The Top10 Things You Should Do If You Test Positive For Alpha1

  • Have A List Of Questions When You See a Doctor About Your Alpha1(If you try to remember the questions you want to ask you may forget half of them)
  • Learn To Breathe Effectively
  • Limit Or Eliminate Your Alcohol Consumption
  • Don't Be Afraid To Be Proactive About Your Alpha1
  • Get Plenty Of Rest(You will likely have a higher oxygenation level)
  • Avoid Sick People(You have a lower immune system than most people)
  • Drink Plenty Of Water
  • Eat Healthy/Avoid Processed Food(Carbonated beverages)
  • Start A Careful Exercise Program/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program(Your muscles will become more efficient so they won't use as much oxygen and if you have surgery you will likely recover quicker as well)
  • Stop Smoking

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Miss Busy

I finally took the time to look over my blog and post. I learned I come by my busy nature honestly! I spoke to my fathers surviving sister a while back. She said "Your Dad was a BUSY, BUSY boy! We were lucky if he shoveled the walk and mowed the yard! He worked at the gas station and he worked at the grocery store next door. He he worked corn detasseling. At 16 he had 3 model T's and an open top sedan. By 17 he was the newspaper distributer in Monroe! He was forever taking a car a part in a barn and putting it back together." I'm the county Special Olympics Agency director, the special olympics bowling coach. I just picked up a part-time job working at the bowling alley. I still have my job at the window manufacturing company. They are moving all there wood window line to our facility. Needless to say I won't have to worry about having Friday afternoons off very soon. Trying a new type of infusion needle set called an autogard.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Rambler, Midlife Insanity and a Wannabe Hippy?

It's that time of year I'm out selling sweet corn....and I have time to think a lot between sweetcorn sales. I'm struggling like a lot of other Americans and reflecting. I've thought about my cut in pay, taking on a part-time job and the dreams that seem so far away. Last night while selling in front of the local cafe an antique winnebago named "Wanderer" turned in. A handsome young guy with a big smile on his face shouted out the window as he wheeled around my truck "Made a wrong turn!" followed right behind by a red late model rodeo. As he left the lot and I heard him give her some gas I want a motorhome...does it need to be so new? Remember how much fun you had with what you thought was your awful looking old beater car or truck? I realised...No, I don't need the new smell. I could gut it and personalize it! Then I thought about that cool looking 1968 Harley Sportster I'd seen on craigslist a few months ago. Could I have just as much fun, if not more fun cruising around on something like that? Yes, I could...and imagined all the good natured ribbing I could receive and the laughs as I say "But, it's paid for!!". Then today instead of catching up on my Inc magazine I grabbed my Cruising World magazine and started reading Fatty Goodlanders article. I realised I really need to look at my financial situation/aspirations differently. I thought about that neglected old Pearson Triton 28 sitting up at Corny. I realised to motivate myself to get that part-time job I need to look at it not only as a tool to eliminate debt but, to fulfill dreams and check more things off my bucket list! If I don't I am going against my long standing philosphy "You need to own the disease, not let it OWN YOUR LIFE!!!!"

Friday, March 25, 2011

Opportunity Knocks When You Least Expect It

...Or so they say. I didn't make school board but, in a way I'm glad. It was a new experience for which I'm glad I was a participant in. It turned out to be a popularity contest but, it was no reflection of those most concerned about the students, community or tax payer. I think were I to have become a school board member I would have found it very frustrating.

I have been sick off n on. I even went so far as request an xray yesterday when I was into Urgent Care. I got a chance to see my xray's. it wasn't as scary as I expected! I was given an "updraft" (nebulizer treatment), a prescription for Prednisone and Ciprofloxacin for five days. It has had a dramatic effect on my ability to breathe. I hope after the snow melts I can start bicycling again. I really have thirst to bike up to Hayward some Saturday. I really believe that goal is well within my reach!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Soooo Busy!

Well, I can no longer update via Opera on my droid. I updated it and now am unable to post. I have been very busy. I have been a part of the long term planning committee for our local k12 school system. I also find myself running for school board. A current school board member was after me for 6 months to do so. I did not know there were any openings. I stopped by she & her brothers saw shop and she got me going. I had people thank me for running....that was weird. I started out as a kinda reluctant candidate and now I guess I feel given my background I likely have the best background to represent the community, tax payer and the student. Four days after I filed papers 6 others filed. Two were refilers. So, I've got to make it through the primary and I might just manage it!!

Going on a mission trip to Biloxi, MS soon. It's surprising that there are still people displaced from there homes five years after the hurricanes.