be following up with my neurosurgeon. He’ll try to determine if the surgery he did in August was successful and if there is something else he can do to alleviate my 24/7 headache. Possibly there are other nerves which can be decompressed.

The truth is, I am way past my threshold for pain.

However, I am always working to be grateful, looking for the positive in life, and finding things which give me hope. So, if you want to send me a puppy, money, or prayers, I will take them. :)

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BonnieHosk85 wrote 1 month ago:
No puppies or money, but definitely sending prayers.
kdbulger wrote 1 month ago:
As ever, sending you all the best wishes and prayers that your pain has a solution that they can find - quickly.
ShellyMacchi wrote 1 month ago:
I am one of those people who 'feels' the need to try to make things right for others.
Even when I know there is nothing I can actually do to 'help'.. I still feel guilty when I do nothing.

I sure wish I knew the magic answer to be able to ease your pain and 'help'... even though we've never met.

I am so humbled by how much you cope with.. your determination to find answers, to live life and to find pleasure (sometimes even joy), in the simplest and yet ultimately most satisfying of life's pleasures.

Magic.. that's what I need to be able to learn.. how to do magic.
You'd be the first person I'd 'wiggle my nose at' to make things all better. (Yes, am dating myself with a bewitched reference ;)

lorrainequiche59 wrote 1 month ago:
This must be so disheartening for've been through so much with your health issues and still no relief. Sorry that you have to endure this, yet with a way better attitude than I'd likely have. In spite of your situation you still manage to inspire others. Hoping that you get some kinda of resolution sooner rather than later. Hoping the best for you and your family...
lorrainequiche59 wrote 1 month ago:
Thought of this after I hit send...but there is this Netflix show...sorry the name escapes me. It's about a physician who puts out the call globally challenging other doctors who may be able to help patients who come to her with varying & unusual illnesses that are baffling all the medical specialists. Just looked it's called Diagnosis.
Armygirlarmyof1 wrote 1 month ago:
All I can say John is many prayers your way. Your strength is amazing.
debk0718 wrote 1 month ago:
I wish I could you send you a puppy and money, however prayers is what I know I can afford. Staying strong is not easy when the bumps in the road continue to pop up no matter which path you choose. Prayers for you and your family.
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